The Sentinel’s Reign (Silent Sea Chronicles, #2) by Suzanne Rogerson #BookReview @rogersonsm

Cover: The Sentinel’s Reign
(Silent Sea Chronicles, #2)
by Suzanne Rogerson

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

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

The Sentinel’s reign is doomed to failure unless Tei can prevent the Kalayan people from plunging into war.

With the new Sentinel initiated and the magic restored on Kalaya, life is flourishing for Tei and the exiles. But Rathnor’s plans for war soon escalate and thwart any chance of peace.

Brogan’s position on the Assembly is uncertain as rumours circulate that he is an exile spy.

After an attempt on his life, Farrell is more determined than ever to build a home for his people on Stone Haven. But the council have their sights set on Kalaya and Farrell struggles to steer them from war.

As trouble brews within and outside forces gather against them, can the exiles keep their hold on the magic, or will this spell the end of Kalaya and its people?

The Sentinel’s Reign is a heroic fantasy. If you like character-driven adventures then you will love The Sentinel’s Reign.

This is the second book in the Silent Sea Chronicles trilogy and follows on from The Lost Sentinel.

 

Genre(s): > Sword & Sorcery Fantasy eBooks
> in Sword & Sorcery Fantasy
> in Epic Fantasy (Kindle Store)
Series: Silent Sea Chronicles, #2
Length: 353 pages
Release date: 2018-06-29

 

Teaser


Tei walked away, feeling the weight of Hafender’s suffering follow her. She hardly knew these men, but the injustice of their sentencing ate at her as she tried to carry on with her day. She wanted to reach out to Callisa, but the Sentinel was silent, their link as cold and dead as it had been before they met. Sometimes Tei wondered if it would have been better if it had stayed that way.


My Opinion

This book re-introduces you to Tei and Callisa, the Sentinel, fighting against Rathnor and his plans.

With “The Sentinel’s Reign”, Suzanne Rogerson presents us with several interwoven plot lines, one covering Tei and her companions, another getting closer to Brogan, and a third one is on Farrell. All plotlines are relevant, the one I did not get warm within the first book has become very interesting. The story is skilfully elaborated, comprises interesting turns, and has a  great flow. Suzanne Rogerson introduces each character with finesse, providing them with sufficient depth for their respective relevance. I was drawn into the story right away – very close to Tei, Brogan, and some wonderful allies, highly appreciating their integrity. As I assumed after reading the first book, I got closer to Tei in the second instalment because she has gained a little more maturity. I could easily envision the characters and locations. I had a great time reading “The Sentinel’s Reign”. It is a very enjoyable read; I am looking forward to reading the upcoming third instalment.

This is for you if you like urban fantasy, very likeable characters to cheer on their thrilling ventures, integrity, surprises, and great storytelling.

This is a book/series to read again. Highly recommended.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (three stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:  (decent enough)
Violence 😳 – 😡  (fight scenes include some gore)
Sexual content 😳  (some kisses and mentions; not too detailed activities)

 

About the author

Suzanne lives in Middlesex with her hugely encouraging husband and two children.

She wrote her first novel at the age of twelve. She discovered the fantasy genre in her late teens and has never looked back. Giving up work to raise a family gave her the impetus to take her attempts at novel-writing beyond the first draft, and she is lucky enough to have a husband who supports her dream – even if he does occasionally hint that she might think about getting a proper job one day.

Suzanne loves gardening and has a Hebe (shrub) fetish. She enjoys cooking with ingredients from the garden, and regularly feeds unsuspecting guests vegetable-based cakes.

She collects books, loves going for walks and picnics with the children and sharing with them her love of nature and photography.

Suzanne is interested in history and enjoys wandering around castles. But most of all she likes to escape with a great film, or soak in a hot bubble bath with ice cream and a book.

Connect with the Author:

Website:  https://suzannerogersonfantasyauthor.com/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/rogersonsm
Amazon:  Suzanne Rogerson
Buy links:  books2read.com/u/m2P5Yk


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 Sentinel’s Reign”?  Or – if you did not yet read “The Sentinel’s Reign” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂


Review:  Visions of Zarua by Suzanne Rogerson

Review:  The Lost Sentinel by Suzanne Rogerson

 

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Undoers One (Undoers, #1) by D.P. Davies #RBRT #BookReview

Cover: Undoers One
(Undoers, #1)
by D.P. Davies

The author sent me an ARC of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review (a member of Rosie’s Book Review Team).

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

“I can’t do magic,” said the boy. “That’s impossible.” He paused. “But I can undo it.”

Sam is a nine-year-old boy who can solve anyone’s spooky problems. He knows there are no such things as ghosts, vampires or aliens, only a mysterious energy that gets attached to stuff. People give Sam their “cursed” things, he applies some school science, and their terrors disappear, all without ever having to leave his bedroom (which is the way he likes it).

