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My Review of Shadow Weaver

Shadow Weaver - MarcyKate Connolly

Shadow Weaver by MarcyKate Connolly is the first book in the Shadow Weaver duology. Emmeline is a Shadow Weaver. Since her birth, she has been able to control shadows. Emmeline's shadow Dar, her only friend, is the only one to accept Emmeline. Even her parents do not accept her magic, so much in fact that her parents want to send her away.

 

The first thing I want to say about this book is that I love this cover. It truly conveys the story with just a glance. The next thing I want to say is this was an excellent story. The characters are well fleshed out, the author's imagination is outstanding, and the story is exceptionally well written. I cannot wait for the next book!

 

I received this book from Sourcebooks Jabberwocky through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

My Review of The Blood Queen

The Blood Queen (Deathsworn Arc, #3) - Martyn Stanley

The Blood Queen by Martyn Stanley is the third installment in the Deathsworn Arc series. Wizard Saul Karza and his comrades have made it back to the Empress, but she is not as Saul remembers.

 

This book gave a bit more insight into some of the mysteries surrounding the female elf and the wizard, but I think the female character gets too much attention from the author. I would like to know more about the dark elf and the dwarf. I can see the author's writing has matured since the first book, and the editing is getting much better.

 

I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

My Review of Clash of Chaos

Clash of Chaos: EverMage, Book One (Volume 1) - Trip Ellington

Clash of Chaos by Trip Ellington is the first book of the Evermage Prequels. Deinre is a soldier whom finds he can wield magic.

 

This was an interesting read. The characters were believable, and it's pretty imaginative. I did find a couple of discrepancies, though I overlooked them as it did not hinder my reading.

 

I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

My Review of A Plague of Giants

A Plague of Giants - Deutschland Random House Audio, Kevin Hearne, Xe Sands, Luke Daniels

A Plague of Giants by Kevin Hearne is the first installment in the Seven Kennings. Fintan is a bard that tells the story of the war of giants.

 

I was excited to read Hearne's book as I had heard great things about his books, but this was such a disappointment. There were a lot of characters to keep up with, which wasn't a problem. The world building is incredible. My problem was the dialogue between characters. While I love a good dialogue, it can make or break a story. In this case it broke the story. I felt as though I was in a lecture hall listening to a very boring professor. I give this book two stars for the complexity of the world building and character development.

 

I received this book from Random House Publishing through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

My Review of A Threat of Shadows

A Threat of Shadows (The Keeper Chronicles) (Volume 1) - JA Andrews

A Threat of Shadows by J.A. Andrews is the first book of The Keeper Chronicles. We follow Alaric on his journey to find a cure for his dying wife.

 

I just love J.A.'s writing style. She lured me in with the first sentence and kept my attention throughout the book. I fell in love with the characters. They were believable to the point of making sure I had tissues on hand. This is a wonderful love story? Maybe...but definitely a story of determination and love so strong that you have to ask yourself, "How far would I go for a loved one?" Truly an amazing tale. I can't wait for the next book!

My Review of The Forgotten Beasts of Eld

The Forgotten Beasts of Eld - Patricia A. McKillip

The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia A. McKillip is a story about Sybel, a wizard that does not need the outside world. She locks herself behind her gates with her enchanted beasts, but when a soldier beckons at her gates with an infant, she about to find out about love and deceit.

 

This story is about love, deceit, and revenge, and the toll it can have on one's heart and mind. It was well written with lively characters, and magical beasts. A wonderful story with clean romance.

 

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for and honest review.

My Review of The Rage That Follows

The Rage That Follows - Nathaniel Badertscher

The Rage That Follows is Nathaniel Badertscher's debut novel about The Knights Seraphin, monster hunters sworn to the goddess Seraphe. Joren, a shepherd’s son, sees a face within the woods that frightens him to his very core. Sergeant Garret Rhys of The Knights Seraphin and his company have arrived on their way to their mission and decide to stay for a night at the shepherd’s hall to rest before moving on with their quest, not knowing that there is an evil that none of them are prepared for.

