Scorpica Spotlight!

A centuries-long peace is shattered in a matriarchal society when a decade passes without a single girl being born in this sweeping epic fantasy that’s perfect for fans of Robin Hobb and Circe.

Five hundred years of peace between queendoms shatters when girls inexplicably stop being born. As the Drought of Girls stretches across a generation, it sets off a cascade of political and personal consequences across all five queendoms of the known world, throwing long-standing alliances into disarray as each queendom begins to turn on each other—and new threats to each nation rise from within.

Uniting the stories of women from across the queendoms, this propulsive, gripping epic fantasy follows a warrior queen who must rise from childbirth bed to fight for her life and her throne, a healer in hiding desperate to protect the secret of her daughter’s explosive power, a queen whose desperation to retain control leads her to risk using the darkest magic, a near-immortal sorcerer demigod powerful enough to remake the world for her own ends—and the generation of lastborn girls, the ones born just before the Drought, who must bear the hopes and traditions of their nations if the queendoms are to survive.

G.R. Macallister, author of the Five Queendoms series, also writes bestselling historical fiction as Greer Macallister. Her novels have been named Indie Next, LibraryReads, and Amazon Best Book of the Month picks and optioned for film and television. A regular contributor to Writer Unboxed and the Chicago Review of Books, she lives with her family in Washington, DC. Scorpica is her epic fantasy debut.

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However Long the Day by Justin Reed

Disclaimer: I received this arc and e-arc from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: However Long the Day

Author: Justin Reed

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 4/5

Recommended For…: historical fiction, prince and the pauper retelling, 1920s era

Publication Date: February 15, 2022

Genre: Historical Fiction

Age Relevance: 16+ (xenophobia, racism, sexism, sickness, war, alcohol consumption, violence, gore)

Explanation of Above: There is xenophobia, racism, and sexism mentioned and shown in the book, especially towards one of the characters. This is set in a post-war world, so war is brought up and mentioned occasionally. Sickness in the form of Spanish Flu (which was COVID like) is mentioned as well as mask wearing and mandates. Alcohol consumption is mentioned, especially since this is set during the prohibition era. There is also some violence and gore in the book.

Publisher: Bulrush Press LLC

Pages: 401

Synopsis: However Long the Day is the tale of two strangers—Niall Donovan, a poor immigrant from Ireland, and Frederick Philips, a rich ne’er-do-well from New York’s Upper East Side—who discover they look so similar they could be twins. Frederick, desperate to avoid a lecture from his father, bribes Niall to switch places for the evening. Niall finds there’s more to the story than Frederick let on, and is dragged through the turbulence created by World War I, the Spanish Flu, and social upheaval, and into the corrupt belly of Manhattan on the cusp of Prohibition.

As Niall and Frederick hurtle through the next twenty-four hours, will either get what they bargained for?

Review: For the most part this was a fun book. It’s a Prince and the Pauper retelling set during the 1920s. The book has an okay premise, but the story is very well done. The characters are well developed and the world building is spectacular. The writing is also well done and I highly enjoyed this read overall.

The only issue I had with the book is that it’s very fast paced for a 400 page book. There’s a lot that goes on and sometimes it gets confusing, especially in the beginning of the book. I highly enjoyed it, but it took me a bit to get into.

Verdict: It was well done!