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review 2018-09-26 17:37
Theft of Swords by Michael Sullivan
Theft of Swords - Michael J. Sullivan,Tim Gerard Reynolds

This epic fantasy includes a little breaking and entering, plenty of snarky insults, political intrigue, magical beasts, and a chaotic neutral maimed mage. For me, the tale started off fun but not particularly special. It wasn’t until about a quarter of the way through the book that the tale grabbed me. Royce and Hadrian are a lot of fun. They’ve known each other for years and each is well into their adult years. This was a nice break from all those epic fantasy adventures that feature teen/young adults bumbling through their first adventures.

Royce was my favorite because we have the same dark sense of humor and have to sometimes be talked into doing the right thing. Hadrian is an enthusiastic believer in honor and all things good. It’s a very good thing these two have each other to balance things out. Each has a history veiled in questions and half truths. I look forward to Book 2 revealing more on this note.

The one weakness to this tale is the ladies. It’s not all bad, but for the most part they are comforters and romantic interests and need to be rescued. Arista shows promise with her wit and ability to grasp politics. Also young Thrace has a shining moment at the end of the novel. The ladies aren’t the worst I’ve seen in epic fantasy but I did want just a bit more from them.

There’s a big fat mystery with the elves. Ancient conflict and truces are eluded to and I expect that will become a big deal later in this series. There are a few elvish slaves in some areas of the human realms, but no elves roam free… or if they do, they can pass for human. The maimed mage Esra provides most of what we know about the elves. He’s ancient and was imprisoned for perhaps 900 years (if I recall correctly). Esra is a big enigma. I don’t know what he wants and he might not know either. He has to keep his head down as he’s still a wanted criminal.

Then there’s Myron. I adored this character because of his wide eyed wonder of the bigger world. He grew up in a monastery and had never been off the grounds. He had seen a few horse but never rode one and he’s never seen a woman. As he gets swept up into the adventure, he provides several chuckles. I too wish there were blue horses.

By the end, I had fallen in love with the main characters. I really look forward to adventuring further with Royce and Hadrian. 4/5 stars.

The Narration: Tim Gerard Reynolds gave a great performance for this book. He had distinct voices for all the characters and his female voices were believable. He sounded like he had a lot of fun narrating this story too. I did notice a few short repeats but there were no other technical issues with the recording. I loved his voice for Myron (always full of wonder), his skeptical voice for Royce, and his honorable voice for Hadrian. 4.75/5 stars.

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review 2018-08-06 22:26
Starless by Jacqueline Carey
Starless - Jacqueline Carey

I’ve just been on an adventure with Khai and Zariya. The desert sand is still wedged in creases, the sea salt adhering to my hair, and some jungle forest mystery patch is making it’s home in the shady part of my imagination. I’m a long time fan of Carey’s works but Starless may have surpassed them all.  The plot was unexpected, the characters unforgettable, and the settings deadly beautiful.

A beautiful mythology wends it’s way through the plot. The stars, children of the sun Zar and he three moons, were cast from the heavens ages ago. Now these stars reside throughout the world, each gifted and bestowing their gifts upon mortals. Sometimes this is through direct interaction, sometimes through objects like rare seeds or a magical pearl.

The story is told through Khai’s eyes. He grows up in a desert fortress being trained by the monks on a variety of skills. He was born with a destiny: to be the Shadow to the Sun Blessed, Zariya. Once we’ve gotten to know Khai good and well (several years have passed), he goes to the royal palace to serve as Zariya’s body guard and confidante.

Since I had already fallen in love with Khai, I wasn’t sure I would bond as well with Zariya. Her world is so very different from the desert fortress but she has not been without her trials. An affliction challenges her daily. On top of that is the endless intrigues, making it difficult to trust anyone other than her Shadow. Zariya, being the last daughter of the last wife, believes she is destined for a simple marriage and child bearing. However, prophecy steps in and drags Zariya and Khai off on a world-saving adventure.

If Jacqueline Carey were ever to write horror, she would send a tremble through the entire genre. The creepy critters from the sea that threaten to decimate the world are truly things of nightmares. I thought the ants from the 3rd trilogy in the Terre D’Ange Cycle were scary; however, the critters from Starless take the cake.

I loved the gender fluidity of Khai’s character. The desert people call it ‘bazim’ (not sure on spelling). Khai grew up among only males but once he moves to the palace, he spends most of his time in the women’s quarter, guarding Zariya. There he learns about women and starts questioning his own gender-based roles in society. It’s all very well done. As Khai interacts with more cultures, each shares their take on the matter, sometimes in subtle ways, sometimes bluntly. Khai grows by leaps and bonds and I loved his character all the more by the end of the tale. 5/5 stars.