Nathaniel weaves a gripping tale full of fear, tragedy, and loss. This is an incredible tale with extraordinary characters. I was thoroughly taken with this story. As the story unfolded, I could not put this book down. The characters were engrossing and the dialogue between the characters was such that I felt the emotions of each character. I am truly looking forward to more of Nathaniel's work.

 

Cautionary note: there is quite a bit of gore, for those not into that. Also, there aren't any sex scenes for those looking for that.

 

I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

My Review of The Verkreath Horror

The Verkreath Horror - Martyn Stanley

The Verkreath Horror by Martyn Stanley is the second book in the Deathsworn Arc series. After defeating the Noble Dragon and losing two of their comrades, the remaining crew start their journey back to the empress to receive their pay for a deed well done, but run into unfortunate circumstances that lead them running for their lives underground.

This story was a bit slower paced as we got to know the characters a little better. The characters are a lively crew and it was interesting getting to know them more. I felt this book was better edited than the first, which made it more enjoyable than the first.

I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

My Review of Kingsteel

Kingsteel (The Dragonkin Trilogy Book 3) - Michael Meyerhofer

I received the The Dragonkin Trilogy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, therefore, I'm going to start my review a bit different than usual. The reason for this change in the way I'm reviewing is because Booklikes counts trilogies, series, and anthologies as one book, and I'm greedy so I broke this one down to get credit for all three books, though I'll be reviewing the entire trilogy.

Kingsteel by Michael Meyerhofer is the last book in the Dragonkin Trilogy. Rowen has won the battle, but has he won the war? There is a new threat out there that Rowen must contend with.

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My Review of Knightswrath

Knightswrath (The Dragonkin Trilogy Book 2) - Michael Meyerhofer

I received the Dragonkin Trilogy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, therefore, I'm going to start my review a bit different than usual. The reason for this change in the way I'm reviewing is because Booklikes counts trilogies, series, and anthologies as one book, and I'm greedy so I broke this one down to get credit for all three books, though I'll be reviewing the entire trilogy.

Knightswrath by Michael Meyerhofer is the second book in the Dragonkin Trilogy. Now that Rowen has become a Knight of the Crane he must continue to battle and try to save the lands.

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My Review of Wytchfire

Wytchfire (The Dragonkin Trilogy Book 1) - Michael Meyerhofer

I received the The Dragonkin Trilogy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, therefore, I'm going to start my review a bit different than usual. The reason for this change in the way I'm reviewing is because Booklikes counts trilogies, series, and anthologies as one book, and I'm greedy so I broke this one down to get credit for all three books, though I'll be reviewing the entire trilogy.

Wytchfire by Michael Meyerhofer is the first book in The Dragonkin Trilogy. Rowen Locke has always dreamed of becoming a Knight of the Crane, but with war looming Rowen has to decide where he stands.

First I have to say WOW!!! I was thoroughly blown away by this story. It is your typical sword and sorcery tale, but yet it isn't. Yes, it has the good vs. evil. Yes, it has magic. And yes, it has battles, and lots of them. But, what isn't typical is the fact that you won't find your typical races. You won't find dwarfs, elves, orcs, and the like. This tale has a host of very different races. It was very refreshing to meet these new races and still have the feel of a sword and sorcery tale. 

This story is very well written with vivid descriptions, and amazing world building. The characters are flawed, which makes them stand out from the pages and become flesh and bone. The dialogue is entertaining with a few laughs here and there. 

My only problem with this trilogy is that I feel as though some of the issues surrounding certain characters weren't fully resolved at the end. I'm hoping that the author is going to continue this story with focusing on those particular characters with spin-offs. If not for this fact, I would have given this trilogy five stars. Though I am giving each book their own star, I would rate the entire trilogy 4.5.

