Reading roundup 12/01/22

I do hope that you have read some great books since I last posted. I have read two very different books and I think I have found a new author and series to enjoy!

Right, here we go…

Devil’s Fjord by David Hewson

When I saw this book, Devil’s Fjord by David Hewson, on the ebook catalogue, I was really intrigued when I read that it is set in the Faroe Islands. As I have never read a book set there before, it seemed a good idea to try this one.

Here is the blurb:

“New District Sheriff Tristan Haraldsen uncovers a series of dark secrets when he investigates the disappearance of two boys in the remote Faroe Islands. Newly-appointed District Sheriff Tristan Haraldsen and his wife Elsebeth are looking forward to a peaceful semi-retirement in the remote fishing village of Djevulsfjord on the stunningly beautiful island of Vagar. But when two boys go missing during the first whale hunt of the season, the repercussions strike at the heart of the isolated coastal community. As he pursues his investigations, Tristan discovers that the Mikkelsen brothers aren’t the first young men to have vanished on Vagar. Determined to solve the mystery of Djevulsfjord, yet encountering suspicion wherever he turns, Haraldsen comes to realize he and his wife are not living in the rural paradise they had imagined, and that the wild beauty of the region hides a far darker reality.”

I definitely found the book very unusual! The genres would be mystery/crime/Scandi Noir, I think. This is my three star response on Goodreads:

Devil's FjordDevil’s Fjord by David Hewson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was a very dark and bleak story set on the remote Faroe Islands. I wonder what the Faroese make of this book as it doesn’t do the locals any favours at all! The life seems to be very hard and grim and I have read about the mass killing of whales and seen photos.

I found the book quite absorbing, but there was really very little to leaven the intensity and relentlessness of the action. There were some descriptive passages describing the beauty of the scenery.

All in all, I am glad that I read the book and would try another by the same author.

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Well, after that I really needed something totally different.

This is the book that I chose:

Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

I was reading something online, I can’t remember what it was, when someone mentioned this book, very favourably. When I looked it up, it seemed to be just my kind of book: Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen, #01 The Queen of the Tearling.

This is the blurb:

”Her throne awaits . . . if she can live long enough to take it.

It was on her nineteenth birthday that the soldiers came for Kelsea Glynn. They’d come to escort her back to the place of her birth – and to ensure she survives long enough to be able to take possession of what is rightfully hers.

But like many nineteen-year-olds, Kelsea is unruly, has high principles and believes she knows better than her elders. Unlike many nineteen-year-olds, she is about to inherit a kingdom that is on its knees – corrupt, debauched and dangerous.

Kelsea will either become the most fearsome ruler the kingdom has ever known . . . or be dead within the week.

Combining thrilling adventure and action, dark magic, mystery and romance, The Queen of the Tearling is the debut of a born storyteller blessed with a startling imagination.”

I was drawn into this book and read it in a couple of sessions. Well worth four stars and maybe I should have given it the full five! Anyhow, here is my review:

The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #1)The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After reading some of the reviews on here, this book appears to have had a very opposing response amongst many Goodreaders. In my case, I read the book quickly and really enjoyed it. I didn’t look at deep meanings or try to explore below the surface, but just lost myself in the tale.

I don’t think I would classify it as Young Adult, due to some of the content, and I understand that it wasn’t really marketed as such. Anyway, it was refreshing to read a fantasy book with an interesting and strong heroine. I will enjoy seeing how the author develops her character in subsequent books.

In addition, there were hints of a science fiction element to the book, with mentions of America and Britain. These were rather jarring at first, but I then became interested to see how this will all pan out!

Now, do I go back to my reading list or go and get the next one in the series?

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Well, what do you think that I did? For the answer, you will have to keep an eye on this blog or follow me on Goodreads!

Happy Reading to you all!

Love and best wishes,



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