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Frostblood (Book #1: Frostblood Saga) ~ Fantasy Review

Good afternoon fellow bookworms!

It’s a beautiful snowy day in the East of England, so today’s
review of Frostblood, by Elly Blake seems appropriate.

Title: Frost Blood (#1: Frostblood Saga.)
Genre: Fantasy
Author: Elly Blake
Publishing year: 2017

My rating: 
*  *  *  *  * (5 STARS!)

 

Warning: Potential small spoiler alert!

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I was so excited to start reading Frostblood, by Elly Blake. It’s a novel I’ve been meaning to get around to for ages, and I’m glad I did because I absolutely LOVED every moment!

This enchanting narrative focuses on young Ruby Firebrand, one of the last Firebloods in existence. One of the first sentences, ‘I offered my hand to the fire’ intrigued me, making me wonder if the fire was in fact a sentient being.

Although it soon became clear that it was not, the fire did respond to Ruby’s emotions, making it easy to picture when things might escape Ruby’s limited control.

The setting is quickly established for the reader, as are the two warring clans of this fictional world, the Firebloods, and the Frostbloods.

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The evil Frost King plays a crucial role in all that befalls Ruby’s character as the novel progresses. He is the symbol of all things evil (at least, from Ruby’s perspective.)

The fast pace of the story had my heart thudding in my chest. Along with exciting clan backstories, I loved the complexity of the main characters, Ruby and Arcus (a hooded monk with many secrets.) Both are stubborn, headstrong individuals that only want the best for their people. Despite being of different clans, they are more similar to one-another than might first be noticeable to the reader. As the pair grow closer, the novel acquires an increasingly heart-warming feel, which had me personally floating on clouds.

One thing that I disliked was the somewhat cliché prophecy storyline. I feel that after Harry Potter and the prophecies foretold in the award-winning series, that no other prophecy storyline can truly measure up. Of course, that’s just my opinion and others are sure to feel otherwise.

I did enjoy Blake’s style of writing (perhaps a little too much) as I found my head lost in the clouds for some time, like I did when I was a kid and life was simpler. The author’s beautiful use of imagery and the detail described throughout are worthy of tremendous praise.

I would definitely recommend that you give this book a read. It was by far one of my favourite reads to date. I really connected with the characters, particularly Ruby as I have often felt (and still do feel) like an outcast.

I am rating this novel 5 stars, although I could easily rate it 10 (if that was allowed!)
I’d recommend Frostblood to lovers of High Fantasy and Mythology.

I hope you enjoyed my review of Frostblood.
~ Take care, Daccari.

 

 

 

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Incrusted: Official Release Day Blitz

Welcome To Our First Official Release Day Blitz Post

Introducing:  Incrusted: Hiding the Demon Within, by Annora Wilson.

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To save myself, I must kill my own heartbeat.

I was that unique breed, the ‘werepire’ a rare and powerful one that was made from a deadly and impossible combination of a Vampire and a Werewolf.

But, I am no more than a sin to them. I am desperately trying to seek some answers, whilst my unknown enemies are on the prowl to destroy me, if I want to survive them, I need to know myself first.

Join Ingrid in her exciting game of life and death and see how she plays with her own fate.

Below is a tantalizing excerpt from Incrusted.

 

I had always felt like a stranger to the world etched in charcoal. The absence of the vibrant hues of color gave me a strangling feeling; a feeling that was unexplainable, a feeling that made my whole body shudder with an unbearable pain. The blindness, the fear of the unknown and the wretched memories attached to it, pinched several holes into my defenseless soul.

My soul-shattering agony wasn’t unknown to him either, in fact, I even had the delusion that he understood my pain in a way that no one else could ever fathom. But, it didn’t take him a blink of an eye to throw me right into the arms of darkness!

And now I was running in the middle of an unknown forest, from a bunch of enemies whom I never saw before. My enemies were as unknown to me as this ruffling forest, that was covered in an ominous veil of darkness. As the strong fragrance of blood and rotten flesh numbed my nostrils, all I knew was that I was running amidst an endless row of giant pine trees.

“Don’t look back!” I whispered to myself. My weak voice got overshadowed by the thunder like sounds of my panicked breaths. My heart had forgotten its sense of rhythmic breaths and was now pounding like crazy. Fulfilling the demand of the adrenaline rush in my body I ran, I ran with my full speed, yet I couldn’t escape them. Even my full strength was falling short in front of those night beasts. My aunt always taught me to trust my own strength, she told me that my belief in myself was far stronger than any force in this whole universe. Everything was gone, forget confidence, I wasn’t even sure if I knew myself anymore!

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The hungry howls of those baying night creatures froze my senses. They were getting closer with each passing second, I had no idea how much more pressure my bruised feet could handle.

I knew that I was fighting a lost battle, they were the shadows of the devil, it wouldn’t take them a minute to kill me. But something inside me refused to accept defeat.

