The Nightblade by Matthew Olney

The Nightblade - M S Olney

NOTE: I added this book with the correct author, MS Olney, but, of course, BookLikes didn't allow the correct author to be added. They need to fix this problem. 


The Nightblade by MS Olney (Matthew Olney) is the first book in The Sundered Crown Saga, I believe, though, I could be wrong.

This story gives some insight to the Nightblades and their mission. This is such an interesting story with great characters. The only problem I had with the story was that I feel as if the ending was rushed a bit, but I would still recommend this book.

Review: Paragon by C.F. Welburn

Paragon (The Ashen Levels #5) - C.F. Welburn

Paragon by C.F. Welburn is the final installment in The Ashen Levels Saga. We follow Balagir on his final journey for questions to be answered.

I loved this series so much and am not liking that it is over. Balagir is one of my favorite characters of all time from a new author, no less. The writing is superb, and the characters are very well fleshed out. The ending threw me for a loop, though. I definitely wasn't expecting this ending, but Welburn tied up everything, albeit a bit too tidy for me. I would have liked one more book (just one more, please?) added to this saga, but overall, it was a great way to end this series. I most definitely recommend this series. It has races that I have never heard of, which was a treat, and I can't say enough about Welburn's writing style.

I'm giving this book 4.5 stars because of the too tidy an ending, for me personally. Goodreads doesn't have the option of half stars, so I'm rounding up to a 5.

I'm looking forward to more stories from C.F. Welburn.

Review: Hero C.F. Welburn

Hero (The Ashen Levels #4) - C.F. Welburn

Hero by C.F. Welburn is the fourth book in The Ashen Levels series. Balagir ends up in a war he tries to prevent.

This is the best of the books, so far. There is more action than the other books, which was an unexpected treat! I wish there was a ten star option on Goodreads, because this book deserves it! I'm surely going to miss this series when I'm done with the fifth and last book in this series. Well done, Welburn!

Review: Adept by C.F. Welburn

Adept (The Ashen Levels #3) - C.F. Welburn

Adept by C.F. Welburn is the third book in The Ashen Levels series. This book picks up where the second book leaves off. Balagir is on his search to find the meaning of his life and if being an Ashen has a purpose.

Balagir is one of my most favorite of characters I've ever gotten to know through a story. I love the way Welburn has brought Balagir to life. His struggles keep me rapt, hoping for the best for Balagir.

I just love Welburn's writing style, and I love this world that he has created. This story is definitely different than your usual fantasy story in that it's more about the character than the usual tropes.

Easily one of my favorite stories, and am looking forward to reading the rest of this series.

Review: Journeyman by C.F. Welburn

Journeyman (The Ashen Levels #2) - C.F. Welburn

Journeyman by C.F. Welburn is the second installment in The Ashen Levels series. This story picks up where the first book left off. We travel with Balagir as he alights on a journey of self discovery.

This is easily one of my favorite series of all time. Welburn's storytelling is superb, and he drew me in and kept me rapt as the story unfolded. Welburn brings his characters to life and the world building is impressive. If you like character driven stories, I highly recommend this series.

Review: Fledgling by C.F. Welburn

Fledgling (The Ashen Levels #1) - C.F. Welburn

Fledgling by C.F. Welburn is the first book in The Ashen Levels. Balagir discovers that he is an Ashen. Paying the piper in exchange for power, Balagir must unravel the past to save the future.

Plot 5/5: An intriguing story that kept me wanting more.

Characters 4/5: Interesting characters, but I would have liked to see a little more descriptions as to get a better picture of the characters in my mind.

World building 5/5: An interesting world with a magic system that I have never encountered before in my adventures.

Pacing 4/5: A steady pace throughout the story.

Writing 5/5: Beautifully written prose.

Overall 4.6

I loved this story so much that I bought the next two books. I highly recommend this book.


And, yet again, leave it to Booklikes to add a book under a different author's name. This book is by CF Welburn.

Siege of Shadows by J.A. Andrews

Siege of Shadows - V.C. Andrews

Siege of Shadows by J.A. Andrews is the final installment of The Keeper Chronicles. Sini came from the streets and is now with the Keepers, but she feels she doesn't fit in. Will she be able to find a place to call home?

J.A. Andrews' storytelling is delightful, her characters alive, and her world vivid. Andrews has a unique way of bringing her characters forth and bringing them to life, and making you care for these people as if they are your family and friends. I don't usually get so emotionally attached, but Andrews' characters had my emotions running all over the place. I laughed, cried, got angry, and hopeful. This story has everything a great fantasy novel should have.

