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.

Amazon Kindle Link
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Author Website

Happy Reading y’all!

The Restorer: a book review

Description:

Soccer mom in our world. Promised deliverer in another.

Susan Mitchell thought she was an ordinary homemaker.

She was wrong.

Pulled through a portal into another world, she finds a desperate nation waiting for a promised Restorer.

While she struggles to adapt to a foreign culture, she tackles an enemy that is poisoning the minds of the people, uncovers a corrupt ruling Council, and embraces a profound spiritual journey.

Will this adventure demand her life? Can she find a way back to her family? She has always longed to do something important for God, but can she fill this role?

My Review:

It took me a short bit to get into the Restorer. It think it was because I initially had a bit of difficulty connecting with Susan. Though I understood where she was coming from, she still aggravated me a bit through the first few chapters. Once she finally begins accepting that yes, she is in another world and not just watching some skilled actors playing out a part (Seriously, why do so many book characters always think this when they time travel/cross dimensions, even though all evidence often points to the contrary? It’s getting ridiculous.) that I really began to like her. I began to see hintings of my own struggles in faith in her. Yet at the same time, the depth of her belief was humbling.

I totally loved Kieran, our ever-cranky cynic. The poor guy just can’t seem to let himself trust. He makes an excellent contrast to Susan and Tristan, though I often wanted to smack him upside the head for his incredible stubbornness. I so want him to finally see the light.

The story world is not quite what I had expected. I was thinking more “medieval fantasy” but though this world did have elements of that, it was really more of a juxtaposition of historic and futuristic elements. There were fantasy riding animals called Lehkan, yet also unmanned vehicle transports, energy weapons opposite swords, and robes and armor alongside sweaters. You wouldn’t think it would work, but somehow it does.

The elements of faith, trust, and surrender run deeply in The Restorer. The people of Lyric have always held true to the Verses, and as long as they have, their protection remains. Now they are beginning to stumble down the slippery slope away from everything they know to be true. Unless Susan can find a way to nudge them back toward the One, Destruction looms imminent.

Only Susan also is stumbling. She cannot truly step into her full potential until she gives it all up to God, or rather The One as he is called in Lyric. Kieran’s lack of trust in both others and The One hindered him time and time again throughout what is only the beginning of his journey.

The Restorer is just the beginning to what promises to be an epic series. I’ll be diving into the next three just as soon as they arrive!

And check it out, The Restorer is currently free on Amazon Kindle right now! Here’s the freebie link: The Restorer (The Sword of Lyric Book 1)

My Rating: Five Flames

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Heat Advisory

Romance: Susan is married and there are some kisses and affection between her and her husband, along with one fade-to-black bedroom scene. nothing is shown.
Language: clean
Drinking / Drugs: the villain uses extremely painful truth-serum type drugs on a character during an interrogation scene.
Blood / Violence: there is a good bit of violence in this book. Deaths by sword, torture, interrogations of an enemy’s messenger, battles, stabbings, animal attack (offscreen), murder, assassination attempts, and an assortment of other minor wounds. The author does do a good job of keeping things tasteful and not showing much blood.
Other: The enemy’s sacrificing of children is mentioned briefly. I believe we will be seeing a lot more about this in book two when the story takes a trip to the country of Hazor. There is also a group called the Rhusicans who can toy with your mind and plant dangerous, even deadly, suggestions.

FREEBIE!!!!! Amazon Kindle Link here: The Restorer (The Sword of Lyric Book 1)
or the paperback here:The Restorer (The Sword of Lyric, Book 1)

Author Website: Sharon Hinck
Facebook Page: Sharon Hinck facebook

 

Beast: a book review

Description:

I am Beast. I serve the master.

For as long as Beast can remember, she has lived among her master’s dogs. With them she sleeps. With them she eats. With them she fights and struggles to survive. But through hunger and cold she dreams of one day becoming her master’s favorite, earning bones with meat and a place beside the fire.

When her pack scatters after a surprise raid, Beast must defend herself against slavers, hunting down the loners.

They are so strong, and she is only a beast . . . or is she?

For anyone who has found a monster within, Beast is a tale of truth and transformation.

My Review:

When the Master is killed and Beast is dragged away from the only home she ever knew. Along the journey she meets another girl named Tabby, who shows Beast her first human kindness.
But Beast has also made an enemy. Challenging “Two Eyes” as Beast dubs him, was a massive mistake. He will do anything to possess her, and conquer her. To live under his hand is a fate worse than death, but can she handle the alternative?
Tabby and her father offer her a place in their “pack”. they don’t seem to realize that she is Beast. She does not deserve such kindnesses.
When bad choices threaten to tear everything apart, and no one seems trustworthy, she must decide whether to fight for herself, or for her pack.
Is she Beast, as everyone has said? Or could she possibly be…Sarah?

