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Book review: Robert E Kreig, The Brides of Woodmyst (@robertekreig )

The ascension of the Magi, as prophesied, came to pass, and word is spreading quickly, reviewtoo quickly. War grips the land, innocents are being slaughtered, and against her every wish Alice must remain, and work on the bonds with her new sisters in magic, letting countless suffer. But this is but one of the many sacrifices needed if any hope of victory is possible in this time of darkness. The enemies are many, and their own numbers are few. But just as life, death, earth, and sky must live alongside each other, the four with their newly awakened powers must find balance within themselves, but one is not amongst them. It is known, on occasion for one of the four to seek dominion over the others, when that occurs it falls to those who remain to rein it back and restore order, but with other forces at play this may not prove easy. There are prices to be paid, war is waged, and despite everything they think they know, they may still be blind to the real threat.

Having red book five and six of the of The Woodmyst Chronicles I was really excited to get my hands on number seven, The Brides of Woodmyst. I have come to expect a certain flair from the author Robert E Kreig, and he continues to deliver in his latest addition to the series. Robert E Kreig provides an elegant balance of history, description, dialogue, world building, and character development that work flawlessly with the intricately designed and ever-advancing plot. Once again we are delivered a vivid and interesting cast of characters. Trials and hardship stand before them, and they must rise against them, lest they be crushed. I never fail to be captivated by his writing style, imaginative descriptions, brilliant scene settings and a forever raising stake. Things for Alice began so simply, but things were never easy, but to see her claw her way to where she now stands is amazing, and she is not alone is such growth. This is one book where the characters, events, and plot all drive the reader forward making it impossible to put down.

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Book review: Diane May – EVO (@DianeMayWriter )

Marchiori had seen more than his fair share of murders, in his job it was to be expected. reviewBut never before had he seen anything like this. With all the markings of a rapidly escalating serial killer time is of the essence. And with the latest turn, the killer himself has given them a deadline with a very clear threat against one of their own. The problem is, he never touches his victims, he leaves no evidence, except for the pen drive showing him killing in the most terrifying way, hypnosis. There is more to this than meets the eye, an entire thread of things way beyond his pay grade, secret experiments, dastardly research, and the most terrifying threat humanity has to face. Luckily he is not alone, but every second is one closer to the final toll for all but a few.

Diane May’s EVO possesses some amazingly developed, realistic, and deep characters enhancing the plot of this engrossing murder mystery. But this is not your simple who done it, an intricate web of lies, secrets, and experiments give the fascinating tale a supercharge. With a serial killer at large, mass genocide on the cards, and the CIA’s experimental children danger emanates from every page and I was hooked from the beginning, the vivid descriptions and portrayal of emotion are well crafted and flow seamlessly, feeding and stimulating the reader’s imaginations. Filled with complex relationships, doubts, secrets, agendas, lies, and dangerous revelations this is guaranteed not to leave you wanting in any area, a must read for lovers of the genre or those seeking something with a little more to offer.

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Book review: Michael Pronko – The Moving Blade (@pronkomichael )

Jamie hadn’t seen her father, Bernard Mattson, for years, they had drifted apart, but it reviewhad been about to change, they had planned to reunite, but then his murder put a stop to the plan. But murder is not the only thing she finds in his wake, a robbery on the day of his funeral suggests there may be more to the murder of the renowned diplomat. Jamie is eager to discover the truth about what befell her father, on the case is Detective Hiroshi Shimizu, along with his motley crew of ex-sumo wrestlers, rugby players, and Private investigators. With nothing but a wiped computer, stolen statues, and erotic prints it seems an impossible task. But the body count is rising and answers are demanded. Can they uncover the truth before more people fall to the blade?

Culturally rich and seductively compelling The Moving Blade is a must read for lover of murder mystery and crime fiction fans. Great attention to detail in both setting, lifestyle, and characters has been applied to create an atmospheric, tense, and engaging read which is further enhanced by Michael Pronko’s skilled narrative. Plots, protests, questions, and secrets fill the pages and drive the reader forward through the engaging and well constructed plot. The characters are rich, deep, and vibrant, each with their own very distinctive rules, personality, relationships, and objectives. I can honestly say I enjoyed every minute I spent reading this, and it gets something I save only for those special books I really connect with, my heartfelt recommendation. Whether you’re looking for a suspenseful and engaging read, or just something to pass the hours you should give The Moving Blade a try.

