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Thursday, 31 January 2019

Cover of the Month - The Order of the White Boar by Alex Marchant



Book Cover of the Month

January

The Order of the White Boar







HUGE thanks to  Designer, Cathy Helms from Avalon Graphics for selecting this month's cover of the Month.





The Order of the White Boar is automatically put forward for Cover of the Year 2019.



All books receiving a Chill with a Readers' Award in February will automatically be considered for Book Cover of the Month – February.





Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Raven's Feast by Eric Schumacher


Raven's Feast

has RECEIVED a


Chill with a Book READERS’ Award


It is 935 A.D. and Hakon Haraldsson has just wrested the High Seat of the North from his ruthless brother, Erik Bloodaxe. Now, he must fight to keep it.

The land-hungry Danes are pressing from the south to test Hakon before he can solidify his rule. In the east, the Uplanders are making their own plans to seize the throne. It does not help that Hakon is committed to his dream of Christianizing his people - a dream his countrymen do not share and will fight to resist.

As his enemies move in and his realm begins to crumble, Hakon and his band of oath-sworn warriors must make a stand in Raven’s Feast, the riveting sequel to God’s Hammer.

Genre:  Norse / Icelandic
Approx pages:  255


Raven's Feast was read and evaluated by Chill's readers against the following...

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Saturday, 26 January 2019

Falcon's Call by Mike Waller


Falcon's Call

has RECEIVED a


A PREMIER Readers’ Award


Premier Readers’ Award is honoured to books that receive exceptional high praise from Chill Readers.


Joe Falcon has a problem. He’s bored. He needs a new purpose, and a new adventure.
When an unidentified vessel is located beyond Jupiter, the authorities of both Earth and Mars begin a frantic race to claim it, aware that whichever planet succeeds might in so doing achieve advantage over the other. But who should they send?

Joe would never consider himself the ‘right’ person. Drifting around the Asteroid Belt in a converted freighter, working as a surveyor and miner with a crew of oddballs and misfits who, like himself, are running away each from his or her own private demons, he cannot think of a single good reason why he should be the chosen one. But how could he not go?

When the surveyor Butterball rendezvous with the Visitor, Joe discovers a ship so immense, exploring its thousands of square kilometres of decks is unrealistic. As the alien vessel responds to his presence in wondrous yet frightening ways, not a trace of its inhabitants can be found. Virtually everything Joe and his team sees is beyond explanation, and little is what it appears to be.
Joe soon realises he and his crew are expendable and cannot take anything or anyone at face value, including the alien ship’s owners. And all the time, the crew are being watched and studied.
Then humanity learns that this wondrous spacecraft is not their real problem.

Never would Joe have imagined it would fall to him to make the decision that would alter the destiny of two worlds, launching humankind into either a glorious future, or the path to extinction.

Genre:  Sci Fi
Approx pages:  450


Falcon's Call was read and evaluated by Chill's readers against the following...

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Thursday, 24 January 2019

Club 27 by Martin Tracey


Club 27

has RECEIVED a


Chill with a Book READERS’ Award


DCI Judd Stone is heading for rock bottom. He breaks the rules, he gambles and he’s begun to play around.
An unlikely lifeline is thrown Judd’s way when he finds himself catapulted into trying to prevent Rock and Pop sensation Phoenix from becoming the next member of the infamous 27 club – the name given to the list of iconic musicians who die at the age of 27.
Judd’s quest is not made easier when Phoenix’s lifestyle is even more self-destructive than his own - but how can Judd possibly protect someone from themselves?
And who else could be conspiring to benefit from Phoenix’s death? A crazed fan? Birmingham’s ruthless Gangsters? A Secret Society? Or maybe even those who Phoenix believes to be closest to her?
And when Phoenix embarks on an unprecedented tour performing at some of the most wondrous places of the world, the stakes to protect her become even higher.
This sensational follow up to the award-winning Mind Guerrilla will have you rooting for the irrepressible Judd Stone all over again.

Genre:  Mystery / Thriller
Approx pages:  234


Club 27 was read and evaluated by Chill's readers against the following...

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Wednesday, 23 January 2019

The Order of the White Boar by Alex Marchant


The Order of the White Boar

has RECEIVED a


Chill with a Book READERS’ Award


How well do you know the story of King Richard III? Not as well as Matthew Wansford.
Matthew, a 12-year-old merchant’s son, has always longed to be a knight. And his chance comes in the golden summer of 1482 when he arrives at Middleham Castle, home of King Edward IV’s brother, Richard, Duke of Gloucester – valiant warrior, loyal brother, loving father, good master.
Soon Matt encounters a dangerous enemy. Hugh, a fellow page, is a better swordsman, horseman, more skilled in all the knightly arts – and the son of an executed traitor. A vicious bully, he aims to make Matt's life hell.

Yet Matt also finds the most steadfast of friends – Alys, Roger and Edward, the Duke’s only son. Together they forge a secret knightly fellowship, the Order of the White Boar, and swear an oath of lifelong loyalty – to each other and to their good lord, Duke Richard.

But these are not times to play at war. Soon Matt and his friends will be plunged into the deadly games of the Wars of the Roses. Will their loyalty be tested as the storm looms on the horizon?
For readers of 10 and above, ‘The Order of the White Boar’ tells the exciting adventures of Matt and his friends in the months leading up to the momentous events of 1483, the ‘Year of the Three Kings’.
And coming soon, in May 2018, ‘The King’s Man’, following Matt’s further adventures as he serves the new King Richard III through to the fateful summer of 1485 and beyond.

Praise for The Order of the White Boar

‘A wonderful work of historical fiction . . . altogether a very enjoyable book for both children and adults.’ Isabel Green, 'Ricardian Bulletin' of the Richard III Society

‘This engaging and exciting story has the power to captivate readers of any age . . . extremely well researched and a pleasure to read.’ Wendy Johnson, member of the Looking for Richard Project

‘A really gripping historical novel . . . well written, vivid and absorbing.’ E. Flanagan, author of 'Eden Summer'

‘Exciting and appealing, accurate and well-researched . . . I can honestly see this becoming a classic.’ Joanne R. Larner, author of 'Richard Liveth Yet'

‘Finally! A book that has been written for a younger audience, which brings to life, through the eyes of a young boy, the just and fair leader that Richard III truly was.’ Richard III’s Loyal Supporters

Find Matt and Alex on Facebook at Alex Marchant Author, on Twitter @AlexMarchant84 and @whiteboarorder, and on WordPress @AlexMarchantBlog.

Genre:  Children / Medieval
Approx pages:  226


The Order of the White Boar was read and evaluated by Chill's readers against the following...

Were the characters strong and engaging?
 Was the book well written?
Did the story / plot have you turning the page to find out what happened next?
Was the ending satisfying?
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