Book Review: Legend of the Stone Keepers

In this YA Fantasy, J.L. Trepanier takes her readers on an amazing journey. The mission of her beautifully fleshed-out characters is to find the shattered pieces of the world's soul in order to fuse them back together and thus banish Nixa Somnia, the everlasting winter that freezes a being from the inside out. On this journey are the young, newly graduated Elaro, his classmate Cirra, his hero--and the Obsidian Warrior in the flesh--Plutollo, brothers Garenth and Ronin, the fiery Kindle, and the asthmatic scientist Atlas. Each have their role to play in obtaining the first piece of Terranum's soul, which lies with the humans. Will Elaro find the confidence within himself to lead his crew to the stone? Will the humans help the Agraxians save the world, or will they be too focused on their differences?

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Book Promo and Giveaway: The Moonlight Pegasus

A promotional post for C.S. Johnson's new fantasy novel, The Moonlight Pegasus. Includes a description of the book, an excerpt, a GIVEAWAY, and information about the author with links.

Book Review: The Gossamer Mage

Maleonarial, an old and experienced mage scribe, sets off on his own journey to find the right words to create the intention of killing The Deathless Goddess in order to free the mage scribes from her. What interrupts this work, however, is something even more dangerous than the Goddess herself. Kait Alder, a Daughter of Tiler's Hold, can see and hear evil that is set on destroying the world, starting with anything magic. Pylor, Tiler Hold Lord's cousin, is charged with finding out more about Maleonarial and his supposed magic that can hurt people. All three merge together to form one large party as they all make their way to the mage school with Saleonarial's body and the newest mage recruit--and Kait's only son--Leksand. They must all work together in order to keep the evil at bay long enough for someone to figure out how to kill it--for good. Will Maleonarial be able to hold off on his own quest of killing the Deathless Goddess in order to help Kait and Pylor?

Book Review: The Story of Evil

The famous jouster Stephen Brightflame, his aerial warrior brother Tyrus Canard, and the fierce ranger Kari Quinn all battle the monsters attempting to take control of Celestial. Each has their own obstacles they must face, and all charge forward into the almost certain death. Will any of them survive this ordeal? Will anyone be able to save the city and its inhabitants from monster control? The mighty King Zoran, he who destroyed the infamous dragon, Draviakhan, now faces both his own grandson Prince Silvanus as well as the dragon's son, Nightstrike. Who will come out on top?

Book Review: The Blade Witch

The ashah Estra, born in a convent and raised under the guidance of her rigid Faith, embarks upon her own quest of killing the evil sorceress who took everything from a young Estra. The ashah, equipped with her Asruelian blood and thus a rare blessing of true sight, as well as her trusty sword of starsilver and her golden flames of arcane power, plans on stopping at nothing until she gets what she wants; Helena's death. However, Estra finds her heart warming to the people around her, showing her that the world is not as dark a place as she had thought. Will she still be able to kill Helena without hurting her newfound friends? If she can't, will the world pay the price?

Book Review: Kargaroth: A Tale of the Great Onion Knighthood

In this Epic fantasy, Atheme is in control of the great nation of Felthespar, a mighty warrior region. Abaddon, nicknamed the Daemon, becomes best friends with Atheme as they fight together and work towards strengthening Felthespar and weakening her enemies together. The two go through many difficult trials throughout their years together, bringing the province of Vantrisk back under Felthespar's control, dealing with the border nation Revian, entertaining the citizens of Felthespar with tournaments, bartering with mercenaries, and eventually coming together to attempt to defeat the power of the legendary sword, Kargaroth. Along with these two main characters are also the local legend Cildar and his Cainite friend, Myris. Additionally, Kinguin, one of the smartest minds and most crafty sorcerers in the world, uses his skills to Felthespar's advantage. All serve vital roles in the wars and battles to come, and each friendship is tested to its breaking point. Who will triumph, and who will perish?

Book Review: Orphan’s Price

In this novel, the Pearl Nation has relegated itself to devoting its resources and people to scientific endeavors, as it has not produced a magic-user strong enough to pass the tests to become a full-fledged sorcerer in over 300 years—much to the country’s embarrassment. However, all that may be about to change with the unlikely character of Ren, a 16-year-old Orphan with nothing to his name. When he gets in a tussle with a classmate, his powers activate themselves as they never have before, which he admits to two diplomats from the Amethyst Nation—the country where sorcerers are trained. Now, Ren has to find a way to get himself to the Amethyst Nation to be tested and see if he can begin training to be a sorcerer, avoiding the various bullies in his life who would prefer to see him fail.

Book Review: Adventures in Amarant

In this fantastically written collection of epic fantasy short stories by J.D. Bowens, we readers embark on several exciting--if quite brief--adventures with the Edderick brothers. We travel with them as two work as hired swords to protect a false priest, we follow two other brothers into dank sewers to rid a tavern of a rat infestation (and maybe more!), and we finally see all four brothers together as they save a group of halflings from bandits. In this prequel to the The Adventures of Amarant trilogy, we get a good feel for both the world that the Edderick brothers occupy, as well as the brothers themselves!

Book Review: The Childless Ones

In this novel of intermixing stories of reality and fantasy, Jack is our guy. He is the man whose life we follow in the reality version along with his wife's (soon-to-be-ex) life. We see both struggling in their different relationships, while also steadily overcoming their respective pasts. As for the fantasy side of the novel, we meet a variety of characters, almost as a short-story anthology, all connected at the end. We go on various journeys with different races, different magic, different purposes in mind. But all seem to bear some similarity to the real world that Jack is suffering through currently. He uses this fantasy world to cope with his reality, and it creates a surreal narrative that is an ultimate pleasure to read. 

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