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#bookreview: Realms of the Mist by Jude Itakali

This is a stunning review of Jude Itakali’s book, Realms of the Mist, by Liz Gauffreau. Jude writes poetry in our #TankaTuesday community. BONUS: A video interview with Liz and Jude. You won’t want miss it!

Elizabeth Gauffreau

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My Review

I must say up front that I ventured out of my reading comfort zone when I accepted a review copy of Realms of the Mist from the author and agreed to provide an honest review. I have read very little fantasy except for a handful of short stories, so I am unfamiliar with the conventions of the genre.

Genre conventions are an important consideration to keep in mind when recommending a book to other readers, so I read a detailed article to inform myself. I am happy to say that experienced readers of fantasy will find in Realms of the Mist the world-building, magic systems, protagonist and antagonist with magical powers, action scenes, and overarching theme of good versus evil they have come to expect.

What’s more, the book is written in an engaging and thought-provoking way, as Kamau, a…

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TankaTuesday Weekly #Poetry Challenge No. 300, 11/29/22, #ShareYourDay

WELCOME TO #TANKATUESDAY! This is the last poetry challenge for 2022. I'll return on January 3, 2023, with a new year of poetry challenges. Stay Tuned... 🎄🤶🏻🎁 🎄 I'm taking the month of December off to promote my newest book, Fairies, Myths, & Magic II - A Winter Celebration, dedicated to Yule and the winter … Continue reading TankaTuesday Weekly #Poetry Challenge No. 300, 11/29/22, #ShareYourDay

#TankaTuesday #Poetry Stars No. 299 |#ThemePrompt: The Gray Scarf

Tomorrow's challenge, 11/29/22 is the last challenge for 2022. This is also the last recap for 2022. 🎄 I'm taking the month of December off to promote my newest book, Fairies, Myths, & Magic II - A Winter Celebration, dedicated to Yule and the winter solstice. 🎄 🤶🏻 There will be a blog tour on … Continue reading #TankaTuesday #Poetry Stars No. 299 |#ThemePrompt: The Gray Scarf

#TANKATUESDAY Weekly #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 199, 11/22/22, #THEMEPROMPT

WELCOME TO TANKA TUESDAY! This week in the United States, we celebrate Thanksgiving. Pull up a chair and join me in a poetry feast! Let me wish you all a lovely holiday. My goal this year is to only eat in moderation. I don't want to undo my weight loss goals. Fingers crossed. LOL! We're … Continue reading #TANKATUESDAY Weekly #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 199, 11/22/22, #THEMEPROMPT

#TankaTuesday #Poetry Stars No. 298 | #PhotoPrompt

Welcome to our weekly poetry stars' celebration. This week’s challenge was to write our choice of syllabic poem, using a form from the cheat sheet or a syllabic form from the Poetscollective.org, using the photo from David: “Ukrainian Figurines” by Kirill Shevchenko (Groder) Image by Кирилл Шевченко from Pixabay Many thanks to everyone who joined in below: 1.ben Alexander 6.Cheryl 11.sangeetha 2.Elizabeth 7.Jules 12.Balroop Singh 3.Gwen … Continue reading #TankaTuesday #Poetry Stars No. 298 | #PhotoPrompt

Bye-Bye Twitter

I've ruminated about the downfall of Twitter for days. Ever since Elon Musk took over, I realize the platform's days are numbered. Musk intends on destroying the site and remaking it into something else. https://twitter.com/SanaBan55403916/status/1593556125563101186 I've decided to delete my Twitter account. I've had an on-again, off-again relationship with social media since I started blogging … Continue reading Bye-Bye Twitter

TankaTuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 298, 11/15/22 #Ekphrastic #PhotoPrompt

WELCOME TO TANKA TUESDAY! This challenge explores Ekphrastic poetry, inspired by visual art or photographs. David provided the photo for this month's challenge: "Ukrainian Figurines" by Kirill Shevchenko (Groder) Image by Кирилл Шевченко from Pixabay Write your poem using a syllabic form from the cheat sheet or from the poetscollective.org/poetryforms. Here is more information on how … Continue reading TankaTuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 298, 11/15/22 #Ekphrastic #PhotoPrompt

#TankaTuesday #Poetry Stars No. 297 | #SpecificForm: kouta

Welcome to our weekly poetry stars' celebration. This week’s challenge was to write a kouta syllabic poem. Lisa Fox asked me if the optional fifth line syllable count should be five or seven syllables? I searched everywhere and couldn't find any other instructions. Something didn't seem right with this form, so I did a thorough analysis. … Continue reading #TankaTuesday #Poetry Stars No. 297 | #SpecificForm: kouta

#TankaTuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 297, 11/8/2022, #SpecificForm: Kouta

WELCOME TO #TANKATUESDAY! Last month, I asked Reena to select a syllabic form for us to learn more about. Her choice was the Japanese form, kouta. FAST FACTS The Kouta 小唄 (little or short song) is a popular Japanese verse form of the Muromachi Period, 14th thru 16th century. The lyrical song was resurrected as a geisha … Continue reading #TankaTuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 297, 11/8/2022, #SpecificForm: Kouta

#TankaTuesday #Poetry Stars No. 296 |Taste the Rainbow

Welcome to our weekly poetry stars' celebration. This week’s challenge was to choose a color and write our choice of syllabic poem, using a form from the cheat sheet or a syllabic form from the Poetscollective.org. Many thanks to everyone who joined in below: 1.Mindfills9.Cheryl17.Annette Rochelle Aben2.ladyleemanila10.Paula Light18.The Versesmith3.ben Alexander11.Colleen Chesebro19.Kerfe4.Padre12.AJ20.Jules5.Willowdot2113.Selma21.Ken Gierke / rivrvlogr6.Trent14.Elizabeth22.Ruth Klein7.Reena Saxena15.Ken … Continue reading #TankaTuesday #Poetry Stars No. 296 |Taste the Rainbow