But then Lily, a girl in the grade above him, arrives outside his house one night surrounded by this strange energy, and it keeps coming back whatever Sam tries to do to help. Can they work together to find out why? And where in the maze of DC’s streets and monuments will it lead them? Together with a best friend who thinks he’s a Russian hacker and a brother who believes he’s the next baseball All-Star, Sam and Lily can’t give up until they figure it out.

If you can prove that monsters don’t exist, what is there to be scared of?

Genre(s): > Middle Grade
Series: Undoers, #1
Length: 191 pages
Release date: 2019-03-27

Teaser


Lily looked down at the brooch. It was pretty. It didn’t seem to be dangerous or threatening, but as she was holding it wind disturbed the trees behind her. She raised her hand over her shoulder and threw the piece of jewelry. It arched out over the water, a small dark circle that caught the light once or twice, and landed with a quiet gulp, as though the water had swallowed it. She looked at Sam.

“Is that good?” she asked, remembering the brother and sister on the call, wanting them to be safe, wanting it to work for them like the stone had worked for her.

Sam smiled his small, lopsided smile. “That was great,” he said.


My Opinion

This book introduces you to Lily who is running away from something invisible and ends up in front of Sam’s home.

With “Undoers One, D.P. Davies has created the first in a series of adventures with an unusual and cute group of kids. It is a very compelling read, inevitably drawing you in as the story proceeds. D.P. Davies paints a clear picture of the main characters’ mindsets – making the readers acquainted with them – while the story evolves. I was drawn very close to Lily and Sam. The main characters are complex and I took to them instantly; the others are of sufficient depth. The story is cleverly elaborated and has a great flow. I had a great time reading “Undoers One”; currently reading “Undoers Two”.

This is a book for you if you like middle-grade adventure, funny moments, and likeable characters.

Highly recommended.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:  (decent)
Violence :mrgreen:  (none)
Sexual content :mrgreen:  (none)

 

About the author

When my wife moved to the States to study her MBA I found myself here as an unemployable ‘dependent’, so decided to see if I could turn my lifelong love of writing into something more solid. The inspiration for Undoers came from being the only kid at school whose parents wouldn’t let me believe in Santa Claus, their reasoning being that you always have to say “thank you” to whoever gave you a gift. That didn’t make growing up any less magical or scary, and when we recently moved to Washington, DC – a place magical and scary in its own way – everything fit together. I hope you enjoy Sam and Lily’s adventures there! 

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Amazon:  D.P. Davies
Buy links:  books2read.com/u/3kvddL

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 “Undoers One?  Or – if you did not yet read “Undoers One” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

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Wings of Prey (The Gift Legacy, #6) by J.P. McLean #BookReview @jpmcleanauthor

Cover: Wings of Prey
(The Gift Legacy, #6)
by J.P. McLean

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

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

A dead man’s warning. A lost plane wreck. A buried truth.

A dire warning from beyond the grave leaves Emelynn Taylor questioning her loyalties. Did someone she loves commit an unforgivable act of treachery? In her quest for answers, Emelynn opens a painful cold case knowing its resolution could destroy two families.

What she finds tests Emelynn’s integrity as the leadership changes hands within the Tribunal Novem, the powerful body that rules her kind. When confronted with betrayal and lies, Emelynn must follow her moral compass, even if it means losing the man she loves and alienating her Flier friends.

And when the terrible truth is unearthed, Emelynn is set on a collision course with two titans and a battle she can’t possibly win.

The sixth book in The Gift Legacy series, Wings of Prey is a thriller that skirts the edges of reality in a world within our own. Hold on tight and escape the ordinary: take flight with Emelynn Taylor.

Genre(s): > Ghost Thrillers
> Paranormal Suspense
> Paranormal & Urban Fantasy (Kindle Store)
Series: The Gift Legacy, #6
Length: 278 pages
Release date: 2019-01-22

Teaser


After I disconnected, Sam asked, “You’ll be where?”

“At the caucus. Not that I can influence anything – the leadership is preordained to change hands every five years – but it’s important to Mason. Moral support, I think.”


My Opinion

This book reunites the readers with Emelynn Taylor; together with Sam she needs to find the truth about a plane crash – at all cost.

With “Wings of Prey”, J. P. McLean has once again created a thrilling combination of mystery, paranormal, urban fantasy, and a touch of romance with steamy situations. It is a very compelling read centred on Emelynn, drawing you close to her. J. P. McLean paints a clear picture of the main characters’ mindsets while the story evolves. In this sixth even more thrilling story, I was again very close to Em – again an invisible friend and ally; trying to find the truth with her. Emelynn is complex, the other characters are also skillfully elaborated and of sufficient depth, believable with their flaws and virtues. The story is a very nicely woven combination of several genres, has a wonderful flow; it was easy to get hooked. I had a great time reading “Wings of Prey”. Reading the final book in a series can be sad; in this series it was extremely hard to let go – it is never easy to say goodbye to persons you became close to. I am going to miss this remarkable series and its protagonists.

