Thursday, January 28, 2016

Review- Greylady by Peter Morwood

I received an ecopy of Greylady from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions
are my own.

First, the author created a diverse world and the magical elements are intriguing. The hero and
heroine Bayrd and Eskra are fascinating characters. One minor problem I had was the out-of-nowhere instant relationship between the two. It was a bit distracting. The secondary characters enhanced the story.

Overall, there were highs and lows in the story and moments when I struggled to continue, but by the end of the book, I was invested in the story. I will read the next book in the series because i'm interested in seeing the growth and development of the hero Bayrd ar'Talvlyn.  

Pros: a uniquely created fantasy world, vivid scenery, swords, sorcery and magic
Cons: slow in places and took awhile to build up momentum

3 1/2 stars out of 5 (I would give the first half of Greylady 3 stars and the second half a solid 4 stars.)

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Review- Broken Banners by Mark Gelineau and Joe King

I received an ARC of Broken Banners from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed the first book A Reaper of Stone and could not wait to read the next book in
the series. I was not disappointed. The authors packed a lot of punch into this novella. The 
characters are very well developed, the scenery is vivid and the battle scenes are descriptive
and well written. I love the relationship between the main characters Elinor, Aldis and Con. 
Elinor is a fierce warrior who is protective of her brothers and sisters. Con is as loyal and faithful 
as they come. Aldis is a complex character that struggles with his desire to succeed through 
any means necessary and living up to the expectations placed on him by Elinor. The story 
has treachery, backstabbing and a hint of magic. 

I would highly recommend this story and look forward to reading more from these authors.


5 out of 5 STARS

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Review- Fractured Families by Jason Paul Rice

Awesome Continuation

I read the first story and couldn't wait for the next installment. I was not disappointed. The story takes up immediately where Two Heads, Two Spikes ended. The author did a wonderful job with character development. There are noble characters that you root for. Some that are so vile, that the extent of their evilness is endless and some that are in the gray area. Neither good nor bad. It's interesting seeing the different types of personalities emerging, with one goal in mind...to rule Donegal. The political intrigue is fascinating. The disloyalty, backstabbing and corruptness are woven very well into the story. The author did a wonderful job with plot twists. Without giving any spoilers, there are some "oh-no" moments that I never saw coming and some pleasant surprises. The fantasy world is more expanded in this book. The dragons and the mystery of the Pearl of Wisdom heightened the intensity of the story. I would like to add that this story is dark and not for the feint at heart, but it's worth the read and highly entertaining.

I would highly recommend Fractured Families and look forward to reading the next book in the series.


RATING 5 STARS

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Review- Kiss Across Swords by Tracy Cooper-Posey

This story successfully combines three of my favorite things: vampires, the medieval time period and erotica.  Brody, Taylor and Veris have been together for four years now. I love how the author shows some of the "glitches" that come with being in a ménage relationship, i.e jealousy and insecurities while also showing the strength of their bond. The time-travel scenes flowed effortlessly. The adventures into the past was very exciting. It was interesting seeing glimpses into Veris's past and the lengths Brody and Taylor would go to make him remember and win his love. 

Pros: two sexy heroes, a determined heroine, steamy sex scenes, an evil vampiress, vivid scenery, time-travel.
Cons: N/A

I would highly recommend this story and I will definitely read the next book in the series.


5/5  STARS

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Review- Tale of a Silver Lion: Refuge Ending by

Book Blurb:
Pencheval is a Silver Lion Adept with a fierce reputation for dispatching bandits, one that has earned him accolades and no small amount of trouble. When the life wears on him, he seeks peace near the Emerald Refuge, a sanctuary for the Temple of Athesiene and place of famed serenity. Unfortunately for a talented mercenary, serenity is only a cloak for boredom and an invitation to accept assignments better left alone.

When a patrol disappears on the far side of the valley, the eager Silver Lion Adept sets out with a heavy purse and an even heavier mind. The evidence points to Goblins, a possibility that is proven with deadly speed when his group is overtaken by battle. As forces gather and wave after wave of creatures come at them, can this road weary warrior find it in himself to save them?

“Heroes are lies and fables….”

My Review

Normally, I tend to read full length novels and was a bit hesitant to read a shorter story. I enjoyed the blurb and decided to give the story a try. I'm very happy that I did. The story was well paced and it held my interest.

Pencheval is a worthy hero and warrior. I enjoyed his back story. Friar Dominik is honorable as well as brave, almost to a fault. The character of the Stonemaster is well fleshed out. He's one of the most interesting characters in the story. The fight scenes alone was worth the read, especially the final one. At the end of the story, I was looking forward to getting a copy of the next book.

Pros: well-written, fast paced, interesting mix of characters ( Bonestrippers, trolls and goblins)
Cons: n/a

I would highly recommend this story and I look forward to reading more from this author.


4 Stars out of 5

Monday, February 16, 2015

Review- King of Dreams by Greg McLeod

Book Description
Publication Date: September 24, 2014
Everybody’s on the run: Laurin the dwarf, sent on an improbable errand by a dead king, ends up with an assassin on his tail. Bryn of Bailon, heir to a dark and troubling secret, discovers there’s no escaping the impossible burden that’s about to be placed on his shoulders. And Rhea Redbreast, apprentice Headhunter, makes it onto her own guild’s hit-list when she seeks justice for her parents’ killers.
But the real trouble is just beginning: shipwrecked on the frozen shores of the Ice Wastes, eternal victim Nudd Wiggin stumbles onto an ancient weapon and is turned into something more – and less – than human. As the cruel and devious King of Dunmark unleashes a war that quickly spreads to the neighboring kingdoms, a weaponized Nudd raises terror after terror, driving an immense wave of desperate, battle-hardened Nordsmen south towards the war-torn kingdoms’ borders.


My Review

I received an e copy of King of Dreams by Greg McLeod from storycartel.com in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

This story held my interest from the opening sentence and never waned. I'm a huge fan of the fantasy genre and King of Dreams did not disappoint. A dead king, an evil king, assassins, a non-human ghastly being bent on destruction, a feisty heroine seeking vengeance for her parents death, brave heroes and war. The author did a wonderful job with character development. I was rooting for the good guys and the demise of the evil villains. The ending was brilliant. It couldn't get any better than that.

I would highly recommend this story to any fantasy lover or anyone looking for a good read and I look forward to reading more from this author.

4 1/2 Stars

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Review- Return of Malice by J Hendon

Book Blurb:
Finding a new life, free of blood, Trama strives to do right by his family. A new malice rises in a distant land, hell bent on dragging Trama back into darkness. They take from his lands, then they take from him. His love. Sometimes it is better to leave a man well enough alone. Least you tempt a demon worse than your own.


My Review
I love dark fantasy and the darker the better. Trama/Kevin has finally found peace. He's back on his farm and raising a child with his lady love Arryn. His darkness is finally held at bay, because he has the one thing that truly matters to him. Arryn. His happiness is short lived when Arryn is taken from him. He is forced to become the "monster" inside of him.

Trama is dangerous. He has a dark tortured soul. He's a violent killer without remorse. In spite of these flaws, he's a true hero in every sense of the word. He's a simple man willing to do whatever it takes to protect his family and those loyal to him.

Return of Malice is just as impressive as the first two books in the series. The characters are very well developed and the fantasy world created by the author is fascinating. There are heartbreaking scenes and laugh out loud moments. The heroes and heroines are loyal and admiral. The villains are truly vile and evil. The story flows very well and is extremely entertaining.


I would highly recommend this story and look forward to reading more from this author in the future.

5 out of 5 Stars