I love this trilogy so much that it has a place right next to my Tolkien books on my shelves, and there is no higher honor that I could give Andrews' story than that. This is a clean fantasy and a must read. I highly recommend Andrews' works. You will not be disappointed.


For some reason, Booklikes has JA Andrews' books under VC Andrews. I have contacted Booklikes numerous times about this issue, yet they refuse to resolve this situation. If anyone here knows how to resolve this issue, please let me know. Thanks.

Review: Waters of Salt and Sin by Alisha Klapheke

Waters of Salt and Sin: Uncommon World Book One - Alisha Klapheke

Waters of Salt and Sin by Alisha Klapheke is the first book of the Uncommon World series. Kinneret is determined to have a better life for her sister and herself.

This story had the potential to be a really good read. There was action and magic, which are great for a fantasy novel, and what I look for as a lover of fantasy, and I was hoping to read of a strong female character, but the swooning became too repetitive, and the decisions the MC made were not of a strong willed female.

Others may enjoy this story, but it just wasn't for me.

Review: Moonlocket by Peter Bunzl

Moonlocket - Peter Bunzl

Moonlocket by Peter Bunzl is the second book in The Cogheart Adventures trilogy. Lily and Robert are trying to figure out what the Moonlocket is, but they get a rude awakening when secrets from Robert's past come to light.

This is a story that can be read as a stand alone, though there are mentions of instances from the first book, it will in no way ruin this story for the reader.

I thought this was a fun, yet sad story at times. I love the characters and the world the author has created.

Review: The Ashen Levels by C.F. Welburn

The Ashen Levels - C.F. Welburn

The Ashen Levels by C.F. Welburn is all five books in one edition, FLEDGLING; JOURNEYMAN; ADEPT; HERO; PARAGON. Welburn has a beautiful writing style, and a wonderful imagination. This story has a very unique magic system and odd, wonderful characters. I can't say enough about this story. If you read one book this year, or any other year, for that matter, you must read The Ashen Levels! You will be thoroughly delighted!

Review: The Strangers by Margaret Peterson Haddix

The Strangers (The Greystone Secrets #1) - Margaret Peterson Haddix

The Strangers by Margaret Peterson Haddix is the first book in the Greystone Secrets. Chess, Emma, and Finn Greystone always knew who they were, but things change when three other children with the same names and birth dates catch their attention.

This was an extremely interesting and fun read. I loved the characters, and the mystery that Margaret Peterson Haddix creates kept me turning the pages. I highly recommend this book to lovers of middle grade mystery.

Review: First Rider's Call by by Kristen Britain

First Rider's Call - Kristen Britain

First Rider's Call by Kristen Britain is the second book in the Green Rider series. Karigan G'ladheon refuses to heed the Green Rider's Call. She has went back home in hopes of having a normal life, but things aren't always so easy.

I really loved Karigan in the first book, but for some reason I couldn't get into her character in this book. She seemed like a different character, which is the reason for my rating. The writing and the world Kristen Britain has created is interesting but it wasn't enough to continue with the series.

Review: Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

Wishtree - Katherine Applegate

Wishtree by Katherine Applegate is about Red. A tree, but not just any tree. Red is a Wishtree.

This story wasn't what I thought it was going to be, but I found it to be imaginative and creative. I loved the characters, and the writing was simple but enticing. A great story of the differences of people around us and the feelings these differences can evoke. I feel all children should read this book.

Review: Green Rider by Kristen Britain

Green Rider - Kristen Britain

Green Rider by Kristen Britain is the first book in the Green Rider series. Karigan G'ladheon has run away and finds herself in a situation that is fraught with danger.

This is a beautifully written adventure of a young girl trying to find her way. Great world building and wonderful characters have made this one of my favorite stories.

Review: The Hiding Place by C.J. Tudor

The Hiding Place - C.J. Tudor

The Hiding Place by C.J. Tudor is her second novel. Joe is going back to where he was born, but does he really want to? No...not after what happened. Can he face his past, or will it consume him?

Tudor does it again! With her writing, solid characters, and her infusion of horror mixed with mystery, this story will keep you on the edge of your seat while quickly turning the pages. This is an excellent tale of fear, confusion, and self loathing. I highly recommend this story to anyone looking for an intense read.

Review: Elevation by Stephen King

Elevation - Stephen King

Stephen King does it again! Though a quick read, King finds a way to get you into the story and he doesn't let go. You find yourself rooting for the characters and sometimes you find yourself crying for them. I just loved this story. Short but sweet, it is.

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