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Book Reviews: The Curse of Chalion + The Radleys

The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold

A man whose life has been blighted by betrayal. A royal line afflicted by a curse. A usurper hungry for power who corrupts or kills those who would oppose him. Chalion is a land in turmoil as troubles within and enemies without threaten its very existence. But a configuration of events will allow champions to rise and a curse to be unravelled. This is very good with interesting world building.

The Radleys by Matt Haig

The Radleys are all deeply unhappy as they pretend to be a boring, middle class family. But one dark night daughter Clara is in danger and lashes out. Clara discovers the taste of blood and she likes it. The Radleys can’t pretend to be normal anymore especially when Uncle Will pays a visit.

Selfish destructive Uncle Will who leaves havoc and misery in his wake shakes the Radleys façade of normalcy forcing them to face who they really are: vampires. The Radleys are having an identity crisis and things are about to get ugly. This is a good tale of darkness and rot that lurk unseen all around you.
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