Book of the Month May 2013

The Fantasy and Horror Writers of Goodreads Group Book of the Month:
Tethers (The Tethers Trilogy Book 1) by Jack Croxall.

In the wake of a cold Victorian wTethers (The Tethers Trilogy Book 1) by Jack Croxallinter, Karl Scheffer and Esther Emerson discover an anonymous journal filled with strange passages and bizarre scribblings.

The journal soon draws them into a covert and sinister conspiracy, a conspiracy centred around an otherworldly artefact with the power to change everything … Continue reading


Featured Author of the Week 28th May

Introducing Brooke Morris, Author of “The Pull”.
Goodreads Paranormal, Fantasy, Dystopia and Romance Writers and Reviewers Group Featured Author of the Week.

About this Author
What do you get when you combine an introverted kid with an overactive imagination, with a mom who preferred to read Tolkien and Pearl S. Buck, instead of Goodnight Moon? Apparently an avid fantasy reader and writer!

I can’t think of a better way to spend a few hours (who am I kidding?- a few days) than getting lost in a good story. With just the right plot twists and character development, an author can pull you out of one world and into another.

Living in the PNW for the better half of a decade has greatly influenced my writing. The lush beauty of the natural world often provides the backdrop for my fantasy novels. I enjoy examining what it means to be human and playing with the wide array of possibilities this opens up in my writing. Continue reading

Urdaisunia by Kyra Halland

“Why is it that every man who wants to rule this land desires you?”
Urdaisunia, once the greatest civilization in the world, now lies in ruins. Rashali, a widowed Urdai peasant woman, has vowed to destroy the conquering Sazars, even if it costs her her life and everything she has.
Prince Eruzasharbat, heir to the Sazar throne, walks a dangerous line between loyalty to his own people and doing what he believes is best for all the people of Urdaisunia.
The gods, who once favored Urdaisunia above all other lands, cannot agree on who should be allowed to rule the land – the Sazars or the Urdai. While they argue, Urdaisunia and its people are dying.
Then a chance encounter between Rashali and Prince Eruz draws the gods’ attention to Rashali, and a bet between two of the gods sends peasant and prince on intertwining paths of danger, intrigue, love, and war – paths that will change their destinies, the destiny of Urdaisunia, and even the fate of the gods, forever.

Urdaisunia by Kyra HallandA thoroughly enjoyable read:
When I read the blurb about this book, I was intrigued and interested, although I usually shy away from novels of this nature, immortals and mortals, mainly because the few I have read usually lack depth and fail to deliver a convincing believable storyline. However, this one proved an exception.

The story is set around Rashali, a peasant Urdai widow, who, despite her reluctance to act, shows she is a strong and confident individual, whose presence and bearing has a great impact on all those who cross her path. Some of the strange names took some getting used to, but this was not an issue for me. The characters were solid and believable, and the situations they found themselves in was well delivered.

As I read, I could easily have believed this was set in a middle-eastern country thousands of years ago, and the writing was sufficiently descriptive enabling me to picture the world the story was set reasonably well, which is essential in Epic Fantasy novels. The story moved along at a good pace and kept my interest from start to finish, and there was a good balance of romance, feuding, and fighting. The interference of the gods in the mortal world was minimal but effective, and it was refreshing to see dissention amongst the gods, and the adverse effect on them because of it.

Overall, Urdaisunia was a well written novel, which I enjoyed, and would recommend to anyone who enjoys adult Fantasy.
I rate this book 4 STARS

Where to Buy: eBooks
Amazon UK
Amazon US
Barnes And Noble
Amazon UK
Amazon US
Barnes and Noble

For more details on Kyra Halland find her on:
Goodreads Author Profile; Book Profile

Featured Author of the Week 21st May

Introducing Donna Hawk.
Goodreads Paranormal, Fantasy, Dystopia and Romance Writers and Reviewers Group Featured Author of the week.

About this Author
I have beDonna Hawk Regehren a teacher in Kansas for 33 years. I enjoy writing, riding my bicycle, and spending time with my husband. I am an avid photographer and Photoshop user. Currently, I am working on a dark trilogy for young adults, the first of which I am hoping will be completed by the end of the summer 2013. Continue reading

Book of the Week 14th May

The Paranormal, Fantasy, Dystopia and Romance Writers and Reviewers Group Book of the week:
The Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles (book 1) by Alexandra Butch
erThe Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles (#1) by Alexandra Butcher

A beautiful young elven sorceress flees for her life in a dark world where magic is forbidden and elves live as slaves. Running from the house of her evil Keeper she must find a way to survive and to fulfil her destiny in a society where her very existence is illegal. Watching her are the Order of Witch-Hunters; the corrupt organisation that rule by fear and ignorance and a mysterious wealthy nobleman, lord of an idyllic valley who is not all he seems. As the slavers roll across the lands stealing elves from what remains of their ancestral home the Witch-Hunters turn a blind eye to the tragedy and a story of power, love and a terrible revenge unfolds. Continue reading

Gemini of Emreiana by Kristen DaRay

My entire life has been a lie: My parents didn’t die in a car accident. They’re not even dead. I’m not American. I’m not even human. I have strange powers, and I’m the heir to the throne of the planet Emreiana. If I take the crown, I have to leave behind everything I have known here on Earth. I would have to say goodbye to my friends and leave behind Kyle, the boy I’ve loved since I was five. If I don’t, then I risk the Bremoir finding me here on Earth and destroying everything I love.

Kristen DaRay, Gemini of Emreiana

I have not read many YA novels, but I decided to read Gemini of Emreiana as part of the book of the week feature being run by the Goodreads group . I was pleasantly surprised by this debut novel by Kristen DaRay, which kept my interest from start to end.

It is a light read for a fantasy, with good pace. The interaction between the characters, especially that of Carson and her aunt or her boyfriend, was well handled, but I feel it lacked the emotional punch that could have added that little extra. Despite this, the characters are well developed and likeable, and you do begin to sympathise with the situations they find themselves in.

The story, and the writing, improves as the book progresses and the author draws out the truth behind Carson’s heritage, what lies ahead of her, and what dangers she will face because of who she is. The book left me intrigued to learn where Carson’s journey will eventually take her.

The writing could benefit from a little polishing in a few places, but this does not detract from the quality or the enjoyment of the story. Overall, a great effort, and I would recommend this book to anyone who loves YA fantasy/science fiction stories set in the modern world.

I rate this book 4 stars.

Where to Buy:
Smashwords (Paperback) (Paperback)
Barnes And Noble

For more details on Kristen DaRay find her on:
Goodreads Author Profile; Book Profile
Website; Twitter

Book of the Week 7th May

The Paranormal, Fantasy, Dystopia and Romance Writers and Reviewers Group Book of the week:
I Kissed a Ghost by Robin Leigh Morgan
I Kissed a Ghost by Robin Leigh Morgan
Mary gets a new classmate named Jonathan who’s a great baseball player and to get on the team, he needs Mary’s help to improve his grades. Six months later when she learns she’s moving, she decides to give him something special–a first kiss. Continue reading