Posts Tagged ‘Epic Fantasy’

Smoke and Rain (Reforged Book1) by VS Holmes

March 9, 2019 - 11:57 am No Comments

Smoke and Rain (Reforged Book1) by VS Holmes

Published by Amphibian Press on 10th September 2015

452 pages

When Cehn was invaded Alea barely survived. Bought to Vielrona to recover, she strikes up a friendship with Arman, the landlady’s son. With the battle between the Laen and the Mirikin getting intense, no-one is safe.

As you are taken on a journey, you are exposed to a magical land, where the Gods play an important part in people’s lives. The minutest features were explained in detail and it has you feeling that you are there. The character’s backstories help you understand what the conflict the war had done to all their lives giving you an understanding of the importance of their beliefs. As more of their lives are revealed you are taken through their every emotion as they contemplate what part they are expected to play in the war.

The first 17% was a bit confusing but I am glad that I persevered as it explained the history of the land and introduced us to the important characters. After that point, I was invested in the story as I followed them on their journey. Watching Alea become a confident woman after suffering so much I wanted to see her succeed. The friendship between Arman, Wes (my favourite character) and Kam was as strong as brothers, supporting each other in their choices and reading about their antics broke up the intensity of the story.  Whilst this did not end on a cliff-hanger, there is more to come as Lightening and Flame is already out.

This is the first book I have read by this author and it won’t be the last. If you enjoy reading Epic Fantasy then pick up this book.  

Lichgates: Book One of the Grimoire Saga by SM Boyce

August 18, 2017 - 6:48 am No Comments

Lichgates: Book One of the Grimoire Saga by SM Boyce

Published 15th October 2011

402 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies


To help with grief Kara loved to hike, but a strange gazebo in the middle of the forest takes her to another world. Ending up in Ourea, she unintentionally becomes involved in the politics of the world, but can she bring peace. To do this she needs to master the Grimoire and learn who to trust.

Kara was a bit of a loner, this has always helped her avoid uncomfortable issues, especially after her mom died. However, once in Ourea, she was thrown in to situations that she had to had no control over and had to learn to fight or die. Not knowing who to trust made her vulnerable but it also made her stronger.  Teaming up with Braedon helped her in a lot of ways and even when she knew his secret she wanted him around and was willing to take him into her confidence. My only moan was that I felt that Kara took to it so easy and it was only at the start that she freaked out. However, throughout this story she does rely a lot on Braedon and others to get the results she needs.

With a large world like Ourea and with 4 major houses in charge, there are quite a few characters. However, this is not confusing story to read, as the author concentrates on each ruling family separately. This also helps you understand the bigger task that Kara must accomplish. As this is a fantasy story there are a lot of weird and exotic creatures and whilst some are familiar, there are others that I had not heard of. This is the start of an epic fantasy journey and you find that much of the story is setting the scene to what is to come. Throughout this story you have the feeling that something big is going to happen and the author has a way of building up the suspense.    With this book being the 1st in the series of four, you know that Kara’s task will not be easy. As a new author to me, I enjoyed this book and will read the rest of Kara’s story.

Into the Darkness (Cathell Book 1) by AM Rycroft

September 2, 2016 - 8:43 am No Comments

Into the Darkness (Cathell Book 1) by AM Rycroft

Published by Mighty Quill Books on 19th July 2016

414 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies



Aeryn Ravane is a sell-sword, a bodyguard for hire. She decides to honour her adopted father by finishing the quest that he had started. According to legend a sword by the name of Aric would rid their land of a curse. Aeryn’s quest starts at the Black Cavern and this is where she comes across the her soon to be travelling companies. Theo is a young street thief, but it is not till further on in the book that we find out her real intentions of being in the cave and the other unlikely companion is the ghost of Tynan. As soon has she removes Aric from the cave, it releases an evil god who was trapped by a curse going by the name of Harbinger. To save the land of chaos Aeryn and her unlikely companions have to track him down and defeat him.

From the moment I started this book I was drawn into the adventure of Aeryn. Aeryn although very skilled with the sword, doubts herself and can come across quite aloof. Theo is your typical street child, orphaned at an early age she has learnt to survive on the streets by any way possible even if that way involved stealing and Tynan is so sure of himself and his magic, that it is comical, you can just see him flaunting himself around town and gets quite put out if no-one recognises him. You would think that this unlikely partnership wouldn’t work, but it does. The work really well as a team and slowly you can see that Aeryn has got a caring nature towards Theo.

If you like your epic fantasies, then read this book. The action is paced throughout which makes it an exciting read. Even at quieter time in the story are not boring as the way as the descriptive writing by the author made you feel that you were with her for every step of Aeryn’s journey. The minor characters were interesting and I was surprised when a vampyre was writing into the story, but this added even more depth and you got to read more about Aeryn’s past. The final battle was intense as you had no idea what to expect.

 The difference between the special edition and the original is that the special edition has some short stories at the end. A really good read and would love to read more of Aeryn and Theo’s travels.