Book Review: ‘Reclamation’ by Sandy Frediani

From beginning to end, the reader is entranced by the storytelling and the imagery used to achieve it.

Beautifully written, ‘Reclamation’ is a series of stories that function as parts of a whole. From beginning to end, the reader is entranced by the storytelling and the imagery used to achieve it.
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Frediani has embedded mysticism and beauty so skilfully in these stories that even concepts of corruption, degradation and justice are explored in ways that deepen the reader’s understanding of the reclamation and redemption that occur throughout these tales.

A very mysterious and poignant element of this book is that the setting could be anywhere. It’s not bound to a specific location or people group. Instead, the story is unified by the mystical elements that add so much depth and vibrancy to the story.

The reader is drawn into the stories and the places where they take place. The imagery was rich and powerful, creating vivid pictures of characters, scenes and landscapes as each story played out, almost like a film playing on a virtual screen in my mind.

Read it. You won’t be sorry.

 

 

 

 

Author Spotlight: India Emerald

India Emerald writes fabulous stories that blend imagination and magic with Fantasy, Magical Realism, and occasionally Science Fiction.

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India Emerald writes fabulous stories that blend imagination and magic with Fantasy, Magical Realism, and occasionally Science Fiction.

She is the author of The Mages’ Stones Complete Set (2016) and as individual books, Hope’s Well (2016), The Tale of Rigby Hall (2016), Water Lilies (2016), The Battle for Goblin Bridge (2016), and Paxton (2016). She has even written a space opera!


You can read my review of The Mages’ Stones here. It’s available on Amazon for less than the price of a cup of coffee, and is great reading.
In fact, all three of India’s books represent fantastic value for these great stories. They’re all on  Amazon

India has a great presence on social media, where she frequently indulges in any fun that’s available. She loves hashtag games on twitter, and is an active member of the Indie author community on Facebook.

You can follow India on:
Twitter: @india_emerald
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/IndiaEmeraldAuthor

Author profiles:
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15046207.India_Emerald
Amazon:https://smile.amazon.com/India-Emerald/e/B01CH630LU

Book Review: ‘Call of Kythshire’ – Missy Sheldrake

Holy moly. I started this book with absolutely no idea what was going to happen to me as I read it. Now that I have finished it, I find that I am completely and utterly in love with the characters and places that I encountered in this magical, mystical fantasy tale that has woven its tendrils around my heart.

It’s taking most of my will-power to write a missy-sheldrake-1review before I pick up the second book. And that’s not the worst of it. I have work to do. And there are other things I have committed to read.  Drat you, Missy Sheldrake! Because of you, I am in the clutches of a bona-fide “I don’t want to adult,  I want to stay in the world of the book” dilemma. It’s a very good thing  for us both that there are sequels!

The first book in the “Keepers of the Wellspring” series, ‘Call of Kythshire’ is completely enchanting. It  has been on my TBR list for a while, looking completely innocent and unassuming while sitting on the shelf, but as soon as I opened it, my fate was sealed.

Missy Sheldrake began to work her magic on me from the first chapter, drawing me in until I was fully invested in the journey that my imagination and emotions were being taken on. It’s a beautifully crafted quest through faraway lands that become very real and much closer to our own world as one reads, accompanied by some of the most feisty and determined yet loveable characters I have ever met. I travelled with them, stood by them as they faced challenges from others who sought to misuse their powers, and encouraged them to conquer their differences and internal conflicts to overcome them. I’m not even sure I would have made all the same decisions, but then I remember Rian’s words: ” “Who are we to decide who’s worth saving and who’s worth punishing? What would you have done in such a desperate situation? Can you honestly say that you wouldn’t do everything in your power to help the ones you love?” and I know he is right.

Reader, beware. You will get hooked, and there will be absolutely nothing you can do about it. Except read the next in the series, that is.


Big News! As it turns out, and completely unknown to me until I had already written this review, book #4 comes out on Friday, March 3! On that day, the first three ebooks of this series will be ABSOLUTELY FREE on Amazon! It’s true!

There’s also a short story, ‘Snowberry Blossom’, that fits between books 2 and 3 of the tetralogy.

You can see for yourself on Missy Sheldrake’s own blog, which you should probably follow because you’re probably going to end up being a huge fan, just like me.

Book Review: ‘Reclamation’ by Sandy Frediani

Beautifully written, ‘Reclamation’ is a series of stories that function as parts of a whole. From beginning to end, the reader is entranced by the storytelling and the imagery used to achieve it.

Beautifully written, ‘Reclamation’ is a series of stories that function as parts of a whole. From beginning to end, the reader is entranced by the storytelling and the imagery used to achieve it.
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Frediani has embedded mysticism and beauty so skilfully in these stories that even concepts of corruption, degradation and justice are explored in ways that deepen the reader’s understanding of the reclamation and redemption that occur throughout these tales.

A very mysterious and poignant element of this book is that the setting could be anywhere. It’s not bound to a specific location or people group. Instead, the story is unified by the mystical elements that add so much depth and vibrancy to the story.