The character of Beast has a very unusual and delightfully fresh view of the world. Her unique perspective is quite fun to read. The rest of the character cast here are very black and white. You won’t find any truly “grey” characters in this one.
I was quite surprised to find that this book was a Biblical allegory. This one is definitely one of the few truly good ones I have read.
Beast is a short, but beautiful story of trust and forgiveness, with a strong redemption thread woven through.

My Rating: five flames

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Heat Warnings:

Romance: surprisingly, nothing at all.
Drinking/Drugs: clean.
Violence: Plenty. there are chases, fights, beating, whippings,  and “Hunts” where the villain makes a game out of hunting the main heroine down to capture or kill her. The author does keep it tasteful though, little blood is mentioned.
Other: Slavery and the question of what makes us human are both briefly touched upon.

You can find this book on Amazon Kindle here:Beast
Or the paperback here:Beast

Author’s Website: Chawna Schroeder

Happy Reading y’all!

Cover Reveal: Enclave Publishing Fall Releases!

Well everyone, just recently Enclave publishing released the covers of their fall 2016 lineup. Enclave always blows expectations with their covers and these are no exception. All three will be releasing in late October and are already up on Amazon for pre-order. I’ve provided links Amazon and the Author Website with each cover below.

 

1.  Accelerant by Ronie Kendig

 

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Wow, this one is so brilliant it almost hurts to look. Love the Raqine.
The first book in the series, Embers, was quite a ride with a lot of twists and turns. I’m certain that this book will be an even wilder ride. I’ve been reading Ronie’s books for years (I highly recommend her Discarded Heroes series) and they have never failed to disappoint.

Enter the portal to Amazon here: Accelerant (Abiassa’s Fire, Book 2)

Author’s Website here:  Rapid Fire Fiction

 

 

2. A Time to Rise by Nadine Brandes

 

 

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I love how this cover shows the heroine Parvin stepping out of the dark and into the light. Love the symbolism here. Book 1 in the series was a gut wrenching ride, to put it mildly, and asks the question: what would you do with your life if you only have a year left to live? This propels Parvin on a powerful but often heartbreaking journey as she determinedly works to make something great out of her last days and discovers the true meaning of the word Shalom, peace.

Amazon preorder link is here: A Time to Rise (Out of Time Book 3)

And the Author’s Website here:   Nadine Brandes

 

 

3. Scarlet Moon by S. D. Grimm

 

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Scarlet Moon is S.D. Grimm’s debut novel. As always, Kirk Duponce does a fantastic job with this cover, it’s stunning, an it makes one eager to dive in and learn what it is that is threatening this pair.

Amazon Preorder link here: Scarlet Moon (Children of the Blood Moon Book 1)

Author Website: Author S.D. Grimm

Free books from Enclave Publishing

Enclave / Gilead publishing, one of my favorite spec-fic publishers, has been on my mind lately with the list of new titles that are releasing this week. Tomorrow in fact.

See earlier post: Cover Love: Enclave Publishing Covers – Summer 2016

So, to celebrate that, right now most of my posts are going to be related to that in some way.

Currently Enclave has a number of awesome series starters up for free right now if you want to check them out for the first time. Click on the cover to go to the Amazon Page.

    1. By Darkness Hid – Jill Williamson

Description:
Darkness divides the land.

Half of Er’Rets is locked beneath an impenetrable shroud. On the side that still sees the sun, two young people struggle to understand the mind-communication abilities thrust upon them.

It’s called bloodvoicing. Some say it’s a gift. One of the newly “gifted” wish it had never come.

Achan had been a slave all his life. Worse than a slave—a stray. He is consigned to the kitchens of a lord and forced to swallow a foul potion every day. When an enigmatic knight offers to train Achan for the Kingsguard, he readily accepts. But his new skills with the sword do not prepare him for the battle raging between the voices in his head.

Vrell Sparrow is not who she seems. She masquerades as a boy to avoid capture by the powerful forces that seek to exploit her. But Vrell feels called to help a young squire who recently discovered his bloodvoicing gift, even if doing so requires her to work with those who could destroy her.

While Achan learns to use his new ability, Vrell struggles to shut hers down. All the voices strive to learn Achan and Vrell’s true identities—and a different kind of voice is calling them both.

Toward a destination that is by darkness hid.

My Thoughts: This one is an old favorite of mine and one of the earliest fantasy novels I read. I highly recommend this one!

2. The Restorer – Sharon Hinck

Description:
Soccer mom in our world. Promised deliverer in another.

Susan Mitchell thought she was an ordinary homemaker.

She was wrong.

