The Unfinished Song: Root (Book 4) by Tara Maya

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Click here to see my blog on book 1 in this series.

My Thoughts: Heads up for new readers considering this series, there are going to be 12 books and each one so far ends on a cliffhanger. That being said, I am loving this series right now, the more I read the more I want to know.

The Unfinished Song Series is set in a very primitive almost neolithic time. There is a lot of violence and women especially, are sometimes treated badly. There are tribal clans with bizarre rules and complicated politics. The fae/fairies/fairy lords etc come in all sorts of sizes and forms and they are mischevious, beautiful and powerful. There is a lot of terminology, including character names, clan names, levels of fae, magic, etc. Tara Maya has thought out every detail extensively and as a result has created a believable fantasy world like no other. Continue reading

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Brightwill by Randolph Lalonde

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 My Thoughts:

This was an unusual fantasy book, unusual in a good way. After reading Lalonde’s Spinward Fringe Broadcast 0, and admitting that the fantasy genre was my favorite, he kindly pointed me in the direction of his other work, a fantasy book he had written called Brightwill. I was immediately excited, not only had I found a very nice author who clearly spends a lot of time communicating with his fans, but I also had a new fantasy book to read!

Prepare to delve right into a fantasy world, filled with magic, elves and… I can already hear you sighing. Stop right there. This is not your typical fantasy book. Randolph Lalonde has completely refashioned the tall pale elves as we know them from Lord of The Rings and other such works. Lalonde has created new elves, giving us different races and putting a new spin on pretty much all of the classical fantasy species. Continue reading

The Book of Deacon (Book 1) by Joseph R. Lallo

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My Thoughts:

The Book of Deacon is a great fantasy adventure. It is a trilogy and this first book is currently free on kindle (link below -C.L.). There is also a prequel to the trilogy, so technically four books now, but you don’t have to read the prequel in order to understand the rest of the story.

This is a self-published book so there are a couple of errors, though I barely noticed them. God knows why J. R. Lallo wasn’t snapped up by a publishing house, perhaps he didn’t want to? If he was turned down, then shame on the publishing houses and their editors, they clearly haven’t recognized that Mr Lallo is a fantastic author and full of potential.

On to the book… Continue reading

Sora’s Quest (The Cat’s Eye Chronicles, Book 1) by T. L. Shreffler

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My thoughts:

YES, YES, YES! Finally a fantasy book that is worth reading. God, I read a lot of books, and fantasy/adventure books are my cup of tea. I love Lord Of The Rings, Eragon, Book of Deacon, etc, etc. Initially I found this book for free on kindle, and like most free kindle books, I wasn’t expecting an awful lot. However, this story took me completely by surprise. I loved the first book so much I ended up reading the second and the third…

The story is centered around four characters. Our main protagonist is Sora, an unfortunate, young woman, whose plans for adventure don’t turn out quite as planned. She ends up caught in a world of magic and chaos after finding a strange pendant that belonged to her mother (The Cat’s Eye Pendant). Naive but strong willed, Sora believes the only way to escape a marriage she doesn’t want, is to run away from home.

Second is Crash, our assassin, the most cold-hearted, yet lovable character I have ever had the pleasure to read about. Continue reading