The Forging by Tim Rose

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The Forging: Book One of the Four Companions Series by Tim Rose

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Intelligently written and well researched story. Not bad for a new author writing fantasy. Reminiscent of the D&D games and stories. There is potential here for a really good book and I think this author is one to watch. The writing wasn’t bad, it just needs some polishing and maybe a few less commas. I enjoyed reading it and I can tell a lot of work went into this creation, hence the four stars. It’s better than what I’d give 3 stars to. The characters, while not feeling fully fleshed out, are true to their race and the genre. The plot was a bit simple and linear but still flowed nicely. I’d recommend this to those who like uncomplicated fantasy and/or enjoy(ed) RPGs.

I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review without any sort of compensation.

 

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Seven Forges

Seven ForgesSeven Forges by James A. Moore

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Well written with potential of even greater things to come from this author. The plot starts out almost slow but captivating enough to pull the reader along into a very intriguing story that keeps your attention and desire to continue reading. The characters fit the genre while not feeling like every other similarly placed character types in other novels.

This is the sort of author we should look for and support. I found very few mistakes and the writing was very well done. Paragraphs where they belong, dialog where it belongs, the right amount of information and a lack of overly done flowery prose that detracts from a great novel. There’s always room for improvement and polishing but this one has the potential of something great. I’m actually looking forward to the next installment.

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The Breach Between

The Breach BetweenThe Breach Between by Duncan McGonall

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I loved how the very start of the book had me hooked and the rest of the story kept my interest. Very well written, intriguing story line and curiously developed characters. I enjoyed the complexities as much as the intellectuality. Refreshing take on the genre.

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The Garden of Stones

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Right up front you are bombarded with a wealth of information about the world and those that inhabit it. At times it’s just too much to absorb for the average reader. If you can get through the first half of the book you’ll find this is a really great read. I wasn’t fond of the exotic descriptions, especially of the battle scenes. The book as a whole has a lot to offer with well fleshed out characters and a plot that is anything but simple. Overall it was an enjoyable read and I look forward to future releases by this author.

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The Crown Tower

The Crown Tower (The Riyria Chronicles #1)The Crown Tower by Michael J. Sullivan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Excellent writing. Top notch. A definite page turner for those who are new to the Riyria series and a real treat to those who have loved Hadrian and Royce from the first book published. I loved the pace of the plot right up to the last page. Each character has a personality all their own. The world around them is described beautifully, making it easy to imagine everything.

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Archibald Zwick and the Eight Towers

Archibald Zwick and the Eight TowersArchibald Zwick and the Eight Towers by Robert Leslie Palmer

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Well written and engaging story with believable characters. While the cover art was a huge turn off to me (and my sons) the content was actually quite good. Having the companion book to go along with the novel helped considerably. I could see this being used by youth group leaders, outreach programs and more. I would love to see this in libraries and in schools. Overall it was well worth the time spent reading it.

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The Rose and the Thorn

The Rose and the Thorn (The Riyria Chronicles, #2)The Rose and the Thorn by Michael J. Sullivan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Michael Sullivan has a unique ability to write exactly what he wants the reader to know in such a masterful way that is easy to read without being too simple. He is able to clearly paint the scenes with just enough information, allowing the reader to use their imagination while thoroughly enjoying the story without distractions; Not too much information, not too little.

The characters are beautifully presented, each with their own unique personalities, quirks, flaws, goals, mannerisms, and they are always true to who they are. Each character is believable from start to finish. The plot is clearly well-developed and consistent throughout the entire book. The flow of the story is perfect page to page and definitely keeps the reader wanting to turn the page and not set down the book until it’s finished.

After reading this book I wanted to read everything Sullivan has written. I loved this one and will be telling everyone I speak to about it and pre-ordering everything he publishes. I was drawn into the world of Elan and fell in love with the characters.

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Birth of an Assassin

Birth of an AssassinBirth of an Assassin by Rik Stone

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

With a bit more editing for better flow of the plot and some minor grammatical mistakes, this has the makings of a bold and gritty story. The writer seems to have taken the time to research various events and incorporate them into his story, which I feel is important if you are going to use them in your book. Overall this was an enjoyable read and well worth the time spent reading it.

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The Last Priestess

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Nicely done and well written book. The plot never sags or pauses which makes this a real page turner. The reading was quite easy so anyone could pick this one up and enjoy it. The characters are well done and well-developed. The only complaint I have is how the book ended. A bit of work on the flow to a book ending would help considerably and earn this one four stars instead of three.

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Demon Lovers Boxed Set

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My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The plot has potential but feels underdeveloped and neglected as the books go on. There’s some meaningless information tossed in while other parts are glossed over or completely left out leaving a few plot lines taking invisible leaps. A warning to anyone sensitive to relationships outside societies “normal”; you won’t enjoy this series. I didn’t find the actual erotic scenes tasteful or even imaginative. A lot just felt like ideas tossed into a bowl and thrown onto a paper.

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