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Top book review blogs 2019

Greetings everyone.

Awesome news. My blog, K.J’s Athenaeum, is included in the 2019 top review blogs! I am truly honoured to be included in this list.

As you may know, I am never without a book in hand, and a majority of the time these are books published by indie authors. I always work hard to provide spoiler free and engaging reviews of the books I have read.

The Ranked blogs’ list is created by User Generated Content, so if you run a blog or know someone who does, why not recommend them for the appropriate category? It’s also a great tool to find people with similar interests and build your community.

While you’re there, if you’ve been enjoying my reviews I would be really grateful if you’d vote for my blog in the top book review blogs category, you can get there by clicking on the button below. You can also find numerous other book review blogs that may pique your interest. 

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Book review: Truly Unfortunate -CA King (@PortalProphecy )

Truly has been having a run of bad luck. Each month is a struggle to make rent and pay reviewfor her psychiatrist. Her childhood memories have been forgotten, but within there lies a dark secret. One her psychiatrist is determined to reveal. When people around Truly start dying in mysterious ways Jeff and Miranda are called to action. Whilst they seem to be nothing more than accidents, Jeff’s gut tells him there are more to these deaths than there seems. Each of the victims had been told their fortune before meeting their end. Jeff had seen something like this before. Little did he know that starting down this path would change his future forever.

Truly Unfortunate is the first book in CA King’s Welcome to Knollville. I have read a few books by this author, and intend to continue to do so in the future. CA King never fails to keep the reader entertained. Great scene setting, character development, and attention to detail will drive the reader forward, rooting for the characters and hoping to see if and how Truly can turn her life around without giving in to the horrific demands being made of her. Discovery, hardship, and perseverance fill this supernatural tale and marks the start of what promises to be a gripping and engaging series.

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Book review: The Ancient Order – JB Michaels

When thirty legionaries and a priest go missing following a request for information on reviewthe Christian God, and this new religion, what is to be done? Simple, you send Magnus, proven and respected warrior, to investigate. His journey leads him to an unsettling discovery, where an impossible show of brute force is just the start of his unsettling discoveries. With the introduction of the new religion by the Romans there are those who hold the old ways close, so close there is nothing they won’t resort to in order to ensure their ways live, even if that means a brutal killing spree of not only those embracing the new ways, but the innocent as well. Something needs to be done to not only protect those of this time, but to aid the generations who will follow.

The Ancient Order is the prequel to the Bud Hutchins Supernatural Thrillers Series. JB Michaels has created this short novella as a means to explain how the Order referenced and integral to the later books in the series is first formed. It fills in the background history, while providing an interesting adventure you can’t help but be pulled into. Conflict, suspicion, and mistrust fill the air as ancient threats rise and a clash between old ways and new seems the only means to obtain a victory. It was great watching the forming of this union, the foundation of what becomes a cornerstone of supernatural protection in the future. I liked the main characters, who were enhanced by those playing a more supporting role. JB Michaels has certainly added another perspective to his later books in the series, and his writing style continues to hold its audience captive.

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Book review: Candlewicke 13 Curse of the McRavens – Milan Sergent (@MilanSergent)

Valor McRaven had a destiny. He had heard whispers of great deeds, being the Knight of reviewNight, during his latest poison recovery. But no one said anything to him, not that they were given the chance. His parent tried their best to keep him separate, and distant from other children by hiding in the shadows. But this choice was taken from him when his family were found guilty and sent to the sanatorium. Things soon turn from bad to worse when evidence against Valor himself is found at the scene of a crime, and whispers about him being the Grim Warlock begin to spread. Will Valor be able to prove his innocence, find the truth behind the death of his twin, and uncover the truth behind the Great Deception. It is a lot of pressure for a young man to bear, but perhaps his unique abilities will allow him to rise to the challenge. One thing is for certain, if he doesn’t discover the truth a fate worse than death awaits him.