This is a book for you if you like excellent story-telling, mysteries or paranormal romance with a very urban touch and believable characters, some strewn in steamy situations, and some violent events.

The stunning sixth and last book in The Gift Legacy series!

Highly recommended! A series to read again.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV First person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:  (decent enough)
Violence 😳 – 😡  (some medium fight scenes, mentions)
Sexual content 😳 – 😡  (several sensual activities)

 

About the author

I’m very fortunate to live in a writer’s paradise on one of the small northern Gulf Islands off the eastern shore of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. The rugged beaches and towering fir and arbutus trees that surround me often end up in my stories. When I’m not pouring my imagination into my computer, I’m futzing in gardens, making a mess of the kitchen or hiking local trails. I write stories that entice you to believe the impossible and escape the everyday for a while. Enjoy the read!

Connect with the author:


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 Wings of Prey”?  Or – if you did not yet read “Wings of Prey” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂


Book review – Lover Betrayed (The Gift Legacy Companion, #1)

Book review – Secret Sky (The Gift Legacy, #1)

Book review – Hidden Enemy (The Gift Legacy, #2)

Book review – Burning Lies (The Gift Legacy, #3)

Book review – Lethal Waters (The Gift Legacy, #4)

Book review – Deadly Deception (The Gift Legacy, #5)

>>> The links above show the new titles of “The Gift Legacy” series. <<<

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Pemberley: A Ball to Remember (Longbourn, #13) by Margaret Lynette Sharp #BookReview @MargaretLynett1

Cover: Pemberley: A Ball to Remember
(Longbourn, #13)
by Margaret Lynette Sharp

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

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

The prospect of a Ball at Pemberley to mark the birthday of Miss Juliette Darcy sets Elizabeth’s mind aglow with schemes for happy outcomes of every sort. Will romance blossom for her son, Fitzwilliam? Will the rift between Lady Catherine de Bourgh and her daughter Anne be healed? Will old friendships be rekindled, and new ones formed?

This is yet another engaging addition to the series of Jane Austen Fan Fiction pieces by Australian author Margaret Lynette Sharp.

Genre(s): Fan Fiction
Kindle eBooks
> 30-Minute Romance Short Reads
> Classic Short Stories
> Classic Romance Fiction
Series: Longbourn, #13
Length: 15 pages
Release date: 2018-04-12

 

Teaser


Elizabeth’s mind became engrossed by new thoughts. “One might think this signified a change in attitude – perhaps even the long-awaited olive-branch.”

“My thoughts, Mama. – Oh, I do hope so! Aunt Catherine must surely regret the rift between herself and her daughter. It would be wonderful if it were my birthday that brought them all together!”


My Opinion

As this book is a work of fan fiction, it takes you back to the places and characters of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice”.

With “Pemberley: A Ball to Remember”, Margaret Lynette Sharp has created another nice piece of fan fiction. If you have read Pride and Prejudice” or even watched the remarkable TV mini series (1980), you recognize the world of Elizabeth Darcy, née Bennet. The Longbourn series is centred on Elizabeth, whose warmth and intelligence also made Pride and Prejudice” special. Her husband, Fitzwilliam Darcy, develops nicely – a tendency the readers could assume at the end of Pride and Prejudice”. It is a short read, taking you back to Pemberley to further extend your Pride and Prejudice and/or Longbourn/Pemberley experiences. Elizabeth and Darcy plan a ball to celebrate their daughter’s birthday. Margaret Lynette Sharp again took up the hard challenge of writing fan fiction on a classic by Jane Austen, aptly enhancing the story without changing the characters’ ways; the added next generation brings even more complexity. If you loved Pride and Prejudice, you will appreciate the additional stories this courageous author has to offer.

“Pemberley: A Ball to Remember” is a story of hope, a lovely – and worthy – continuation of Elizabeth, Darcy, their children, and their story.

This is a book for you if you like Pride and Prejudice”, fan fiction, classic reads, classic reads’ aptly written fan fiction, and short installments.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)
Mood Hopeful, nostalgic
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:  (decent, no swearwords)
Violence :mrgreen:  (none)
Sexual content :mrgreen:  (none)

 

About the author

My name is Margaret Lynette Sharp, and I’m the wife of the creator of the Grand Organ in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House, Ronald Sharp B.E.M. I’m proud to say that I’ve won two literary awards – one each at the 2014 and 2015 Short Story Writing Competition held as part of the Hurstville (in suburban Sydney, Australia) Discovery Festival of Community Arts.
These stories have been published in prizewinners’ anthologies, ‘Write Out Loud’ and ‘The Art of Writing’.

