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Book Review – Darkspire Reaches by CN Lesley

Ok, I admit it, I’m a fantasy fan through and through. What I’m an even bigger fan of is, fantasy books that are both gripping and easy to read. This means that, Darkspire Reaches has to go onto my list of really enjoyable fantasy books.

Raven is a wonderful heroine, a witch, who from the first page, brings the story to life and makes you want to know what happens to her. The author carries Raven’s story from start to end in a smooth, page-turning way. Poor Raven has it tough, her life seems to take her from the frying pan to the fire, over and over. Someone weaker might have been destroyed, but Raven uses it to mature her character. Diamonds are formed by heat and pressure, right? She isn’t the only main character though, and one of my favorites is Kryling, the endearing Firedrake who just simply has a great personality!

Oh how I enjoyed this well-written book! I can’t wait to read more books by CN Lesley.

I loved how the author took her time in explaining everything, while at the same time never once writing anything not necessary or boring.

The story line is unique – something quite hard to do when just about every story line possible to write has already been done in some way or another. Darkspire Reaches is filled with a rich tapestry of characters that just make this a really great fantasy read.

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Book Review – The Crimson Deathbringer by Sean Robins

Do you think the Akakies will visit us soon? I do love a good joke.

Well wow, you would not believe that this was Sean Robins first book! At the end when I read his short bio and discovered he’s a teacher, that made sense – because the book, especially for a first novel, is beautifully edited, easy to read and well-structured.

If you’re a SciFi fan then you’re going to love this big book. It’s meaty (long and detailed) bringing all the characters to life, making you like and care for them. They’re real people, in hopefully, not so real circumstances. Normally long books lose me, but not so this one. Each chapter kept bringing everything to life, definitely could see it as a mini TV series. Loved the alien humour – who’d of guessed that four legs and antenna could host a joke prankster? 
I really enjoyed that you saw the ‘bad guys’ (aliens) through their own eyes so you could see each aspect of the story as it came together. Well I could go on and on, because as you can see, I thoroughly enjoyed this story – highly recommend. ps also loved the GOT references, nice touch ūüôā

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Revival Novels ~ Two Book Reviews

During my research on the Welsh revival of 1904/1905 I came across two novels.

  1. Queen of the Rushes by Allen Raine &
  2. The Withered Root by Rhys Davies

How I enjoyed reading these books and if I wasn‚Äôt a Christian I would quite happily have read them and put them down and thought no more of it.  However, as a Christian it was with heavy heart that I read stories about revival that were both written from a non-Christian POV.  Davies openly declared himself an atheist whilst Raine states that although not against the chapel itself she was very suspicious of the revival.

So here are my reviews…

The Withered Root by Rhys Davies

This book caused mixed emotions for me. On the one hand I think it deserves five stars and on the other hand only one star, so I went for three.
The beginning of the book had me chuckling out loud quite a few times, especially over the conversations between Reuben’s parents. I loved how the writing reflected the way the Welsh talk and I loved the detail in which you can practically ‘see’ the old valleys in and around 1904/1905.  It is also superbly written with beautiful flowing, almost poetical language.
The downside for me was twofold. One was the author’s obvious dislike of women made blatantly obvious by his lack of even a single woman having any virtue or a good character, every woman doing nothing but flaunting her femininity in a derogative way. The other was in his portrayal of fanatical and shallow Christians. I found the second half of the book dark and depressing and was quite frankly glad to turn the last page.
For research into the Welsh revival this is worth a read. For the beauty of the writing this is definitely worth a read. For its portrayal of women or Christians if you’re easily offended I would give this a miss.

Queen of the Rushes

I loved this book by this not so well remembered lady Anne Evans, pseudonym Allen Raine.  Her characterisation is vivid and authentic, her settings skilful and poetic and her portrayal of women so much more realistic than Davies.  Writing about a time in which she lived she is able to capture the rift in status between men and women beautifully without labouring it or making it obvious.

She does, however, portray the people caught up in revival as fanatics and one of her main characters is ‚Äėtouched‚Äô as in loses her mind because of it.  Not a good light on the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.  Still this book has many hidden lessons in it if you care to look and I really do recommend it.

Anne didn‚Äôt start writing until she was 60 and received crushing reviews when first published‚Ķ by men.  Born in 1836 Anne was a Victorian through-and-through and I love that this emerges in her story.  I wish I could have met Anne and sat down and discussed this book with her, arr well hopefully when I get to heaven!

Faith in Abertillery

In contrast to the two books above I will be writing about the Welsh revival from a Christian POV, I didn‚Äôt live in those times so I have done a massive amount of research to ensure my story is as authentic as possible.  I wonder if anyone will read my book in a hundred years and look me up to see who I was and why I wrote the book!

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Grace in Mombasa launch date!

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Official launch date is finally here… just got the paperback onto Amazon.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0995687994  Paperback UK link

https://www.amazon.com/dp/0995687994  Paperback USA link

 

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Grace in Mombasa – two endorsements

I’m so excited to say that I will probably have the kindle of Grace in Mombasa up by Friday 23rd November – a whole week early!

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I’d like to share with you the two endorsements that I have had for the book.

Tracy Traynor’s writing transports you from World War 1 and 2 England to the courts of heaven, via Mombasa. With characters which pop off the page and straight into your heart, this is a book you will remember for a long time.  Wendy H Jones, author and member/webmaster of Association of Christian Writers.

