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A Cast of Stones

A Cast of Stones (The Staff and the Sword, #1)A Cast of Stones by Patrick W. Carr
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book has been in my to-read ebook file for almost 4 years. I think I dragged my feet on it because I knew it was the first of a series, and I never felt I had the time to devote to a series. Until now. And maybe I don’t really have the time now, we’ll see!

Mr. Carr did a good job of creating an alternate world within a world we all understand. I like that kind of fantasy. It’s sort of Piers Anthony without the slap-stick humor. The premise is – as is so often in fantasy novels because it works well – a run-of-mill village lad who turns out to be something else entirely, and the weight of the world falls on his shoulders. But the hero of this book is a little less than run-of-mill. It’s fun to read and watch as he develops into a character the reader can pull for, and speculate on just who he will turn out to be in the end. Which, of course, we don’t know as of the end of A Cast of Stones. One must continue the series with The Hero’s Lot to find the answer to that question. I’m looking forward to book two.

 

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The Golden Vial

The Golden Vial (Legends of the Realm #3)The Golden Vial by Thomas Locke
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is the third in a series. The first two are Emissary and Merchant of Alyss, both of which I enjoyed very much. The Golden Vial doesn’t quite reach their level. If you’ve read the first two, it’s worth reading this one to follow the progress of the characters, but it lacks the depth and complexity of the first two books. We’re left with the feeling that there will be more books in this series, so I hope they are more in keeping with the first two, and I will keep reading to find out.

 

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Merchant of Alyss

Merchant of Alyss (Legends of the Realm, #2)Merchant of Alyss by Thomas Locke
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the second book in the “Legends of the Realm” series by Thomas Locke. The first one – “The Emissary” – came out over a year ago. I wish I had re-read that book before reading this one. As is the case with all good fantasy stories, the world created by the author is distinct and special. And well defined in the first book. It took me 3 or 4 chapters to get back into that world in this book.

Hyam is back with his wife, Joelle, and many of the cast from the first book. In “Merchant of Alyss” we meet several new characters – including a dragon! – as Hyam continues his quest. Hyam is now more seasoned, slightly more comfortable in his role as hero, and wonderfully devoted to Joelle. I like the relationship between those two. No spoilers here, so you’ll have to read the book to find out what happens next. I just hope book 3 comes out sooner than another year, because the ending is … begging for answers.

Recommended for readers from teens on up. There are dangers with ensuing violence, but then, what would a quest be without that? Good moral undertones here about loyalty and service to others. Good stuff for teens to read anyway.

 

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Chivalrous

Chivalrous (Valiant Hearts, #2)Chivalrous by Dina L. Sleiman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Dina Sleiman brings us another rollicking and charming tale of medieval life and romance. I enjoyed book one of this series, Dauntless, and Chivalrous is even better.

Gwendolyn Barnes would like nothing better than to be a knight. But as her father’s only daughter, she’s supposed to be relegated to a life behind the castle’s stone walls. Thankfully, he’s rarely home and her brothers indulge her desire to ride and joust.

Allen of Ellsworth wants to make something of himself and travels to a distant kingdom for his chance. Accepted as a knight and quickly placed on the duke’s council, he’s not prepared for the intrigue or the danger to his heart of a tall woman with a taste for adventure.

Medieval times were tough. It’s easy to romanticize times long gone and forget about the ugly realities. Dina Sleiman does a nice job of blending the two. While the hero and heroine lead somewhat charmed lives, those around them are much more stuck in the time period’s reality. I love that the realism of life in the middle ages is portrayed as the backdrop of the romance. Very well done!

 
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Posted by on September 5, 2015 in Book Reviews, New Release, Young Adult

 

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The Light of Eidon

The Light of Eidon (Legends of the Guardian-King, #1)The Light of Eidon by Karen Hancock
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Abramm Kalladorne wanted to know Eidon. He’d devoted his life to the priesthood. But before he could complete his training, his world came crumbling down. Stripped of his royal title, his identity in the priesthood, feeling spurned by the God he loved, he was shipped off to a life he could never have imagined. Caught between the warring powers of foreign lords, Abramm must come to terms with the truth of his life, understand who Eidon really is, and learn to trust again.

I enjoy a good fantasy novel and The Light of Eidon has a lot going for it. It’s the first in a series and I haven’t read the rest of them, but it certainly set up well for book 2, while having a clear and meaningful ending to book 1. It was, overall, a bit on the dark side. While there is the classic good verses evil struggle, the good is often hard to find and it’s hard to tell the good guys from the bad guys. Anyone who enjoys a darker, grittier type of story would enjoy this. I would not recommend it for younger teens, however.

 
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Posted by on August 20, 2015 in Book Reviews

 

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