Review and Giveaway: “Congress of Secrets” by Stephanie Burgis

After Napoleon’s defeat, world leaders and aristocrats gathered for the Congress of Vienna in order to negotiate peace between the world’s powers. In Congress of Secrets, Stephanie Burgis reimagines what the Congress of Vienna would be like if dark alchemy was in play. The story alternates between two major protagonists. Caroline Wyndham is an English heiressRead more

“Masks and Shadows” by Stephanie Burgis

Masks and Shadows is a historical fantasy novel set in Hungary in the 1770s.  The Hapsburgs currently reign, but there is constant court intrigue as scheming courtiers try to shift the balance of power.  The novel opens as Charlotte von Steinbeck, the newly widowed sister of Prince Nikolaus’ mistress, arrives at Eszterhaza.  Charlotte is prim andRead more

“Blood and Iron” by John Sprunk

Blood and Iron is an epic fantasy novel about three enslaved protagonists who overcome hardship only to be entangled in politics and war.  The main protagonist, Horace, is shipwrecked and forced into slavery.  A chaos storm strikes the caravan, and he discovers his own affinity for lightning.  Jirom is an ex-mercenary who was forced to becomeRead more