Pulled through a portal into another world, she finds a desperate nation waiting for a promised Restorer.

While she struggles to adapt to a foreign culture, she tackles an enemy that is poisoning the minds of the people, uncovers a corrupt ruling Council, and embraces a profound spiritual journey.

Will this adventure demand her life? Can she find a way back to her family? She has always longed to do something important for God, but can she fill this role?

Explore this new expanded edition complete with devotional guide, bonus scenes, and other fun extras.

My Thoughts: I read this book back when it was originally published through Navpress. But that was so many years ago that I really don’t remember much about it anymore. However I do recall not being able to stop until I had finished the whole trilogy in a matter of days. I need to go back and find it on my Kindle to read again.

3. Daughter of light – Morgan L. Busse

Description:
What if with one touch you could see inside the soul?

Rowen Mar finds a strange mark on her hand, and she is banishedfrom her village as a witch. She covers the mark with a leather gloveand seeks sanctuary in the White City. She lives in fear that if shetouches another person, the power inside her will trigger again, aterrifying power that allows her to see the darkness inside the humanheart . . .

But the mark is a summons, and those called cannot hide forever. For the salvation of her people lies within her hand.

My Thoughts: You really have to get this book. Morgan writes an absolutely incredible series here. This first book is a little slower than the others, but you won’t regret it. Book 3: Heir of Hope was my favorite read of 2015. Very heartfelt and thought provoking.

4. The Word Reclaimed – Steve Rzasa

Description:

Baden picked up the wrong book.

In the far future, the civilized worlds have finally been freed of the curse of religion. Tolerance now rules the five colonies.

Thanks to the secret police, no one has been bothered by so much as a hymn in two generations—much less a Torah, Koran, or that most dangerous of books, a Bible.

Baden is a young man with an attitude. He spends his spare time salvaging wrecks in deep space, claiming for himself whatever the pirates leave behind.

One day, Baden finds a book. A strange and very old book, preserved carefully against the ravages of deep space. Thinking he’ll become rich if only for the value of the paper, he takes it. He counts himself lucky beyond all imagining.

Until it begins talking to him.

Amidst an interstellar war that threatens to overthrow the monarchy and drive great families to oblivion, Baden must evade the secret police and their attempts to get that book.

Baden never had much use for religion. But it seems one has use of him.

My Thoughts: This is definitely one for the guys. Not that I didn’t like it too, but it definitely has a more masculine appeal. There is a lot of military action in this one. The plot never stops moving for a minute. It remains one of my brother’s favorites and we are eagerly anticipating the long awaited sequel out this week.

5. Failstate – John W. Otte

Description:
Why did Robin Laughlin (a.k.a. Failstate) think being a superhero on a reality show would be a good idea?

Things seemed so simple: Win the show, become an official, licensed hero. But with his brother, Ben (a.k.a. Gauntlet) stealing America’s heart—and with Rob’s own powers proving too unwieldy for TV—Failstate begins to wonder if he’s going to live up to the failure in his name.

Until one of his friends and fellow competitors is murdered.

Robin vows to find the killer, and he sets out on a very real quest to unmask the hidden villain. Can Failstate find justice? Or will his lunk of a big brother ruin everything-including taking the girl who has stolen Rob’s heart?

Very soon, Failstate and Gauntlet will come to blows.

Which has been the villain’s plan all along.

My Thoughts: This book is awsome! I’ve never been much of a superhero novel fan but this one had me locked in to the end and had me wanting more. Must buy!

6. Firebird – Kathy Tyers

Description:
Her death was expected, but something more powerful kept her alive.

Lady Firebird was born to the royal family of Netaia. Because of her birthplace in the family, however, her life is expendable. Honorable suicide is the highest calling she could hope to attain. When she is chosen to lead an attack on the neighboring planet of Veroh her death is expected. Instead she is taken prisoner during the battle and is held by the enemy.

With her own people seeking her sacrifice, Firebird must choose between two worlds before she can carve out her new destiny. This is the story of Lady Firebird’s personal battle and its eternal consequences, not only for herself but for everyone around her, and especially the man who loves her.

My Thoughts: Firebird is a classic. It was one of the very first Christian spec-fic novels to hit the market, a real groundbreaker. It deserved it. Now on its fourth round of publication, Firebird remains strong as ever.

7. Crosswind – Steve Rzasa

Description:
Aeroplanes and intrigue…

It’s been almost five hundred years since the collapse of the Great Commonwealth. The plagues left folk few and far between. City-states rule the continent of Galderica. There’s coin to be had in trade—whether you take your wares by aeroplane or ride them over the rails.

