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The Butterfly Child, by Deborah Ann Gordon (Fantasy Review)

The Butterfly Child, by Deborah Ann Gordon is the thrilling sequel to Dark Matter, a gripping medieval style Fantasy-Romance.

Young Belinda begins her harrowing journey into motherhood when she conceives the prophesized Butterfly Child, for which this tale is named. It is said that a child born of a mortal mother and immortal father will lead the immortal people to a prosperous new world.

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My greatest love regarding this series come from Belinda’s own sense of strength and determination. She does what she thinks is right in any given situation, regardless of the viewpoints of others- even those closest to her. Although this trait could be considered bad in some individuals, Belinda is certain in her knowledge of right and wrong, desiring to protect not just her unborn child, but all people who hold goodness in their hearts.

I also loved the way in which the author built up their fictional world. Their use of imagery had me picturing gorgeous scenery that I could lose myself in.

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On the flip side, the start of this book had a lot of backstory crammed in, which I found slightly off-putting, but not enough to deter me from continuing with my reading. The author’s action packed and at times poetic style sent thousands of beautiful images and emotions through my mind.

If you’d like to read a fantasy tale of love, loss, power, and metamorphosis, then I would definitely recommend The Butterfly Child.

Rated 4 stars.

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Living the Good Death, by Scott Baron:

Scott Baron is a master storyteller.

Never a dull moment. He has re-kindled my love of literature.

Living the Good Death, by Scott Baron is a fantasy novel unlike any other. Imagine being Death, but having been robbed of your supernatural abilities. The girl who thinks she is death (AKA Dorothy) finds herself stranded in the world of the living with no power, money, and no way to return to the realm of the dead. There’s only one thing for it- she must die!

I found myself drawn in from the start with the idea of this young, waif like girl being Death, reaper of souls. I didn’t know how to feel at first: part of me wanted to laugh at the irony and another part felt terrified for this poor, lost girl. Without a real name for a good half of the book, our heroine was lent an air of mystery tat I found most intriguing.

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At first, our protagonist appeared rather rude and hasty in her interactions with others, but this soon calmed as she spent more time in the company of others. After several failed suicide attempts, young Death / Dorothy, or however you would like to refer to her, begins to form some unique human attachments. We see her blossom into a determined and somewhat unlikely hero as she helps to shape the world into a better place.

What I loved most about the book is the relationship that formed between Dorothy, Randy (an art dealer), and Curtis (an eccentric mental patient.)

 

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All three interacted like old friends and formed a bond stronger than most I’ve seen in real life. Their witty banter and acceptance of each-other uplifted me, restoring some of my faith in humanity.

The only thing I found myself disliking came in the form of Doctor Vaughan, lead psychiatrist at Camview Mental Hospital, where Dorothy first meets Curtis. Vaughan’s sadistic methods of discipline and ridiculous obsession with magic make him an interesting, yet despicable villain.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed Living the Good Death. It was well written, with an elegant style that held my attention. The author articulates his thoughts well and surprises us on multiple occasions with bursts of action and suspense.

Best book I’ve read this season!
Easily 5 stars.

Recommended for lovers of young adult and fantasy books.

 

 

 

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Luminous Spirits, by Dusty Crabtree (5 Star Fantasy Review)

Don’t ever underestimate the shadows.’

Luminous Spirits follows on from Dusty Crabtree’s gripping fantasy novel, Shadow Eyes. In this equally thrilling sequel, we follow Iris, a young newbie light warrior, as she works to keep evil at bay. Just as all seems right with the world, a stunning new arrival makes Iris’ school life a living hell.

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The book opens with a lot of dark imagery that gives the reader a real sense of the danger to come. While there were a few characters I disliked (the scheming and manipulative type), I generally enjoyed this story as a whole. The gorgeous Patrick is just as mysterious in this book as he was in the first, his relationship with Iris slowly blossoming into something beautiful.

Dusty Crabtree portrays high school life and its related issues with the utmost accuracy. A winning sense of humour and cast of contrasting characters make these novels an absolute joy to read.

 

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With themes of good and evil, and past pain, Crabtree has created a world that will steal your heart, before filing it with every emotion imaginable. The abundance of action, in addition to Crabtree’s articulate and emotional style, provide a reading experience like no other.

Rated 5 stars.
Recommended for lovers of young adult and fantasy.