“I don’t want to die like this” I cried with my broken voice, aiming for the sky. Though I knew that there was no one listening to me, I knew my prayers would bounce back from the sky, then also I prayed, I prayed with the little ray of hope, that told me that this wasn’t the end for me. My feet gave up, the pain was unbearable, it felt like the white blankets of snow were made up of thousands of sharp pointed needles. The once green pine tree that now looked like it was showered in the snow, offered me its branch to lean on.

I rested my back against that giant pine tree to calm down my heaving chest. The cold bark was hard on my back, yet it soothed me somehow. And for a moment, it felt like the world stood still, the silence comforting yet horrifying at the same time. I had no idea what the next moment could bring.

After taking some deep breaths when I dared to look back, my hazy vision could detect some red footprints stained against the white snowy carpet. The slight hint of moonlight on the dove gray sky was making the white snow shine like glitter. My eyes got widened in alarm, Great! now it wouldn’t even take them a minute to find me, I thought while banging my head against the rough bark of the pine tree. The distant sound of howling had now turned into an aggressive and urgent grunting. I needed no more directions to detect that the bunch of werewolves had found me and were ready to rip my heart apart from my exhausted body.

I had no idea how many miles I had run, but all the muscles of my body were worn out and I had no once of strength left in me. When I tried to move, my feet slipped, I lost my balance and fell down. My face crashed into the icy ground, the dripping blood from my mouth, colored the white snow into saffron color. Before I could realize anything else, the shadow of a tall figure blinded my eyes. I knew who it was and what he wanted, I had reached the dead end and now there was no escaping.


I’ve already got chills!  ^_^ I love the dramatic feeling I get from this excerpt
and can’t wait to read the full book so I can post my Incrusted review.

If you’re finding yourself intrigued so far, you can find Incrusted
at Amazon.com for $0.99, or for FREE on KU

Add it to Goodreads  
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Now for a few words from the author herself, Miss Annora Wilson.

 

About the Author

Thank you for stopping by to read about me. My name is Annora, I was a studious girl in my high school, I always loved to read and write stuff. I used to write stories when I was in school. Now, when I look back, they seem quite amusing to me.  🙂

When I got into college, I pursued my passion for writing, I really loved it as a hobby. Then Twilight came out. I absolutely loved the series. I finally found the genre that I loved. Somehow these vampire, werewolves and paranormal genre, in general, intrigued me so much.

I love to see how human relationships work and have always been fascinated with human psychology. When I write my characters, I get to know them better. I get to know how they feel, how they perceive. This helps me to understand not just myself, but those around me. My writing is like an Emotion Lab for me (believe me.) It has taught me so much!

I hope you have enjoyed seeing a sample of my work.
Please feel free to contact me as I am always open to discussions.

If you’d like to join my NewsLetter, you can find it here: https://www.bit.ly/annorawilson

You can also find me online via the following social media links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorannora…
Twitter @annora_wilson
Instagram @annora_wilson

 

Daccari (FantasyBooks411):  Thank you for joining us today Annora. 🙂

To all fellow bookworms, if Incrusted sounds like your type of book, then
why not check it out HERE: Goodreads, or HERE: Amazon.com .

As always, thank you so much for joining us on the Fantasy Books 411 Blog.

Have a pleasant day.  🙂

 

 

 

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Rogue Mountains (A Paranormal Fantasy Review)

The Rogue Mountains, by Joshua Tarquinio:

I’ve never read a novel quite like this. 5 stars. Wonderfully imaginative.

Today, I’m reviewing Rogue Mountains, by Joshua Tarquinio, a novel set in the small town surrounded by mountains, where demonic creatures lurk. Twenty years since some mysterious events in Pittsburgh, these hellish abominations begin to grow in number, attacking whoever dares to step foot in their territory.

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There were a lot of characters in this book and it was sometimes a chore to remember who was who. Our main figures are Jessica (a seductive local), Del Balentine (professional monster hunter), Jeremy (a young musician), Ariana (a future monster hunter), and lastly Mara (a supernatural being that dwells on Witch Mountain.)

All of these characters possess unique skills that serve them in this land of monsters, but it is their sense of strength and determination to be rid of these hellish creatures that binds them as friends and allies.

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Tarquinio paints a vivid picture of how the locals have become accustomed to such creatures. Most townsfolk act in a casual manner, as though their circumstances were a normal, everyday thing to experience. We see the town’s meagre population dwindle as they strive to evolve, to adapt to their dangerous new world. The tension hardly ever lets up and kept me reading, eager for more bloodshed.

Nymphs, witches, demons, and incredible monsters are just some of the dangers the townsfolk face.

Overall, this made for an intriguing story that made good use of imagery, kept my attention, and took my imagination on a rollercoaster ride.

Rated 5 stars.
Recommended to lovers of urban fantasy and dystopian novels.

 

Thank you for reading my latest review.
I hope you’re having a pleasant week.  🙂

~Daccari.