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REVIEW: Lost Lore: A Fantasy Anthology by Terrible Ten

Lost Lore: A Fantasy Anthology - Dyrk Ashton, Steven Kelliher, Timandra Whitecastle, Alec Hutson, Benedict Patrick, Bryce O'Connor, David Benem, Phil Tucker, Mike Shel, Ben Galley, Grace Greylock Niles, Laura Hughes, Jeffrey C. Hall, Michele Ashman Bell, Michael Miller

I was invited by Steven Kelliher to participate in a group read of Lost Lore: A Fantasy Anthology by, Terrible Ten. Having read Steven's work, I agreed. I'm glad I did. This is a great anthology with each story having its own style of fantasy. I rated each book separately. 

No Fairy Tale by Ben Galley - ****
And They Were Never Heard From Again by Benedict Patrick - ****
A Tree Called Sightless by Steven Kelliher - ****
Barrowlands by Mike Shel - *****
Into the Woods by Timandra Whitecastle - **
Paternus by Dyrk Ashton - ***
I, Kane by Laura M. Hughes - **
The Huntress by Michael R. Miller - ****
The Prisoner by Phil Tucker - *****
A Simple Thing by Bryce O'Connor - *****
Palesword by T L Greylock - *****
Light in the Jungle by Jeffrey Hall - ****
Black Barge by J. P. Ashman - ****
Making a Killing by David Benem - *****
The First Thread by Alec Hutson - *****

Overall, I give this anthology a 4.06 = 4 on Booklikes.

 

Bought on Amazon.

My Review of Uncommon Type: Some Stories by Tom Hanks

Uncommon Type: Some Stories - Tom Hanks

Uncommon Type: Some Stories by Tom Hanks is a book of short stories. 

Being absolutely enamored with Tom Hanks, I had to get this book. There were several stories that I loved and some I liked, but none that I didn't. Tom has a way of telling stories that get your attention, and I could actually hear him telling these stories because these stories ARE Tom Hanks. Overall, this is a decent collection for Tom's debut. 

Purchased from Amazon.

My Review of Winemaker of the North by J.T. Williams

Winemaker Of The North (Saints of Wura #1) - J.H. Williams III

Winemaker of the North by J.T. Williams is the first installment in the Saints of Wura trilogy. Sviska is an assassin disguised as a winemaker.

I had a hard time with this book. It starts out good, but ends up being a bit slow. I felt as though Sviska was not an assassin at all. I know he was in disguise, but he had several opportunities to show me that he was, in fact, an assassin. There was action at the beginning and action at the end, but not much going on in the middle. I would have liked to see more character growth.

Purchased from Amazon.

My Review of Marabel and the Book of Fate by Tracy Barrett

Marabel and the Book of Fate - Tracy Barrett

Marabel and the Book of Fate by Tracy Barrett is a story of a young girl, Marabel, on a mission to save her twin brother, Marco. With the help of friends, Marabel soon finds it's harder than she first thought.

 

This is a wonderful and delightful story of a young girl who's trying to find her brother while finding herself. Tracy's has a whimsical imagination and a knack for storytelling. The characters were believable, and I enjoyed getting to know Marabel. This was such a fun book to read.

 

Received a copy via NetGalley, and all opinions are my own.

My Review of Bronze by B.B. Shepherd

The Glister Journals: Bronze - B. B. Shepherd

Bronze by B.B. Shepherd is the first book in The Glister Journals. Allison is a high school student that has endured avoidance among her peers.

 

When I read the blurb, I had a different story in my mind. It turns out that I was wrong. This story revolves around the feelings Allison has for a local boy, David. I was hoping for more interactions with horses and a bit of excitement. The story is written beautifully, and the characters are well fleshed out, but with over 600 pages, this story became rather hard for me to finish as Allison's feelings were overdone and repetitive. I think this story would be better suited for a younger audience than myself.

 

I received a copy via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

My Review of Wayward Spirits by Brian Rathbone

Wayward Spirits: A Prelude to The Dawning of Power (Godsland Series: Prequel) - Chris Snelgrove, Brian Rathbone

Wayward Spirits by Brian Rathbone is a prelude to The Dawning of Power series. Benjin and Wendel embark on a quest to Godsland after being told by a mysterious stranger that the world was in danger and needed a hero.

 

This short story started out good, but missed the mark. We meet Benjin and Wendel and we follow on their quest, but then the story stops. I thought it would be picked up in the first book, Call of the Herald, so I purchased the book to find out about Benjin and Wendel's journey. Sadly, Call of the Herald did not give me any insight into what these characters went through on their journey.

 

You can read my review of Call of the Herald here:

 

http://feeroberts64.blogspot.com/2018/01/review-call-of-herald.html

 

Purchased from Amazon.

My Review of Call of the Herald by Brian Rathbone

Call of the Herald - Brian Rathbone

Call of the Herald by Brian Rathbone is the first book in The Dawning of Power series. Catrin, a farm girl, learns that she has powers but also realizes that she doesn't know what to do them.

 

I bought this book because I had read the prequel, Wayward Spirits, but quickly realized that the only thing from the prequel in this book was Catrin's father Wendel and her Uncle Benjin. It is about twenty years later than the prequel, and never answered any questions about what happened to Benjin and Wendel on their journey. I felt as though I was cheated out of a whole story. Beyond that, the story was very slow paced and there was no character development. There were a lot of mundane details of things that weren't relevant to the story, such as how to shoe a horse and other details of living on a farm.

