Eye of Obscurance (Fate of Wizardoms, book 1) by Jeffrey L Kohanek
When the male MC enters the story dressed as a woman, all in the name of his shady trade (and without batting an eyelid, of course), you know it’s going to be good! There are no limits when planning a heist!
The story centres around an entertaining cast of characters. Rhoa – a small girl with a big heart and full of fierceness; Jace – a snarky, slightly abrasive but hilarious thief (grapefruits, lol!); Narine – a soft but daring wizardess; Rawk – an innocent, compassionate and loyal maker, and MORE!
Yes, there are more! And I loved every single one of them! The characters are fleshed-out and beautifully written, with clearly defined voices of their own, and they all have a role to play as the story runs its course through Eye of Obscurance.
It is easy to get lost in the tale because of its engaging nature, and you find yourself wanting to dig back in as soon as you are forced to put the book down. It’s a real page-turner, exciting from cover to cover, action-packed, high-paced and utterly fabulous!
Eye of Obscurance is a great start to what seems an exciting series, and I look forward to reading the rest. I recommend this to everyone who enjoys epic fantasy because this is the genre at its best!
Note: I have listened to the audiobook version, and the narrator, Travis Baldree, does a great job at bringing the characters to life, and he keeps you at the edge of your seat as the magic (and action) happens!
📚 Fledgling (The Ashen Levels, book 1) by CF Welburn
📚 My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
⚔️ A dark, yet fabulous tale about a man called Balagir, Fledgling begins as he awakens without memory of his past. Penniless and lacking any means to defend himself, he resides in a world he knows nothing about. Or does he? Some events spark a memory, but most do not. Balagir is forced to go through trials and riddles, one more dangerous than the next as he tries to uncover what has happened to him.
⚔️ Written in most exquisite prose, this tale is expertly told, weaving an intricate web of events as the reader is taken through adventures, world-building and character development. The book gives off an intriguing and creepy, almost fairytale-like, feel (the old kind, mind you) which I found highly entertaining. Everywhere Balagir turns, there is a challenged he must face and it is absolutely fantastic! C.F. Welburn has outdone himself on this one, and I will most definitely continue the series (pst! I already have…)!
⚔️ As an extra note: I listened to the audiobook version of Fledgling, and the narrator is insanely good.
📚 The Adventures of Max & The Captain (book 1) by Michael Evan & JMD Reid
📚 My rating: 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🐼 The Adventures of Max & The Captain is yet another great collaboration between Michael Evan and JMD Reid! Their strange yet awfully funny craziness runs deep into this first instalment of their new trilogy. But this one is a little different, compared to their earlier works. It is more thoughtful and lowkey; most heartfelt yet still hilarious. And I loved every bit of it!
🐼 Jamie – or the Captain, as he’s also known – lives a pretty normal life, until a talking panda ends up his best friend, and a booming voice above makes itself known seemingly from nowhere. This story is short and sweet, but also highlights more serious matters, not in the least, with its focus on mental health.
🐼 I found myself not only sighing throughout the sweet moments, but also laughing out loud, and gaping in shock at the twist towards the end! I’m not going to lie – I was sweating for a moment then, until… Nope, I’m not going to spoil. You will have to read it for yourself!
🐼 For lovers of satirical fantasy, all things whimsical and strange, this one is for you! I wholeheartedly recommend it!
2020 is finally behind us! And like so many others, I’ve decided to list some of my reads from the past year
These are all books I’ve somehow stumbled across through social media, where I’ve connected with the authors, expanding my horizon when it comes to reads
I have mentioned some of these before, but they’re worth noting again, for the authors of these books are absolutely awesome!!
Here is the complete list: – The Linguist by C F Welburn – Divinity’s Twilight: Rebirth by Christopher Russell – Blood of Vengeance by Angel Haze – Cider for Harborland by Michael Evan & JMD Reid – Underbelly by Karen Crawford – Angel’s Nemesis by JC Seal – Going Down by Lady Jaguar – The Wrath of Raghnall by Shauna Richmond – Cool-Shronk: The Tale of the Onion Knight by Joshua Grant
What a great little short story! Full of action, blood, and gore – just the way I like it! It is fast-paced and packed with interesting creatures. It all makes for a fascinating plot that you end up wanting to know more about. Perfect little teaser for the series, which I will definitely be picking up!
Another great satirical fantasy novel, written by Michael Evan and JMD Reid, The Alehouse Rebellion finishes the story with a bang!
Ever since the battle against the walruses, the harbor seals have lived in peace, and Al the shark expands his Alehouse reach. But evil is brewing (see what I did there? Bob the narwhal would be proud), and a mad scientist works his nefarious schemes, bringing back those who stood as the root of all evil before.
And thus ensues a second, most dangerous encounter with the walruses.
This story is packed with unique magic, intricate details, tropes, and references to keep anyone entertained from the first to the very last page. It’s fast-paced, action-packed, and downright hilarious!
🌑 And They Were Never Heard From Again by Benedict Patrick
🌑 My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
A grim and dark folklore story, the cautionary tale And They Were Never Heard From Again tells the adventure of young Felton and his even younger brother Tad, as the two of them set off for a nearby village. The problem arises as they venture back through the forest, and they find themselves too late – the bell tolls in the distance, and they are locked outside with the monsters of the night.
Their only hope for salvation lies with the Magpie King, and the boys pray he hears their pleas. Otherwise, they will not survive the night.
“A story is a dangerous thing, Felton Herder. We must value them, we must be careful with them. Set one loose on the world, and you lose all control over your own creation.”
This is an excellent short story, gripping, and brilliantly executed with wonderful characters, terrifying creatures of nightmare, and with a moral just as applicable to today’s society as it would have been one of old.
A solid 5 stars! I will definitely be looking into this series in the near future.