The Narration: Caitlin Davies did a great job with this book – a truly top notch performance. She provided so many different accents, keeping all the characters unique. Plenty of emotions, subtle and not, were on display in this tale and Davies gave them all their due. I especially enjoyed the valiant Mayfly. 5/5 stars.

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review 2018-03-19 09:15
Just breathe!
Sex, Sorcery, and Spirit: The Secrets of Erotic Magic - Jason Miller

Jason Miller’s Sex, Sorcery and Spirit the Secrets of Erotic Magic is an interesting and captivating way to practice the art of breathing. Through bold and straightforward language, Miller gives a practical spin on the mysterious art of sex magick. Sex, Sorcery and Spirit the Secrets of Erotic Magic is a conglomeration of Miller’s personal experience as a practitioner of magick and years of dedication to the study of tantra in all its forms. Miller recommends his authentic, self-tested techniques therein for harnessing sexual energy in order to stimulate a connection with Spirit. Sex, Sorcery and Spirit the Secrets of Erotic Magic will strip away any puritanical views about sexuality and replace them with an active, spiritually enlightened libido.

Sex, Sorcery and Spirit the Secrets of Erotic Magic by Jason Miller (2015)

Published by New Page Books

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photo 2017-12-14 14:04
SYMBIOTE: Coming December 25th

Symbiote: Book #2 of The Peradon Fantasy Series
is due for release on December 25th.


 

To save the one you love, be prepared to risk it all. Five years have passed since the fateful day that led to her husband’s demise. Violetta prays that her daughter never learns the truth, but that’s not the only thing she hopes never rises to the surface. With a mysterious storm blanketing Peradon, Violetta, Lord Jork, and Xyhoni set out to uncover its source.

The last thing they expected was for her young daughter to vanish. As troubling rumours swell, Violetta reaches her wits end. Now she must journey through the four realms to find answers and recover her daughter before it’s too late.


Be sure to pop in at our launch event (online- Facebook) on December 23rd,

from 10 am to 5 pm GMT.

 

Symbiote Facebook Launch Party (Dec 23rd.)


A
lso, be sure to check out our fantastic giveaway below:
Symbiote Official Bookish Giveaway

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text 2017-11-02 04:51
great book and great characters
Cloaked in Sorcery (Wulfkin Legacy Book 6) - T.F. Walsh

Kalin was a wolf shifter. Kalin’s best friend was Alena who was mated to the pack's Alpha.- Enre. Alena and Enre had twins - Lupita and Seff. Alen told Kalin a witch had put a curse on her family and twins had joint souls and if one twin died so would the other. At the age of twelve Kalin’s sister had been killed by a wolf attack Alena’s father had found Kalin wondering in the woods and taken her into his pack.  Kalin would do anything for Alena. Lenita was Kalin’s roommate and unlike most wolves who lived and slept all together they had their own place. Lenita and Kalin had their first human job as hired fortune tellers at a human party. It was a gimmick for Lenita . But Kalin felt the cards told the truth. Kalin could also see some of people’s past or future when she touched the cards but it didn’t work on everyone or even all the time. Wulfkin had to live in secret for the survival reason. The pack needed money for their growing members so Lenita and Kalin were doing their part. Axe belonged to a Russian pack  whose bloodthirsty power hungry Alpha planned on taking over Europe starting with Romania. First thing was to get ownership of Bran’s Castle and then fight the Romanian pack then take over Transylvania then Europe. But the owner of the castle was human and a private man and nearly impossible to track down. But then the Russian Alpha discovered the man was having a birthday party and was making an appearance hand he got some of his people -Axe, Titas, Leo, and the witch Natalya. The castle wasn’t actually for sale so the pack members may have to use some magic to get the owner to sign over the castle. The Russian Alpha treated his own pack no better than enemies. If Axe and his team didn’t succeed in this mission they would be killed. Axe was over the Russian Army and he was determined to become his Alpha’s second. Kalin seelt a foreign wolfkin and then Axe was there in front of her. She was affected by Axe like she had never been to any other male before. Axe kissed Kalin and they both desperately wanted each other. Axe lead Kalin to a room they had sex there. But then Lenuta knocked at the door and came in knowing Kalin and Axe had sex.

I enjoyed this book. I liked the plot. I felt the book went to fast to enjoy it as much as I would have if it were longer. It could have been a five. Yet I did still enjoy it quite a bit. I loved Axe and Kalin together. Even though they were from different packs they were soul mates. I loved that Kalin’s Alpha did finally listen to her then Axe and not just kill Axe. This was a short read and the only problem I really had as I said was the length. Otherwise as far as I'm concerned this would have been a perfect book. I liked the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I recommend,

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