Cephrael’s Hand Book Review/Contest

Melissa McPhail (author of Cephrael’s Hand) is running a book contest where you can win two $50 Amazon gift cards and an autographed copy of his book. Read on to find out how.

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“All things are composed of patterns…” And within the pattern of the realm of Alorin, three strands must cross:

In Alorin… three hundred years after the genocidal Adept Wars, the realm is dying, and the blessed Adept race dies with it. One man holds the secret to reverting this decline: Bjorn van Gelderan, a dangerous and enigmatic man whose shocking betrayal three centuries past earned him a traitor’s brand. It is the Adept Vestal Raine D’Lacourte’s mission to learn what Bjorn knows in the hope of salvaging his race. But first he’ll have to find him.

In the kingdom of Dannym… the young Prince Ean val Lorian faces a tenuous future as the last living heir to the coveted Eagle Throne. When his blood-brother is slain during a failed assassination, Ean embarks on a desperate hunt for the man responsible. Yet his advisors have their own agendas, and his quest for vengeance leads him ever deeper into a sinuous plot masterminded by a mysterious and powerful man, the one they call First Lord.

In the Nadori desert…tormented by the missing pieces of his life, a soldier named Trell heads off to uncover the truth of his shadowed past. But when disaster places him in the debt of Wildlings sworn to the First Lord, Trell begins to suspect a deadlier, darker secret motivating them. Honor-bound to serve the First Lord in return for his life, Trell continues on his appointed path, yet each day unveils new and stranger secrets that eventually call into question everything he knows.

Here’s my book review and thoughts of what I have read so far…

I love the cover because it really captures the power of patterns and Adepts in a beautiful way.

I usually don’t like books which contain several character’s journeys in completely different places as it is a tad confusing but it works well here. I also liked the name Trell of the Tides. It pictures Trell and his association with water.

I also usually don’t like books which need a glossary and have loads of characters which I find hard to keep track of but it was expertly formatted with hyperlinks from the words in the book to the corresponding page in the glossary which helped a lot and I thought was really clever.

All in all it was a really good book which I hope to finish soon. It has the feel of an epic fantasy with sorcery and magic, (patterns) different kingdoms which warrants a map which you can zoom-in on (I liked that a lot) and the epic struggle between good and evil.

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Shadow Stalker: The Hidden Truth Episode 1 Book Review

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Shadow Stalker: The Hidden Truth is the first episode of a serialised book series.

It has a very good backstory which balances well with driving the plot forward with the events of the book.

It has diverse characters with Auren, (a typical teenager who wants to rebel against her foster father, Kado’s protective grasp) Jade, (Auren’s friend who has led a very sheltered life) Deaken (Auren’s other friend who knows how to fight and wants to make his own decisons) and Kado (who has a duty to protect and guide Auren whatever the cost.)

I like the shamanic qualities of the Shadow Stalkers and their rulers, (of want of a better word) the Shadow People. It is good that the Shadow Stalkers are not all powerful and that delving into the shadow world holds it’s own dangers.

The story has a good climatic ending which makes it obvious that it is not over and there is more instalments to come.

All in all, a great book that is definitely worth reading. I can’t wait for the episodes to come.

2nd Attempt at The Rogue’s Odyssey Cover

(If you want to see my 1st attempt at a cover visit here)

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This is my second attempt at a cover for The Rogue’s Odyssey (find out more about the epic poem here.) I have used fervalosious-stock’s medieval photoshoot – hood 1 to create this image. Please comment on whether you like this version as opposed to the previous one (see top of post for 1st version.) If you have a photo or drawing you think would suit better, please give me your views via a comment.

Shadow Swarm Book Contest

D. Robert Pease (author of Shadow Swarm) is running a book contest where you can win two $50 Amazon gift cards and an autographed copy of his book. Read on to find out how.

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Aberthol Nauile doesn’t know that he once led legions in a war that raged since the dawn of time, against an enemy that cannot be killed. He doesn’t know that he rode on a dragon with his father, and saw his mother die while giving birth to him. He doesn’t know that he once saved his great, great, great grandfather by defeating the black enemy on the slopes of a volcano. Aberthol doesn’t know that he beheld the creation of the world, as his grandfather eight generations before took the planet ravaged by a war of the gods and began anew. All he knows is that he awoke in a coffin in a tomb, and now the whole world thinks he is their savior. All he really wants to know is his name, and why he keeps hearing voices in his head.

Get Shadow Swarm via Amazon or Barnes & Noble

You can win by entering the Rafflecopter contest here or by leaving a comment here or on another of the other blogs listed here. Good luck.


Cover Reveal for The Rogue’s Odyssey

The Rogue's Odyssey Book CoverI am pleased to reveal to you that The Rogue’s Odyssey finally has a cover (or an attempt at one). Please comment on whether you like it or not.

The Rogue’s Odyssey is an epic-length swords and sorcery poem. For more information about the poem visit louisefindlaybooks.wordpress.com/the-rogues-odyssey

Thanks to Greg Long who suggested the program that I used to create this cover (read this https://www.linkedin.com/groups/Picture-Medieval-Bandit-Cover-3850049.S.5873764071450378241)

It is still in the midst of being edited so if you want it published sooner, contribute to the disscussion at http://www.dream-worlds.net/forum/topic1056_page1.html

If She Said Yes

If She Said Yes

An AU version of Free Runner where Stella isn’t going to let anything come between Frank and his planned date for her. The team also decide to follow them but when Stella catches them out, what will she do?

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The British Assassin

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An assassin from Britain is the suspect in a murder investigation. She just happens to be Ziva’s best friend. Why is someone from their past trying to kill them and what has it to do with the team’s case?

Find out more at: louisefindlaybooks.wordpress.com/fanfiction/ncis-fanfiction/the-british-assassin