Posts Tagged ‘Adventure’

Timothy Other: The Boy who Climbed Marzipan Mountain by L Sydney Abel

November 17, 2017 - 10:02 pm No Comments

Timothy Other: The Boy who Climbed Marzipan Mountain by L Sydney Abel
Published by Speaking Volumes on 5th February 2016
325 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

When Timothy was left on the doorstep of Dreams and Hope Orphanage, a young baby in a wooden box, no one could imagine that 12 years on he would go on an adventure that would change so many lives.
Even though Timothy was abandoned and lived as an orphan, he had a good life, cuddles when he wanted and the most amazing pudding. He was growing up to be an amazing young man and even when events caused his life to worsen, he still was a caring child. However, the story was also about the other characters all had their own story to tell and the little details like how the children got their names, made this story more interesting. As the story progressed so did Timothy’s adventure, with the help of his new friends, he finds out more of his past and the true meaning of friendship. But where he found love, he also found danger as he was a wanted boy.
This book is perfect for any age, the fantasy element will capture children and adult’s imagination. The action is family friendly making this a book that you can read to your little ones. Once you start this book you will not want to put it down, as you want to know what happens to Timothy. The writing style was descriptive and when Timothy arrived at the Marzipan mountain, you could just picture him looking at in awe. Throughout the book I was imaging the characters voices especially when Timothy met Edwin and Leopold. There are some great comedy moments which children and adult will enjoy, and I did have a few laughs to myself. Whilst I have read some of this author’s work before and saw the great reviews for this book, I was still pleasantly surprised, how good it was and that is was for any age group If you are looking for a fun, adventurous read then this is the book for you, I hope there will be more of Timothy’s adventures

Rite of Annarii by A Maslo

May 22, 2017 - 6:47 pm No Comments

Rite of Annarii by A Maslo

Published by Feather Dream Press on 12th May 2017

197 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Fellywynne is a human living with the Fae folk. Having been abandoned at birth, Fellwynne was lucky to be brought up by these magical folk.  We join Fellwynne as she is about to graduate and take up her role in the community.

Fellwynne was a considerate young girl and although different she made adaptions to fit in. She and her best friend Willow Leafshimmer were inseparable and I like how the author incorporated Willow in the story letting her enjoy Fellwynne’s quest. Having Drake, Willow’s boyfriend on the journey could have made Fellwynne into a third wheel, but the author introduced us to Aleck Stormblood, the 1st commander of the Annarii Elite. On their travels Fellwynne grew into a woman and became the diplomat that the elders knew she would, she was not afraid of danger and stood up for people more unfortunate then herself.

One of favourite scenes was the back story about Kiari and her rooster, I could not stop laughing when Kiari told her story and the length of time it took Willow to catch on. The author had a style of writing that took you on the journey, the descriptive way she wrote the story, had you feeling that you were following in Fellwynne’s footsteps, even the minor scenes had a lot of detail. A simple task of collecting berries had you feeling that you were there, getting sunburnt whilst you were filling the baskets with elderberries.

I got so into this story that I could not believe when I had finished it, I just wanted to carry on with Fellwynne’s quest. If you love fantasy and adventure books then you will love this story. With a touch of romance which does not detract from the main story, this will appeal to a lot of readers. I cannot wait to continue on this journey and I hope I do not have to wait long to do so.

The Mansion’s Twins (At the Crossworlds Book 1) by Rose M Channing

September 14, 2016 - 8:10 pm No Comments

The Mansion’s Twins (At the Crossworlds Book 1) by Rose M Channing

Published on 22nd July 2014

428 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

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Ellie and Savannah are twins separated at birth, now 14 they both realise they have special powers. Ellie can levitate items and Savannah can see through walls. Both lived with horrendous families after a chance meeting in the park they realise they are twins and run off together. Ellie had made friends with Amber and her daughter Gabrielle and decides to take Savannah to Amber’s tree to go into hiding, not realising it was a passage to another world. Walking through the passage they enter in a world that had been devastated by a magical storm. Arriving at a mansion they find out that they are the infamous Senka twins and they are there to right the world by finding the centre of  magic. This is where their adventure begins, attending magic lessons, making new friends and learning to work together, but will they save their world.

