Romanov, Nadine Brandes

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Yes. With all of my broken Romanov heart

Anastasia “Nastya” Romanov was given a single mission: to smuggle an ancient spell into her suitcase on her way to exile in Siberia. It might be her family’s only salvation. But the leader of the Bolshevik army is after them . . . and he’s hunted Romanov before.

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2 / 5

I’m not particularly familiar with Russian history, but I am a sucker for magical realism and I enjoyed Brandes’ other book, Fawkes, so I decided to give Romanov a shot. The spells and magic aspect of the book is awesome, but the story itself was so incredibly slow. Perhaps this was my fault, not knowing that Anastasia Romanov spent most of her life under lock and key in a house, but I do feel like the book needed a much faster pace.

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On the Shoulders of Titans (Arcane Ascension #2), Andrew Rowe

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“Is there someone just giving out legendary magical swords to children?”

Corin Cadence finally has a firm reason to believe his brother, Tristan, is still alive. 

Unfortunately, finding more information isn’t going to be easy. Tristan appears to be entangled with a clandestine organization that calls themselves Whispers. And Corin’s last brush with the Whispers didn’t exactly end well. 

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5 / 5

Sufficiently Advanced Magic is one of the best self-published novels and the most amazing example of LitRPG that I have ever had the pleasure to read. Andrew Rowe knows what his readers want: that nostalgic sense of playing an RPG video game – levelling up, discovering new characters, clearing dungeons and developing your party – combined with some fascinating and original world building, and lots of cool fights.

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The Philosopher’s Flight, Tom Miller

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“We’ve got killers enough in the family. You – you’re going to be the first man in R&E”

Eighteen-year-old Robert Weekes is a practitioner of empirical philosophy—an arcane, female-dominated branch of science used to summon the wind, shape clouds of smoke, heal the injured, and even fly. Robert wins a scholarship to study at Radcliffe College, an all-women’s school. At Radcliffe, Robert hones his skills and strives to win the respect of his classmates, a host of formidable, unruly women.

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5 / 5 

What a surprise! This book with a totally wacky premise, that was a little bit difficult to get into, and made me a bit cautious with it’s “reverse-sexism” theme, ended up being a five star read. The Philosopher’s Flight has a strong male lead, a fantastic mostly female supporting cast, is engaging and highly original, and had me rooting for Robert the whole way through.

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