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Book review: The Emissary – Tamara Veitch and Rene DeFazio (@OneGreatYear )

Atitalan Emissaries had been sent to guide humankind in evolution. They had been reviewselected to leave their land, to die and be reborn for the span of a Great Year Cycle. They were to guide Humankind, but they should not have been aware of their identity, their mission. But Quinn was, he remembered his time as Marcus, just as he remembered each of his past lives. He also remembered his soulmate, Theron, and sought to find her so they could once more be reunited. Just as there were those sent to guide the world into a new golden age, so too were there those whose skills and purposes were turned to darker purposes. All things in balance, and yet the scale still seemed unequal. Marcus’ childhood friend moves against the Emissaries. He too possesses past life memories and the darker force aiding him will stop at nothing to quash the emissaries and their attempts to guide fate.

The Emissary is the start of Tamara Veitch and Rene DeFazio’s The One Great Year Series. It acts as a foundation, allowing the reader to be drawn into the present day situation before reliving parts of the past which brought the main character, Marcus aka Quinn, to the point he now finds himself. This book sets a great background and starting point for what could be a gripping series. There had been clear attention paid to detail, characters, personalities, and rivalry. There are some good ideas which can be viewed as both historical and futuristic, and some interesting play om myths and legends. I enjoyed the steady pace and rising tension as the understanding of what is to come becomes clearer. Alternative history meets low/ urban fantasy to create a battle of light vs darkness that spans the reaches of time.

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Book review: A Song of Blood by A. J. Chaudhury

A Song of Blood is a low fantasy / historical fiction written by A. J. Chaudhury

Children are being stolen from their village, spirits or demons are whisking them away. 51noaaqhhklThe men of the town seem powerless to act, but then one night the village chief’s Nanda’s son is stolen and inaction is no longer an option. Leaving the village unguarded he takes every able bodied man out into the forest in pursuit of the demon spirit that claimed his child. Vishva warns such actions are unwise, but is still forced on this mission, but there is more to this quest than first appears.

With one foot in Indian mythology and another tailoring to those who enjoy low fantasy this short story is an interesting read. It reflects on how the actions of men can be twisted and reforged into tales of legend. The author tells a unique tale and shows great insight into humans and their beliefs.

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A Song of Blood