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review 2015-08-01 21:22
Just keeps getting better
Wings of Shadow - Sherri A. Wingler

I was lucky to be sent an ARC the second book in The Immortal Sorrow’s series by Sherri A Wingler. I discovered this book series last year, to say I enjoyed the first in the series, would be an understatement. I have a habit of reading and re-reading books that inspire me and the first book Wings of Darkness, was read three times before I got my hands on the second in the series. I was both itching with anticipation and terrified that the second book, Wings of Shadow might not be as good as book one. My fears were unfounded.
Sherri Wingler takes a chance in Wings of Shadow, by creating a whole world purely from her own imaginings. This does not always work, in some novels, it can become so surreal that it is hard to identify with. This was not the case with Wings of Shadow. I found myself completely transported to that world and though it felt alien to me, the author kept just enough of the real world within, to keep it believable. This reminded me of J K Rowling’s muggle world, blended perfectly with the magical world.
Sherri Wingler’s take on Reapers, is something I have not experienced in other books in this genre. I find her take refreshing, original and exciting. The detail in the storyline and weaving of the storyline, reminds me of great fantasy authors such as Patrick Rothfuss, and Brandon Sanderson.
Izzy is quickly becoming one of my favourite all time female characters. She is strong, independent and blimey she’s powerful! Her sense of humour and banter with newer characters such as Wrath, reminded me just how fiery she is and why I like her so much.
The storyline is interesting and fast paced. I enjoyed meeting new characters and new nasty’s, such as the guards and Mitzie. I particularly enjoyed the twists and surprises (no spoilers) along the way that kept me guessing and saying, just one more chapter. Wrath is a new favourite, I can’t say too much, as I think Wrath is something to be experienced, but his character was one I loved, loved, loved.
This is superbly written, this author has that special power to hold me trapped within the pages and I really did not want to leave. I found myself slowing down so it would not end. I will be waiting with baited breath for book three and look forward to see what will become of Grimm, Gwen, Asher and Izzy.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough. If you’re looking for a series to dive into to escape the world. This is it!

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review 2014-10-23 17:06
Review of The Shadow of His Wings by Bruce Fergusson
The Shadow of His Wings: A Novel of the Six Kingdoms - Bruce Fergusson

Holy crap, what a little gem of a find. I’m surprised this hasn’t had a bit more traffic on Goodreads and Amazon, especially when Robin Hobb has given it five stars on Goodreads! This was originally published alllll the way back in 1988 and has recently been republished by the author himself. I certainly hope he gets more readers to take notice because it was a very well written and entertaining book.

 

I’m not even sure where to begin. The book sure felt longer than 290 pages. I was given so much of the world without info dumping that it seems the book should’ve been way longer.

 

The bad? My biggest sadness? Lack of magic, but it’s offset with some nifty creatures and some good action scenes. Other than that, all I have for you is too much description. Keep in mind, I’m a bit of an anti-description reader so the paragraphs—especially towards the end when things were going crazy—got skimmed by me. I know from what I sifted through that it added quite a bit of imagery to the scenes, but I was too damn frantic to find out what was going on that I didn’t care much about anything else. The middle might have dragged just a hair for me, too. When Lukan was off on his own, it took me a tiny bit of determination to plunge onward. I was richly rewarded with an amazingly fast-paced ending.

 

There’s a beautiful part at the end of chapter one that had me ensnared pretty quickly:

 

“And I doubted myself as I never had before, questioning whether my offer of the royall was made with an innocence of spirit or whether the message to my brother was: see how selfless I am, how generous, as you are not."

 

This is a first person narrative in Lukan’s PoV. He was an interesting character. I wasn’t obsessed by him, but I was certainly captivated by his story. It started out with such a lovely melancholy note that I had no problems immersing myself in the story. He hasn’t had what one would call the trope fantasy backstory (honestly, it was a rather mundane life he led), but a few events really impacted him and his relationship with his brother. It added great depth to his character which otherwise would have happily walked the path of a completely good guy. Though Lukan never loses himself or wavers in his honor, it’s kinda thrown in his face by others. It makes that good guy seem like a person and not some hero who never doubts himself or faces ridicule.

