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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
When The Tik-Tik Sings by Doug Lamoreux starts off with the sound of tik, tik, tik, tik., and then the horror begins.
The author sets up the first scene perfectly. It caught my attention and had me hooked. But somewhere along the line the author lost me. The fact that the main character, Erin Vanderjagt, is not the kind of character that I envision when I envision a female cop. With all the witnesses, her ‘boyfriend,’ and others telling her what’s going on, she still has no clue. I felt as though her character was a bit of a bitch, and a bitch does not a strong woman make.
Rise of the Archmage by Martyn Stanley is the fourth installment of the Deathsworn Arc series. The companions are headed to Votrex’s home when they stop to aid a woman thought to be a witch.
While Martyn’s writing is getting better, and the editing is also getting better, I feel that the characters are not growing enough. They seem to be the same as they were in book one. Grant you, the time in the books has only been two or three weeks, I still haven’t seen any character growth. Especially Korhan. It seems Korhan has the ability to slay a Noble Dragon in book one, but gets his butt handed to him in every fight he gets into since, which seems to me that Vashni’s training has had no effect on Korhan at all. It seems she just wants to humiliate him for her own amusement, which is getting a bit boring to me.
Brael is another character I was hoping to see some character growth, but the only thing I see with him is that he is so obsessed with the ‘truth’ that he almost caused one of the companion’s death.
Saul, the wizard, has actually learned a bit of spell casting, so his character is growing somewhat.
It seems that Votrex is the only character that still hasn’t had his day. The companions still haven’t made it to Votrex’s home. The companions are easily distracted from their destination, and seem to be well caring people, for they will stop and help any damsel in distress.
I hope the author puts more growth into his characters in the next book, for I’ve come to care for these characters and would like to see them learn and grow.
I was given a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.