The reader is drawn into the stories and the places where they take place. The imagery was rich and powerful, creating vivid pictures of characters, scenes and landscapes as each story played out, almost like a film playing on a virtual screen in my mind.

Read it. You won’t be sorry.
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Book Review: ‘The Mages’ Stones’ by India Emerald

‘The Mages’ Stones’ by India Emerald is one of the books listed in the Book Squirrel February Reading Challenge…
5 stars are the reward for a great read.

‘The Mages’ Stones’ by India Emerald is one of the books listed in the Book Squirrel February Reading Challenge.

This is a unique collection of stories that share characters and an overall plot, while each has its own individual focus – just like the stones for which they are named.

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The stories are interesting and well-crafted. It was exciting that the pieces of the overall puzzle fell slowly into place as I read, often without my even realising that was happening.

For me, the beauty of reading the stories as a complete collection was not having to wait between instalments. This enabled the tension to really build as each story progressed toward the final resolution.

I really enjoyed reading ‘The Mages Stones’. It left me wondering what my stone would be, and which of my traits it would work best with.

.5 stars are the reward for a great read. Well done, Ms Emerald!

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Book Review: ‘The Rainbow Serpent’ by Lyra Shanti

Lyra Shanti is a writer well worth reading, whether she turns her hands to fable or fantasy. I thoroughly enjoyed the journey this story took me on, and I will definitely read more of Shanti’s works.

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This beautiful, magical tale is very loosely based on the characters and events of the ancient Hebrew stories of the Biblical Garden of Eden, but is both original and dynamic enough to neither require nor call for comparisons. It would be a great disservice to the author to expect this story to mirror or mimic the other.
‘The Rainbow Serpent’ is a mystical story in which Shanti has woven an intricate tale of love in many forms, and of the complications that arise when loyalties and commitments are divided. Shanti has sculpted realistic characters with whom the reader can empathise. I was drawn, at different times, into the depth of motherly love, the joy of celebration, the sadness of longing despite separation, and the despair of one who has reached the point of no return.
While this book explores quite serious themes, Shanti’s writing is quite lyrical and soothing. The story itself reminded me of Kipling’s tales, in that the skilful narration carries the reader through joy, fear, anguish and loss to a point of reflection in which they understand both the story and its lessons for humanity. Thus, the story also serves as something of a modern fable – when one acts on feelings alone, untempered by reason or contemplation, the consequences can be devastating.
Lyra Shanti is a writer well worth reading, whether she turns her hands to fable or fantasy. I thoroughly enjoyed the journey this story took me on, and I will definitely read more of Shanti’s works.

 

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Author Spotlight: Aliya DalRae

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Aliya DalRae is the author of the Jessica Sweet paranormal romance/mystery books, consisting of novels and short stories that complement them.

‘Sweet Vengeance’ and ‘Sweet Discovery’ are the first two novels of a trilogy.

 

The third book of the trilogy is already highly anticipated by fans of ‘Sweet Vengeance’ and ‘Sweet Discovery’. You can be sure the Book Squirrel is busting his chops waiting to sink his teeth into that one, too!

‘Bittersweet’ tells the back story of Malcolm, frequently identified as one of the most popular characters in the novels.

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These books deliver a fabulous blend of magic, vampires, shifters, fantasy, and mystery. In them, you will find a great story written with humour and flair that are fabulous reading for 18+ readers.

If you haven’t read these books yet, grab yours on Amazon today! You won’t be sorry!
You can watch Elliot Brooks’ book review on Youtube.
The Book Squirrel reviews make pretty good reading, too!
Click through to our reviews for Sweet Vengeance, Sweet Discovery, and Bittersweet.
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You can follow Aliya on social media:

twitter: @AliyaDalRae

bookbub: www.bookbub.com/authors/aliya-dalrae

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15019566.Aliya_DalRae

Amazon: https://smile.amazon.com/Aliya-DalRae/e/B01C9MZ0OW

Book Review: ‘Tom’s Inheritance’ by T.J. Green

‘Tom’s Inheritance’ is absolutely captivating…

If you loved Harry Potter, you need to read ‘Tom’s Inheritance’.

‘Tom’s Inheritance’ is absolutely captivating. I was drawn in by the first scene in the woods, and completely enchanted by The Other.

The characters are delightfully complex and intriguing, and all so different. The way their back-stories play out in the action of this book is marvellous, adding layers of connection and engagement in the story that created wonderful involvement in the story for me.

T.J. Green has created fabulous creatures, worlds and environments, connecting them intricately with secrets, mystery, and myth. This mysterious, enchanting tale weaves magical realism, fantasy, and Arthurian legend together seamlessly in an entirely original and captivating way.

If you loved Harry Potter, you need to read ‘Tom’s Inheritance’. You will love it just as much! I know that’s a big call, but I can’t wait to read ‘Twice Born’, the sequel to ‘Tom’s Inheritance’ now!

Five very well-deserved stars!

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