Fierian: a book review

 Description:

Abiassa’s people fall. Her Fierian dwindles. Her Deliverers wait as Poired Dyrth marches unchecked through the Nine Kingdoms. He’s taken the Embers of countless Accelerants. He’s taken Zaethien and Hetaera, the mightiest cities of the Nine. He’s taken the blood of the royal family. Now Dyrth is after Haegan’s power–the Fierian’s power. And after that, he wants the world.

He will not take it unopposed. Battered and outnumbered, the remnant of the Nine forge new alliances, make friends of enemies, and prepare to stand against the last great press of evil. In faith, they wait. The Fierian will come.

War raging without and within, Abiassa’s people face their greatest need. But before the Fierian can fulfill his destiny, he has to defeat the enemy in his own mind.

My Review:

Fierian, a book I have eagerly been waiting for: the final installment of one massively complex series – almost too complex. I had a lot of difficulty starting into this book. Mostly because I could hardly remember who anyone was. There are a lot of odd and sometimes similar names in this book. There was a glossary, but it didn’t always give me enough information to remember what had happened involving those characters. I highly recommend that if you want to read Fierian, go back and read the last two books first. It will save you some confusion. But on the bright side, there was almost nothing of the unintelligible ancient language in this book.

Once I finally got my bearings, the story was a great read. Ronie never fails to deliver on the action or the character development. Nonstop from start to finish. It was a hard road for Haegan to get where he was. You rooted for him, but at the same time you just wanted to smack him upside the head. It was other characters, such as a certain warrior – and’Tili and his new romance – who really stepped up and began stealing the popularity rug out from under Haegan in this story.

The ending was a bit abrupt, and I really wish some things and been expounded upon, such as the final fate of one particular character who shall remain nameless. we can only assume said character is dead, which is disappointing, but who can say for certain?

*** I received an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.***

My Rating: Four Flames

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Heat Advisory:

I’d rate this one PG-13 for a great deal of violence and a bit of blood. There are battles and heavy casualties throughout the book. and one incident in which a character was nearly raped.

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Author Interview with Ronie Kendig!

 

Today I have the great pleasure of interviewing one of my all-time favorite authors: Ronie Kendig! Her books combine some of the most intensely real characters I have ever read with stunning un-put-downable action scenes.If y’all out there haven’t tried any of her books yet, you really should. You won’t regret it! 

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Author Bio:

Ronie Kendig is an award-winning, bestselling author of a dozen novels. She grew up an Army brat. Now, she and her husband, an Army veteran, have an adventurous life in Northern Virginia with their children and a retired military working dog, VVolt N629. Ronie’s degree in Psychology has helped her pen novels of intense, raw characters.

 

 

The Interview

What is your favorite hobby?
I would probably say crocheting or decorating.

Which do you prefer? Coffee, tea, or hot chocolate?
Um, depends. Haha. I think coffee as long as you’re talking Stabucks lattes. And tea – well, that’s pretty much always good. I’m not big on hot chocolate, though.

Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know.
I’m a 2nd degree black belt in tae kwon do

What are the hardest scenes for you to write?
I think action scenes are tough because I really work them hard–I make sure every action has a reaction. Ever impact a resonance. They take a lot out of me, and I’ll rewrite them as many times as possible to get it right.
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Of all the characters you have written, do you have a favorite?
I do not – because each of them are a favorite for a different reason. I am really fond of Tox right now, but perhaps that’s because I’m immersed in his story still.

All your characters have an incredible amount of emotional depth. How do you write them so realistically?
I think that having a degree in psychology has really helped me a lot–and understanding people. I’ve got a sixth sense about people, and that drives my stories. I’ll never start a story without exploring the character first.

Are you an outliner, or a seat-of-your-pants writer?
Yes. Ha. Sorry, I’m not being difficult but there are times I plot and times run by the seat of my pants. Depends on the story and/or the demands of my publisher.

Is there anything specific that you hope readers take away from your writing?
You said in the question–HOPE. I want readers to see and believe there is ALWAYS hope, especially hope in Christ.
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What is one piece of advice you would like to give aspiring authors?
It’s very important to take the time to learn the ropes of writing, learn the rules and they why of those rules. It’s so easy to say, “they just don’t get my story,” or to want to push and be “edgy” or “real,” but perhaps that really means you are still growing into your authorial skin. Even with fifteen traditionally published novels, I know I still have a lot to learn, and I pray I never stop learning/growing. So, learn those rules. Master them. But in the end, down the road, don’t let them strangle your story or your voice.

 

Thank you so much, Ronie, for taking the time to do this interview with me! It was great having you!

