This is the first in a pretty standard 'hidden world' paranormal series; it takes place in modern times, but there are supernatural creatures living a...moreThis is the first in a pretty standard 'hidden world' paranormal series; it takes place in modern times, but there are supernatural creatures living alongside (or with) humans that the majority of the world's population are not aware of. In this case, the humans are aware of at least one supernatural population, the fae, though in this book that is mainly background information.
It is, quite frankly, nice to find a heroine in a paranormal tale who isn't a vampire, witch or werewolf. Or two or more of the above (Jaye Wells, I'm looking at you). Even if she does still have a 'special' element, being the only walker that she knows of apart from her long-deceased father, and the only walker a lot of people have ever met. Despite this, Mercy seems fairly practical and relatable. At least in the start of the book.
Moon Called is the first in a series, and it does show. The major plotlines in the book are wrapped up by the end of it, but a lot of the characters still feel fairly flat and unsympathetic. Hopefully this will be resolved with character development in the following books.
Overall, this book is a good, light paranormal fantasy that can be read on its own or as the first in a series. The author's paranormal universe is interesting, and hopefully she will take it to interesting places and provide more information and detail as the series advances.
A Magic Of Twilight (not to be confused with sparkly vampires) is the first book in S. L. Farrell's Nessantico Cycle. I suppose that the series' name...moreA Magic Of Twilight (not to be confused with sparkly vampires) is the first book in S. L. Farrell's Nessantico Cycle. I suppose that the series' name should have been the first clue of what I was in for. The second should have been that the cover quote was from George R. R. Martin.
The book opens with what is no doubt intended to be an enticing insight into the world of Nessantico, but the plethora of pseudo-Italian for names, terms, everything had me frustrated before the end of the first page. Don't get me wrong - I like fantasy languages when used tastefully and moderately, to add flavour and realism to a world.
I was willing to give the first section the benefit of the doubt, in case the author was attempting an immersive scene to catch the reader's attention and would back off and provide some context after that, but no. In fact, it seemed to get worse as I progressed through the first chapter, and a switch in view-point every few pages only frustrated me further.
I couldn't get any further. This book completely failed to capture my interest, and trying to keep the ridiculous terms straight gave me a headache, and I didn't even get that far in the book.(less)
Raven's Strike picks up soon after the end of Raven's Shadow; another Epic Quest™ ensues, this time with the whole family along for the ride. And anyo...moreRaven's Strike picks up soon after the end of Raven's Shadow; another Epic Quest™ ensues, this time with the whole family along for the ride. And anyone else they pick up along the way, or so it seems.
This second book in the series actually has more of an Epic Quest™ tradition than its predecessor, which I enjoyed. It's tough to find a good traditional epic quest storyline these days, and between the two books I was rather reminded of David Eddings' Belgariad. I enjoyed the questing itself, but felt the resolution to be a little flat and I do have some unanswered questions. I suppose it doesn't help that it turned out that I'd (correctly) guessed the identity of the current Big Bad in the first book, so the Big Reveal™ was pretty wasted on me.
I enjoyed this book a great deal, and would love to see either a continuation of the existing stories or an unrelated tale set in the same world. My chances of that are slim to none, but a girl can hope. This is is definitely a recommended read, though you will need to read Raven's Shadow first; this book borrows heavily from its predecessor, and would not stand well on its own.
As a romance reader as well as a fantasy reader, I enjoyed the relationship between the main characters, Tier and Seraph; even though they spent most...moreAs a romance reader as well as a fantasy reader, I enjoyed the relationship between the main characters, Tier and Seraph; even though they spent most of the book apart, they were never far from each other's thoughts.
The overall interaction and relationships between the character was extremely well-written, and the world they were set in was detailed and interesting. While some secondary characters felt like name placeholders, the more important and frequently-seen were well fleshed-out and engaging.
Though part of a duology, this book stands perfectly well on its own with a well-resolved ending. I would definitely recommend this as a high fantasy sword-and-sorcery tale, and look forward to reading the sequel.