From the Shadows of the Owl Queen's Court
As a captive of the Owl Queen’s Court, Nascha’s life has always been one knife’s edge away from disaster. But when she is threatened for nothing more than the colour of her hair, Nascha attempts the unthinkable: escape through the dreaded Magpie King’s forest.
Hunted by sharp toothed and sharper witted foxfolk, and hated by all ...more
26th July - The book is out with beta readers right now. Relieved that I get a break staring at those words over and over, but on tender hooks awaiting their feedback…
7th August - Shadows is getting its final editorial pass as I type this... So close now!
10th August - Interior assets have arrived. Got to wait until next month for the cover reveal :)
13th August - A flurry ...more
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It's no secret, that Benedict Patrick had become one of my favorite authors with his Yarnsworld series. I was beyond excited when I got my hands on an early copy of From The Shadows Of The Ow ...more
His son, Bradan, wants to help people. His intentions are noble and clean, and y ...more
I loved this fourth book to the yarnsworld series!!!
I will post a full review once this book is published!
ARC provided by the author for an honest review.
I have been fortunate enough for the last two Yarnsworld books to have been included in Bendict’s ARC group and I couldn’t be more thankful. After picking up the first two books in this series a couple of years ago, I instantly fell in love with this world and i ...more
A standout entry in the Yarnsworld novels. I've said Benedict has gotten better with every book, and this book only reinforces that opinion. There were more layers upon layers in this story, woven through in both the chapters and the folktales. Some genuine heartbreak in this book, too. All in all, exactly what I wanted--and more--from my return to the Magpie King's forest.
If you haven’t tried a Yarnsworld novel yet, you ...more
Readers new to Yarnsworld might find the early portions of the book a tad slow and generic. But please, stick till the end and you will be richly rewarded. If you want to have an ide ...more
From the Shadows of the Owl Queen’s Court is yet another story weaved with folklore tales that surprises with the level of imagination and adventure. It would be impossible for me to summarize briefly what this story is about, that’s what the blurb is for, y’all! And I have yet to master the art of summarizing! But clearly, as I’ve come to experience with Patrick’s books to date, he delivers yet another completely out of th ...more
I should really, really know better than to start a book at bedtime with the intent to read ‘just one chapter’ before sleeping. I really should.
Enter Kristen, bleary-eyed and unable to put this book down. “Hhhrrrrnnngggg… one more chapter. *checks phone* 3AM!? FUCK!”
So this is how I read more than half this book in one sitting, and then low key fell asleep the next morning on my desk for a bit.
This is the story of Nascha, who is a servant in the Owl Queen’s court, ...more
First off as I have come to expect from this series the cover art is gorgeous.
This story takes us back to the dark of Magpie King's forest. I love this Everything about the Magpie King and his domain. It is much darker than the last two entries in the series, giving the folktales more of a Brothers Grimm vibe.
This is a story about ...more
This story can be read as a standalone, but it helps if you've read They Mostly Come Out at Night as Lonan, the main character, makes an appearance as the father of one of the main characters in this book. The setting is the same as well, so you'll have a better understanding of how the world works.
From the Shadows of th ...more
Which in it's own right is fantastic to start you could read this as a stand alone novel but the myth, laws and legends are fleshed out more to in my eyes a better book
All the characters in this book again are flawed but believable and living in a place which would give the brothers Grimm nightmares
I don't want to go into detail as I'm rubbish at giving away spoilers and truly want to talk t ...more
Lost tales of the Corvae and more in a tense story of the consequences of assuming power that comes at a tremendous price.