Conspiracy of Silence: a book review

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Most Anticipated Books of 2017

Happy New Year Everyone!

I had been planning to post a favorite books of 2016 list but unfortunately there was a bit of a mishap with the post and I lost it. So instead of looking to the past, let’s look to the future and what 2017 will bring. Unfortunately most of them don’t yet have covers, but I guess that’ll just have to be another fun thing to anticipate, right?

Now where to begin? There are just so many awesome books coming up that I hardly know where to start!  Unfortunately, if I tried to put every book I’m anticipating on this list it would be a mile long. So this is really only a handful of the books I’m counting the days ’til they release.

Exiles by Jaye L. Knight

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Deliver by Tricia Mingerink

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Mercy’s King + Mercy’s Joy by Katy Huth Jones

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Fierian and Crown of Souls by Ronie Kendig

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The Noble Servant + The Viscount’s Proposal by Melanie Dickerson

Fuego in the Night by Alicia A. Willis

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The Wounded Shadow (Working Title) by Patrick W. Carr

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Awakened by Morgan L. Busse

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Unraveling by Sara Ella

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Into the Void by Joshua A. Johnson

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A Name Unknown by Roseanna M. White

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For Love and Honor by Jody Hedlund

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An Uncommon Protector by Shelley Shepard Gray

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Heart on the Line by Karen Witemeyer

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Long Time Gone by Mary Connealy

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What about you? What are some of the books you are eagerly anticipating the release of in 2017?

 

Accelerant: a book review

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Description:

He’ll destroy the world. But first he has to save it.

The Nine Kingdoms bleed. Leaderless, ravaged, the land awaits deliverance from Poired Dyrth’s devastating campaign. But what if one blight can only be cleansed by another?

The promised Fierian is known by many names. Judge. Destroyer. Scourge. And now one other: Haegan, Prince of Seultrie. Once a cripple, now a gifted Accelerant, Haegan can no longer run from the truth. But neither can he be reconciled to it. He knows only one thing for certain: as the only able-bodied heir to the Fire Throne, he must return to the Nine and fight for his people.

But there are insidious forces at work. When reality itself falls into question, Haegan struggles to know where to fight, whom to trust. Caught between duty to his country and duty to the world, Haegan must see clearly enough to choose the right path to save the world.

My Review:

Ronie Kendig can write fast-and-furious fiction like none other, and Accelerant is no exception. Following the Fire King’s crushing defeat, Haegan flees with his sister Kaelyra into the mountains, as Seultrie burns in their wake. As the Fiereian of prophesy, Haegan cannot comprehend why the Deliverers refused to allow him to destroy Poired there and end the suffering.

The only thing about this book that made me rather uncomfortable is that that even though Accelerant is by a Christian author and a Christian publisher, the characters worship some other female deity. This was rather uncomfortable for me and my only real gripe with this series. That and some of the fantasy names and words that become virtually unpronounceable at times. I still think that Poired Dyrth is one of the oddest villain names in my reading history. It sounds so funny when I try to pronounce it.

Ronie’s worldbuilding is very rich and complex. She has a way of getting into a character’s psyche in a subtle, yet incredibly powerful manner that few authors ever manage to achieve. You grow so connected to these characters that you never want to let them go.

Prince Haegan struggles with crushing doubt, intense anger, and PTSD throughout Accelerant. Once a cripple, now he holds the weight of the world on his shoulders and no one seems to think that he is up to the tasks set before him. They cut him down at every turn and even those close to him leave him with the burn of betrayal.

His pain is so palpable, you just want to dive in and give him a big hug topped with a heaping dose of encouragement. For a man with a good heart, the knowledge that he is the prophesied world destroyer threatens to tear him apart. And as he is struggling to find his place in a world that fears and hates him, Poired continues to carve a burning swath across the countryside.

Kaelyra, Thiel, and  Aselan also wrestle with their own individual pains and doubts. There is a glimmer of hope for the healing of these broken souls, but are any of them willing to take the risk?

And all I have to say about the ending of this book is: CLIFFHANGERS! *Cue frustrated screaming* Where is book 3 already? I need it!

My Rating: Five Flames

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Heat Advisory:

Romance: clean.
Language: clean
Drinking/Drugs: clean
Blood/violence: There are quite a attempted murders, a few deaths, and battles. Several murders, including a child (no detail given). There isn’t really much blood, as most of the deaths are via the character’s accelerant powers: burning. The combat is realistic while not succumbing to graphic detail.
Other: some (villainous) characters are well versed in the art of mental manipulation.

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