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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 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.

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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

The Lost Sentinel by Suzanne Rogerson

June 22, 2019 - 10:13 am 1 Comment

The Lost Sentinel

The magical island of Kalaya is dying, along with its Sentinel.

The Assembly controls Kalaya. Originally set up to govern, they now persecute those with magic and exile them to the Turrak Mountains.

Tei, a tailor’s daughter, has always hidden her magic but when her father’s old friend visits and warns them to flee to the mountains she must leave her old life behind.
On the journey, an attack leaves her father mortally wounded. He entrusts her into the care of the exiles and on his deathbed makes a shocking confession.
Struggling with self doubt, Tei joins the exiles search for the new Sentinel who is the only person capable of restoring the fading magic. But mysterious Masked Riders are hunting the Sentinel too, and time, as well as hope, is running out.

Against mounting odds it will take friendship, heartache and sacrifice for the exiles to succeed in their quest, but is Tei willing to risk everything to save the island magic? 

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The Lost Sentinel by Suzanne Rogerson

Published 16th June 2017

363 pages

Once you start this book you realise that you are going on a magical adventure. Meeting Tei straightaway, you follow her as she realises that her life is going to change. As the story continues you meet Brogan and Farrell, whilst there is no connection between them, they share Kalaya in common. Written in 3rd person POV, enables you to follow each of their story without being confused and I got drawn into a story that gave me excitement and heartbreak.

I liked Tei, Brogan and Farrell straightaway, they all had a caring nature to them and whilst each of them had to make some difficult decisions, you could see that they did not take their missons lightly. With the main characters there are some great secondary characters and if you are like me you will have your favourites. One of my favourites was Beliss a sweet young girl and I hope she has a part to play in the further stories.    

Whilst the pace starts of slowly, you are introduced to the main players, their politics and the way of the land, this enable you to be fully invested in the story. As each of their quest get more intense, I found myself reading quicker to find out the outcome. The description of Kalaya and the surrounding mountains had me imagining what a beautiful land it was.

I am going to read the others in this series and carry on the adventure. If you love fantasy and quest than pick up this series.    

 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.

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Game of Crones by Jay Raven

June 10, 2019 - 5:13 am No Comments

A good way to be introduced to new authors is to read a collection of their short stories. Game of Crones by Jay Raven, was one of those introductions.

Blurb: Game of Crones: Tales of Witchcraft and Wickedness

Welcome to a world of cruelty, hexes and treachery, where malicious magic rules and you are but a single necromancer’s spell away from eternal terror.

From malevolent medieval magicians  to Wild West witches, this spellbinding volume by a master of the macabre is packed with frightening fables guaranteed to send a supernatural chill down your spine.

Amongst the haunting historical horror stories, you’ll meet:

  • A half-crazed girl locked up in a high security mental hospital by those accusing her of causing a devastating earthquake.
  • An impoverished French noblewoman who’ll stop at nothing to marry  her daughter to a wealthy prince – even if it means dabbling with a dangerous love potion.
  • The hated public executioner Pandora whose fabled box has already killed 55 men – without leaving  a trace of violence on their bodies.
  • Wily witch Merta who uses all her wits and trickery to turn the tables on the corrupt Mayor who wants her burnt alive at the stake.
  • A faery mage without conscience or pity with the perfect plan to make Mankind turn on itself  – and all it takes is one innocent baby.
  • A drought-stricken frontier town that seeks magical help from the local Indian tribe to make it rain, but learns it comes at a terrible cost. 
  • The doubt-ridden King, plagued by nightmares of his death, who consults an enchantress to learn the most of hidden of secrets: just when the Grim Reaper will claim him.
  • A Mid Western widow who is convinced her homesteading husband is still alive, held hostage by a sorceress.

If you’re thrilled by exciting dark fantasy tales, with cunning twists, edge-of -the seat tension and unexpected shivers, you’ll love Game of Crones. Pick it up today. If you dare…

Here are my thoughts:

Game of Crones by Jay Raven

Published by Jay Raven books on 9th April 2019

117 pages.

One of my favourite reads are an author’s short story collections. It gives you the chance to fit in a short story if real life is getting in the way. In this collection there are 8 short stories with one thing in common, Witches. Each story was unique to the collection and they all ended with a twist that I never saw coming.

When I read a collection, there may be one story that I don’t enjoy. However, in Game of Crones I loved them all and it was hard to pick a favourite. Even whilst writing this review I keep changing my mind of the one story that stood out for me. Bonfire of the Vanities and Prince Charming had me laughing how the stories ended, both for different reasons. Although my favourite ending to a story was Changling and I am sure that if I was not reading it on public transport, I would have gasped out loud.

At just over 100 pages this was a quick read and you can read a story in your coffee break. The stories are all set in a different time and place and due to the author’s fine detail gives you the feeling that you are there.  One thing I could not get over was how much was crammed into each story. There was comedy, intrigue, suspense, vengeance and so much more, that kept me hooked. As I said at the beginning of my review, Jay Raven is a new to me author and they have just gained another fan

This is a perfect read for anyone that enjoys fantasy

Purchase Links: Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Game-Crones-Tales-Witchcraft-Wickedness-ebook/dp/B07QKMJV5N

Amazon USAhttps://www.amazon.com/Game-Crones-Tales-Witchcraft-Wickedness-ebook/dp/B07QKMJV5N

Meet the author: Jay Raven is the author of Gothic chillers and historical horror reminding readers that the past is a dangerous place to venture, full of monsters and murderous men. He blames his fascination with vampires, witches and werewolves on the Hammer Horror films he watched as a teenager, but living in a creepy old house on the edge of a 500-acre wood may have something to do with it.

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The Devil and the Muse by Mandy Jackson-Beverly (book 2 in the Creative Series)

May 19, 2019 - 6:01 pm No Comments

The Devil and the Muse by Mandy Jackson-Beverly (Book2 in the Creative Series)

Published by Cricket Publishing on 12th June 2017

284 pages

The immediate threat is over and happy to live in Italy with Gabriel and her family, Coco is getting more comfortable with her gifts. But when a concerned friend and her paintings highlighted the plight of teenage girls, Coco knows that the Allegiance has got to step in. However, with the team have to split up to cover two missions, things go from bad to worse.

Due to the majority of the characters already known to us, the book seemed to flow a lot quicker and the story was fast paced. Whilst Coco still had a major role to play, the story concentrated on some of the other characters and we learn a lot more about Pelayo, an El Salvadoran vampire and Sabine, a doctor who fights for the vulnerable. Also helping the Allegiance was a vampire with a surprising background. Whilst the main mission concentrates on the missing girls, Prudence has her own mission and it gives us the chance to meet some of her ancestors and learn more about her life. Whilst we know that Kenan is behind the trouble, the story goes further to explain why he is the way his.   

Due to the nature of the subject matter, this story came across a lot darker than book 1, but this just helps enforce just what Coco and company are up against. As I mentioned it was a faster pace due to the fact there was always something going on. The art still played a big part in the story and the picturesque descriptions of the paintings enable you to imagine them as you are reading.

A good addition to this fantasy series and I am looking forward to reading The Immortal Muse which came out on 31st March 2019