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What I read in September

Lise —  September 27, 2017 — 13 Comments

A Warriors Journey by Paul Thompson and Tonya Cook.

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The first title in a new trilogy from Dragonlance author team Thompson and Cook. 
Writing team Thompson & Cook once again explore the history of the ancient Dragonlance world in “A Warrior’s Journey,” the first title in the new Ergoth trilogy. Considered the historical specialists of the Dragonlance world, the authors take the story to a colorful and violent era of its history that has not been previously chronicled in any novel. 
The mighty Ergothian empire is gripped by civil war. 
Centuries before the first Cataclysm sunders Ansalon, two imperial dynasties struggle for supremacy. Brutal warlords jockey for power, while corrupt wizards sell their skills to the highest bidder. Unnatural monsters prey on the unwary. 
Amid this chaos and upheaval, a brave young peasant shakes the towers of the mighty as his fate and the destiny of Krynn collide.


This book follows the story of a farmer boy named Tol. He is just doing his duty when an injured man rides into the farm, he hides him and keeps him safe from some attackers, and suddenly Tol finds himself in a new city with a new title. The story is interesting enough, but Tol just achieves victory after victory and there isn’t really any thrill to it. It’s just him doing well and that’s pretty much it. It’s not the worst story I have read but it could do with more conflict, more sense of urgency during battle or during anything in general to keep the reader more engaged. This is the first book of a trilogy, but I don’t know if I would want to read the other two.

War for the oaks by Emma Bull

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War for the Oaks

Eddi McCandry has just left her boyfriend and their band when she finds herself running through the Minneapolis night, pursued by a sinister man and a huge, terrifying dog. The two creatures are one and the same: a phouka, a faerie being who has chosen Eddi to be a mortal pawn in the age-old war between the Seelie and Unseelie Courts. Eddi isn’t interested–but she doesn’t have a choice. Now she struggles to build a new life and new band when she might not even survive till the first rehearsal.


This book was weird, really weird! It’s an old and not really modern book with outdated references and descriptions but it was entertaining. It is said to be the first proper urban fantasy book and that it is a true staple for anyone interested in the genre, but it all comes down to personal preference. It was a bit confusing to keep up with, Eddi was not the most likable character and I really wish there wasn’t as big of a focus on romance. The relationships that were formed didn’t really bring anything good to the story for me. I was more interested in the fae folk and everything that had to do with them and i feel like I was neglected that because of the space the romances needed. It kept me entertained for a while though so I had to give it a fairly good rating.


Dragon Age: Last Flight by Liane Merciel

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Last Flight (Dragon Age, #5)

Return to Thedas, the setting of BioWare’s award-winning Dragon Age dark fantasy rpg, and discover what dark, forgotten secrets lurk in the history of the legendary Grey Wardens.

The Grey Wardens are heroes across Thedas once again: the Archdemon has been defeated with relative ease and the scattered darkspawn are being driven back underground. The Blight is over. Or so it seems.

Valya, a young elven mage recently recruited into the Wardens, has been tasked with studying the historical record of previous Blights in order to gain insight into newly reported, and disturbing, darkspawn phenomena. Her research into the Fourth Blight leads her to an encoded reference scrawled in the margins of an ancient map, and to the hidden diary of Issenya, one of the last of the fabled griffon riders. As the dark secrets buried in Isseyna’s story unfold, Valya begins to question everything she thought she knew about the heroic Grey Wardens. . . .


This novel tells the story about why the griffons disappeared from Thedas and it would definitely change your perspective on the Grey Wardens.. I always thought they were selfless heroes, but there’s always bad apples in any kind of faction. The novel kinda follows two stories, the story of Valya, who finds the diary owned by the main character in the second story, who goes by the name Isseya. It’s a rather tragic story because they do not treat the griffons well at all. Luckily it has a somewhat happy ending, so it was a good read for me at least. I don’t require all stories to have a happy ending, but when it is about innocent animals, it needs one.

Dragon Age: The Masked Empire by Patrick Weekes

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The Masked Empire (Dragon Age, #4)

Empress Celene of Orlais rose to the throne of the most powerful nation in Thedas through wisdom, wit, and ruthless manipulation. Now, the empire she has guided into an age of enlightenment is threatened from within by imminent war between the templars and the mages, even as rebellion stirs among the downtrodden elves To save Orlais, Celene must keep her hold on the throne by any means necessary.

Fighting with the legendary skill of the Orlesian Chevaliers , Grand Duke Gaspard has won countless battles for the empire and the empress But has he fought in vain? As the Circle fails and chaos looms, Gaspard begins to doubt that Celene’s diplomatic approach to the mage problem or the elven uprisings will keep the empire safe. Perhaps it is time for a new leader, one who lives by the tenets of the Chevalier’s Code, to make Orlais strong again.

Briala has been Celene’s handmaid since the two of them were children, subtly using her position to help improve the lives of elves across Orlais. She is Celene’s confidante, spymaster, and lover, but when politics force the empress to choose between the rights of Briala’s people and the Orlesian throne, Briala must in turn decide where her true loyalties lie.

Alliances are forged and promises broken as Celene and Gaspard battle for the throne of Orlais But in the end, the elves who hide in the forests or starve in the alienages may decide the fate of the masked empire.


I would recommend to read this book before playing Dragon Age: Inquisition, as it helps you with understanding most of what is going on during the “Wicked eyes and wicked hearts” quest that takes place during one of Empress Celene’s great balls. The novel gives you an insight to Orlais’ politics and shows you just how terrible it could be to be an empress. We follow the story of Celene and her lover, the handmaiden Briala. Celene’s position is always being threatened by her distant cousin, the Grand Duke Gaspard who despises her female companion, and he despises her affinity towards the elves. It is a gruesome tale with a lot of death and deceit, but it is wonderfully written and it is one of my two favorites out of the dragon age novels.


