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Top Reads of 2016! 4.5 Star Books

Throughout the month of February, I will posting various “best of” lists, ranging from  my top 5, 4.5 and 4 star reads of 2016!

Today, I am happy to announce my…

Top Reads of 2016! 4.5 Star Books


 4. In the Shadow of the Gods (Bound Gods #1) by Rachel Dunne

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About the Book:

A breathtaking talent makes her debut with this first book in a dark epic fantasy trilogy, in which a mismatched band of mortals, led by violent, secretive man, must stand against a pair of resentful gods to save their world.

Eons ago, a pair of gods known as the “Twins” grew powerful in the world of Fiatera, until the Divine Mother and Almighty Father exiled them, binding them deep in the earth. But the price of keeping the fire-lands safe is steep. To prevent these young gods from rising again, all twins in the land must be killed at birth, a safeguard that has worked, until now.

Trapped for centuries, the Twins are gathering their latent powers to break free and destroy the Parents for their tyranny—a fight between two generations of gods for control of the world and the mortals who dwell in it.

When the gods make war, only one side can be victorious. Joros, a mysterious and cunning priest, has devised a dangerous plan to win. Over eight years, he gathers a team of disparate fighters—Scal, a lost and damaged swordsman from the North; Vatri, a scarred priestess who claims to see the future in her fires; Anddyr, a drug-addled mage wandering between sanity and madness; and Rora and Aro, a pair of twins who have secretly survived beyond the reach of the law.

These warriors must learn to stand together against the unfathomable power of vengeful gods, to stop them from tearing down the sun . . . and plunging their world into darkness.

My Rating: 4.5/5

Why You Should Read It: Multiple POVs and compelling characters; intertwining plots, story with a large scope; great prose, and a vast world with wonderful and creative world building. All the ingredient you need to make a epic fantasy trilogy that fans will devour.

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Authors to Watch Out For: 2017 Edition

Seeing as how MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape has shifted from book reviews to author interviews, it is very rare that I get write about books and authors that I have read recently (heck, I barely even get to read a book anymore).

Doing interviews with authors about their upcoming books in my way of helping spread the word, but I still feel that a review is more personal and can have a greater impact.

Because of this, I decided to do a “Authors to Watch Out For” list. It is one the same idea and many “Best Debut” lists, except this is going consist of authors that I have read since starting this blog (in 2014), up to now.

The only criteria is that their first novel be released somewhere between 2013 and 2016, or that they have finished their series somewhere in that time frame as well.

Without further ado, here is my list of Authors to Watch Out For!


Rachel Dunne

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Rachel’s debut novel, In the Shadow of the Gods, was releasted in June of 2016; it was one of the best novels I read last year and was a novel that I personally thought had all the ingredients you need to make an epic fantasy trilogy that fans will devour.

Fun-fact: In the Shadow of the Gods, was a semi-finalist for the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, and was then picked by Harper Voyager.

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Author Interview: Rachel Dunne

8339367Today I am interviewing Rachel Dunne, author of the new epic fantasy novel, In the Shadow of the Gods, the first book in the Bound Gods series.

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DJ: Hey Rachel! Thanks for stopping by to do this interview!

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

Rachel Dunne: I’m happy to be here! I’m a debut author, with In the Shadow of the Gods out for a few weeks now, but I’ve been writing my whole life. It’s just a part of who I am, so actually having a book published is a dream come true. I live in the Midwest, which means I spend a lot of time indoors, but I’ve got a giant dog who keeps me on my toes.

DJ: What is the In the Shadow of the Gods about?

RD: The basis for the story is that, centuries ago, a pair of gods called the Twins were cast down and locked away. There are two groups in the world they left behind: one group trying to free the Twins, and the other trying to make sure they stay locked away. The story follows a few people from each of these groups, and there’s a lot of grey morality—there’s no good or bad side, and sometimes it’s not even clear which side each character is on. Continue reading

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Book Review: In the Shadow of the Gods (Bound Gods #1) by Rachel Dunne

In The Shadow of the Gods: A Bound Gods Novel (Bound Gods #1by Rachel Dunne

Publisher: Harper Voyager

Publication Date: June 21, 2016

Edition: ebook, 400 pages

Genre: Epic Fantasy

Rating: 4.5/5


A new epic fantasy author to look-out for!
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