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The Sentinel’s Alliance by Suzanne Rogerson

July 6, 2019 - 6:34 am 2 Comments

The Sentinel’s Alliance

As the island of Kalaya and its people recover from civil war, a new threat surfaces. Invaders from the island of Elkena hunt the seas, butchering those who possess magic. Their scar-faced captain seeks the Fire Mage who it has been foretold will kill him and Tei and her people are in his warpath.

Tei and a band of Kalayans travel to Stone Haven, the home of their new allies, planning to restore magic to the dead island. But the Stone Haven Council have abhorred magic since their people were massacred by Elkenan invaders twenty years before. Commander Farrell must persuade his people to accept magic again, but his plans expose them to their biggest fear and he risks leading Tei and her people into danger, and jeopardising the safety of both their islands.

Under Farrell’s guidance treaties are forged, but is the newly formed Silent Sea Alliance enough to defeat the invaders and stop their bloodthirsty quest to destroy magic forever?

The Sentinel’s Alliance by Suzanne Rogerson

Published 6th July 2019

475 pages

Now Rathnor is gone, the island of Kalaya is slowly healing. Commander Farrell is going home back to Stone Haven, but unbeknown to them all, a new threat is waiting for them on the seas.

I have been eagerly waiting for this book, having read the first two in the series, I was really invested in the lives of the residents of Kalaya and Stone Haven and it was good to get back to them, to find out how everyone’s lives had changed after the battle.

Whilst Tei and Brogan still had major roles to play, the majority of the story was centered round Commander Farrell and his conviction to improve the lives of the Stone Haven residents. As the story takes you to Stone Haven, you learn more about the struggles that they have had to overcome and you understand why Farrell is so passionate about his cause. However, he is not the only one who wants to change things for the better and you can see what dilemmas Callisa has to overcome without putting the lives of others at risk and there were times that I felt sorry for her as whilst everyone loved her, she was lonely.

As more and more characters are introduced, we get to learn more about their lives and I enjoyed finding out more about Nadan and how Rathnor ruined his life.

This story was a steadier pace than the Sentinel’s Reign as we follow Farrell, Tei and Brogan as they try and form a union with all the islands. However, whilst I was reading it, I felt there was something brewing in the background ready to upset the unity and how right I was. Captain Jaconn had an unhealthy fixation with the mysterious Fire mage, in the same way as Captain Ahab had with Moby Dick. He was an evil man who wanted to eradicate magic.

As I was reading this story, I thought I knew where this story was going, but there were a few surprises that I did not see coming and I did spend time just sitting in amazement at what I had just read.

This series has been a great read and I have enjoyed watching all the characters grow and adapt to whatever was thrown at them. Whilst at the moment, this is the final book in the series, I was pleased to read the author’s notes at the back of the book and I would love to read more about the Silent Seas and to learn more about some of the characters.

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To celebrate publication day, all three books of the Silent Sea Chronicles series are 99p today!

The Lost Sentinel #1 Silent Sea Chronicles

The Sentinel’s Reign #2 Silent Sea Chronicles

Author Bio –

Suzanne lives in Middlesex, England with her hugely encouraging husband and two children.

She wrote her first novel at the age of twelve. She discovered the fantasy genre in her late teens and has never looked back. Giving up work to raise a family gave her the impetus to take her attempts at novel writing beyond the first draft, and she is lucky enough to have a husband who supports her dream – even if he does occasionally hint that she might think about getting a proper job one day.

Suzanne loves gardening and has a Hebe (shrub) fetish. She enjoys cooking with ingredients from the garden, and regularly feeds unsuspecting guests vegetable-based cakes.

She collects books, loves going for walks and picnics with the children and sharing with them her love of nature and photography.

Suzanne is interested in history and enjoys wandering around castles. But most of all she likes to escape with a great film, or soak in a hot bubble bath with an ice cream and a book.

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The Spider (The Under the Northern Sky series Book 2) by Leo Carew

July 1, 2019 - 5:15 am No Comments

The Spider (The Under the Northern Sky series Book 2) by Leo Carew

Published by Wildfire on 27th June 2019

512 pages

Having already read The Wolf the 1st in the series, I was already invested in the lives of Roper and Bellamus. Following on from the major battle between the Anakim and the Sutherners, Bellamus was licking his wounds and Roper the Black Lord wanted to take all of the land to protect the future of his kingdom,

As soon as I started to read The Spider, I was immediately transported back to the Black Kingdom, following Roper step by step as he was planning his attack. Throughout this story he is a man under pressure, not only he is responsible for thousands of men, but he also has a traitor in his troop who is going out of their way to ruin the Black Lord.

Bellamus is not faring much better himself and now an outcast to the Sutherners, him and his band of men are trying to do the best they can to stop the Anakim before they attack.

Whilst this is a hefty book, I was so embroiled in the story that before I knew it, I had finished it. The planning and the execution of the battles were intense and I feel as physically drained as the soldiers fighting. Whilst Roper and Bellamus are the MCs and important to the book, the secondary characters played a big role in the telling of the story and I was pleased to see that Keturah had a big part to play. She had stepped up her game and there were times that she was crucial to the scheme. The relationship between her and Roper was a lot stronger and showed how supportive she was to him.

