Category: Fantasy

“Kraken and Canals” by Anne Renwick

“Kraken and Canals” by Anne Renwick

Another delicious story in the Elemental Web Tale series! First of all, I am loving the steampunk world that Anne Renwick has created in this series. This is a short story that tells about the aunt of Olivia, the heroine in “The Silver Skull”. One of the things I love about these books is that the author packs quite a lot of character into her short stories. In this one Arturo and Judy must battle the Kraken in the canals of Venice. But will they survive the tentacles and claws of these beasts? You have to read it to find out. I have thoroughly enjoyed everything I’ve read from this author and I highly recommend it!

Alinefromabook’s rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐  5 stars!!

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“The Lost Sentinel” by Suzanne Rogerson

“The Lost Sentinel” by Suzanne Rogerson

Fantasy lovers need to be celebrating right now because “The Lost Sentinel” is being released this week! You do not want to miss this first in a new series from Suzanne Rogerson. The story takes place on the island of Kalaya where the magic that sustains life on the island is dying. Tei and her father are forced to flee their home in the night because Tei has a magical gift. The Assembly is cracking down on those with magic in an attempt to completely rid the island of magic. Tei must flee to the mountains of Turrak, the only place where those with magic can live in peace. When she arrives in Turrak, she quickly learns that she is the Confidante to the next Sentinel. The problem is no one knows who the next Sentinel is, and Tei is the only one who can find out. After her harrowing escape, and being narrowly rescued by Rike and Garrick, Tei must quickly learn about her power and then embark on a dangerous journey, always looking over her shoulder for the Masked Riders who would destroy her.

I love the characters in this story. From Tei, the reluctant seeker, to Garrick, the hunky hero, you get a broad range of personalities. One of my favorite things about this author is her ability to develop her characters in a way that feels natural and flows well within the story. In the same way she develops her fantasy world. There is no heavy world drawing passages but you get your knowledge of the way things work as a natural part of the story. For example, the reader discovers the tunnels and caves of Turrak as the characters are discovering them. And then you have the story itself which is full of surprising plot twists, moves at a really great pace, and draws the reader in from beginning to end. As with the author’s first book, I cannot say enough good things about this book. I am so excited that this world will be a series so I can hang out with these characters again next year. You will not be sorry if you read this book.

Alinefromabook’s rating: 5-star-rating  5 stars!!

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Book Review: “Visions of Zarua” by Suzanne Rogerson

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Every fantasy lover should be reading this book! Paddren, Varnia, and Leyoch have been friends since childhood. Paddren has been training to be a wizard under the tutelage of Kalesh. Varnia is the huntmistress for Baron Harkai, having been trained by Reaun, who took her in after her parents’ death. Leyoch is an assistant to Paddren and Kalesh, and madly in love with Varnia. But the day the Nagra appears will change everything….

Suddenly Kalesh is dead and Paddren is appointed to replace him as the Baron’s wizard. Reaun loses an arm in the battle with the Nagra and Varnia must take over all his duties. And Leyoch embarks on the secret mission that Kalesh had been preparing him for. After Leyoch successfully uncovers a secret organization of evil wizards, all 3 find themselves running for their lives while using all their skills to take down the organization and destroy Fetter Cairn, the mastermind behind it all.

There are so many things to love about this story. First, the characters: I found each of them to be beautifully crafted. The reader gets to know them gradually as the story moves with grace from one to another. Second, the relationships: Here too, the author has been expert at portraying not only the affection between them but the intensity that bonds them together even when they feel they have been betrayed by each other. Each one seems to sense that their destiny is tied to the others and to overcoming the evil threatening to destroy their world. Third, the setting: the world is which the story takes place is brilliantly described even as the action moves from one location to another. When I was reading I felt like this author’s imagination knew no limits, whether she was describing the real world or the spirit world, it was easy to feel like I was there watching it all unfold. Fourth, the villain: Fetter Cairn is as evil as wizards can be and the author makes no effort to whitewash his character. This guy puts Satan to shame in my opinion, but I loved the contrast between him and our trio, who are not painted as a bunch of goody-two-shoes types but as individuals trying to bring good to the world while at the same time working to overcome their own flaws.

Overall, I found this story to be crafted to perfection. This may very well be the best fantasy genre book I have ever read. A brilliant debut novel!

Alinefromabook’s rating: TWO THUMBS-UP!!

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Suzanne Rogerson
Author Profile

Suzanne lives in Middlesex, England with her hugely encouraging husband and two children.

She wrote her first novel at the age of twelve. She discovered the fantasy genre in her late teens and has never looked back. Giving up work to raise a family gave her the impetus to take her attempts at novel writing beyond the first draft, and she is lucky enough to have a husband who supports her dream – even if he does occasionally hint that she might think about getting a proper job one day.

Suzanne loves gardening and has a Hebe (shrub) fetish. She enjoys cooking with ingredients from the garden, and regularly feeds unsuspecting guests vegetable-based cakes.

She collects books, loves going for walks and picnics with the children and sharing with them her love of nature and photography.

Suzanne is interested in history and enjoys wandering around castles. But most of she likes to escape with a great film, or soak in a hot bubble bath with an ice cream and a book.

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Book Review: “At the Sharp Edge of Lightning” by N. R. Bates

Book Review: “At the Sharp Edge of Lightning” by N. R. Bates

A complex and intriguing adventure! N. R. Bates has created a universe where four different worlds exist with little knowledge of each other. Then things start to go wrong in the Oceanlight world where the Sea Sprites live. Yalara is on a quest when she finds a Sprite village that has been destroyed and the inhabitants are either dead or have disappeared. Meanwhile, Helia, a forest Sprite from the Forestlight world, is sent to locate a Thinness, a weakening of the membrane that separates the worlds. Einion lives in the Humana world. He is a young man with hemophilia who is trying to make a life while being handicapped by his illness. Einion stumbles upon an Interface and finds himself in the past trying to save a dying girl.

I really enjoyed the characters in this story, especially Einion. His perseverance, even in the face of death, is a good example to readers of what the human spirit is capable of. He has no superpowers, and very little to offer in the way of physical ability, but he is a fighter who wants to do the right thing. The story is clever one, with 3 separate storylines but you just know they are linked together in some way. My only problem with the story was that none of the storylines came to a conclusion at the end. This book is the first in a planned series but even so, it would have been nice for at there to be more of a coming together in the end. This would be a good pick for a teenager or young adult as the characters are all young.

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