As soon as the twins arrived at the mansion they were introduced to a lot of new people, at the start I thought I would get confused with a number of new characters but there was no need to worry as the way the author wrote the story, you could remember who’s who due to each character having their own personality. The author made the point that although the twins were identical they both had different characteristics. Ellie although a confident person, had self-doubt with her magic, whilst Savannah was the quiet one who was quick at learning new skills.

The story got better and better as you read it. The journey to find the centre of magic was set just in the mansion. I thought this was a great idea as each stage of the adventure had a different quest and it reminded me of going round a haunted house and not knowing what to expect when you opened a door.    

Not finishing on a cliffhanger this was a good reading and leads nicely into book 2    

The Crown of Stones: Magic-Price by CL Schneider

August 28, 2016 - 12:03 pm No Comments

The Crown of Stones: Magic-Price by CL Schneider

Published on 4th January 2014

503 pages 

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies    

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Ian Troy is a Shinree bounty hunter and for the last 10 years has been avoiding everyone, trying to forget a most devastating mistake. Whilst at war Troy used the Crown of Stones and wiped out everyone including his Queen. Hiding the crown except a piece that he kept on his person, Troy thought that would be the end of it, but he was so wrong.  His enemies are gaining strength and are out for revenge. Whilst he is trying to track down who is out to kill him, he makes friends with too unlikely characters Malaq a prince born out of wedlock and Jarryd a messenger who is in love with a princess in danger. With the help of Sienn another Shinree he begins to learn to control his magic and starts to trust other people.

Ian is not your typical main character, and reminds me of a drug addict wanting to stay clean but is craving for his next fix. He has forced himself to stay away from magic and even when he knows he has to use it he is always thinking of others and does not want to kill the innocent. I imagine him to be the damaged hero and everyone he meets is trying to fix him in their own way. Malaq is confusing and you don’t know where his loyalties lie. In his own stumbling way he is trying to fix the country and wants his claim to the throne. Jarraq is the innocent one of the group but at the start of the book he very naive but as he continues on his journey he grows into a strong character.

This is a great start to an epic fantasy, and there is action from start to finish. With Ian as the unlikely hero you will definitely not get bored.  Although this book finishes on a slight cliff hanger, you do not have to wait to find out what happens as book 2 is out to buy.

The Hammer and the Blade

August 15, 2012 - 10:07 pm No Comments

Hi, meet my new Reviewer Andy Angel before he tells you about this book:
Andy Angel

Ok, my bio – I’m Andy, a 45 year old warehouseman who allegedly came out of the womb with a book in hand. In all seriousness I have been reading for as long as I can remember. The first books I remember were the Magic Wishing Chair and Faraway Tree books of Enid Blyton which probably set me on the path to fantasy books as I grew older.

Since getting a Kindle 18 months ago, I have been reviewing and recommending books on amazon, goodreads and my blog (www.ebookwyrm.blogspot.com).

My other hobbies are watching ice hockey (Go Steelers), travelling with my partner Marie, and pub quizzes (we even win sometimes). I also enjoy sampling single malts.

The Hammer and the Blade
Author: Paul S Kemp
Publisher: Angry Robot
Page count/Size: 416pp
Release date: 5th July 2012
Reviewer: Andy Angel
This is the first in the Tales of Egil and Nix (and hopefully there will be many more)

Our tale begins with tomb robbers Egil and Nix doing what they do best – robbing the tomb of Abn Sur. In the process they release a demon guardian, Vik-Thyss. They manage to defeat the demon and escape and that should be the end of it . . . but that would make things too easy.

Back in the city Lord Rakon Norristu needs a demon of House Thyss to fulfil a pact that keeps him in his position of power. When he finds out that Vik-Thyss is dead he needs to enlist the unwilling help of Egil and Nix to find and free another demon, Abrak-Thyss.

The action starts on page one and never really lets up until the final page, but it isn’t only the action and mayhem that makes this story a joy to read; there is also the banter between Egil and Nix. You instantly get a feel for the deep bond of friendship and the idea that here are two men who have been through a lot together.

This is a thoroughly enjoyable tale of sword and sorcery with demons, monstrous creatures, some Indiana Jones style tomb raiding and a quite despicable villain who gets his come-uppance in an ingenious and much deserved way.

Join Egil and Nix on a break-neck adventure – you’ll be glad you did!