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The Fallen Knighthood (Guest Post)

THE FALLEN KNIGHTHOOD

 

Nobody mourns the collapse of chivalry as they should. The regression of knights from their historical roles as mounted heroes, nobles, and stewards of the king’s justice to common gutter trash riding in wrinkled, red uniforms is a symptom of a greater disease. When we lost our knights in shining armor, we lost that which shines within ourselves.

 

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It was not always thus, although few now are old enough to remember. But I can still close my eyes and feel the warm breeze on my back, hear the pennons snapping in the wind, smell the scent of oiled leather, and see the sun shining off that brilliant, burnished armor as the knights paraded down the street, waving to the crowd. I must have been a lad of five or six, but the memory lingers.

The sun set that day and never rose again. The knights rode to battle one last time, perchance to kill an upstart duke for the glory of their monarch. But now that duke sits upon the throne, a cold chair washed in the blood of our king while the blood of our knights polishes the flagstones at his feet.

We have replaced a kingdom with an empire, glory with greed, and chivalry with cavalry. When the imperial soldiers ride through the streets, it is no gay parade, but a grim patrol. The neighboring kingdoms fear us now, and well they should, for we have conquered two of them and soon we shall conquer the rest. Only Corel, by the grace of her dragons and her mountains, remains secure. But the others? Farse, the land of Graceful Mountains? Kindar, the quiet Kingdom by the Sea? They are shackled to the empire, reduced to mere provinces.

Remember the knights. Remember the brilliant knights in shining armor. A darkness is spreading across the land and we will never shine again.

The empire is harsh to those who refuse to conform. The Artifice Mage is coming. Will he bring new light to the empire or his own brand of darkness?

 

 

Look out for Book 0.5 of The Artifice Mage Saga (PROMO post & Giveaway coming soon!)

TITLE: Rotten Magic     |     AUTHOR: Jeffrey Bardwell     |     GENRE: fantasy/steampunk
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Shadow Eyes (A YA Fantasy Review)

Iris has seen shadows for the past three years of her life and since then, her life has been one dramatic train-wreck after another.

The story starts off in a mysterious way, having the reader question why Iris hates her  own birthday. What could possibly be that bad?

15733491.jpgThe presence of light figures as well as shadows gives the reader a sense of good vs evil. While it made for an intriguing concept, I have read several books very similar to this one.

What was refreshing about Iris’ character was her unique violet eyes. I have yet to read about another character with such features (with the exception of the witches in Roald Dahl’s famous children’s classic.)

As Iris battles the growing maze of shadows in her life, we see her at war with her own emotions. Two teen boys battle for her attention, which while somewhat unoriginal, always makes for good drama.
Although I found the story interesting as a whole and couldn’t stop turning the pages, there was one thing that made me dislike Iris’ character.

The treatment of Sam’s character (though he only plays a minor role) made me want to slap her.  With Iris being a bit of an outcast herself with her abilities, you would think she’d be kinder to those that are different. Instead, her character showed a rather judgemental side that didn’t feel like her at all.

Would I recommend this book? Probably, depending on a reader’s preferences. If you enjoy Urban Fantasy with teen drama, then yes, I probably would recommend.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.

 

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Zephyr: The West Wind (Book One), by R. J. Tolson

 

I was amazed to discover, having finished this book, that author R. J. Tolson is just eighteen years of age. Zephyr’s story is a complex one, one of loss, vengeance, greed, and ancestry. It is a true credit to the author.

517p-0wwM5L._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgHaving finally completed his three trials into adulthood, seventeen year old Zephyr is sent on a special quest, which leads him to discover new friends and foes. R. J. Tolson’s first person narrative is friendly and holds a personal tone, as if Zephyr were confiding in the reader like a friend or journal, holding nothing back. Their style is descriptive, yet does not waste words.

I enjoyed the plot and found it fast-moving, with plenty of twists and turns, in addition to deadly secrets. The characters were well-rounded and for the most part, likeable. We see Zephyr develop from a shy young outcast, into a strong and courageous young warrior that will stop at nothing to save what he holds dear.

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What I liked most about Zephyr’s story was the imagination behind the complex magical system. I found myself willing magic to be real once more as I did back in my childhood. The principles and inner-workings of the magic were easy to understand and beautifully described.

I was also particularly taken with the idea of a soul mirror, a paradise where a few hours in real time can be weeks within the mind.

As far as dislikes, I had but one. I hated Leon’s character from the start and never grew to like him.

Overall, this was a thrilling tale by a talented young author. I would recommend this to any book lover, no matter what your preferred genre.

Rated  5 out of 5 stars.

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Secrets Cover Reveal, by Bella Emy

Good morning from a drizzly England. I hope you’re all A-Okay.  🙂

18471499_413350395717650_510766015_n.jpgToday, I would like to share with you from a favourite author friend of mine, the incredible Bella Emy. Bella specializes in the Romance genre, bringing life to a multitude of unforgettable characters and gripping story-lines.

Madly typing away at a desk or cuddled up in a corner reading are the most common places where you’ll find Bella Emy. Writing started something special within her that she just could no longer stay away from.

Some of her favorites authors these days include: Nicholas Sparks, Kristin Hannah, and Lili St. Germain. Bella Emy also loves discovering new authors. One thing that she always says is that if she’s not writing, she’s reading, and if she’s not reading, she writing!

Are You Ready for this?

Secrets

Bella Emy

Blurb
From her very early teen years, Bella Emy has always had a fondness of writing.In this compilation of poems, you will find some of her earliest works.She has handpicked each one of her favorites to share with you!

Here it is…

Thank you for joining us today.

Have an awesome weekend and keep on reading.  🙂

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Devil’a Blood, by B. B. Morgan (Review)

Alice Malone, branded the best thief in all of Bell City, is about to
have her world turned upside-down. When a heist goes wrong,
she will be forced to befriend her enemies and must re-consider
the values that she holds dear.

516yF-GdbmL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgThis was one of those ‘take it or leave it’ reads for me. I did love the concept as a whole, with the devil’s blood lending people unique and at times terrifying super-abilities.

Malone’s character was particularly fascinating and although I didn’t relate well to her, I did admire her level of determination and courage in the face of danger.

There wasn’t much to dislike in my opinion, although I felt that some of the main characters could have been more well-rounded, e.g. Clearwater. Such characters lacked depth and were difficult to read.

Other than that, the story was sound, with an intriguing plot that kept me reading. I did note that there were quite a few missing connective words mid-sentence, which if fixed would improve the overall quality of the reader’s experience.

All in all, this was a fun, action-packed tale that will have me on the lookout for the sequel, as well as other works from B. B. Morgan.

Superb and imaginative.

My rating: 3.5 Stars
(Light editing really is needed for those missing connective words as there were a LOT.)