American Gods by Neil Gaiman

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American Gods (American Gods, #1)

Days before his release from prison, Shadow’s wife, Laura, dies in a mysterious car crash. Numbly, he makes his way back home. On the plane, he encounters the enigmatic Mr Wednesday, who claims to be a refugee from a distant war, a former god and the king of America.

Together they embark on a profoundly strange journey across the heart of the USA, whilst all around them a storm of preternatural and epic proportions threatens to break.

Scary, gripping and deeply unsettling, American Gods takes a long, hard look into the soul of America. You’ll be surprised by what – and who – it finds there…


I picked this up, read a bit over 100 pages and haven’t touched it again. The story is confusing me a lot, it feels so heavy to read and I don’t really know what is going on.. It’s also kinda gross, talking about someone dying with a dick in their mouth, then the main character kissing that corpse in a ‘dream’ after.. yuck. I might pick it back up some day but not right now. I’m sure it’s great though, everyone speaks so warmly of it, but they’re probably not as sensitive to certain topics as I am.

Have you read anything interesting this month?



Every summer I usually splurge a bit on a few new books to keep myself entertained when it’s too warm outside. This summer has been way warmer than any in my recent memory so I decided to just go to the book store to take advantage of the Air Conditioner there, and to find a few new reads. I noticed they had a 3-for-2 deal on English pocket books (pocket means paperback here). Books here are fairly expensive, these retailed for 149 NOK (roughly 17 dollars) per piece, so I’m glad the third was free. I chose a good variety of books, Armada being the thinnest at 368 pages, and American Gods being the thickest at 736 pages. I’m really looking forward to read all of them! I also picked up a moisturizing face mask, and a hypoallergenic mascara from Isadora at the drugstore next door from the book store. I usually use the Lush Eyes Right mascara, but mine had dried out and this one was on sale so i opted to go for that instead.

Neil Gaiman – American Gods

Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life. But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow’s best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday. A trickster and a rogue, Wednesday seems to know more about Shadow than Shadow does himself. Life as Wednesday’s bodyguard, driver, and errand boy is far more interesting and dangerous than Shadow ever imagined. Soon Shadow learns that the past never dies…and that beneath the placid surface of everyday life a storm is brewing – an epic war for the very soul of America – and that he is standing squarely in its path.

Ernest Cline – Armada

Zack Lightman has spent his life dreaming. Dreaming that the real world could be a little more like the countless science-fiction books, movies, and videogames he’s spent his life consuming. Dreaming that one day, some fantastic, world-altering event will shatter the monotony of his humdrum existence and whisk him off on some grand space-faring adventure. But hey, there’s nothing wrong with a little escapism, right? After all, Zack tells himself, he knows the difference between fantasy and reality. He knows that here in the real world, aimless teenage gamers with anger issues don’t get chosen to save the universe.

And then he sees the flying saucer.

Even stranger, the alien ship he’s staring at is straight out of the videogame he plays every night, a hugely popular online flight simulator called Armada—in which gamers just happen to be protecting the earth from alien invaders. No, Zack hasn’t lost his mind. As impossible as it seems, what he’s seeing is all too real. And his skills—as well as those of millions of gamers across the world—are going to be needed to save the earth from what’s about to befall it. It’s Zack’s chance, at last, to play the hero. But even through the terror and exhilaration, he can’t help thinking back to all those science-fiction stories he grew up with, and wondering: Doesn’t something about this scenario seem a little…familiar?

Erin Morgenstern – The Night Circus 

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it, no paper notices plastered on lampposts and billboards. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within these nocturnal black-and-white striped tents awaits an utterly unique, a feast for the senses, where one can get lost in a maze of clouds, meander through a lush garden made of ice, stare in wonderment as the tattooed contortionist folds herself into a small glass box, and become deliciously tipsy from the scents of caramel and cinnamon that waft through the air.

Welcome to Le Cirque des Rêves.

Beyond the smoke and mirrors, however, a fierce competition is under way–a contest between two young illusionists, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood to compete in a “game” to which they have been irrevocably bound by their mercurial masters. Unbeknownst to the players, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will.

As the circus travels around the world, the feats of magic gain fantastical new heights with every stop. The game is well under way and the lives of all those involved–the eccentric circus owner, the elusive contortionist, the mystical fortune-teller, and a pair of red-headed twins born backstage among them–are swept up in a wake of spells and charms.

But when Celia discovers that Marco is her adversary, they begin to think of the game not as a competition but as a wonderful collaboration. With no knowledge of how the game must end, they innocently tumble headfirst into love. A deep, passionate, and magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands. Their masters still pull the strings, however, and this unforeseen occurrence forces them to intervene with dangerous consequences, leaving the lives of everyone from the performers to the patrons hanging in the balance.


After visiting both the book store and the drug store, I decided to stop by H&M  to see if I could find any eye shadows on sale, as recommended by Lisa. I found two that were on sale for 10 NOK (roughly a dollar each) and one for 20 NOK (two dollars). You could see two of these being used in my previous blog post about a bold eye look. I didn’t show any swatches there, so I thought I could include them here! The purple and the blue shades were impressive, but I was a tiny bit disappointed with how sheer the green shade was. Like you would expect a more christmas-y green from that pan, right? Or is it just me having too big expectations?


I guess I can’t really complain since they were so cheap to begin with! And I will continue to use it in combination with the green shade from the Maybelline 24k palette anyways.

Have you treated yourself to something nice lately?

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