Beneath the Thirteen Moons is a beautifully woven tale of a magical world, romance and courage. K...moreReviewed by Jo for Book Chick City. 9/10 on the blog.
Beneath the Thirteen Moons is a beautifully woven tale of a magical world, romance and courage. Kathryne Kennedy has written an original, enchanting story of a world where people live in trees which grow from the sea, under a sky of thirteen moons. Divided into two classes, you are either a poor outcast or a privileged Royal.
Mahri’s village needs a healer and after burying her husband and child she doesn’t have any qualms about kidnapping one to save her home. But the healer she has kidnapped from the Royal city turns out to be Korl, Crown Prince of Sea Forest! As Scooby Doo would say - ‘Ruh-Roh!’ They must join forces to save Mahri’s village and also thwart an enemy intent on stealing the crown.
Mahri is a really good fantasy heroine. She is proud, courageous and the fate of her village is most important to her and she’ll do anything to save it. A smuggler of a magical root called Zabba, it is this root which is the base of the Royal’s power. Korl is a talented healer but he has always had whatever he wanted and thinks he can have Mahri too. There is an instant connection but Mahri is resistant due to already losing someone she cared for. The romance grows from their initial spark and continues to kindle throughout so it feels much more natural and real and further enhances the story instead of being the main focus. Yes, I wanted them to get together much quicker than they did, but I think that is only due to me caring about the characters so much. The romance is very tender in places, and very swoon-worthy.
The most important character in this book is the Sea Forest. I’ve never read such a richly told descriptive, and it’s so vivid it feels like all I have to do is close my eyes and I can see it so clearly. I was actually on the adventure with Mahri and Korl, and I feel like I have been to Sea Forest but forgot to get any souvenirs. Every single character is treated respectfully, even down to Mahri’s pet Jaja who I want for my own!
Not being a great writer myself, I wish I could write exactly how wonderful and magical this book was but I hope if you are a fantasy fan you pick this up. This is one of those books that will be with me forever, and one that I could read again and again.
Kathryne Kennedy has given us a world contained in 337 pages to hold in our hands. Beautifully written, it’s almost alive in its vividness. After reading, I can’t help but to compare this to the movie Avatar. The slow building romance, the striking environment, detailed history and a feeling of being fully emerged into a wondrous world. Beautiful.(less)
Freda Warrington’s second book in her 'Aetherial Tales' is not necessarily a sequel to the first,...moreReviewed by Jo for Book Chick City. 9/10 on the blog.
Freda Warrington’s second book in her 'Aetherial Tales' is not necessarily a sequel to the first, Elfland but it does have some references. I hadn’t read Elfland, but felt I wasn’t missing out on anything by reading this book first.
After a hard time of being betrayed and an unfortunate end to her athletic career, Gil rents a house on the coast of Scotland with the idea of shielding herself away from the world. Gil cannot forever escape isolation and soon takes a walk where she enters an alternate town where everything is different and doesn’t seem right. She meets a mysterious man, learns about the Aetherials, and the themes of trust and redemption play a big part in this enchanting book.
This book’s subject may contain magic, but the author’s writing is just as magical. Freda Warrington’s prose is gorgeous, and I often felt that this world she wrote about was possible which made the story all the more real and often intense.
I cannot write too much without giving away some plot points, and I wouldn’t like to ruin this for anyone wishing to read it. 'Midsummer Night' pulled me in, and weaved it’s spell around me and I’m hoping for more mysteries and magic in this world Freda Warrington has given us.
A book with everything. A gorgeous sumptuous plot, with fascinating characters blending the supernatural with our own world.(less)
This is an imaginative and fun take on a fairytale. Our two main characters are Charming, the Prince Charming of...moreReviewed by Laura for Book Chick City.
This is an imaginative and fun take on a fairytale. Our two main characters are Charming, the Prince Charming of Cinderella fame. Who is now a beleaguered father of two, middle aged and bespectacled. Who has reinvented himself in the Greater World as a bookseller and renamed himself Dave. He is also the father of two girls who have been abandoned by their selfish mother and Charming's ex Ella. Our heroine is Mellie, Snow White's evil stepmother, who is on a campaign to clear her name and that of other evil stepmother, because it certainly wasn't her that fed Snow the poisoned apple!
The book starts off with Charming at a book fair, because he is a total book geek and runs his own book store (personally I don't see anything wrong with this!), where Mellie is campaigning against the misrepresentation of fairy tale characters in novels. Sparks fly as Charming is horrified at Mellie's wish to censor fiction. The pair are like chalk and cheese with Charming quietly bookish, although gifted of course with magical charm, and Mellie outspoken, yet insecure all at the same time. It's not long before Charming convinces Mellie there maybe a very different approach to improving the perception of wicked step mothers, after all look at vampires - everyone loves them now! Cue an unlikely partnership.
As a lover of happy endings and fairytales, I did have to get over the fact that Prince Charming and Cinderella are divorced, but not only that but Cinderella is the baddie. The horror! ;-)
This isn't a hot and sizzling romance, more like a warm and fuzzy one, or a hot chocolate with marshmallows floating on the top. But I wouldn't say there were lots of sizzle and sparks and the love story itself is a slow burner.
The pace of the book is also sedate. I liked the world creation of the Greater World (our human world) and the magical kingdoms where fairytale characters really exist in separate kingdoms. The story is however, slow moving at times. There are some really witty scenes, a fab coffee shop sequence springs to mind and there are some parts that unfortunately dragged. Which meant the overall flow of the book could have done with a bit more speed and a little less detail. For example, we meet some characters briefly, never to see them again.
This is the first book I have read by Grayson, but I've since discovered she has written a series of these fairy tale adaptations. While I enjoyed the story and its gentle chiding at fairytales, I probably wouldn't want to read lots of them. But perhaps that is more to do with my love of fairytales and happily ever after, than a criticism of the writing, because I did enjoy it never the less.
A fun take on what happens after happily ever after with our favourite and not so favourite fairytale characters. A gentle love story that will probably appeal to people who like less spicy romances. (less)
The Last Hour of Gann is dark, intense, romantic, sad, violent, suspenseful, thought provoking; I could go on. It had...moreOMG! I loved this book. Amazing.
The Last Hour of Gann is dark, intense, romantic, sad, violent, suspenseful, thought provoking; I could go on. It had everything. It's a combination of science fiction, fantasy and romance, and it works so well. The characters are amazing; some you love and adore, others you hate with a passion.
The heroine, Amber, is strong and determined, which I loved, and the hero, Meoraq, is a sexy lizardman. Amber and Meoraq are amazing characters, and although they are very different from each other, they worked really well together, as well as individuals. I felt every emotion, every physical thing that happened to Amber and Meoraq; and a lot happens to them.
Violence is prevalent throughout with rape, beatings and murder; definitely not for the faint hearted. But it's all relevant to the story and the world the characters inhabit. Nothing is added just for the sake of it. The alien world the author has created is vibrantly described, I really felt as though I was there.
This story is so much more than a romance, the plot is well thought out and executed, and the supporting cast of characters are just as interesting as the main characters. It’s quite an epic story and I loved it. I will definitely be picking up something else from this author in the very near future.
Smith is an awesome writer. I honestly can't recommend this enough. One of my favourite reads of the year.(less)