The side story of the troubles at the haskoli was as interesting as the battles and I found the trials and teachings at the school intriguing and giving me an understanding why the Anakim were such a fearsome race. As for the traitor, whilst he is revealed in the story, I found myself wanting to tell Roper who was behind it all and as I neared the end of the book I felt like a nervous wreck as things got a lot more serious. This was how much I got into the story.

As in the Wolf, the descriptive style of the author has you easily imagine the world and the devastation that the battles have caused.  If you are looking for an epic fantasy than pick up this series.

The Sentinel’s Reign: Silent Sea Chronicles – Book 2 by Suzanne Rogerson

June 28, 2019 - 5:10 am 1 Comment

The Sentinel’s Reign

The Sentinel’s reign is doomed to failure unless Tei can prevent the Kalayan people from plunging into war. 

With the new Sentinel initiated and the magic restored on Kalaya, life is flourishing for Tei and the exiles. But Rathnor’s plans for war soon escalate and thwart any chance of peace.

Brogan’s position on the Assembly is uncertain as rumours circulate that he is an exile spy.

After an attempt on his life, Farrell is more determined than ever to build a home for his people on Stone Haven. But the council have their sights set on Kalaya and Farrell struggles to steer them from war.

As trouble brews within and outside forces gather against them, can the exiles keep their hold on the magic, or will this spell the end of Kalaya and its people?

The Sentinel’s Reign

Published 29th June 2018

353 pages

The Sentinel has settled into her new role and Kalaya is thriving on the magic. But all is not happy, as the brink of war is not too far from everyone’s mind.

All I can say is what a read and even after finishing this book, I am still thinking of the rollercoaster of a story. Following on from The Lost Sentinel, we follow the MCs, as they are on their individual life journeys. As we follow Tei, throughout the story, you soon come to realise that she is not as confident in her new role as she would like, but it also shows how headstrong she was, she would fight for what she thought was right. Whilst she had friends, I felt that she was lonely and she struggled with her friendship with Mara and the Sentinel. Brogan and Farrell knew what they wanted and whilst Brogan was working behind the scenes to save the exiles from prejudice, Farrell was still trying to make a better life for all on Stone Haven, whilst trying to find Kalaya.

As in the Lost Sentinel, the secondary characters play an important role in the story and I enjoyed reading more about Captain Hafender, the fearless warrior of the exiles and Allisus, Farrell’s first mate, who advised Farrell.

After reading The Lost Sentinel, I was invested in these character’s lives and as before, beware of heartbreak. There were times that I was in mourning and then as I was continuing the story, I wanted to fist pump the air. This story will flip your emotions and as the story intensifies with the pending danger, I could not put this book down. As I finished this story I felt physically drained as if I had been there following them all.

With one more in this series, I can’t wait to get my hands on it. A great addition to this series.   

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For the duration of the blog tour all books in the Silent Sea Chronicles series are 99p.

Author Bio

Suzanne lives in Middlesex, England with her hugely encouraging husband and two children.

She wrote her first novel at the age of twelve. She discovered the fantasy genre in her late teens and has never looked back. Giving up work to raise a family gave her the impetus to take her attempts at novel writing beyond the first draft, and she is lucky enough to have a husband who supports her dream – even if he does occasionally hint that she might think about getting a proper job one day.

Suzanne loves gardening and has a Hebe (shrub) fetish. She enjoys cooking with ingredients from the garden, and regularly feeds unsuspecting guests vegetable-based cakes.

She collects books, loves going for walks and picnics with the children and sharing with them her love of nature and photography.

Suzanne is interested in history and enjoys wandering around castles. But most of all she likes to escape with a great film, or soak in a hot bubble bath with an ice cream and a book.

Social Media Links –

Website

Twitter

Facebook

Goodreads

Amazon author page

Bookbub

Breaking News…. The Sentinel’s Alliance, book 3 of Silent Sea Chronicles is now available on pre-order.

Can new alliances save the islands of the Silent Sea from the murderers stalking their shores?

As the island of Kalaya and its people recover from civil war, a new threat surfaces. Invaders from the island of Elkena hunt the seas, butchering those who possess magic. Their scar-faced captain seeks the Fire Mage who it has been foretold will kill him and Tei and her people are in his warpath.

Tei and a band of Kalayans travel to Stone Haven, the home of their new allies, planning to restore magic to the dead island. But the Stone Haven Council have abhorred magic since their people were massacred by Elkenan invaders twenty years before. Commander Farrell must persuade his people to accept magic again, but his plans expose them to their biggest fear and he risks leading Tei and her people into danger, and jeopardising the safety of both their islands.

Under Farrell’s guidance treaties are forged, but is the newly formed Silent Sea Alliance enough to defeat the invaders and stop their bloodthirsty quest to destroy magic forever?

The Sentinel’s Alliance is the final book in the Silent Sea Chronicles trilogy.

The Sentinel’s Alliance

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.