Books by Nicola McDonagh

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The Song of Forgetfulness

Y/A dystopian series

To get your copy of The Song of Forgetfulness Series, Glimmer or Crow Bones, click on the book cover images above or click HERE to visit Nicola's Amazon Author page for further information


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Changeling Fog, a Song of Forgetfulness novelette.

Reviews about Glimmer and other stories:  5/5 *****


‘I loved these short stories. Thought provoking, clever. Her writing is filled with suspense, creepy and fast moving. Believe me, you won't skip a page for fear of missing something vital - and it's not what she says, it's what she doesn't say, that's brilliant.


‘Ms. McDonagh has created a world that is like an out-of-body experience almost. The stories took me out of my confined world and took me into science fiction a little horror drama, and wonder.


‘The subjects range from humour to horror and supernatural romance to repressed creativity - they all have an underlying oddness about them which is quite refreshing. Recommended for those who enjoy something a bit out of the ordinary.’

Reviews about The Song of Forgetfulness Series:



Whisper Gatherers:  5/5 *****


“If you like action, and science fiction then you’ll appreciate one of the first books EVER that gives you high powered adrenalin with chilling revelations of utter suspense! This book is amazing to read and you will not want to put it down!”


“The author does a great job of drawing you in with her futuristic descriptions, at times it felt like I was watching a movie, that’s how enthralled I was with the book. There’s plenty of action throughout the story, just when you think everything’s calmed something comes along to shake up Cityplace.”




Echoes from the Lost Ones:  5/5 *****


“I loved the unique language, and both the style and the voice of the book reminded me of Patrick Ness' Walking Chaos Trilogy. I would definitely recommend it to people who enjoy his books! A brilliant and unique read for adults and young adults alike. Very impressed and will be reading the next installment.”


“Addictive and engrossing-. It creates its own unique world where there's danger, and fear, and regret, but where there is a barrel load of humour, too…”


A Silence Heard:  5/5 *****


“A Silence Heard was action oriented and perilous! I was definitely on the edge of my seat as I read, waiting to find out what happened next!"


"A world in which morals do not exist and yet somehow this little band manage to maintain a sense of compassion and humanity. It is a fight for survival against a cruel and destructive enemy who tries to obliterate any good left on the earth. Tremendous read for young adults who I'm sure will identify with the futuristic genre of the book."

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Books by Nik Grybaski

Reviews about Black Danube



Black Danube 5/5*****


This was such a great book, one of the best I've read recently. You quickly get immersed into the story and feel as if you're there in the early 1900s Vienna. The writing is vivid and you can see the imagery, smell the odors of the city, taste its delicacies, and feel the emotions of the characters. Not only do you get entwined in solving the murder mystery, you forge your way through the clues to discover what Leo's great secret it. Storytelling at its best. Highly recommend to anyone who enjoys historical fiction.



Be transported to another world of senses and feelings 5/5*****


I loved this book. It took me off into a different world with a group of characters reminiscent of Dickens. This is a writer who relishes the small detail and spares none of the darker side but who manages, throughout, to reassure the reader of all that is good in human nature. We need more from writers like this



A real page turner 5/5*****


I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I was transported to another time and place with vivid descriptions and wonderfully developed characters that I really cared about. The main plot develops well, and the intriguing subplot smoulders underneath to give depth to the narrative. As for Leo and his secret - let's just say we do find out what it is, which makes his relationships all the more complicated and tragic. Well written, full of drama, tension, and humour, Black Danube is simply an excellent read.



Looking forward to reading about Leo's future mysteries! 5/5****


This was a brilliant mystery with a twist. There were numerous elements to this story which gripped my attention from the start. Set in 1899 Vienna politics are at the forefront of this mystery. When a young woman is accused of killing her fiancé, crime photographer Leo Katz is asked to photograph the crime. Leo finds himself becoming deeper and deeper in the mystery, with the help of his two friends. However, will his own secret be revealed? I love the twist of Leo's own secret.

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Reviews about Lightning Tattoo



Lightning Tattoo 5/5*****


I was so excited that the second book in this series was available. In this one, Leo faces many dangers from his past, threats that can unravel all he had hoped to achieve with his new life. I loved both the plot and the feeling that I was at the turn of the century, living along with everyone. The story contains so much detail about the era, and the growing hatred of the Jews. The ending left me shocked... I can't wait for the next book.



Worthy sequel to Black Danube 5/5*****


Having enjoyed Black Danube by the same author very much, I was really looking forward to the sequel, and I was not disappointed. Along with Leo's close associates from the first book was a cast of new and fascinating characters and as before, there is a compelling sense of atmosphere and mystery as the pace increases throughout the book to the dramatic conclusion.