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Book review: Vazdrag – Daniel J. Strait (@daniel_strait )

Onward the group proceeds through the black door. Onward in their quest and… around reviewin circles? Surely that can’t be right. But that is exactly what is happening. The latest Black Door seems to be a trap, sealing them within a strange labyrinth. Tempers rise and passions stir as they find themselves trapped. But as with all things, this too is a challenge to be overcome, a way to prove themselves of being worthy to journey onward. The Roarrgs possess a ‘magic’ of the likes this motley crew have never witnessed, strange contraptions, and metal ships capable of flight. They appear gracious hosts, but can they be trusted? These beings suggest they can be of help, but their help has a price, a dangerous price.

Daniel J. Strait’s Vazdrag is the third book in the Silver Tears series. Nakiata, Shadow of Thought master, has already gathered two other members of the prophecy, and only two remain. Vazdrag picks up from the point where book two finishes. During their latest adventure, you see a shift in the bonds already formed between the three main characters, Nakiata, Ka’tia, and Dravone, and building tension between them. Daniel J. Strait possesses a very direct tell-style narrative which favours explanations, and focuses on world and character building. From beginning to end you see the characters grow, develop, and evolve, not only with skills but on more personal levels too. I noticed the most alteration in Nakiata, and it is a development I will watch with interest. The direction of this particular instalment has taken a more science-fiction turn, showing the author’s aptitude for cross-genre writing. Action, adventure, trials, and danger await at every turn, along with the hope of new allies, until once more another adventure awaits.

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Book review: Daniel J. Strait Zondura (@daniel_strait )

Nakiata was a shadow of thought, or SOT, master. Her birthmark linking her to an reviewancient prophecy had seen she became the only female trained in this arte, and she was skilled indeed. Having located and inserted a key for the Black door she and her ally, Dravone, stepped through, entering a new world, and brought the awaiting race of hunters an enemy they had not seen for a very long time, the Morphan, the species Dravone belonged to. Hunted and pursued they flee the castle grounds, and find themselves on a dangerous adventure, uncovering more about the prophecy they seem destined to fulfil.

Zondura is the second book in Daniel J. Strait’s Silver Tears series. The start of the book provides a brief recap of the events of the first, making it easy to pick up from this point in the adventure. Like any overpowered protagonist Nakiata grows increasingly more brutal and less forgiving as the plot goes on, she cuts a path through anything she perceives as a threat, sometimes her actions are excessive, and even her allies begin to worry about her. The writing style focuses on a tell style so it always clear what is occurring, and things are meticulously described leaving complete images in the reader’s mind as the plot progresses. There are some interesting developments and ideas threaded throughout, and some character growth and development that hints as a complex relationship in the future. Unexpected allies, action, and adventure are found within, with the promise of more to come.

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