 

 

 

 

 

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Mated to the Werewolf King (Fantasy Review)


Mated to the Werewolf King, by Alena Des:

Witches, Werewolves, and Demons Galore!

Seventeen year old Belle thought she was a member of the pack, but being hunted by The Demon King sets her on a journey she never imagined. In what appears to be a unique adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, we follow Belle, a young hybrid, and Keith, the fierce King of the Werewolves.

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Although their relationship starts as one of sheer dislike, we see Keith begin to grow on Belle, as she in turn grows on him. I must admit, although I initially hated Keith’s character with his frustrating level of arrogance and stand-offish nature, I began to warm with him as Belle did. It’s like I was experiencing her changing emotional state for myself, her feelings influencing my impression of him.

The story is told through the eyes of three separate characters: Belle, Keith, and Tannon, a one-thousand year old warlock. We are shown the remarkable depth of each character’s thoughts, with each bringing a unique perspective to the story’s events. Belle and Keith proved to be the most stubborn characters I’ve ever met, but in an almost endearing way.

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The action hooked me from the start, with a plot that continued to draw me in. This was in addition to the many surprise twists I noticed dotted throughout as I followed Belle on a journey of self-discovery and love.

I love Alena Des’ style of writing and would recommend the sequel, The Warlock’s Nemesis.

Rated 5 stars.
Recommended for lovers of Fantasy.

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Esper Files 3: The Chimera Formula (Steampunk Fantasy Review)

Esper Files 3: The Chimera Formula, by Eagan Brass:

Eagan Brass has done it again.

 

From an author I have quickly come to adore, Eagan Brass presents his third book in the Esper Files series, The Chimera Formula. Set within the Victorian Age, this Steampunk Fantasy novel proved just as thrilling as the first two instalments. The author knows exactly how to deliver action in a way that had me glued to my seat.

When grotesque creatures begin to plague Victorian London, the general public are quick to blame the Esper community. It is up to Nathan and his fellow Espers to save the day and prove their innocence.

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As usual, you can expect an articulate, well thought out story that is jam-packed with action from start to finish. Eagan’s style is instantly distinguishable from that of other authors: it’s as if it possesses a type of logical reasoning that you can feel deep in your bones.

I found this particular instalment to be refreshingly modern with the inclusion of a lesbian relationship that develops between the plucky Freya and newcomer Reyna. Eagan shows a non-judgemental viewpoint on the matter of sexuality, pointing out that love comes in many forms.

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Another bond that I have always related strongly to is the one that has continued to strengthen between Nathan and young Freya. As orphans, both Espers prove to be extremely resilient to change and pain, in addition to being courageous and daring beyond measure. I love the witty banter that the pair share, a trademark personality trade of Nathan’s. Reading through such delightfully comic moments lights me up from within and never fails to put a smile on my face.

With themes of destruction, camaraderie, revenge, and love, I see The Chimera Formula as the best book in the series so far.

Easily rated 5 stars.

Recommended to lovers of Fantasy, Sci-fi, and Steampunk novels.

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Sons of Trillion (EPIC Fantasy Review)

Sons of Trillion, by David. J. Khan:

Set in Talos, where the bearing of children is rare, new father Trillion is forced to make an impossible decision in order to save the life of his son, Caliga.

This novel intrigued me from the start with the idea of its three magical casting trees, in addition to the light well, which shows which tree an individual will come to harness magical power from in the future.

Trillion and son, Caliga are contrasting characters with opposite views of the world, its people, and the concept of justice. I liked Trillion for his bravery and dedication in raising a difficult child alone, but found Caliga to be more headstrong and rebellious. Caliga appears to act as the darkness to the light and innocence of young Valora, a girl whom Caliga swiftly develops an obsession for.

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My favourite moment was the ending scene where Caliga must rescue Valora for a second time. An action packed sequence ensues, building up to the novel’s climax.My only dislikes were the consistent mixing of past and present tense, as well as the unfair way in which Caliga’s character was treated by the council, even as a child.

With key themes of loss, love, and betrayal, Sons of Trillion made for a good read, but could do with some minor alteration regarding the tenses used.

I would rate this book 4/5 stars.

A gripping novel fuelled by a clever magical system.
Recommended for lovers of Epic and General Fantasy.

