Lets celebrate the death of 2016 by giving away something Awesome

Announcing the Blogin’ Hobgoblins January 2017 giveaway brought to you by  StickyWoodyZtudio

 

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And what better way to celebrate a new year than with a Beautiful Broken Empire themed book cover!

What does new years have to do with the Broken Empire?

Absolutely nothing!

Except that this will be my January giveaway, hence the new year part. And It is awesome just look at this thing. Made with art hand burned in to the birch wood and with leather cord for the spine and clasp.  By tightening or loosening the leather straps on the spine, you can fit just about any book into this cover. Here is emperor of thorns

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and then The complete works of Shakespeare.  Which I imagine is about the same size as The Broken Empire Omnibus. sold here

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Yes, you should be Impressed that I have Shakespeare laying around my house. But you should be even more impressed by This one of a kind item I will be giving away absolutely free!!

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And while there is only one of these to give away you can have one made for your favorite book. And I mean any book! Maybe you like Harry Potter then take a look at this one.

He can even make a 3-ring binder for your paperwork.

All orders that mention my blog will get $40.00 off. The normal price is $90.00. So hurry the  $50.00 price will only last until the 31st of January after that the price goes back to $90.00.  Order here or just Email stickywoodyz@gmail.com .  If you think you might want to order one of these book covers but are not sure what kind of design. Let me know what book or series you would like it to be themed and ill try to come up with something. Or you can  send me your Ideas  and we can work something out together. Email me at bloginhobgoblin@gmail.com

But This post is about a Giveaway isn’t it?

Yes you can win this one for free

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all you have to do is Comment bellow  on this post and you are entered. Then Please share this post on Facebook, Twitter or whatever. I would appreciate it if you followed the blog but it is not necessary. If you don’t want to mess around with the blog You can also like my  Face Book Page to see my reviews and keep up with the latest giveaways.

But don’t forget to comment on this post before you leave.

The drawing will go from now until January 31st around 2:00 pm my time 4:00 pm Eastern.

If you have any questions please  Contact The Hobgoblin

Good luck and Thanks again to  StickyWoodyZtudio for creating this wonderful book cover to giveaway to one of my awesome visitors.

 

Playing in a tiny bit of snow with my not so tiny Goblins

OK first off this is my Oldest son, My daughter, and My adopted son in law? Um they are not married yet but they have been together like forever and I love the kid like hes one of my own, even if I feel like a Dwarf around him. Then check out the Goat shirt. I need one of those to send to Peter Newman. Then if you where to see the book being opened it is a signed copy of Paternus by the one and only Dyrk Ashton. Oh and I gave them some sharp and pointy things. The throwing axe was fun. My daughter was not amused….

 

 

Hob’s REVIEW of The Last Sacrifice (Tides of War) by James A. Moore

The Last Sacrifice (Tides of War)

by James A. Moore

Jan 3, 2017

length 320 pages

I received a free E-copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way changes how I rate this book.

The start with the Facts of the book. just the Facts ma’am. I received an ARC that was not the final version so I won’t take off points for the Typos. However I do hope they get fixed before the final release January 3rd of 2017. There was hardly any errors in the first half of the book. Then around the halfway point I started seeing a few,  just little things like smile when it should be smiled. But as the end drew near I started seeing more and more.  Now the cover, well the cover  is fricken awesome. It really captures what the book is about even though you won’t understand that until  you are in to the book a bit.

Now we talk about the story. Well it was, as we say in a Facebook group I am in, “It was GDAF” or Grimdark as fuck!  So in a word “GREAT”.

Thanks for coming. See you later! Hope you enjoyed the review…….

For your enjoyment, here is an Undying Goblin lets call him Dowru-Hobs  and he just wants a hug.

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Okay Okay I was just kidding. I am a Dad. I have to tell a certain amount of bad jokes a day. If I don’t hit my quota I could lose my Dad Card and you wouldn’t want that on your head now would you?

No, really it was a great book.  Even though we never really get to know the characters all that well, you can’t help but feel for some of them. That’s because James…er the Gods in the story are mean and petty. James  really is a nice guy, he even wished me a happy birthday while I was writing this review.  It literally just popped up on my screen now. Thanks James! Not very Grimdark of you though…… No we will never be happy with anything you do…….  Where was I before I was so rudely interrupted? oh hey interrupting isn’t very nice so I guess it was Grim if not very dark, to wish me a happy birthday. But what is Mark Lawrence’s excuse?

What? No I am not bragging! I had a perfectly good reason to tell you all that i got birthday wishes from some of my favorite authors. It’s not like I went out of my way to say Richard Knaak and Peter Newman . and many others wished me a happy birthday geez!….Let’s get back to the review….

This story is told in third person, and for the smallish size of the book, there are a lot of different POVs. That’s why we never really got to know anyone that well. But I have to admit the starting POV was done really well. I almost felt a few tears welling up and I didn’t even know what the hell was going on yet.  When I figured it out I was really upset. I remember thinking what a fucked up world these people live in.  And it is a Grimdark setting . I am not going to go into the plot but I will say you would not want to live in this place.

Final thoughts

It wasn’t that short of a book but it did feel that way because there was a lot of action. A lot of POVs but done well so it wasn’t confusing.  The ending came abruptly and without coming to much of a conclusion. But the way the ending summed up what everyone was doing and where they were at  was a nice touch, and that made up for the lack of a firm resolution  As it is I can’t wait for the next book and this one isn’t even out yet. Definitely a wild ride and I can’t wait to ride it again. I give The Last Sacrifice 4.5 out of 5 stars.

