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Book Review – Scavenger: A.I. (Sand Divers #2) by Timothy C. Ward

Book Review – Scavenger: A.I. (Sand Divers #2) by Timothy C Ward

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

The book blurb;

‘Hundreds of years ago a nanotech virus nearly wiped out humanity. The kernel of that technology has been locked in a buried military and guarded from warlords and tyrants by a class of sentries. Divemaster Rushing Stenson and his wife Star thought their journey underground would lead to the discovery of the ancient city of Danvar. Instead, they resurrected a power perfect for the tyrant that put them there. He plans to use this self replicating technology to rebuild America and give life eternal to those loyal to his empire.’

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Book Review – The Dragon’s Blade: The Reborn King by Michael R. Miller

Book Review – The Dragon’s Blade: The Reborn King by Michael R. Miller

The book blurb;

‘Dragons once soared in the skies, but that was before the Transformation, before they took human form. Now, demonic forces stand to obliterate them. When left mortally wounded, Darnuir, the Prince of Dragons, can only be saved through a dangerous rebirthing spell. He is left as a babe in human hands.

Twenty years later, Darnuir is of age to wield the Dragon’s Blade. As the last member of his bloodline, he is the only one who can. He is plunged into a role he is not prepared for, to lead a people he does not know. Shadowy demons ravage his new home and the alliance between humans, dragons and fairies has fractured.

Time is short, for new threats and deadlier enemies are emerging…’

*I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

The book trailer;

The Dragon’s Blade: The Reborn King tells the story of Darnuir, the prince of the Dragons as he is ‘reborn’ in order to save his life. Darnuir must lead his people in a war against those of ‘the shadow’, demons and spectres controlled by an evil wizard. The dragons must unite with the fairies and with the humans  in order to protect their world.

I will try to avoid the usual cliches when reviewing this book, but keep in mind the phrases ‘unputdownable’, ‘a real page turner’ and others of that ilk.

The Reborn King is a character-driven story of conflict and intrigue. Darnuir in particular is a character that I really enjoyed reading. He is saved with a rebirthing spell that turns him into an infant and he is then raised among the human population. Darnuir becomes a ‘hunter’, a faction of the human military that specialises in tracking and guerrilla-like warfare. the years pass by and we, the readers, are given little snippets of information that are forming Darnuir’s influences and this makes for intriguing reading. When Darnuir is told of his true position, as king of the dragons, the story starts to really pick up pace.

What i liked most about this is the way that Darnuir’s character becomes increasingly conflicted. He is now wielder of the Dragon’s Blade and is guided by his Guardian, Blaine. Through the rubies on his blade, Darnuir can access his old memories (this part of the book is especially brilliant) and this causes a changing in him. Darnuir’s conflict is something that is portrayed excellently and you can feel almost feel his strife as the ‘old’ Darnuir starts to come through.

The races in Tenalp (read it backwards) are plentiful and are of sure, fantasy stock. There are fairies, humans and frost trolls, as well as the dragon’s themselves. The political ties between these races is super interesting and their history if given in snippets but it is fantastic. One of my favourite features of this book is the battle strategies used by the leaders of the races, it is well thought out and actually has some logic to it, and it isn’t there simply for show.

Summary

This is a world that I want to read more of and the characters will keep me coming back for more. The action is delivered with a quick punch and surprise to it, the battles are fast, furious and enormously deadly. The legendary weapons on show are simply magnificent and add a layer of depth to the story (as well as being super cool).

Recommendation

This is pure, fast-paced fantasy at its finest. The characters are plentiful, the action is real, and the story is wonderful. Fantasy lovers will want to read this book. I highly recommend it for anyone looking for a fresh story that is set in a fantastical new world.

Rating

4.5/5

*Cover image taken from iamselfpublishing.com*

Where to find Michael R. Miller;

Website: thedragonsblade.com

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Book Review – Touch of Iron (The Living Blade #1) by Timandra Whitecastle

Touch of Iron (The Living Blade #1) by Timandra Whitecastle

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

The book blurb;

‘Is the Living Blade real or just a legend?

With it… Prince Bashan could win back his kingdom.
Master Telen Diaz can free himself of the burden from his past.
Owen Smith sees a once-in-a-lifetime chance to gain untold knowledge.

… but for Noraya Smith, the Living Blade will bring nothing but suffering and sorrow.’

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5 signs that you’re a reading addict

Are you addicted to reading? If you recognise any of these features then the chances are you’re a reading addict.

