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Book review: The Desert Botanist by Jennifer Stone (@JenStone4485 )

Erica had agreed to leave behind her luscious homeland as part of a cultural exchange reviewand learning experience with the desert dwellers. She was excited at the thought of learning what new plants and remedies could be revealed in their harsh climate. She had not expected everything she had witnessed, even Amira’s own attitude, to have been nothing but a deception. What she finds is not the city of cultural wealth and learning she hoped, but a land of debauchery and corruption, where people paraded like peacocks displaying their wealth and only those with riches were worthy of attention. Erica must quickly learn who she can trust, one wrong turn could destroy her, and there are those who would seek to do just that. She must have faith, for a storm is coming, one that will change the very future, and Erica has her own role to play in what will come to pass.

Having read the Earthen Priestess I was really looking forward to The Desert Botanist, and the author did not disappoint. I really enjoy the easy, flowing style of Jennifer Stone, it draws the reader in with its enjoyable characters, whilst finding the perfect balance of description to allow the reader’s imagination some creative license. A wonderful book and an enjoyable read.

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Book Review: The Earth Priestess by Jennifer Stone (@JenStone4485 )

The Earth Priestess by Jennifer stone is a beautiful crafted fantasy novella and book two reviewin the Mortal Orphan series.

Taya, has united the lands, bringing man and gods together under one, purpose built, roof. People flock to behold the splendour, temples worshipping one of the deities send a representative to live and learn there. But not everyone views this unification as a good idea, there are those who would resort to dark and unimaginable acts to see this new hope extinguished.

Jennifer Stone writes a wonderful tale, rich with magic, smooth plot development and good character building. The story is immersive, thrusting you into the life of Taya to share her trials and tribulations and leaves you eager to know more about the vast and diverse world. An enjoyable, page turning read that leaves you wanting more.

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Book review: The Slave Girl by Jennifer Stone

Taya, broken, bloody and abused escapes the beating from her master’s wife after being 51LzAofuvpLforced into his bed. With no home, no money, and a sullied reputation, there are few who would lend her aid, and so, she returns to a home she once knew, a temple. They nursed her back to health and sent her on her way. Free for the first time Taya must now journey to find work, but the path before her is anything but easy, and far from what was expected.

The Gods are angry, their worship shunned for centuries by the removal of their tales until but two God’s remain in thought. All is not well in their realm, Galia has had enough, it is time to act, humanity will either redeem itself or be destroyed. It appears Taya may be the key, the prophesied orphan who could bring about salvation or damnation. But there are those who would oppose her, wishing her to fail for the sake of their own power.
I really enjoyed The Slave girl. Jennifer Stone creates a strong and developed protagonist impossible not to sympathise with, and a deep and interesting world. Written in the third personal narrative, description and world building are done in  such a manner that the reader can build their own image from the descriptions given. Friendship, betrayal, ancient prophecies, and angered gods, this is one story you can’t help but become invested in. I look forward to book two.
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Camels and Cake: Tea for Three

Camels and Cake is a collection of flash fiction from authors across the globe, uniting together to raise money for a global aid charity. 100% of al51eL-qhNCDL__SX327_BO1,204,203,200_l money from this project is donated directly to the charity.

You will recognise some of the author’s names from books I have reviewed in the past, and I must say, it has been a great honour to work with every one of these people.

The authors involved in Camels and Cake are as follows:

Nicole Wilson 
Jason Byrne
Jennifer Stone 
Bernard Stacey 
K.G. Christopher    
Chase Gamwell
K.J. Simmill 
David Parkland
Karen Gray

Again it has been an honour, thank you for including me in this wonderful project.