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Blog Tour Review - To Cage A God by Elizabeth May

 Blog Tour Review - To Cage A God by Elizabeth May To cage a god is divine. To be divine is to rule. To rule is to destroy. Using ancient secrets, Galina and Sera’s mother grafted gods into their bones. Bound to brutal deities and granted forbidden power no commoner has held in a millennia, the sisters have grown up to become living weapons. Raised to overthrow an empire―no matter the cost. With their mother gone and their country on the brink of war, it falls to the sisters to take the helm of the rebellion and end the cruel reign of a royal family possessed by destructive gods. Because when the ruling alurea invade, they conquer with fire and blood. And when they clash, common folk burn. While Sera reunites with her estranged lover turned violent rebel leader, Galina infiltrates the palace. In this world of deception and danger, her only refuge is an isolated princess, whose whip-smart tongue and sharp gaze threaten to uncover Galina’s secret. Torn between desire and duty, Galina mus

Review - Into the Jungle by Katherine Rundell

 Review - Into the Jungle by Katherine Rundell

Into the Jungle is a modern classic in the making, as Katherine Rundell creates charming and compelling origin stories for all Kipling's best-known characters, from Baloo and Shere Khan to Kaa and Bagheera. As Mowgli travels through the Indian jungle, this brilliantly visual tale, which weaves each short story together into a wider whole, will make readers both laugh and cry.

I haven't read The Jungle Book since I was a young child, I'm much more familiar with the Disney film, so I wasn't sure what to expect when I started this book. I quickly fell in love with it!

There are five short stories, each one focusing on a different Jungle Book character and delving into their past. It was fascinating to see different aspects of characters like Baloo the bear or Bagheera the panther, and what shaped them into the familiar characters we know and love. The stories are also cleverly linked, with each story being told to Mowgli by a different storyteller, so that the whole book hangs together as a single narrative that builds up to a very exciting climax.

One of the things I particularly loved is the way Katherine brings the jungle and the surrounding human civilisation to life. It's incredibly evocative and I really did feel drawn into that world, with all of its sounds, smells and visions.


Into the Jungle by Katherine Rundell is out now, published by Pan Macmillan.

I was given a review copy via Netgalley in return for an honest review.


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