Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Shadow of the Demon by David Burrows (Prophecy of the Kings: Book 3)

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Events are coming to a head. The battle for CarCamel has ended and Kaplyn is seen as the saviour. Catriona, the Thracian Queen, wants him to lead the army in its fight against Trosgarth, leading the army with a dragon at his command. Kaplyn, however, has other ideas. He fears dragons and does not know why. His dreams remain plagued by the great serpents, but yet one helped them. It is a conundrum and Kaplyn decides to pursue an image shown to him by Astalus, the Thracian wizard. The image was of Vastra, now an old man, held captive in Aldrace. Kaplyn harbours a terrible fear. Vastra recovered a crystal from the Tree of Life and, with it, he can open a gateway to the demon world. A permanent one! Should that happen then nothing can prevent Drachar’s Shade from crossing the Great Divide, at the head of a demon horde.
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Shadow of the Demon (Prophecy of the Kings: Book 3)

| Source: Gift/No Review Requested
| Author: David Burrows
| Genre: Epic / High Fantasy
| ISBN-10: 1450520456
| ISBN-13: 9781450520454
| Content: Demons, Sorcery, Heroes, Dragons
| Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing
  Platform; 2nd edition (February 2, 2010)
| Cover Art and Design: Phillip McDonnall
| Source: Gift/No Review Requested
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| Paperback: 182 pages
| Rating: 4 Stars
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Dwarves!!! Yes I'm excited but you need to understand why. I grew up on Elves Dwarves, Wizards, and all sorts of mythical beasts including but not limited to Dragons. Way before I discovered Tolkien, I developed a love affair with all things mystical and magical. I devoured mythology like I was starving. I read every fairytale in the school library then nagged my Dad into getting a library card. Somehow I missed Tolkien in those early years but I found it later.

These days however it is like Tolkien ruined it for the rest of us. Authors are so sick of being compared to him that they won't touch a dwarf, elf, goblin, orc or troll with a 10 foot pole. Well I miss my childhood buddies which explains my delight in being reaquainted with my beloved dwarves.

Monday, October 7, 2013

The Griffin Mage Trilogy By Rachel Neumeier ~ (Series Summary)

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The Griffin Mage Trilogy By Rachel Neumeier
Lord of the Changing Winds - Land of the Burning Sands - Law of the Broken Earth
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This trilogy encompasses four distinctly different countries. The story starts in peaceful Feierabiand, a gentle land of green pastures and lush deltas. Earth based magic dominates here, lending itself to the growing of crops, the tending of animals and the arts of healing. That is until the Griffins invade, creating desert in their wake. The griffins are all fire and majesty, war and blood, pride and arrogance. They come fleeing Casmantium, with its cold magic and powerful makers. Then we have mysterious Linularinum with its famous legists. It is believed that any contract written by a Linularinum is magically unbreakable.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Lord of the Changing Winds (The Griffin Mage: Book 1)


Griffins lounged all around them, inscrutable as cats, brazen as summer. They turned their heads to look at Kes out of fierce, inhuman eyes. Their feathers, ruffled by the wind that came down the mountain, looked like they had been poured out of light; their lion haunches like they had been fashioned out of gold. A white griffin, close at hand, looked like it had been made of alabaster and white marble and then lit from within by white fire. Its eyes were the pitiless blue-white of the desert sky.

Little ever happens in the quiet villages of peaceful Feierabiand. The course of Kes' life seems set: she'll grow up to be an herb-woman and healer for the village of Minas Ford, never quite fitting in but always more or less accepted. And she's content with that path -- or she thinks she is. Until the day the griffins come down from the mountains, bringing with them the fiery wind of their desert and a desperate need for a healer. But what the griffins need is a healer who is not quite human . . . or a healer who can be made into something not quite human.

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Lord of the Changing Winds (The Griffin Mage: Book One) by Rachel Neumeier

| Genre: Epic Fantasy
| ISBN-10: 0316072788
| ISBN-13: 9780316072786
| Publisher: Orbit 1 edition (May 1, 2010)
| Mass Market Paperback: 464 pages
| Cover Design: Lauren Panepinto
| Source: Personal Copy
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| Rating: 4 Stars
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Kes is quite possibly the last person you would think could be placed into a major role. Shy, a bit of a loner, but she is a timid child of the type that people automatically want to shelter and protect. Until the day when she sees her first griffin and her life changes forever. Who could have imagined that sweet little Kes would soon become the griffins' greatest hope.