 

Purchased from Amazon.

My Review of A Tide of Shadows by Tom Bielawski

A Tide of Shadows (The Chronicles of Llars) (Volume 1) - Tom Bielawski

A Tide of Shadows by Tom Bielawski is the first book in the Chronicles of Llars series. Carym of Hyrum finds he has powers that he didn't know he had, and embarks on a journey with his friend, Zach.

 

A Tide of Shadows has the good vs evil trope, which I love, but for some reason I just couldn't get into this story. There were many details given, but not the details I wanted.

 

These details may be included in future books, however, I didn't care for the flow of the story enough to read future books. With that being said, I felt it a decent enough read for passing the time.

 

Purchased on Amazon.

My Review of The Centaurus Legacy by Tom Bielawski

The Centaurus Legacy (The Adventures of Heck Thomas) - Tom Bielawski

The Centaurus Legacy by Tom Bielawski is the prequel to the Heck Thomas Adventures. Heck Thomas finds himself hunted by a number of adversaries, whom either want him dead or forcibly needs his help.

 

There are several characters that didn't seem fleshed out enough, but the story was good and held my attention.

 

Purchased from Amazon.

My Review of Heart of a Huntsman by Liam Reese

Heart of a Huntsman - Liam Reese

Heart of a Huntsman by Liam Reese is the first book in A Huntsman's Fate series. Besmir is an orphan who finds out he is the legitimate heir to the throne.

 

Heart of a Huntsman is a decent story. It has a lot of potential. I feel as though the author rushed the story a bit. There were gaps in the timeline which had me confused at times, and it felt like a lot of the story was left out. Things happened a bit too quickly in the development of the main character.

 

Purchased from Amazon.

My Review of A Boy Made of Blocks by Keith Stuart

A Boy Made of Blocks - Stuart Keith

A Boy Made of Blocks by Keith Stuart is a story of a father, Alex, and his son, Sam, who is autistic. Alex has to learned how to cope with Sam before he loses his family by divorce.

 

Based on the author's own experiences with his own sons, I felt that this story gave some insight as to what it must be like to have a child diagnosed with autism. The struggles Alex has, in the story, are eye opening. I have never known anyone with autism, but I felt the author conveyed the struggles and reality of the feelings a lot of parents feel quite well.

 

This story is written very well, and had me laughing, crying, and sometimes just downright mad. It took me a bit to actually get into the story, though. I felt as if the author was repetitive quite often, but overall, a good read.

 

I received a copy of A Boy Made of Blocks from St. Martin's Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

My Review of Omens of Fury

Omens of Fury (The Days of Ash and Fury) (Volume 1) - Sean Hinn

Omens of Fury by Sean Hinn is the first book in The Days of Ash and Fury series. We follow Lucan Thorne and other characters as we travel this world that is plagued with fires and quakes.

 

This is an interesting story. The characters are diverse, and the good vs evil trope rears its head. For me, this was a fun book, and has a Tolkien feel to it. I can't wait for the next book!

My Review of Valley of Embers

Valley of Embers (The Landkist Saga Book 1) - Steven Kelliher

Valley of Embers by Steven Kelliher is the first book in The Landkist Saga. Kole is an Emberfolk. He doesn't believe in the prophecy, and he is determined to prove that said prophecy is wrong.

 

I loved this story! There were new races which I had never heard of, and the pace was fast, for the most part. The middle of the book slowed, but picked up again towards the end. I also loved the author's writing style. This was definitely an exciting adventure.

My Review of The Green Ember

The Green Ember - S.D. Smith

The Green Ember by S.D. Smith is the first installment of The Green Ember series. Heather and Picket are brother and sister living a normal life until their home is attacked and their dad, mom, and little brother go missing. Not knowing if their family is alive, Heather and Picket find themselves rescued by the unlikeliest of rabbits.

 

This is a wonderful story of family, friends, and determination. I loved the characters, but who doesn't love rabbits?! This story reminded of the old stories of talking animals such as Redwall by Brian Jacques and Watership Down by Richard Adams. I can see this becoming a beloved classic for the ages.

 

I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves adventure and talking animals!

My Review of The Boy Who Painted the World

The Boy Who Painted the World - Melody J. Bremen

The Boy Who Painted the World by Melody J. Bremen is the story of a 10 year old homeless boy, Indigo, who loves to paint and wishes to one day be a famous painter.

 

This is an incredible story of loss, love, determination, and strength. I felt Indigo's emotions throughout the story. I watched as he grew and became more and more determined to be the painter he always wanted to be. This is a great story for children 9-12, or like me, just a kid at heart.

My Review of The Village of Eben Hollow

The Village of Eben Hollow - Jason Pacy, Brad A. Braddock

The Village of Eben Hollow by Brad A. Braddock is a story of good versus evil.

 

While I loved the title, the story held little for me. There is your usual evil sorceress, her minions, and the dead that she can raise, but the storytelling left a little to be desired. All the villagers seemed the same, all brutes and drunkards. It was easy to see where the story was headed. No mystery. Nothing that held me to the story.

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