 

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Hob’s review of The Malice by Peter Newman

Look its a goblin riding a demon goat while Juggling bombs! I made it just for you.      Merry  Christmas.

hob-and-goatI know what you are thinking….. Well I have no clue what you are thinking but I am sure that while you are thinking it you look like this.

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The Malice

By (author)  Peter Newman

 

 

  • Format Hardback | 464 pages
  • Dimensions 159 x 227 x 43mm | 698g
  • Publication date 19 May 2016
  • Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
  • Imprint HarperVoyager

 

 

 

 

First off this book was a pain to get. I guess it is not available in the USA yet. I would have liked to get the Audiobook as I listened to the first book but again not available in USA.  Amazon has the HB for sale by a 3rd party for $75.00 and no thanks I wanted it but not that bad.  So I went to the source Peter Newman himself and asked what was up. He pointed me to the book depository where I found a HB copy for $15.00 with free shipping. I love that site now by the way.  The cover is great, the art really captures the story without actually giving anything away.

 

The story starts some years after the first book, and like in The Vagrant there is a baby at the start of the book. but this time we see it born into the cruel world. It is spurned by its mother and taken in by someone who will care for the poor Kid. I meant to use a capital K in kid. Because that’s the name of the son of a Goat. I meant to use a capital G in goat because that’s the name of ….well you know about Goat.

It was no surprise that Goat was a bad mother. It was kind of a surprise she ever found herself in a motherly way in the first place though. But the now young woman Vesper stepped up to be a mom to Kid.  Vesper is just as precocious as ever and is chosen by the sword Gamma to go on an adventure because it was being ignored by the Vagrant.

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My daughter has actually called me Smelly goat for the last 10 years since onetime at the zoo a goat ate part of my shorts. And I insisted on leaving the zoo. Totally not related I call her Smelly Cow she wouldn’t want me to tell you why…..

OK where was I? …oh yeah

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Vesper and Kid go on an adventure. You all should know by now I don’t like to just tell the plot I tell how i felt while reading the book.

So how did I feel?  Book one had some pretty big shoes to fill but The Malice did a good job filling them. I don’t know how the author made me like a mute character like the Vagrant without ever actually being in his head., but he did. And at the start of the book I felt that would be missing and make the book much the worse for it. But the sword Gamma eventually filled that role quite nicely. The kid was not the Goat but did a good job of comic relief. I actually liked the cast more this time around, even though it took me most of the book to come to that conclusion.

Final thoughts

It was hard to get so I am taking some points off for that. but that is the only reason it is not getting 5 stars. It is a much different book than the Vagrant But again I found myself really loving these characters for their flaws as much as for their strengths. A fun read with tension and loss but also humor and self sacrifice. Also I loved how the kid was Narcoleptic! As someone who suffers from Narcolepsy myself I thought it was hilarious. I give The Malice 4.5 out of 5 stars.

 

HAPPY Saturnalia

Well it’s the 25th of December did you all have fun making your human sacrifice to destroy the forces of evil? What you didn’t do it? Well then how can I give away free audiobooks? Oh well 3 winners have been chosen anyway and they should have something in the E-mail already.

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Congratulations to the winners and to the others you still have time to make a sacrifice to the gods, Maybe you will win next time if you make it a good one! Thanks for playing everyone! And a big thanks to C.T. Phipps for providing the audiobooks and well, writing them in the first place may your soul never be devoured be the Old Ones.

The players

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Robert Junker

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Robert

J P Ashman

Kristen

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Christian

Travis titus

Darlene Kreutzkamp

Mike Duke

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Hobs review of Black Martlet by J.P. Ashman

Black Martlet (Black Powder Wars short stories #1)

This will probably be my shortest review ever but it was a short story. It took me longer to make the graphics then to read it but it was one hell of a great short story. The way J.P. introduced the characters and setting was so well done I felt humor, sorrow, and pride even though the whole thing was just a few pages long . Well done my friend well done. Now I have to rearrange my ATLAS to bring Black Cross (Black Powder Wars, #1) up to the top! 5 out of 5 stars for this short and sweet little book
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A Surprise ATLAS POST

 

I was expecting one  book in the mail anytime in the next week or so.I was surprised It arrived all the way from the Netherlands so quickly. But then Femke had to Surprise me again with a second book and Candy canes!! Thanks Femke once again you are awesome

The books are

Sentinel (Ashen Court)

 

And the One the Only

Twelve Kings in Sharakhai (Song of Shattered Sands)

The Song of the Shattered Sands: Book One

Sharakhai, the great city of the desert, center of commerce and culture, has been ruled from time immemorial by twelve kings — cruel, ruthless, powerful, and immortal. With their army of Silver Spears, their elite company of Blade Maidens and their holy defenders, the terrifying asirim, the Kings uphold their positions as undisputed, invincible lords of the desert. There is no hope of freedom for any under their rule.Or so it seems, until Çeda, a brave young woman from the west end slums, defies the Kings’ laws by going outside on the holy night of Beht Zha’ir. What she learns that night sets her on a path that winds through both the terrible truths of the Kings’ mysterious history and the hidden riddles of her own heritage. Together, these secrets could finally break the iron grip of the Kings’ power…if the nigh-omnipotent Kings don’t find her first.

I already have this one in Audiobook but I am happy to have a paper copy. Now if we could get some authors down to Arizona for a signing I would be set

I should mention I started listening to

The Winds of Khalakovo (The Lays of Anuskaya)

by Bradley P. Beaulieu last night I don’t remember how it got on to my Audible but I “never look a gift book in the spine” as no one has ever said. Except for me, just now. You where here when it happened you know I said it.

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