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Patrick Carr’s The Hero’s Lot

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When Sarin Valon, the corrupt secondus of the conclave, flees Erinon and the kingdom, Errol Stone believes his troubles have at last ended. But other forces bent on the destruction of the kingdom remain and conspire to accuse Errol and his friends of a conspiracy to usurp the throne.

In a bid to keep the three of them from the axe, Archbenefice Canon sends Martin and Luis to Errol’s home village, Callowford, to discover what makes him so important to the kingdom. But Errol is also accused of consorting with spirits. Convicted, his punishment is a journey to the enemy kingdom of Merakh, where he must find Sarin Valon, and kill him. To enforce their sentence, Errol is placed under a compulsion, and he is driven to accomplish his task or die resisting.

Review

I have been waiting for this book since I put the first one down! And it was well worth the wait. This novel picks up right where the last one ended…and sends Errol on another adventure. Unlike the first novel, however, you get more than Errol’s point of view. Normally, I would have wanted to skim the other person’s point of view, but their story, in my opinion, was equally as fascinating. I found that this novel shed more light on the past, allowing you to get a clearer picture of everything that had happened up until Errol. This novel also had a wee bit more romance than the last one, which I found to be particularly nice. Errol, as usual, was a character that I could empathize with. He learns some crazy things and goes through some dangerous situations and you can’t help but love him. And yet, all of the mysteries were not solved, and in fact, the book ended on such a note that I almost screamed when I finished. Sigh. I must wait some more (but fortunately the wait isn’t too long!). We lose some people along the way and gain some new faces on this adventure and  I am highly interested to see how Mr. Carr will work everything out. Spiritually…well, I kind of don’t want to give it away, but you begin to see Errol develop his own faith in God. Great follow-up! Didn’t suffer from book twoism and highly recommended!

** I received this novel from Netgalley. My opinion was not affected in any way.**

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Jennifer Hartz’s Heroes of the Horde

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Six mismatched students at Deacon Proprietary are about to discover the demonic legend of their school’s origin is actually true. Not only have they obtained amazing powers, but they’ve also unleashed the demonic Horde. Now it’s up to these six high school freshmen to stop the Horde before its evil spreads throughout the school and beyond.

Review

I am a superhero fan and there is nothing more that I appreciate than a beginning story and that’s what we have here. There are six high school students who go through something (read the book and find out!) and end up with six unique gifts. I so enjoyed watching them discover the gifts that they had and furthermore discovering what they needed to use those gifts for. I found the story to be believable (as believable as these kinds of stories can be), fascinating, engaging, and even at times a bit scary. It seems really popular these days to have angels or angelic powers in teen novels, but this one deals with demons, adding a new aspect that I haven’t read yet in teen fiction. I especially enjoyed how each student came across as unique and with their own voice. There is no way you could get them confused with each other. I will admit that I liked watching the romantic entanglements though it did seem a bit dicey in moments (but then again what’s high school without dicey moments). The only drawback to this story was that in the beginning there was a lot of description about the past and sometimes, the teens sounded more like adults than teens. Spiritually, though this novel is not necessarily geared to Christian teens you can’t help but go there. There is one devout Christian in the group and scripture is often used to combat demons. I definitely recommend this one to those of us who are superhero fans and I think teens everywhere will have fun with this novel!

**I received a copy of this novel from the author. My opinion was not affected in any way.**

Posted in Fantasy/Sci-Fi, Young Adult

Jill Williamson’s Captives

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One choice could destroy them all. When eighteen-year-old Levi returned from Denver City with his latest scavenged finds, he never imagined he’d find his village of Glenrock decimated, loved ones killed by enforcers, and many—including his fiancee, Jem–taken captive. Now alone, Levi is determined to rescue what remains of his people, even if it means entering the Safe Land, a walled city that seems anything but safe. Omar knows he betrayed his brother by sending him away to Denver City, but helping the enforcers was necessary. Living off the land like nomads and clinging to an outdated religion holds his village back. The Safe Land has protected people since the plague decimated the world generations ago … and its rulers have promised power and wealth beyond Omar’s dreams. Meanwhile, Jem is locked in a cell, awaiting the Safe Landers’ plan to protect their future by seizing her own. Can Levi uncover the truth hidden behind the Safe Land’s facade before it’s too late?

Review

You can’t help but get excited when another novel by Ms. Williamson comes out! In this novel you have three brothers who are very different going through the same or similar situations. Can I just say that Mason is my favorite? I feel like he’s the voice of reason while his brothers stumble along. The book takes place in a futuristic America that is very different yet very much the same as our times. There were some moments when I was slightly confused about how the society worked, but this doesn’t last long. Overall, this book immediately drew me in and had me captivated. There was a certain point were it slowed a bit (I think because for me, certain character’s points of views were more interesting than others) and I wasn’t sure where it was going, but it picked right back up and when I reached the last page I was upset to discover that it was over. Spiritually, since this is America, God is still the same in this book and many characters recite and meditate on the scriptures. I have a feeling, He will become even more important as the series continues. Great start to a new series and I can’t wait till the next one comes out!

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Morgan Busse’s Son of Truth

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Arise now, guardian…

The war in the north is over, but the war for all the Lands has just begun. As the Shadonae solidify their hold on the city of Thyra, Rowen Mar, the last Eldaran and savior of the White City, awakens to find herself hunted by those she has saved.

Meanwhile, the assassin Caleb Tala finds himself in the presence of the Word. The time of reckoning has come, and he must pay the price for all the lives he has taken. But in his moment of judgment, Caleb is given a second chance to change his life.

These two hold the power to save the Lands from the Shadonae. One must escape slavery, and one must choose to forsake everything before the world is consumed in darkness.

