Filipino fantasy author, singer-songwriter, theatre actress, and book reviewer. Also writes romance, horror, and scifi. Married and based in the UK. https://linktr.ee/mariesinadjan • www.mariesinadjan.com
What the Hel
Hello, friends! Party with me as my latest book, Nameless Queen, has dropped today 🥳 It's a 14K-word prequel short story to The Prophecies of Ragnarok trilogy and a retelling of the myths involving Hel, the Norse goddess of death and the queen of the underworld. My friends and readers wanted to know more about the lore and how she ties both to the myths and the series, so here we are!
What the Hel (Spoiler-Free Version)
Tomorrow is a double celebration: it's the end of #Norsevember, which has been so much fun, and the release of Nameless Queen, my prequel short story to The Prophecies of Ragnarok trilogy! What better way to wrap things up than by a 2-for-1 post?
Teamwork Makes the Dream Work: How I Published A Novel Trilogy By Co-Authoring
Hi there! I'm Marie, a Filipino fantasy author based in the United Kingdom. I co-wrote the Norse myth urban fantasy trilogy The Prophecies of Ragnarok with Meri Benson, which we just completed last October, and I'm here to talk about our co-authoring process!
Norse Poetry Challenge
The fun never ends with #Norsevember! After stuffing your TBRs with all manner of Norse-themed books, you are now invited to join the skaldic poetry contest, which will be judged by Joshua Gillingham, author of The Saga of Torin Ten-Trees and designer of the card game Althingi: One Will Rise, and Emily Osborne, author of the poetry chapbook Biometrical and whose poetry, short fiction and Old Norse-to-English verse translations have appeared in journals and anthologies including The Literary Review of Canada and Barren Magazine.
Do you read Norse books? Then I'm happy to introduce Norsevember, a reading event in which we talk about, recommend, read and review Norse inspired books! Started by Alex of Spells and Spaceships in 2020, it was born after he thought to dedicate a month to read and review Norse books, and others on Twitter expressed their enthusiasm to do the same.
Book Review: Winter's Wishfall by Ceri Houlbrook
You're never too old to believe . . . After losing her job, boyfriend and flat just a few weeks before Christmas, Ellie Lancaster makes some resolutions: 1. Exact revenge on ex. 2. Be unboring. 3. Find a job. With #1 complete, Ellie manages to tick off #2 and #3 simultaneously by accepting a mysterious archiving job on a tiny Scottish Island that doesn't seem to exist on any map. In the new year, her equally new bosses - celebrity baker Clementine Jones and her straight-laced twin brother Cole - introduce Ellie to the archives: a vast network of underground caverns, filled with scrolls dating back centuries, each addressed to the same person, in a multitude of languages: Dear Father Christmas . . . Despite the strangeness of it all, Ellie quickly falls in love with her new life - but things are never simple, and just as she and Cole seem to be overcoming their mutual distrust, Ellie makes a fourth resolution - one that threatens everything she's come to hold dear. As the big day itself draws near, she has one chance to put things right and bring about her own Christmas miracle . . .
Book Review: Pax and the Missing Head by David Barker
In a country beset by civil war, New London defends itself behind a giant wall. Inside the city, children are forced to work from an early age, except for the lucky few who train to be leaders in the re-purposed Palace of Westminster. 12-year-old orphaned Pax is brilliant at recycling old tech. He enjoys working on the verti-farms and just wants a bit of peace and quiet. But when that is taken away from him, his only hope is to pass a near-impossible exam and join the other students in Scholastic Parliament. There he’ll make new friends and new enemies. He’ll get tested like never before. And he’ll discover that not everything is quite what it seems under the mayor’s harsh leadership.
Book Review and Author Interview: No Funeral for Nazia by Taha Kehar
Nazia Sami is a celebrated author, but perhaps her greatest plot twist is yet to be produced. In her final days, she wields a pen one last time as she fills her diary with instructions for her sister, Naureen, and writes six letters to be delivered after her death. There is to be no funeral for Nazia. Instead, only six invitees are asked to attend a party, one of whom is a mystery guest. Over the course of an extraordinary evening, secrets are revealed, pasts reconsidered, and lives are forever changed. Perfect for fans of MOHSIN HAMID and KAMILA SHAMSIE, No Funeral for Nazia is a striking and inventive exploration of what death can mean for both the deceased and those left behind.
