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review 2015-11-13 23:03
Orc Romance lol
Honor Among Orcs (Orc Saga, #1) - Amalia Dillin

I downloaded this in a fugue state once I learned it was an orc romance. Orc romance! That is so unbelievably charming; I can't even. Obviously, all the good paranormal romantic leads have been taken, and I applaud the author for going off label. I ended up reading a little more than half when this thing got screwed up this one time, and I had to clockwatch. The quality was higher than I expected, honestly, though the stilted high fantasy prose style isn't my jam.

 

The setup was much more brutal than I'm used to seeing in your fantasy romance: the heroine is being beaten and basically sexual assaulted on the regular by her father, the king, and his toadies. She finds said orc in a magic mirror, they escape together, etc. I was also charmed to see Dillon knows her Tolkien: these orcs are understood to be elves altered by some sort of magic. They're the good guys here, of course, not the foul get of Morgoth. I earnestly thought it was funny what unbelievable dicks the elves are here, all superior and sneering, which isn't far from Tolkien either! Though he thinks that's just fine. 

 

Anyway, this was fine, though I'm not going to finish it. At about halfway point, the secret powers of the heroine are all Speshul Snowflake Activate!! And even though it's crazy obvious that mom was half elf and girl will become a sudden proficient in her powers, saving the day for all! Tra la la! 

 

Orc Romance. 

 

You're welcome. 

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review 2015-03-25 00:06
Postcards From Asgard by Amalia Dillin
Postcards from Asgard - Amalia Dillin

Thjalfi is a minor character from the Prose Edda (and an even more minor character in the Poetic Edda) but Dillin took the character and definitely made him her own. She turns him into a charming farmhand who surprisingly turned out to be a deep thinker and loyal. Not to mention he sounds easy on the eyes.

 

Gwen is a hard working farm-girl who is as stubborn as the goats she milks. She’s completely independent and comfortable with her lifestyle tending to her goats, horses, chickens, and cats.

 

The two characters as a couple are very well matched. Thjalfi is very giving and Gwen is very stubborn which makes for an interesting pair. The romance starts off tentative but turns sure and sweet.

 

The goats, Blender and Masher, sealed the deal for me. They are horrible, demonic monstrosities that add so much humor to the story and actions cause emotional situations between the characters that I couldn’t help but love the beasts.

Dillin also incorporated a small guide to pronounce Icelandic/Norse words without it sounding like an information dump! Information dumps are hard for authors to avoid when need-to-know information has to make the story and somehow still be seamless.

 

Overall, Postcards From Asgard defiantly satisfied my love for Norse Mythology and in a modern, non-superhero fashion! I recommend this to anyone who is a fan of the old Norse myths and wouldn’t mind hearing them with a twist, or for paranormal romance readers in general.

 

ReadingBifrost Blog

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review 2015-02-07 00:00
Postcards from Asgard
Postcards from Asgard - Amalia Dillin Thjalfi is a minor character from the Prose Edda (and an even more minor character in the Poetic Edda) but Dillin took the character and definitely made him her own. She turns him into a charming farmhand who surprisingly turned out to be a deep thinker and loyal. Not to mention he sounds easy on the eyes.

Gwen is a hard working farm-girl who is as stubborn as the goats she milks. She’s completely independent and comfortable with her lifestyle tending to her goats, horses, chickens, and cats.

The two characters as a couple are very well matched. Thjalfi is very giving and Gwen is very stubborn which makes for an interesting pair. The romance starts off tentative but turns sure and sweet.

The goats, Blender and Masher, sealed the deal for me. They are horrible, demonic monstrosities that add so much humor to the story and actions cause emotional situations between the characters that I couldn’t help but love the beasts.

Dillin also incorporated a small guide to pronounce Icelandic/Norse words without it sounding like an information dump! Information dumps are hard for authors to avoid when need-to-know information has to make the story and somehow still be seamless.

Overall, Postcards From Asgard defiantly satisfied my love for Norse Mythology and in a modern, non-superhero fashion! I recommend this to anyone who is a fan of the old Norse myths and wouldn’t mind hearing them with a twist, or for paranormal romance readers in general.

www.readingbifrost.com
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review 2014-11-25 12:19
Review: Honor Among Orcs by Amalia Dillin
Honor Among Orcs (Orc Saga, #1) - Amalia Dillin

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review

Honor Among Orcs is a sweeping romantic fantasy featuring two characters as alike on the inside as they are different on the outside.

Arianna is a princess with no freedom and no hope for the future. She suffers her father's cruelty, which runs not only to beatings but giving her company to nobles for their entertainment. She is battered and bruised in body, but her spirit remains. Inspiring really-- she is one of those characters who the reader can't help but rally behind. Bolthorn may be called a monster by humans, being an orc and all. But there is nothing monstrous about his personality. Though he knows that Arianna is his only chance for freedom, he still cares about her welfare and happiness from the beginning of their encounters.

The prose is beautifully written with an old world charm that sucks the reader into the story. Vivid descriptions become a bit repetitive at times, especially if you're the type of reader looking for fast-paced action. The story progresses slowly as Arianna and Bolthorn plot and plan their escape. I'm a bit impatient, and there were times when I wanted to give Arianna a swift kick to get things moving faster.

This is truly a sweeping epic fantasy with lots of adventure and a rather sweet romance. Though it moved a tad slower than I liked, I still really enjoyed the plot. Arianna and Bolthorn are great characters. If you like fantasy romance, be sure to add Honor Among Orcs to your TBR list.

Source: onceuponayabook.blogspot.com/2014/11/book-review-honor-among-orcs-by-amalia.html
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review 2014-03-31 00:00
A Winter's Enchantment
A Winter's Enchantment - Elise Forier Edie,Amalia Dillin,Kristina Wojtaszek The Devil in Midwinter by Elise Forier Edie
Loved the story mixed in with Mexican legends and how it relates to what Esmeralda Ulloa experiences when she starts seeing the man all in black. Similar descriptions were taught to her in her dreams, some she remembers, some she can't.
Justin Coulter owns an apple orchard and was interviewed by her and her boss Annie who runs the small town local paper. Esme is the photographer and he turns the camera on her. She sets up an appointment with her uncle and they both get along like old time friends.
There are many clues along the way and loved hearing all of the ones about the apples. Things get strange when her uncle trashes her house looking for it, but nobody knows what 'it' is....
Annie helps her with lost memories and the Christian legends come into play also.... Heirloom trees fascinated ame immensely. Bit of light romance towards the end.
When her family is stolen she has a few choices but which will she choose? Found a few missing words in various spots in this book that a copy editor could correct easily.
I received this book from Prism Awards in exchange for my honest review.
I only read the first book in this trilogy as that was all that was required.
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