The author sent me an ARC of this book (epub format) in exchange for an honest review.
My rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ (four stars)
Yoncey Fosch, the leader of the Unseelie Dhiultadh clan would give anything to save his brother from a mysterious plague. Anything, including his leadership mantle and a favor to his deadliest enemy, Queen Titania’s consort.
But his actions will have far reaching consequences, and Fosch realizes he is not only unwilling to pay the price, but will defy anyone who calls him on it.
|Genre(s):||Kindle Short Reads > 90 minutes (44-64 pages)
> Teen & Young Adult
> Science Fiction & Fantasy
> Literature & Fiction
|Series:||Roxanne Fosch, #0.5|
“Completion of the bargain … perhaps an offspring would be a fitting price.” Oberon mused, and Fosch’s stomach contents curdled. “A Dhiultadh, one strong enough to power the binding stones and still live to tell. It makes me wonder, what an offspring of yours and a Seelie would create.”
This book introduces you to Yoncey Fosch who wants to save his brother and other clan members from a plague – whatever it may cost him.
With “The Curse”, Jina S. Bazzar presents us with the prequel to “Heir of Ashes”, introducing the Roxanne Fosch series. This prequel is a sound basis for the series, telling the story of how Roxanne Fosch came to be. The story is nicely elaborated, comprises interesting turns, and has a good flow. Jina S. Bazzar introduces each character with care, providing them with sufficient depth for their respective relevance. I was drawn into the story right away – as an invisible and curious bystander. I could easily envision the characters and locations – with an amazing colour intensity. I had a great time reading “The Curse”. I am looking forward to continuing the story.
This is for you if you like (urban) fantasy, likeable characters, surprises, and good storytelling.
|Cover||⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ (four stars)|
|Writing||⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ (four stars)|
|Plot||⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ (four stars)|
|Characters||⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ (four stars)|
|POV||Third person – past tense|
|Language|| (decent enough)
|Violence||😳 (mostly mentions)|
|Sexual content|| (some mentions)
About the author
Jina was born and raised in Brazil, where she had a joyful and fulfilling childhood. Soon after she graduated from high school, she was diagnosed with a chronic disease that caused gradual vision loss. She became blind at the age of twenty-three. She has since lived in the United States and Brazil, though currently resides in the Middle East.
Like most authors, Jina had always been an avid reader, a fan of the fantastic, but was denied the joy of books when she became blind. Once she discovered screen readers, she picked up the habit of reading again, but discovered that reading was no longer enough, so she started writing her own book.
When she’s not writing in the Roxanne Fosch series or her blog, she’s writing articles for Conscious talk Magazine, where she works as a columnist.
Connect with the Author:
Amazon: Jina S. Bassar
Buy links: books2read.com/u/bwYeWO
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 “The Curse”? Or – if you did not yet read “The Curse” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?
I am looking forward to reading your comments. 🙂
Link: 10 Statements – Jina S. Bazzar
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I didn’t realize there was a prequel to Heir to Ashes. The backstory sounds interesting as Heir didn’t go back to explain much about Roxanne’s history. Thanks for the review and recommendation, Karen. 🙂
I was perhaps lucky to have read both books in the right order, Diana. 🙂 I read some comments of grateful readers who appreciated the prequel as it answered some questions they had on “Heir of Ashes”.
Sorry i missed this one – and again, thank you for this lovely review.
Thank you for creating Roxanne Fosch, Jina.
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Karen, a terrific review of Jina’s book … although this is not my normal genre I am tempted to take a closer look. I always like your inclusion of a teaser … hooks us right in! Wishing you a wonderful new year! 😀
Thank you, Annika! 🙂
Hard-core fantasy is not my typical genre either. I do like ventures into urban fantasy or what I call ‘light’ fantasy.
When I worked on continually improving my review format, the teaser was one of the items I consider vital. A teaser you like might lead you to a bookseller to read a few paragraphs and even get hooked.
Wishing you also a wonderful year 2019! 😀
Nice review – I like your review format – the detail really explains what kind of book it is and helps the reader decide. Happy New Year!
Thank you very much for your kind feedback on my review format – highly appreciated.
Happy New Year!
Same to you! 🙂