 

Lukan’s brother was equally interesting, though we didn’t spend a lot of time with him. Still, what we’re given of him paints a nice complex character. Rui was the main female in the book and I didn’t love or hate her. I felt she was a bit too wishy-washy for me towards the end. It would have been nice to play up on her evolving relationship with Lukan just a bit more towards the end, but it didn’t distract from my enjoyment in the least.

 

The world was nicely done and I think strikes a good balance between world and characters. I was given a lot of names at first. I’m usually not one to get hung up on this stuff. A good writer will roll it out nicely and give you little reminders here and there to keep you on track. I felt comfortable with what Fergusson poured onto the page and I can remember maybe two or three times where I was lost for a tiny bit before he set me straight. There's a codex available on Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Six-Kingdoms-Codex-Companion-Novels-ebook/dp/B00OM72MDA) and one available on his website (http://www.brucefergusson.com/books/the-six-kingdoms-codex/).

 

The writing itself was smooth and I easily entered my reading trance. I never got hung up and Fergusson impressed me enough that I’ll definitely be continuing on with the series. For those of you who hate cliff hangers or series in general, feel free to pick this up. Though it is a part of a series, it ended with satisfactory closure; you wouldn’t know there’s a second book unless someone told you. There would be no need to continue unless you loved Fergusson’s writing and the world he created.

 

So overall, a great read and I just found myself a new author to follow. I definitely recommend this book!

 

Source: booksbylkevans.com/2014/10/23/review-of-the-shadow-of-his-wings-by-bruce-fergusson
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text 2014-05-07 09:18
Reading progress update: I've listend 226 out of 399 minutes.
Wings of Shadow - Anna Kyss

This is moving faster now then I expected it to. While some of the names are hard to keep track of (mostly because several people have very similar sounding names), the same characters seem to pop in and out, so that helps quite a bit.

 

And we are getting answers in a timely manner, so I'm actually quite content with this book so far.

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text 2014-05-05 06:35
Reading progress update: I've listend 126 out of 399 minutes.
Wings of Shadow - Anna Kyss

I've time I go to listen to this, something comes up. I swear, it's a conspiracy.

 

So far, I'm intrigued. The story is only starting to tell you what's really going on and the more I learn, the more I wish to. The characters are interesting and the narration is fair.

 

Hoping to get more done today.

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review 2014-05-01 15:25
Wings of Shadow By Anna Kyss
Wings of Shadow - Anna Kyss

This is a audiobook review.

 

 

Synopsis:

Meghan's graduation gift is one that any eighteen-year-old would dream of: traveling abroad to England. Her journey turns into more adventure than expected when Meghan meets the mysterious Kiernan and accepts his invitation to a secret club, hidden beneath the streets of London. By the time Meghan learns of his strange beliefs, she has nearly lost the fight for her own survival. She flees the city and seeks sanctuary with Kiernan's twin, in a remote English village. Meghan soon discovers that she is in the middle of a centuries-old battle between two groups. The first seek to maintain their traditional way of life, while the other fight against their looming extinction. Twin brothers, separated too young to remember each other, must set aside personal loyalties and reunite to save their people and help the human they have both come to care about.

 

My thoughts:

Meghan Lewis is the narrator and does a wonderful job. Her accents are great and she really brings the characters to life.

 

The story itself is nice and easy to listen to.

 

The only complaint I would have is that the world building could have been a little better; the beginning was a bit confusing. The whole story seemed kind of rushed to me. The time span in the story is weeks and month going and sometimes it seemed like something is missing.

 

The characters are nicely written and easy to relate to. Although I have to say that Meghan seems kind of naïve, but maybe that is supposed to be the way.

 

What I personally didn’t agree with is that Meghan was gone for weeks and months and didn’t miss or contact her family in America; you would think that someone would think that some is wrong when she never calls or even just writes after all that time. Or that she would start to miss her family. But that is just my opinion and maybe that will be addressed in the second book.

 

Overall, I give it a 3 stars and curious to see what the second book is like.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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