Candlewicke 13 Curse of the McRavens is the first book in Milan Sergent’s Candlewicke 13 fantasy series. This is a highly detailed book with attention paid to not only world and character building, but to providing a vast history, complete with myths, legends, fables, and bestiaries. There are different types and understandings of magic, and the views on them are varied. Vivid characters and a constant sense of foreboding drive the reader forward, searching the text for hints and clues as to who is behind the horrendous acts Victor is being accused of. The insertion of images really enhanced the chapters, and I thought the addition of the maps at the end were a great touch. Humour, drama, questions, uncertainty, and tension erupt in a world of magic where anything seems possible. Follow the trail of clues, and discover more hidden truths than you would dare imagine could be concealed.

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Book review: Making History – Bruce Polky

At the age of six, you are given a PAD. This piece of technology is integrated into your life, reviewyou can do nothing without it. They never fail, they never go faulty. Or at least that’s what they would have you believe. There was one chip distributed that was faulty, but they would never admit this, and since it is designed to cover any faults it cannot be proved. Dav was unfortunate to have been issued such a device, leaving him no choice but to pursue less than lawful means. He never expected the consequences of his actions would be so grand, and the truth that had been concealed from everyone would be so vast. What most people thought was truth and knowledge for all, was in fact carefully filtered propaganda designed at keeping them in place. Things are about to change.

Making History by Bruce Polky is an entertaining and gripping science fiction filled with technology, brilliant ideas, and great world/universe building. The characters are complex, intriguing, and evolving. It is written in a compelling narrative which makes it difficult to put down. I particularly liked the alternative history chapters where we learn about how things came to be, from the first idea of sharing knowledge and beyond. These snippets made an interesting intermission which further enhanced the flow of the story and builds upon the information we had already been given. This was a really enjoyable read, and will be highly appealing to lovers of sci-fi.

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Book review: Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider – Ellen C Maze (@authorellenmaze )

The problem with writing a good book is you never know how far it will reach, nor the reviewimpact it will have on those who read it. Beth was used to the somewhat overzealous fans, but what she wasn’t prepared for was a visit from a monster straight from her tales. He marked her for sport, but when her path crossed with Michael’s he was certain there had been a mistake. She didn’t fit the profile of a rabbit. Her book had been dangerous to their kind, prompting a disconnection that the Elders hadn’t seen for a long time. This woman’s work was dangerous, and to secure their lifestyle she, and her influence, had to be forever silenced.

Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider is Ellen C Maze’s Christian paranormal. It focuses on Beth Rider, a young novelist whose book has turned the lives of the Rakum upside down. The steady paced novel introduces an increasing level of tension until you daren’t put it down because you just have to see how things will play out. Obviously being a Christian fiction, there is constant, yet not particularly preachy, injection of faith, God, and the power of religion, which means the book would appeal to those who both enjoy a faith orientated read, and those who find an overly-religious tone too oppressive. The balance in this book was good, and central to the unique plotline. This is a fantastic story, with plenty to be taken away from it. The more you read into the meanings, the more messages become apparent. Hope, salvation, fear, threat, challenges, and trials will keep you reading, while the ever-growing characters and their forming bonds will keep you hungry for more.

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Book review: The Boston Metaphysical Society: A Storm of Secrets by Madeleine Holly-Rosing (@MHollyRosing )

Jonathon was pleased to have his daughter home again, but her return was not the easy reviewtransition he had hoped. Although her visions had not returned, she and her new husband had barely been under his roof when news of Jonathan’s older brother, Hal, and his impending visit arrived, followed by a prompt attempt on his life. Since Jonathan was given the family business, Hal had always enjoyed making things challenging for his little brother. But this time he arrived with news of an impending war, one Jonathon had also seen the warnings of. When Elizabeth’s visions return, everything must be done to conceal and master them. This gift was something of a curse, one which could ruin not only her reputation, but that of her father’s house. But there is a purpose to their return, and a danger no one can perceive.

The Boston Metaphysical Society, A Storm of Secrets by Madeleine Holly-Rosing is a steampunk fantasy with some impressive world creation. It is easy to fully immerse yourself in the fictional world full of charm, turmoil, threat, and secrets and be whisked away by strong characters you can’t help but like. They are realistic with their own ambitions, goals, and motivations and they remain true to their character. I haven’t read all that many steampunk novels, mainly because aside from Steam Whistle Alley, which I came across last year, I haven’t read many that have been well-executed. I was pleased to give this a try and found myself happy to add another well-written steampunk novel to my collection.

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