I’m a lover of tea. I believe that after a stressful day, nothing is more intrinsically relaxing that a piping hot cup of tea. I had a blog about tea and hot beverages which was an absolute pleasure of mine. My favourite tea has been Lady Grey for a long time but after being introduced to Redbush tea by Mma Ramotswe of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency (One of many series by the amazing Alexander McCall Smith), that is also a favourite. I love talking and writing about tea and hope that you can indulge me in this feckless passion dear reader. I have quite a stock building up and would love to share the joys and bitter notes of my tea journey with you if I may. Tea varieties, news, accessories and paraphernalia, books and trivia shall convert even the most tea shy amongst you.
Tea related rambling coming to this blog soon!
What is your favourite type of tea?
The former is the first book in this addictive series chronicling the lives of Ceony, the magicians apprentice and her tutor Mg.Thane (short for ‘Magician’). I know comparisons can sometimes be unflattering as every author wants to feel as though they are innovative, however it would be foolhardy NOT to make the comparison to Harry Potter, despite the fact that the main protagonist is female and a lot older that Harry. In short, this felt like I was being dragged against my will into the world of magic over inanimate everyday objects, totally engrossed and thirsty for more action! Can you tell that I loved these books?
I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to read ‘The Paper Magician‘ for free via netgalley.com. This is the first book of the series in which you are introduced to Ceony and the world of magic that she inhabits. You meet Smelters, Folders and Excisioners, each with the power over a specific raw material or element and the ability to manipulate this in the course of magic. Unusually she is assigned a male tutor for her apprenticeship and she enthusiastically learns about the art of folding; a command which she initially underestimates and appears unenthused by until she discovers how useful and versatile paper is when she is forced to fight for her life against past nemesis. Obligatory magical duels, suspense, chases and bad ‘guys’ are all crucial ingredients that made this thoroughly enjoyable. Being set in historic London gave these stories a gritty familiar charm that is loved by Londoners and visitors alike and at times you are irritated by the stubborn, polite, Darcy-esque Englishness of Magician Emery Thane. None of these character traits took away from the enjoyment of the story though.
I enjoyed this so much that I borrowed the second installation ‘The Glass Magician’ using my Amazon Prime benefits! I couldn’t get enough and the second book didn’t disappoint. Ceony makes progress in her apprenticeship and discovers that she is more skilled than she could imagine when evil lurks around the corner. The second book was so much darker and grittier than the first which made it all the more enjoyable. A clever loveable protagonist, a quirky eccentric tutor and many more ‘Marmite’ characters and pleasant surprises you will love to hate…
Definitely a must read for teens and upwards I would say though I felt that it read pretty well for adults as well if you are a fan of supernatural type books.
Have you read any of these books? If so, what did you think? Who was your favourite character? Leave me a comment and let’s get discussions going!
If there was ever a pair of photographs that I have taken that would be reputed to be photoshopped, it is the ones in this post. It’s a rare sunny occasion in London and I feel like my mood always is reflected in my photographs. If these are anything to go by, I was feeling pretty good!
London October 2013
I don’t think that I have mentioned this in this blog before but it has been a hobby of mine for a number of years now to photograph graffiti and street art in any of my trips. I have quite a collection though I have not uploaded these to my blog before. Here are a few of the latest ones from a walk around the Brick Lane, Shoreditch area of London.
What you you feel about graffiti and street art?
P.s if you recognise yourself or your work, please let me know and I will attribute to you!
A work in progress. Artist unknown.