Benedict Patrick has always amazed us with his gorgeous book covers by Seedlings Design Studios and his latest tale in the Yarnsworld Series is no exception.The best part is that each contain such a treasure inside. Grimmedian has been a fan of Yarnsworld from the start. His books strike a uniqu ...more
Benedict Patrick earned my attention with his entry in the Lost Lore anthology. It was a tie-in to They Mostly Come Out at Knight, and so that book climbed to the top of my TBR. I loved the atmosphere and the fusion of folktale and horror. I read and enjoyed the next two Yarnsworld books, but they didn't capture my imagination the same way TMCOAN did. When I found out Book 4 would be a direct sequel, you can imagine m ...more
When I spoke at length about ‘They Mostly…’ in my previous review, I was quite vocal about one particular plot twist that came off both as predictable, and immersion-breaking. I’m glad to say, ‘The ...more
My rating: ❤❤❤❤❤ of 5!
Published: 26th of September 2018.
Written by: Benedict Patrick
Source: Free copy generously provided by the author.
Disclaimer: I was approached by the author, Benedict Patrick, who generously offered to send me a free copy of her book, in exchange for my honest review.
If you value your life, stay out of the forest....more
As a captive of the Owl Queen’s Court, Nascha’s life has always been one knife’s edge away from disaster. But when she is threatened for nothing more
I thought I knew where From the Shadows of the Owl Queen’s Court was headed in the first few pages. The servant girl, the noble friend, the dead queen, the secret that would change everything. I had it all mapped out. But then the POV shifted and it was about a put-upon son, a deadbeat father, and their crumbling relationship. ...more
What really sets this series apart from others for me is that it’s so unique and the writing style, switching focus from plot to folklore tales chapter to chapter really does keep you hooked. It’s really great to see the folklore tales and the plot merge as the tale unfolds to give you a complete story that blows you away.
In this tale we meet Nasch ...more
This book is the first of the Yarnsworld books to return to one of the prior settings and stories. This book returns to the dark forest we first explored in Yarnsworld 1 - They Mostly Come Out at Night.
While you can still read it ...more
As the fourth installmen ...more
I meant to read the latest installment of your Yarnsworld series much, much sooner but I found it difficult to seek refuge in reading, lacking focus, feeling largely untethered in a world seemingly gone mad. Having finally read it, I thank you for the story which buoyed my spirit.
This is less a review, more of an expression of gratitude for its lessons, for what it reminded me of. I devour dark stories, seeking to understand the nature and extent of human darkness. But I cannot ...more
In this book we revisit the Magpie King's forest, which I am very excited about. Although we start our story in the Courts of the Owl Queen and get our dose of the politics there we are quickly introduced to the characters from the Magpie King's forest. It's a great exploration of the world and giving us exciting hints at what we might be able to expect from the Yarnsworld series in the future.
From the Shadows of the Owl Queen’s Court takes us back to the Magpie King’s Forest, not long after the events of They Mostly Come Out At Night, and I’ve loved the location re-visit. The Lady is certainly a creepy individual at time ...more
Benedict Patrick is back with another yarns, and I can't recommend this book enough if you're into dark fantasy, cuz we're now turning back into the world of the first yarns book: Magpie King's Forest. The climax, as usual, is very epic. I don't really know why books can be so addicting, but what I know is that I'm addicted to this author's mastercrafts. The yarnworld books are so imaginative and engaging for me, and I've always find each book having it's own ...more
Shadows is in the dark fairy tale genre, I didn't know I was into. This is the first Yarnsworld novel I have read, so I wasn't quite sure what to expect. The two main characters are sometimes annoyingly believable, in a way where they act their age and can be rash and overly emotional.
In between each chapter is a short story or children's tale from the world, which highlights how playing with higher powers has consequences. ...more
Every Yarsnworld book has grabbed me and left me in limbo between not being able to read fast enough, and not wanting the story to end. This one was no different. It's a strange and wild tale from start to finish. We revisit the Magpie King, share the adventures of the, seemingly, blessed Nascha, and get a look at the history of the forest gods. All while trying to decide who is the real monster.
He has been writing for most of his life, and has been reading for pretty much all of it (with help from mum and dad at the beginning). Benedict's life changed when a substitute primary school tea ...more