The story of Grace captures the experience of many others who, though quite ordinary by themselves, find that the love of God propels them towards quite extraordinary endeavours.¬† Tracy is the author of Grace’s story but the inspiration was Moira Smith and the author of her story was none other than God himself, described in the Bible as the ‘author and finisher of our faith’.¬† I commend Tracy’s book¬†Grace in Mombasa¬†to you in the hope that, inspired by the story of Grace and Moira, you will become hungry for a story of your own and that you will turn to the great author of all our lives.¬† He already has a story prepared for you”¬†¬†Sean McIntyre,¬†missionary with Barnabas and now minister to the Assembly of God Church in Colchester.

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“Idi & the Oracle’s Quest” by TN Traynor

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IdiAndTheOraclesQuestIDI & THE ORACLE’S QUEST

T N Traynor
CreateSpace (2014)
ISBN 9781496043931
Reviewed by Autumn (age 14) for Reader Views Kids (7/18)

If you like mysterious rendezvous, witches, castles, demons, dragons and a quest to save the world then ‚ÄúIdi & The Oracle‚Äôs Quest,‚ÄĚ book one in the Born to Be series, by T N Traynor, is a story you definitely should read.

A spell of forbidden love is cast, only to leave a princess grieving over her love after he is killed, and she is banished from her kingdom for the child she is carrying. Little does she know that the elements or earth witches have taken a solemn vow to protect her and her unborn child from an evil wizard by the name of Norvora. If he gets control of the child, he will unleash unimaginable horrors from the depths of Astaroth.

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Reviews by kids, for kids.

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Love my latest review, which is by Autumn aged 14.  Nearly all my reviews are by adults and I was really happy to receive this one through the website Reviews by kids, for kids.

Idi & The Oracle’s Quest by T N Traynor
ISBN 9781496043931
Reviewed by Autumn (age 14) for Reader Views Kids (7/18)

If you like mysterious rendezvous, witches, castles, demons, dragons and a quest to save the world¬†then ‚ÄúIdi & The Oracle‚Äôs Quest,‚ÄĚ book one in the Born to Be series, by T N Traynor, is a story you¬†definitely should read.
A spell of forbidden love is cast, only to leave a princess grieving over her love after he is killed, and she is banished from her kingdom for the child she is carrying. Little does she know that the elements or earth witches have taken a solemn vow to protect her and her unborn child from an evil wizard by the name of Norvora. If he gets control of the child, he will unleash unimaginable horrors from the depths of Astaroth.
A plan is made by the fairies to intercept Princess Cassandra and her unborn child before Norvora can reach them. Their journey takes them through a forbidden forest to reach the mountains to a town called Tamarind.
A great and kind wizard named Marcus is called upon by the oracle Oleanna to find a boy named Idi who will become the greatest wizard of all time. Idi is an orphaned boy who has been pick on his entire life and felt like he would never amount to anything, until Marcus finds him and asks that he accompanies him on an important quest to save the kingdoms. Together they will set out on a journey to find the child who is meant to be king.

I really enjoyed reading ‚ÄúIdi & The Oracle‚Äôs Quest.‚ÄĚ The story line was fast paced with hint of¬†suspense. I liked how the author combined characters such as wizards, elemental witches, dwarfs¬†and a dragon in a not-so-fairy-tale-like setting. The chase through the forest kept you on the edge of¬†your seat, not knowing if Cassandra and the fairies would make it to safety before the evil wizard¬†Norvora and his henchmen caught up with them. Every chapter had a twist in the story that was¬†exciting and unexpected. My favorite character would be Idi. He felt like no one cared for him, but¬†he would not give up on others and was always there for them.
‚ÄúIdi & The Oracle‚Äôs Quest‚ÄĚ, book one of the Born to Be series, by T N Traynor is a magical story¬†that will leave you wanting more. I would recommend this story for 9th graders and up, and I look¬†forward to the next book in the ‚ÄúBorn to Be series.‚ÄĚ

Link below to view the review on their website.

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The Innkeeper’s Son ~ K C Herbel

As a Christian, I love it when I find a book full of morals.¬† One of my all-time favorites is the Narnia series by C S Lewis.¬†¬†Clive Staples Lewis¬†(1898‚Äď1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day.

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I love that Clive went through changes in his life, which include losing his Christian faith and then finding it again later in life. A true prodigal son story.¬† He wrote quite a few books but I think the world’s favorite must be The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe.

I adore when a story has hidden beliefs and principles for life behind the writing.¬† My own series Born to Be, is exactly that.¬† I was once told that my story was too innocent to get anywhere, says a lot about the world we live in doesn’t it?

I was, therefore, over the moon to read The Innkeeper’s Son by K C Herbal, and discover a beautifully written, traditional fantasy packed with caring and sensitive characters.¬† Woven together in a magical story of dragons and fairies and magic.¬† I loved it and highly recommend it.¬† Very pleased to find there is already four in the series and I look forward to reading the rest.

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Ruin’s Lot by ID Johnson

Over time, many authors have painted a different image of angels and demons.¬† I loved the film Michael¬†with John Travolta drinking, smoking and smelling of cookies… ingenious.¬† Also, really enjoyed Constantine with Keanu Reeves,¬†which was intriguing and spellbinding.¬† And City of Angels with Nicolas Cage, which was lovely and moving.¬† These are just to name a few, there is a plethora out there.

So with so many books and films to choose from, do we really need another?

Well, I’m happy to say that yes, there is still more space for unique and interesting stories.¬† That’s what I found Ruin’s Lot by ID Johnson to be.

The story is well written and flows, making it an easy page-turner.¬† I won’t say too much about the story itself as I don’t want to ruin it (sorry no pun intended) for you.

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Audiobook now available.

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Come on in and discover the world of Talia…

Very happy to announce that book 1 is now available on audiobook.¬† Have a listen to Steve, I think he’s done a great job!

I’m looking forward to the next two already.

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