My first venture into Jane Austen fan fiction resulted in the best-selling ‘Longbourn Revisited’.
Next came the well-reviewed title, ‘An Encounter at Longbourn’, followed by ‘A Party at Longbourn’, ‘And from Longbourn, A Wedding Comes,’ and ‘Much Ado at Longbourn’. Recently, these five stories were combined, forming the novel-length ‘From Longbourn, With Love’. To date, I have forty published eBooks, and some of these are also available as paperbacks.

I grew up in an inner city suburb of Sydney, moving to a pleasant, tree-filled outer suburb at the age of ten. Ron and I currently live in this same house, a small Federation brick and tile home.

I’m thankful that we live near a river that has a large, netted swimming baths. I love to swim, and I’ve been a member of the local swimming club for well over thirty years. Our little white rescue dog, Chicki, comes with me and waits patiently while I enjoy the water. Afterwards comes her reward – a walk beside the river, and a chance to play on a little, sandy beach. Who knows what doggy friends she’ll find there…

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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 “Pemberley: A Ball to Remember”? Or – if you did not yet read “Pemberley: A Ball to Remember” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

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Deadly Deception (The Gift Legacy, #5) by J.P. McLean #BookReview @jpmcleanauthor

Cover: Deadly Deception
(The Gift Legacy, #5)
by J.P. McLean

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

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

A newborn is missing, and security camera footage implicates a kidnapper who shares Emelynn Taylor’s gift of flight. With the baby’s life in danger, Emelynn races against the clock to find the child. But lies litter her path and deception blocks her at every turn.

When Emelynn’s lover is the next to disappear, she suspects the kidnappings aren’t what they seem. In her desperate search, she uncovers a high-stakes conspiracy that jeopardizes the freedom of every Flier.

Emelynn and her handler must defy orders to track down this new enemy in time to stop their treacherous scheme.

And closer to home, a deeper deception threatens. Will Emelynn’s family survive the biggest lie of all? One that Emelynn has spent her whole life perfecting?

The fifth book in The Gift Legacy series, Deadly Deception is a thriller that skirts the edges of reality in a world within our own. Strap on your parachute and escape the ordinary: take flight with Emelynn Taylor.

Genre(s): > Ghost Thrillers
> Paranormal Suspense
> Paranormal & Urban Fantasy (Kindle Store)
Series: The Gift Legacy, #5
Length: 272 pages
Release date: 2019-01-08

Teaser


If ICO was manipulating Sam, trust would be the least of our worries. Exposure presented a much greater threat. “There may be a shortcut to finding out who’s involved,” I said.

“I’m listening.”

I explained Sebastian’s plan without mentioning his name. Continuing to pretend that Sam didn’t know Sebastian was one of us felt like a game, but it was a game Sebastian insisted on, and I wasn’t about to cross him.


My Opinion

This book reunites the readers with Emelynn Taylor – together with Sam trying to solve a kidnapping and to find James who seems to have vanished.

With “Deadly Deception”, J. P. McLean has once again created a thrilling combination of mystery, paranormal, urban fantasy, and a touch of romance with steamy situations. It is a very compelling read centred on Emelynn, drawing you close to her. J. P. McLean paints a clear picture of the main characters’ mindsets while the story evolves. In this fifth even more thrilling story, I was again very close to Em – again an invisible friend and ally; trying to find the culprits with her. Emelynn is complex, the other characters are of sufficient depth, believable with their flaws and virtues. The story is a very nicely woven combination of several genres, has a wonderful flow; it was easy to get hooked. I had a great time reading “Deadly Deception”.

This is a book for you if you like mysteries or paranormal romance with a very urban touch and believable characters, some strewn in steamy situations, and some violent events.

The stunning fifth book in The Gift Legacy series!

Highly recommended!

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV First person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:  (decent enough)
Violence 😳 – 😡  (some medium fight scenes, mentions)
Sexual content 😳 – 😡  (several sensual activities)

 

About the author

I’m very fortunate to live in a writer’s paradise on one of the small northern Gulf Islands off the eastern shore of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. The rugged beaches and towering fir and arbutus trees that surround me often end up in my stories. When I’m not pouring my imagination into my computer, I’m futzing in gardens, making a mess of the kitchen or hiking local trails. I write stories that entice you to believe the impossible and escape the everyday for a while. Enjoy the read!

Connect with the author:


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 Deadly Deception”?  Or – if you did not yet read “Deadly Deception” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂


Book review – Lover Betrayed (The Gift Legacy Companion, #1)

Book review – Secret Sky (The Gift Legacy, #1)

Book review – Hidden Enemy (The Gift Legacy, #2)

Book review – Burning Lies (The Gift Legacy, #3)

Book review – Lethal Waters (The Gift Legacy, #4)

>>> The links above show the new titles of “The Gift Legacy” series. <<<

10 Statements – J. P. McLean

 

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