 

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Solaris Seethes (Sci-Fi Review)

Solaris Seethes, by Janet McNulty:

 

Solaris Seethes by Janet McNulty is a Sci-Fi novel quite unlike any other I’ve read. When Rynah (a lab worker from the planet of Lanyr) is betrayed by one of her own kind, she is forced to flee her dying planet in a ship built by her grandfather. A character in itself, Solaris (name of the ship as well as its artificial intelligence counterpart) boasts a sassy attitude as they guide Rynah on a perilous journey to right things on her home world.

There is a lot of travelling between alien planets, with non-stop action that had me wondering if the heroes would survive their ordeals. I found this book to be incredibly enjoyable and was curious to explore Rynah’s perspective. From Rynah’s determination to restore her planet to its former glory, to the range of quirky personalities that Solaris allows to dwell within her, there is never a dull moment.

23754778.jpgMy greatest love for this story comes with Brie’s character, a timid human girl with a big heart. Although she starts off as a somewhat shy and clumsy individual, we see her develop dramatically over the course of the novel, becoming a strong fighter who manages to prove her own self-worth to leader Rynah, as well as to the other three individuals mentioned in an ancient prophecy.

Although I liked many things about this book, there were a few areas that I found lacking, such as the amount of description that was given in some scenes. At times it came across as info-dumping and did little to enhance my experience as a reader.

I also thought that the inclusion of illustrations was unnecessary and did nothing to improve the book’s layout or the reader experience.

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Some scenes were not realistic, for instance, the first scene where Rynah is fleeing her home planet. In a near-death situation, for some reason she focuses on the exterior of Solaris (the spaceship) instead of running for her life. Another such example comes when the four humans first appear inside of Solaris. In a situation like this, I would expect the characters to panic as they would have no idea of their location or of how they had gotten there, or to ask questions, but no. They appeared to be oddly unphased.

Solaris Seethes is a remarkable read that held my attention from start to end, with characters that I quickly came to adore.

I would rate this book as 4/5 stars and would recommend it to lovers of Science Fiction and Fantasy.

 

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The Warlock’s Nemesis (A Fantasy Review)

The Warlock’s Nemesis, by Alena Des:

Betrayal, Magic, Undying Love.

The Warlock’s Nemesis is a rare jewel of a book.’

 

In The Warlock’s Nemesis, a fantasy novel, we follow young Alice through a series of unexpected and truly remarkable events. The novel begins with a mysterious conversation, followed by a virus which spreads through the human population like wildfire. It’s a good thing there are witches and warlocks to heal them…for now.

As a healer herself, Alice is an invaluable asset when it comes to tackling the virus head on. I found her progressing relationship with 1,100 year old warlock Tannon to be sweet, yet sensual- a true love affair. Their story moves swiftly, promising demons, magic, and much more.

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There is a beautiful contrast between light and darkness as a war wages between the leaders of each driving force. I was shocked to learn of Alice’s true nature (no spoilers, don’t fret) and found her to be a most admirable heroine. The goodness that lies within her heart knows no bounds.

Besides Alice, I had two other favourite characters, Riley and Tannon. Riley’s dark sense of humour and mischievous personality always brought a smile to my face. I found him to be an intense character that charmed his way through all situations.

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As for Tannon, his magical ability intrigued me from the start, but so too did his natural habits, e.g. his talking extensively to himself. This happens to be a natural habit of both myself and my partner so I find it easy to relate to his character. Talking to oneself often helps to get unwanted thoughts out of your head, allowing you to seek your own counsel, as it were.

I loved every moment of this book and could not put it down. I would recommend it to fantasy and supernatural lovers alike as it was a genuine delight to read.

My rating for this novel is 5 stars.

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Rotten Magic (Fantasy Review)


Rotten Magic, by Jeffrey Bardwell:

In the year 491, young Devin dreams of becoming a Journeyman, but fate has something-else in store.

Throughout the book, we’re presented with two voices in Devin’s head, viewed as entirely separate entities. These are ‘The Mage’ and ‘The Artificer.’ While one voice appears to encourage magical antics, the other is strongly opposed to such sorcery.

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Devin is an intriguing character. He enjoys time alone, no doubt due to childhood bullying and seems to be socially awkward- something I find it easy to relate to.

As for the story, it progressed steadily without any dull moments. I loved Devin’s interior-monologue; it was interesting to be privy to such deep and thought-provoking discussions.