Book Review: Black Fox One by Elyse Hoffman
A deadly mission to hunt down the resistance's top soldier will make SS Officer Jonas Amsel question everything he kills for... Jonas Amsel and Avalina Keller, devoted Nazis and best friends, have a bright future in Hitler’s Third Reich. Ava, a talented gymnast, wants to serve Germany in the Olympics, and Jonas, who has loved Ava since they were children, wants nothing more than to marry her and start a family. When he is about to propose, however, Ava and her entire family vanish without a trace. Jonas blames the Jews for Ava’s disappearance and throws himself into a career in the Nazi Party. He serves the Reich under the ruthless Chief of the Gestapo, Reinhard Heydrich. Jonas becomes particularly good at capturing members of the Black Foxes, an anti-Nazi resistance group, earning Heydrich’s respect and the moniker of “the Fox Hunter.” Impressed by Jonas’ skills, Heydrich gives him his most difficult task yet: capture the elusive Black Fox One, the Black Foxes’ most deadly and mysterious operative. No Nazi who has pursued Black Fox One has returned alive, but Jonas is determined and confident. Capturing Black Fox One might bring him one step closer to finding Ava. But while he is hunting Black Fox One, Jonas makes a shocking discovery, forcing him to make an agonizing decision. He must choose between his love for the Reich and his heart, torn between the lies he has been taught all his life and the new truth before him.
Book Spotlight: Sword of Audantei by Ashley Holmquist
Lieutenant Commander Danilo Altamura is torn between his commitment to his city and his desperate desire to escape the clutches of his deranged father, High General Llodis Altamura. When Danilo’s blood bonds with a powerful Stormthrower sword, Llodis labels him a traitor and he flees to Audantei's deadly alleyways, where survival means staying hidden. But after stumbling upon an unexpected incident during Audantei's notorious Hanging Day, his world takes a dark and twisted turn. Seeking refuge among Audantei's enemies, the Stormthrowers, Danilo strikes a deal with their reticent leader, Enzo Sapienti. In exchange for safety, Danilo finds himself a captive among the most dangerous of their kind. As secrets unravel and loyalties shift, Danilo's dormant magic is awakened, revealing the true extent of his exile. When the Stormthrowers capture Llodis, they discover the vengeful Royal Beseecher hunts Danilo, leaving him to choose which fate to Enzo's threats or the tantalizing promises of his father. Incorporating ancient legends and a mystical atmosphere, “Sword of Audantei” will transport young adult readers on an extraordinary journey. Will Danilo discover his true destiny and uncover the truth behind Audantei's dark past? Find out in this captivating fantasy epic that will leave you breathless.
Audiobook Review: The Herald by Shawn McGee
The future of Earth depends on unwanted misfits. Argrenn and his wife were saved from Earth's destruction by the Vrelth and transported to Geoe, a world run with gaming rules. They need to get a message out to other human planets but the Vrelth turned Geoe into a war zone. The only protection they have is their new friends and the rules of the game – none of which they know. Either they learn to play the game or Earth is doomed.
Book Review: Feast of Ashes by Victoria Williamson
The Earth’s ecosystems have collapsed and only ashes remain. Is one girl’s courage enough to keep hope alive in the wastelands? It’s the year 2123, and sixteen-year-old Adina has just accidentally killed fourteen thousand seven hundred and fifty-six people. Raised in the eco-bubble of Eden Five, Adina has always believed that the Amonston Corporation’s giant greenhouse would keep her safe forever. But when her own careless mistake leads to an explosion that incinerates Eden Five, she and a small group of survivors must brave the barren wastelands outside the ruined Dome to reach the Sanctuary before their biofilters give out and their DNA threatens to mutate in the toxic air. They soon discover that the outside isn’t as deserted as they were made to believe, and the truth is unearthed on their dangerous expedition. As time runs out, Adina must tackle her guilty conscience and find the courage to get everyone to safety. Will she make it alive, or will the Nomalies get to her first?