Review: Reaper of Souls by Rena Barron

Series: Kingdom of Souls #2
Goodreads: Reaper of Souls
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Buy: Bookshop.org UK | US
Synopsis: After so many years yearning for the gift of magic, Arrah has the one thing she’s always wanted—at a terrible price. Now the last surviving witchdoctor, she’s been left to pick up the shattered pieces of a family that betrayed her, a kingdom in shambles, and long-buried secrets about who she is.

Desperate not to repeat her mother’s mistakes, Arrah must return to the tribal lands to search for help from the remnants of her parents’ people. But the Demon King’s shadow looms closer than she thinks. And as Arrah struggles to unravel her connection to him, defeating him begins to seem more and more impossible—if it’s something she can bring herself to do at all.

Review:  I received this digital copy in exchange for an honest review, thanks HarperVoyager.

So, when I got an email from HarperVoyager offering me an eARC of Reaper of Souls I swiftly broke my Netgalley ban so I could read it. I managed to win a physical ARC of Kingdom of Souls back in 2019 (you can read my review here), and it was a series that I definitely wanted to continue reading.

Reaper of Souls picks up pretty much where Kingdom of Souls left off, so just in case you hadn’t realised there’ll be spoilers for the first book ahead! Arrah is dealing with the fall-out after her families betrayal and attempt to free the Demon King, and with her role as the last remaining witchdoctor. In this book we also get a few other perspectives in the form of her love interest Rudjek and the Orisha Dimma’s memories, their perspectives are a great and necessary addition as Arrah and Rudjek split from each other and go on their own journeys.

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January Wrap Up ’21

Well this first month of the new year has been a wild mess to say the least. It’s taken me nearly the full month to really feel human again after my brush with COVID, and I’ve been struggling a lot with brain fog ever since. I did manage to read some wonderful books this month though, and got a rather good start on my Goodreads challenge for this year. There should be some rave reviews coming your way this month because everything I’ve picked up has been top notch, but that does mean the end of “Nia reads what she wants” January and the start of “Improve your Netgalley rating” February.

January has been a rather bookish month on the blog with no publishing posts in site! This blog has always been a book blog first so it’s been nice to take a break from writing about my career, and instead review some lovely books and talk about what I’m excited to read this year.

2020 Wrap Up | Best of 2020 | Review: Piranesi
2021 Most Anticipated | Review: These Violent Delights

Currently Reading

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Review: Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron

Series: Kingdom of Souls #1
Goodreads: Kingdom of Souls
Publisher: HarperVoyager
Book Depository
Synopsis:

Magic has a price—if you’re willing to pay.

Born into a family of powerful witchdoctors, Arrah yearns for magic of her own. But each year she fails to call forth her ancestral powers, while her ambitious mother watches with growing disapproval.

There’s only one thing Arrah hasn’t tried, a deadly last resort: trading years of her own life for scraps of magic. Until the Kingdom’s children begin to disappear, and Arrah is desperate to find the culprit.

She uncovers something worse. The long-imprisoned Demon King is stirring. And if he rises, his hunger for souls will bring the world to its knees… unless Arrah pays the price for the magic to stop him.

Review: I managed to win this book in a twitter competition that HarperVoyager were running and I was pretty darn excited about it! Then a few days later my request for a Netgalley arc was approved, so I guess I was doubly lucky with this one, but these things do mean that this is a review of an advanced reader copy that I received from HarperVoyager and Netgalley.

So first of all there are some trigger warnings that come with this book including violence, blood magic, abuse, ritual based self-injury, and the death of a child.
Then something I think you’ll find overwhelmingly useful, the online world guide, there’s a plethora of characters and places to track so this thing is invaluable. Now then on to my review!

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August Wrap-up

Hello, hello, hello welcome to my little wrap up to finish off the month of August. It’s been a quiet one on the blog and on the cosplay front, but an extremely busy on at work! My extra time has mostly been spent sleeping, and when I try to think about what I actually managed to get done this month it all feels rather hazy, but here we are and here are some of the things I posted this month:

My YALC Haul | YALC wrap-up | Review: ACOTAR

Currently Reading!

I’m going to keep publicly shaming myself about Priory until I finish it. How can I love a book this much but still be unable to finish it, the book is just so thick man. I’m also seriously excited about Kingdom of Souls, as it’s the first arc I’ve ever won from a publisher!! I’m incredibly lucky to get to read such a cool sounding concept early.

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