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The Waterfall Traveler Blog Tour

The Waterfall Traveler book coverThe Waterfall Traveler by S.J. Lem

When Ri ventures out into the forest to find some food for her adoptive father, she never imagines that she will be saved by a charming boy and swept up in a battle against an evil that threatens humanity. Filled with adventure, drama, provocative characters and fantasy lore, The Waterfall Traveler is the tale of a girl willing to risk it all to save those she cares about. This novel is a good fantasy read. It moves along at an expeditious pace with an original story and satisfying ending. The writing is above average with descriptive scenery and good word selection. If anything was lacking, I wanted more character growth from the main protagonist, Ri. At times, she felt a little wishy-washy and I think she should have been learning more from the admittedly extraordinary situations she into which she was continually thrust.

*Disclosure: I was provided a free copy of this novel with a request for an honest review.*

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Book Review – Kings or Pawns

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Kings or PawnsKings or Pawns by J.J. Sherwood

The elven city of Elvorium is rife with corruption. The young prince Hairem ascends to the throne and refuses to allow the political machinations of his council deter him from undoing their corrupt power. But Hairem’s task is difficult with an assassin loose inside the city and the traitorous warlord Saebellus threatening to overcome the elven world’s army. Kings or Pawns is a high fantasy political thriller with the essence of A Game of Thrones. While well-written, I feel that the plot of Kings or Pawns sags under the weight of unnecessarily wordy descriptions. Also, I’m very much in favor of good world-building, but the world of Sevrigel still feels slightly too foreign to be relatable. I could not find much empathy in the world nor most of the characters. This series will certainly find its place amongst the trend of stories about anti-heroes and political intrigue novels in the vein of A Game of Thrones, but it’s not my favorite genre.

*Disclosure: I was provided a free copy of this novel with a request for an honest review.*

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Book Review – The Sound of the Stones #StonesTour

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The Sound of the Stones Book CoverThe Sound of the Stones by Beth Hammond

The ancient book about the past holds the future. Frankie is the key and as she reads the story begins to feel real. In another time, humans are oppressed by a strange half-human breed. But Ashra, holds the salvation of the human race. As other allies seek her out, Ashra and her companions must unravel the mysteries of the past in order to save their future. Beth Hammond’s fantasy novel has some very interesting aspects. I very much enjoyed the character of Ashra and how she begins to reluctantly realize her destiny. I hope that Ashra and several other intriguing characters are more fleshed out in subsequent books. The story does a good job of introducing all the necessary back story along with exposition, however, the ending feels incomplete. And, while I understand that this is most likely setting up further entries in a series, I wish this particular story came to a proper conclusion. That and Ms. Hammond’s writing style, which I feel is slightly underdeveloped, were my main complaints with an otherwise engaging fantasy novel.

*Disclosure: I was provided a free copy of this novel with a request for an honest review.*

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Book Review – Aegis Rising #AegisTour

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Aegis Rising New Kindle Cover v2Aegis Rising by S.S. Segran

“From the flames of Cerraco five will arise, Saplings of Aegis, the bearers of light…” so begins the ancient prophecy of a hidden civilization thriving in a small valley in northern Canada. They have been awaiting the five “chosen” ones for hundreds of years. Little did they know the five “Saplings of Aegis” would be five teenage friends who literally fall from the sky in a fireball. Tegan, Kody, Jag, Mariah and Aari survive a plane crash that drops them into their destiny. They must become the five bearers of light against a rising darkness that immediately threatens the hidden valley and poses a danger to the rest of the world. Ms. Segran’s sci-fi adventure is remarkably imaginative. While the action starts off slowly, it becomes increasingly captivating. The five protagonists are likeable and watching them become heroes is satisfying. Ms. Segran’s writing is polished and her imagery vivid. All in all “Aegis Rising” is a refreshing story with broad audience appeal.

*Disclosure: I was provided a free copy of this novel with a request for an honest review.*


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