I highly recommend this trilogy because it is well written with a host of new races, and lots of excitement.

My Review of The Stone in the Skull

The Stone in the Skull - Elizabeth Bear

The Stone in the Skull by Elizabeth Bear is the first book in the Lotus Kingdoms trilogy. Gage is an automaton mercenary created by a wizard. He is carrying an important message to the sorcerer of the Lotus Kingdom.

 

This story was not what I was expecting. I couldn't get into the story. It was too slow paced for me. It was written well, but just not the book for me.

 

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

My Review of The Dragonkin Trilogy

The Dragonkin Trilogy - Michael Meyerhofer

I received The Dragonkin Trilogy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

 

The Dragonkin Trilogy by Michael Meyerhofer is the story of Rowen Locke. Rowen has always dreamed of becoming a Knight of Crane, but with war looming Rowen has to decide where he stands.

 

First I have to say WOW!!! I was thoroughly blown away by this story. It is your typical sword and sorcery tale, but yet it isn't. Yes, it has the good vs. evil. Yes, it has magic. And yes, it has battles, and lots of them. But, what isn't typical is the fact that you won't find your typical races. You won't find dwarfs, elves, orcs, and the like. This tale has a host of very different races. It was very refreshing to meet these new races and still have the feel of a sword and sorcery tale.

 

This story is very well written with vivid descriptions, and amazing world building. The characters are flawed, which makes them stand out from the pages and become flesh and bone. The dialogue is entertaining with a few laughs here and there.

 

My only problem with this trilogy is that I feel as though some of the issues surrounding certain characters weren't fully resolved at the end. I'm hoping that the author is going to continue this story with focusing on those particular characters with spin-offs. If not for this fact, I would have given this trilogy five stars. So, therefore I'm giving the entire trilogy 4.5.

 

I highly recommend this trilogy because it is well written with a host of new races, and lots of excitement.

My Review of Stoneweaver - A Clash of Sword and Stone

A Clash of Sword and Stone -- Prequel to the The Stoneweaver Saga (Volume 1) - Cabe Valion

Stoneweaver - A Clash of Sword and Stone by Cabe Valion is the first book in a new epic fantasy series, The Dread Magic Saga. De Mauriac is sent by Nenevah to retrieve an asset, a Stoneweaver.

 

This tale is a promising start to a new epic fantasy. The concept is very interesting; a new take on magical abilities that I had not read before. The characters are well fleshed out, and the story is well written. It has imaginative world building. My only complaint is that it is too short! I'm interested in seeing where this story takes me. Looking forward to the next installment.

 

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

My Review of Peter Huddleston & The Knights of the Leaf

Galadria: Peter Huddleston & the Knights of the Leaf - Miguel Lopez de Leon

Peter Huddleston & The Knights of the Leaf by Miguel Lopez de Leon is the final book in the Galadria trilogy. Peter and his grandfather seek out the Knights of the Leaf to help in the raging war.

 

This book picks up where the second book left off. It is full of imaginative creatures. A fast paced story, and wonderful characters. There were a few things that I knew were coming, but these things didn't get in the way of my enjoyment. Wonderful trilogy.

I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. All opinions are my own.

My Review of Peter Huddleston & The Mists of the Three Lakes

Galadria: Peter Huddleston & The Mists of the Three Lakes (The Galadria Fantasy Trilogy) (Volume 2) - Miguel Lopez de Leon

Peter Huddleston & The Mists of the Three Lakes by Miguel Lopez de Leon is the second book in the Galadria trilogy. Peter returns to Hillside Manor to learn all he can about his new realm, Galadria.

 

This books starts where the first book, Peter Huddleston & The Rites of Passage, left off. I found this book to be a bit slower paced, but it did not hinder my reading. This story is very imaginative, and the characters are well fleshed out. I enjoyed the first book so much that I bought this book, as I had won the first and third books in a Goodreads giveaway. A great trilogy for middle grade children.

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