Review

I so enjoyed book two! It picked up right where Daughter of Light left off and in spite of the fact that I hadn’t read book one in a while, I never felt lost. I loved the chemistry between Lore and Rowan and every time they were together I wanted the novel to just pause for a moment. Often times, in book two, the hero and heroine are separated (and they are in this one for some time) and in my opinion, this detracts from the novel. However, in this case it worked. I never felt like the story was lacking because one or the other wasn’t there. We also get to see Caleb change and develop and while I found his character fascinating in the previous novel, he has now become one of my favorite characters. Niernen gets a lot of time in this novel and let’s just say, I’m interested in seeing what happens between her and Caleb. Spiritually, I love the idea that forgiveness is for everyone and to trust God even when it seems like you’ve jumped out the pan and into the fire. If I have anything negative to say about this novel, it was that it was not long enough! I wanted more! Great sequel. Highly Recommended!

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Serena Chase’s The Ryn

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DESTINED by prophecy. GUARDED by deception. PURSUED by Love.

Centuries ago, an oracle foretold of the young woman who would defeat E’veria’s most ancient enemy, the Cobelds. But after two centuries of relative peace, both the prophecy and the Cobelds have been relegated to lore—and only a few remain watchful for the promised Ryn.

Finally, a child is born who matches the oracle’s description, but a Cobeld curse accompanies her birth. Led to believe they succeeded in killing the prophesied child, the Cobelds emerge from hiding with plans to overtake the Kingdom.

But the child survived.

Secreted away and called “Rose” for the first nineteen years of her life, Rynnaia E’veri has no idea of her true identity until a chance meeting with an injured knight reveals not only her parentage and true name, but the task assigned her by the oracle: discover the Remedy that will destroy the Cobelds’ power.

Now, her time has come.

Offered the assistance of pirates, scribes, storytellers, a young woman who died centuries ago, and the knight who is quickly working his way into her heart, Rynnaia is fortified with friends. But if the Ryn is to complete her task, she must come to terms with not only who she is, but for whom she must be willing to die. For the kingdom’s survival depends on her.

Review

I really enjoyed this sweeping, epic-like novel. It has aspects of fantasy and fairy tale mixed with medieval times that is quite simply a great combination. I also enjoyed how there is romance and yet the whole novel is not centered around the romance. I found Rose to be  likeable and a character that one could relate to. You also can’t help but like the hero in this novel who is truly a knight in shining armor. I didn’t find this novel to be too complex or complicated and it was easy to get the feel of the land. If there was anything that I didn’t like, it was that once Rose discovers who she is and what she can do, she can pretty much do anything, though the author tries to balance this a bit. Spiritually, like most christian fantasy novels God is usually given a different name, but is still highly recognizable and you get to see Rose fall in love with him. Good Book and looking forward to the next one!

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Patrick W. Carr’s A Cast of Stones

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An Epic Medieval Saga Fantasy Readers Will Love
In the backwater village of Callowford, Errol Stone’s search for a drink is interrupted by a church messenger who arrives with urgent missives for the hermit priest in the hills. Desperate for coin, Errol volunteers to deliver them but soon finds himself hunted by deadly assassins. Forced to flee with the priest and a small band of travelers, Errol soon learns he’s joined a quest that could change the fate of his kingdom.
Protected for millennia by the heirs of the first king, the kingdom’s dynasty is near an end and a new king must be selected. As tension and danger mount, Errol must leave behind his drunkenness and grief, learn to fight, and come to know his God in order to survive a journey to discover his destiny.

Review

First, can I just say I LOVED this book! This book introduces you to Errol Stone, a young man who doesn’t recognize his own value. Yet, the reader knows from the start that there is something special about this guy. I loved his wit and his character. I especially liked the fact that the whole novel is from Errol’s point of view. He is definitely the kind of person you want to hang out with if there is an adventure and I love his interactions with those around him.  As you embark on this adventure with Errol, though, there are mysteries, scary creatures, and people with supernatural powers. Spiritually, Errol begins to learn more about God and I am excited to see his development over the series. I so enjoyed this novel and when I finished it…I picked it right back up and reread my favorite parts! Highly Recommended!

**I recieved this novel from Netgalley. My opinion was not affected in any way.**

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Jennifer Hartz’s Future Savior Book Four: Desecration

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Charis’ latest time paradox has left me staggering. The history of Meric is being unraveled right before my eyes. While some unimaginable questions are being answered, even more start to creep up. Will we make it out of this place alive? Will we make it back to Meric in time to stop Leticia and save our friends? Will I ever marry Shaw, the man of my dreams?

I guess only time holds the answers to these questions. Considering I’m not even in my own time, I’m not so sure anymore. One thing I do know is I never would have thought Meric’s origins would have been in this place.

Review
The long awaited book 4 is out! And it was good. In this novel comrades are lost and friends made. I loved diving back into Meric with Christina and Shaw, and in spite of the time since I read the third novel, I didn’t feel like I had left. I really enjoyed learning about the past in this novel and frankly, I take my hat off to Ms. Hartz for writing such a layered novel. The pages turned quickly and before I knew it, the novel was finished (September of next year?! Sigh). What I loved about this book? The way everything is explained. I’m never lost through Christina’s eyes and each revelation for the way things are in Meric makes since. I really like how there is more than one love story besides Christina and that they are not hastily thrown together. The only drawback? I did feel that sometimes the characters got very romantic at odd moments. Spiritually, I love Timothy’s desire to know His Creator and how Shaw explains that God has never changed and never will and that He puts rules in place to protect us. I am also enjoying watching Christina develop as a believer. Fun book. I recommend you read the series in order and you won’t want to put this one down!