Winchell Sark has a fine life as a reporter for the Perch Advocate newspaper, a good family at home and a faith that seems downright peculiar to most everyone else. So when he is called out to investigate a biplane crash at the foot of Perch, the finest center of aviation in the Sawtooth Mountains, he doesn’t think much of it.

But there are dark powers at work—powers that have their eye on Perch. Powers that mankind long thought consigned to the trash heap of mythology. ’Cept they were wrong.

It’s up to Winch and his brother, Copernicus, a hotshot pilot, to save their people—and it ain’t going to be easy.

My Thoughts: I actually haven’t read this one yet. It’s still buried somewhere in my to-be-read pile. But it’s steampunk. so it has to be good, right?

Cover Love: Enclave Publishing Covers – Summer 2016

Hey, everyone! Is there anyone?

*scans room*

Hmm. Well, anyways, to anyone who might happen to come along, you have just got to check out the covers of the latest releases by Enclave Publishing for this summer. They really outdid themselves with this lineup.

And what’s even more awesome? They’re releasing next week! Yup, that’s right folks. set your calendar for July 2oth.

Now without further ado, Here are the gorgeous covers as well as their purchase links on Amazon and a brief description:

NO. 1

Beast by Chawna Schroeder:

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Isn’t it absolutely stunning? This is by far my favorite cover of the four. The colors, the eyes… oh wow, those eyes. I could just stare at this cover all day. Gorgeous work.

Book Blurb:

I am Beast. I serve the master.

For as long as Beast can remember, she has lived among her master’s dogs. With them she sleeps. With them she eats. With them she fights and struggles to survive. But through hunger and cold she dreams of one day becoming her master’s favorite, earning bones with meat and a place beside the fire.

When her pack scatters after a surprise raid, Beast must defend herself against slavers, hunting down the loners.

They are so strong, and she is only a beast . . . or is she?

For anyone who has found a monster within, Beast is a tale of truth and transformation.

Intriguing, no?

You can find the book on Amazon here: Beast

And the author’s website here:Chawna Schroeder’s Website

NO. 2

Chains of Gwyndorr by Joan Campbell

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This cover is my second favorite. I just love the colors and the fantastical feel.

Book Blurb:

Secret schemes. Stolen magic.

Trapped behind Gwyndorr’s towering walls, Shara longs to unlock the secrets that surround her. She believes the Cerulean Dusk Dreamer is the key. The power rock gives vivid dreams of the past and future but it also has a dark side.

Its forces lay siege to her future, tightening her chains. In seeking help, Shara rekindles a forbidden friendship with Nicho, the Lowborn lawbreaker facing banishment to the Rif’twine Forest.

Together, Shara and Nicho must thwart the plans of their enemies. But what if the power they unleash is an even greater chain than what they’ve come to bear?

You can find it on Amazon here:Chains of Gwyndorr (The Poison Tree Path Chronicles Book 1)

And the author’s website here:Joan Campbell’s Author Website

NO. 3

The Word Endangered by Steve Rzasa

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Here we can see a lush forest broken up by what appears to be a crashed starship. Doesn’t it just make you want to jump right on in to find out what happened? I borrowed the first two books in this series years ago and loved them. Lots of action. I’ll totally be looking into this one.

Book Blurb:

So much for peace and quiet.

Now that the government overthrow is said and done, a new frontier awaits colonization.

That’s where Zarco Thread and his wife enter. He and Ria head up a surveying crew, commissioned to report on worlds with potential for settlements. However, nothing is settling about what they discover.

A conspiracy threatens to unravel the progress the Five Realms made in the last decade. Not to mention, strain the development of Zarco and Ria’s marriage.

This time it’s more serious than revenge…

A dominating force exists in the Realm that has recruited their long-time enemies, tempting them with a greater plot, one that will endanger the Word once again.

You can find the book on Amazon here: The Word Endangered (The Face of the Deep Book 3)
And the author’s website through here:Steve Rasa’s author website

And finally,

NO. 4

Space Drifters: The Iron Gauntlet

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This cover has a great cool color scheme that I love. Kirk DuPonce always makes the most awesome covers.

Book Blurb: 

Reality check.

No good-luck charm can help Captain Glint Starcrost out of this no-holds-barred reality show. The Iron Gauntlet pits competitors against four of the most fearsome, fang-filled, alien fighters in the universe.

He’s one of the few human challengers ever chosen to contend, but he’s not alone.

A fan, a mysterious benefactor, offers Glint and his ragtag team support. The catch? If Glint loses or withdrawals from the competition, it will mean a permanent game over for his crew and the woman he loves.

Will he have the mettle to medal? Or is the game too much of a gamble?

You can find the Amazon link here: Space Drifters: The Iron Gauntlet

And of course, the author site: Space Drifters series official site

Enjoy!

C. M.