Synopsis: The story takes place in Providence, Rhode Island and revolves around the Church of Starry Wisdom. The cult uses an ancient artifact known as the Shining Trapezohedron to summon a terrible being from the depths of time and space.
My Thoughts: This is the last story in the omnibus, so by extension it is the last story published by Lovecraft. I must say he was coming well into his own, so it's a real pity his work was cut short. This shows a maturity and self-confidence that is lacking in some of the earliest works in this book. Wonderful stuff. A voice that will be missed....more
My full review will be posted next week in conjunction with the blog tour. In the meantime, here is the general book information, my basic recommendatMy full review will be posted next week in conjunction with the blog tour. In the meantime, here is the general book information, my basic recommendations, and the synopsis for your perusal.
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Series Information: Artesans of Albia trilogy Book 1: King's Envoyreview linked here Book 2: King's Champtionreview linked here Book 3: King's Artesan full review to be posted August 22 Another series is planned, to be called Circle of Conspiracy. I have no additional information as to book titles or publication dates at this time.
Disclosure: I received an e-book ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review in conjunction with a blog tour. Follow the link to see tour dates and locations. All opinions are my own.
Synopsis: Unable to purge herself of the poison that is slowly killing her, Major Sullyan remains trapped in Andaryon. The only thing that can save her is the Staff, which still lies buried in Taran’s cellar.
Robin Tamsen sets out on a desperate quest to recover the artifact, but the enemy is two steps ahead of him. Sonten knows where the Staff is, and he will stop at nothing to get it back. If he does, Sullyan’s life will be forfeit and no Artesan will be safe.
Book Info: Genre: Fantasy Reading Level: Adult Recommended for: fans of the series, of great world-buildinFirst read January, 2013. Re-read August, 2013
Book Info: Genre: Fantasy Reading Level: Adult Recommended for: fans of the series, of great world-building and character development, good stories in general Trigger Warnings: Torture, rape, violence, war, murder Animal Abuse: Rykan abuses several horses in various ways
My Thoughts: This is the second book in the Artesans of Albia series, following King’s Envoy, which I read and reviewed in July of 2011 (review here where formatting is allowed). I wanted to re-read that book before I started this one, since it had been so long, but I have fallen far enough behind on my reviewing, so I will press ahead and hope for the best instead.
This book was thoroughly as enjoyable as the first. Peace is a very talented storyteller, and able to create characters that resonate with the reader. Whether hero or villain or just a regular person, you feel connected, like you know them yourself. This is a rare talent, and I’m very honored to have had the opportunity to experience such wonderful storytelling.
This book ends on a cliffhanger, but the next book in the series is scheduled for release later this year, also by Rhemalda. Be sure to watch for it; I know I will! Highly recommended.
And now a private message to Cas Peace. This is a major spoiler, so you have been warned! (view spoiler)[You are very fortunate that you did not kill Marik, as I was prepared to be very cross with you. That is all. (hide spoiler)]
Disclosure: I received an ARC e-book copy of this novel from Rhemalda Publishing in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Synopsis: After surviving brutal torture and escaping from Lord Rykan s dungeons, Major Sullyan is trapped in Andaryon, too injured to cross the Veils. Slowly dying and determined to find some purpose in the shattered remains of her life, she travels to the Andaryan capitol to offer the Hierarch her sword and Artesan gifts in the fight against Rykan and his vast army. Because women hold no power in Andaryon, Sullyan is met with prejudice, hostility, and suspicion. Before she can seek vengeance on the field of battle, she must prove herself to the Hierarch s generals. Finding support from the unlikeliest sources, Sullyan sets a plan into motion to defeat Lord Rykan and end his bid for the throne. The fate of two realms depends on her success, but her strength is fading fast and time is running out. ...more
My Synopsis: A man tells the story of how a strange, desolate piece of land came to be known as the blasted heath due to the coming of a mysterious meteorite containing a strangely colored globule inside.
My Thoughts: Another masterpiece of creeping horror over the strange and unknown. Some of the descriptions might almost - almost - describe radiation poisoning, but not quite.
Lovecraft definitely knows how to build a scene, especially in these works from the height of his career. Check him out if psychological horror is your thing....more
Book Info: Genre: Urban Fantasy Reading Level: Adult Recommended for: Fans of Urban Fantasy
My Thoughts: This is the first of the books in this series inBook Info: Genre: Urban Fantasy Reading Level: Adult Recommended for: Fans of Urban Fantasy
My Thoughts: This is the first of the books in this series in which I’ve seen any significant editing errors, such as a car’s “breaks” and Larry Fowler being called “Jerry” at one point. The formatting is a bit screwed up in my copy, too, but nothing too distracting; mostly it is that almost every use of “Red Court” is italicized and put upon its own line. This is an e-book edition (my backup copy), though, and a fairly old one, but take that with a bucket of salt. Or a pillar, depending upon your proclivities.
Synopsis: In the degenerate, unliked backwater of Dunwich, Wilbur Whately, a most unusual child, is born. Of unnatural parentage, he grows at an uncanny pace to an unsettling height, but the boy's arrival simply precedes that of a true horror: one of the Old Ones, that forces the people of the town to hole up by night.
My Thoughts: Another masterpiece of creeping horror by Lovecraft, this relates to his Elder Gods group of stories and builds on earlier stories. While Cthulhu is not specifically mentioned, it is understood to be in the background. This was one I couldn't put down until I finished....more