The language used was easy to understand and remained that way throughout. I felt that the author possessed a genuine gift for expression and could readily imagine the scenes they were painting.

Overall, a short and compelling read.

Rated 4/5 stars.

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Breaking Free, by Caleb Monroe (Fantasy Review)

This was a story I found myself able to relate to straight away. What few people may know about me is that I used to be an agoraphobic and didn’t leave the house for close to three straight years, except on very rare occasions when accompanied by someone close to me.

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In Breaking Free, Jacob (an agoraphobic man) encounters a strange mythical beast known as a Griffin, which he soon befriends. I found Jacob’s second person narration to be well constructed and unique. The book was full of action and moved quickly, with dramatic peaks that had me glued to the page.

Jacob’s bond with young Griffin, Shadow is that of best friends. The love and understanding that passes between them is nothing short of extraordinary. When it came to the ending, I wasn’t too sure what to think. It went on a strange tangent and although tangents don’t normally phase me, the way this particular ending was crafted had me rather confused.

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This was a heartfelt tale with many dramatic twists that I feel fans of mythology and fantasy will love.

I give this a rating of 3.5 stars as the formatting of the e-book was rather poor and did make it quite difficult to read. Overall, a short, sweet yet dramatic tale about overcoming past trauma and fighting for what is right.

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The Boy Who Lit Up the Sky: The Two Moons of Rehnor, by J. NAOMI. AY


The Story of a Powerful Outcast

The Boy Who Lit up the Sky is a Sci-Fi/Fantasy novel that follows the life of half Mishnese, half Karupatani crown-Prince, Senya. With strange silvery eyes and behaviour that leaves much to be desired, Senya soon begins to gain the attention of both moons of Rehnor.

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Our main protagonists are Senya and (though she is introduced half-way through) a human girl named Katie. Katie’s innocence and trusting nature made her a sharp contrast to Senya’s more rough and tumble attitude, with his strong survival skills and knowledge of both the streets and royal life. Both characters were likeable and I found myself hoping they would get to meet sooner than later. Senya changes so much over the course of the novel, going from a silent, unruly street urchin that would sooner stab than speak to you, to a wise and compassionate leader in the making.

The story moved swiftly and was full of emotion. The use of language was good, though there were a few typos (nothing major.) The storyline was dramatic and held my attention at every point, though I feel that a sequel would work to tie up any loose ends.

Quote: ‘The Devil could have given him those weird powers, blind silver eyes, and fangs.’

I loved this book more than words can say, although the people’s initial treatment of Senya was harsh and made me pity him. As indicated in the quote above, many viewed him as a monster, some unholy demon come to plague them. I quickly identified with Senya’s character as I have also experienced what it’s like to be an outcast, struggling to fit in even though you don’t wish to. His mysterious eyes, aloof personality made him ever-more intriguing.

‘Senya’s eyes flashed like a laser and then, so help me, he was gone.’

I do feel that the book could have been partitioned better in order to properly separate different character perspectives from one-another, but overall this was an enjoyable read that I think will bring readers hours of entertainment. I experienced a world like no other I’d read about before and I’m hoping that upon reading this, others will think twice before starting to judge someone.

I rate this book 5 stars.

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Rotten Magic (Fantasy PROMO)

Rotten Magic, by Jeffrey Bardwell

 

GENRE: fantasy/steampunk
SERIES: The Artifice Mage Saga, Book 0.5

BLURB: Devin will do anything to win. Even resort to magic.

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Devin competes to become the best artificer in the mage phobic Iron Empire. Who needs magic when you can master the art of machinery? The other apprentices envy his genius and skills . . . especially Benson. Every apprentice hones their craft building and fighting in crude prototypes of powered armor. Some add frills, others barbs or horns. When Devin transforms himself into a mechanical dragon to slaughter the competition, Benson steps into the role of dragon slayer.

 

But Devin harbors a secret as he claws his way to the top of the Artificer’s Guild: he’s a mage. These new abilities are thrilling and frightening, and the voices more so. How long can Devin be content wearing a steel dragon mask when the seductive promise of true arcane power whispers in his ear?

 

Experience the prequel to the Artifice Mage Saga: a fantasy steampunk brawl of metal vs. magic where sorcery is bloody, science is greasy, and nobody’s hands are clean.

 

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