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Book Review – Valley of Embers (The Landkist Saga #1) by Steven Kelliher

Book Review – Valley of Embers (The Landkist Saga #1) by Steven Kelliher

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

The book blurb;

‘For hundreds of years, the flame-wielding Embers have been the last line of defense against the nightmare creatures from the World Apart, but the attacks are getting worse. Kole Reyna guards Last Lake from the terrors of the night, but he fears for his people’s future.

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*BLOG TOUR* For the Love of Grace by Andy Blackman

andy-blackman-cover Hello, and welcome to my stop on the blog tour of Andy Blackman’s ‘For the Love of Grace’!

Here is a little about the book (and the blurb, of course);

Grace Backer had a life full of tragedy. But despite everything, she raised her son, Tom, with her secret intact. Tom is a prodigal child, destined to escape the slums of the East End of London for a better life; circumstances will make him flee his loving mother and their home much sooner than expected.

‘Tom starts a new life in Odessa, Russia, and with the help of new-found friends starts a business. At last, he is finally accepted into a new and loving family, but one which holds its own dark secrets. A chance meeting with the son of a duke of the realm leads to close friendship and a new business partnership. When Tom decides to move his company to London and have his regal new friend run it, the firm thrives. However, not everything is as it seems, and Tom’s business soon conceals dangerous secrets of its own.

Years later, when Tom finally decides to return to London, he is a wanted man, one hunted by the intelligence agencies. If he is finally to be reunited with his beloved mother and his best friend, he must fight to put the past behind him. But keeping secrets is never easy.’

I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book, even though it wasn’t what i thought it would be. Let me explain…

When you start reading this book, it seems like a real slick thriller that is full of action, acronyms, and alliteration pretty women. But this isn’t, it’s so much more. What I think the author has done well is he has given this story some heart, and this creates a foundation for the characters, and as a result of this, you start to really find yourself enveloped in their world.

The portrayal of mid-war London and of the ‘Motherland’ is just enticing. The scenes are set very well, and without the need for useless, endless description and with a sure hand. the streets of London are immediately vivid in your mind and the lives of the people living there feel so familiar. They are heavily affected by the war and they all suffer their loves, and their losses. The war is not lost within this book and provides a great backdrop for the story.

The characters are one of my favourite things about this book, and their respective journeys are winding and long. Grace is the adoptive mother of Tom, the story’s protagonist, and her story contains many losses, many through her devotion to her son. What i liked about Grace is her willingness to provide him with the best life possible, and her enduing faith in him. This love that is shown for Tom shapes him and his decisions, the continuity throughout the characters is perfect.

Tom is a character who I warmed to immensely. He is one who hasn’t yet realised his brilliance, but when he does, wow, he really does. With a brilliant mind and an eye for business, Tom is just fantastic. I also enjoyed how he was made to be  shadowy, threatening character through the eyes of the authorities, but actually, you already know him, and you know how his experiences have shaped him.

I really enjoyed reading this book and you can count me in for Andy Blackman’s next story!

Rating

4/5

Where to buy ‘For the Love of Grace’: (click the image for the link)

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Book Review – Hope and Red by Jon Skovron

Hope and Red (Empire of Storms Trilogy #1) by Jon Skovron

Published June 30th 2016 by Orbit Books

The book blurb;

‘IN A FRACTURING EMPIRE SPREAD ACROSS SAVAGE SEAS, TWO PEOPLE FIND A COMMON CAUSE.

HOPE, the lone survivor of a village massacred by the emperor’s forces, is secretly trained as a warrior and instrument of vengeance.

RED, an orphan adopted by a notorious matriarch of the criminal underworld, learns to be an expert thief and con artist.

Together they will take down an empire.’

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Book Review – False Prophet (A Saul Marshall Thriller 1) by Richard Davis

False Prophet by Richard Davis

*I received a copy of this book form the author in exchange for an honest review*

The book blurb;

‘When a rogue cult turns deadly, the FBI call on former conman Agent Saul Marshall. Marshall is soon drawn into a cat and mouse chase with the leader of the cult, Ivan Drexler. As the scale of Drexler’s terrorist ambition becomes ever clearer, news arrives that he has taken Marshall’s son hostage. Removed from the line of duty, he must work alone, off-grid.’

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Book Review – My Girl by Jack Jordan

My Girl by Jack Jordan

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

The book blurb;

‘Paige Dawson: the mother of a murdered child and wife to a dead man.

She has nothing left to live for… until she finds her husband’s handgun hidden in their house.

Why did Ryan need a gun? What did he know about their daughter’s death?

Desperate for the truth, Paige begins to unearth her husband’s secrets.

But she has no idea who she is up against, or that her life isn’t hers to gamble – she belongs to me.

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