Heroes and Villains: Pawn in the Game by Tara R


The author sent me an ARC of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

(by Goodreads)

Aurora Grimaldi’s life has been about fighting for justice under the ruthless regime of Shadow kingdoms. In a twist of fate, she uncovers a secret organization run by creatures of magic- the Imperium.

The Imperium is in a crisis. Something has been stolen from them and they will stop at nothing to get it back. The more Aurora gets involved, the deeper she is pulled into a web of lies and deceit. And it doesn’t help when the Shadow kingdoms start interfering.

With the thief lurking in the shadows, Aurora struggles to find her place in everything that is going on and her choices may just have far more dangerous consequences than she could have imagined.

Genre(s): Fantasy, New Adult
Series: n.a.
Length: 243 pages
Release date: 2015-12-28



“As you may already know, things haven’t been going smoothly for us lately,” Celestia confessed. “The shadow kingdoms are beginning to poke around our business and they are gaining momentum.”

“It was only a matter of time that this would have happened,” he mused with amusement in his old eyes. “Were you possibly expecting them to follow the rules and stay quiet forever? It is human nature to always want more and in this case, the shadow kingdoms want more power. They want a change.”

My Opinion

The book introduces you to Aurora Grimaldi, a young woman fighting injustice in a dark world. The Imperium saves her professor from death penalty, taking her also to safety.

With Heroes and Villains: Pawn in the Game, Tara R has created the adventurous story of a young woman, her professor, and the members of the Imperium. Heroes and Villains: Pawn in the Game is a quite entertaining read with unanticipated turns. It took me a few pages to understand Aurora and her ways. The relevant characters are of sufficient depth where required. The more I read, the more I understood Aurora; she is stubborn and smart.

The advanced reader’s copy comprised some minor grammar flaws – this was no show-stopper, though. The font size was tiny, could not be modified at all.

Heroes and Villains: Pawn in the Game is a good read for fans of fantasy stories with a slightly stubborn heroine, for readers who like surprises and shorter fantasy stories.


In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Dark
Pace Steady
POV first person – past tense
Language 😳
Violence 😳 – 😡
Sexual content 😳


About the author

Tara lives in the lovely city of Toronto. An engineer during the day, she moonlights as a writer. Her favourite genres are romance, mystery and fantasy. She has been writing since she was 7 and her first story was about a spaceship (BIG Voyager and Star Trek fan here).

When not working or writing, she catches up on her favourite shows on Netflix and spends time with family and friends.


Connect with the author:

Amazon:  Tara R
Amazon UK:  buy link
Amazon US:  buy link

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you? What did you think about Heroes and Villains: Pawn in the Game? Or – if you did not yet read Heroes and Villains: Pawn in the Game – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂





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