The Mountains of Instead

Championing fiction as an escape from pandemics, politics and bad TV.

Vox Dei (Review of The Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman)

The Book of Blood and Shadow Robin Wasserman Atom 2012
After an all consuming family tragedy, Nora Kane feels like her life is starting to get back on track.  Enjoying her final year of high school, she spends much of her free time doing Latin translation for extra credit.  Doesn’t sound like much fun…

Sing What Was Lost and Dread What Was Won (Review: Froi of the Exiles by Melina Marchetta)

Froi of the Exiles           Melina Marchetta Candlewick Press 2011
Froi of the Exiles is the second title in The Chronicles of Lumatere. As such, this review contains spoilers for book one in the series, Finnikin of the Rock. You have been warned.
Three years have passed since the events of Finnikin …