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Preview — Harmonies of War by Ruby Fitzgerald
Harmonies of War
First of all, I would like to say that this is a debut novel. I always have this feeling that even though the description might be epic, regarding debut authors, the writing style and logic of the story might lack due to experience. I was pleasantly surprised that it was not the case with this book.
If you like Throne of Glass, Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones I c ...more
I was really excited to start this book. The concept sounded awesome! However, I quickly knew this wasn't the book for me.
My main issue was the writing style and it bothered me from the first page. Throughout the book it is very dry. Fitzgerald is always telling you what's happening, rather than showing. This led to a lack of drama and intrigue in the novel which was sad because I thought the plot deserved that.
I received a review-copy of this book from the author, but that doesnt affect my thoughts and feelings about the book.
I really really liked it though! It was magical and thrilling, and also felt very refreshing in the way the world and the characters were created and written! And so many badass women, and men of course! One of the things I loved the most about it was that the Queen was the one with power, and the one ruling her Queendom! I want more Queendoms instead of Kingdoms in fictio ...more
I received this book from the author for an honest review. This review contains my honest opinion.
An enchanting and brilliantly crafted novel, following the war of rivalling kingdoms, an ancient prophecy and the darker side of magic.
This novel has an amazing concept that's well crafted, being both familiar to the fantasy genres expectations', while also delivering a unique and fresh spin.
Ruby Fitzgerald keeps a fast pace flow throughout the novel and doesn't wast ...more
There's definitely potential there for an epic series.
Recommended Age: 16+ (sex, violence, brutal deaths)
Author: Ruby Fitzgerald
I was asked to promote the sequel to this book: Descendants of War: Magic’s Demise by the author. All opinions are my own.
Harmonies of War follows a Queendom's twisted path of epic war and treacherous betrayal, fueled by magic. At a time when those who possess magic, the Descendants, are wildly feare ...more
Going into this book, I wasn't sure what to expect. It's been a while since I picked up a good ole fantasy and this one seemed to promise an interesting take with the addition of different magical elements.
The story follows a few characters but they all basically revolve around one storyline that features Aurora, who is unique because she has a ...more
DNF @ 132/287. I tried to finish! I really did... It's not that the book was absolutely terrible, but I just don't think the writing or plot was for me.
Things I did like:
1. The magic system was interesting. I liked how the different abilities reveal themselves as tattoos on the magic wielder. I like how people usually only have 1-3 types, but our main character (Aurora) is OP and has ...more
I sort of struggled to decide what to rate this. It wasn't a bad book, but iy wasn't great. Some good characters, some not so much, fairly unique plot that was excuted alright. Writing was good, a couple little issues that will be presumably be fixed in the final copy. Sadly there just wasn't anything that made it stand out as incredible. I woul ...more
At first, i thought this book is the sequel to descendents of war: magic's demise but when I started reading, I discovered its the prequel to the book.
It was very slow paced in the beginning and I kinda forgot about it for a while because of the excitement of starting other books. Then I remembe ...more
From reading what the book is about I thought it sounded very much like something I would enjoy. Unfortunately that wasn’t the case.
Although the premise of the story is interesting and has great potential, the writing felt stilted and was more about telling us what was happening rather than showing us. It didn’t really flow together and so didn’t hold my attention.
A lot was going on in a short amount of time and the constant switch from charact ...more
Thank you Ruby (author) for sending me copy of your ARC in exchange for an honest review…. please note this does not alter or influence the way in which I write or grade my reviews
Here we go!
It took a few solid pages to really understand the storyline and what was actually happening and why, but once I did the book was very easy to read and follow. This book reminded me a lot of the cartoon series Avatar…. you know with the fire, water, earth and air benders? If yo
(I received a review copy in exchange for an honest review. This fact does not affect my review and opinions in any way.)
Truthfully, Harmonies of War surprised me in a good way! I have to admit, when I first saw the book I thought the cover was too plain and boring, and the title itself, although quite clever, did not appeal to me as a fantasy-filled book at all, so I wasn't really too enthusiastic to read it. The only thing that drew me to it was the s ...more
To make things even more interesting a handful of people are blessed (or cursed as some see it) with extra gifts. Gifts that allow them to heal, shape shift, control the elements, see the future, or even manipulate ...more
I have given this book 3 stars because there were both positive and negative aspects to this novel. I'll start off with the negatives and end with the positives.
The writing style is very blunt and doesn't flow well at all.
There were a lot of typos or strangely worded sentences; a couple of sentences didn't make any sense at all.
The narrator often changed within a couple of sentences or a paragraph. Writing from multiple persp ...more
Harmonies of War is a fantasy novel revolving around magic, fear, loyalty (or lack there of), and betrayal. A fantasy book that does does not disappoint, but rather surprises you, with twists and turns in a plot full of love and manipulation.
For me, I can see inspiration deriving from Avatar the Last Airbender and Game of Thrones. One there are Descendants who have the energies of magic. Fire Sculptor, Water Weaver, Earth Grounder etc. Second there is a kingdom in w ...more
Soooo let me gush, just a little bit, but first- thank you to author Ruby Fitzgerald and Soldier Bear Entertainment for sending me an ebook copy of both Descendants and Harmonies of War! So generous! However, promise I’m not being paid, so yes, this review is entirely my own opinion. But... my opinion ...more
Harmonies of war is a book about magical people living with ordinary humans. Magic is split into nine energies, and some humans (called descendants) have an energy they can control. Aurora is a descendant that has powers beyond the normal descendants. According to a prophecy, she is the key to defeating the evil king Zagan.
I’ve always liked fantasy. But the last few years I haven’t found Fantasy books t ...more
I was smitten by the main character, Aurora, a woman who possesses 9 different types of magic and has an ancient destiny she m ...more
However, this will not affect my review of the book :)
When i first recieved this book i was so excited since it was fantasy! and i absolutely enjoy reading fantasy books! Anything about witches, wizards, magic, royalty, knights, armies and magical worlds, i'm sold.
'Harmonies Of War' delivered everything i expected, i loved the world building especially. The author managed to create this fanatstical world which was ...more
Quite an easy fantasy read, but with enough plot twists and magic to keep me on my toes, I really enjoyed this book and it provided a great escape in just under three hundred pages.
In saying this, I would have loved even more detail and depth, as I feel like I just got a taste of who the characters were and what they could do. I would definitely be down for a prequel! ...more
This book is full of betrayals, misteries, prophecies and magic. Aurora is destined to have great power and to save the world from a terrible war, but this is not the only story we see. We can follow the stories of many characters linked to create a very interesting plot.
This book is really short, indeed I would have liked some parts to be longer and more detailed but this is just a prequel to the main instal ...more
On a personal note, I foresee Queen eleanor as the character I'm going to continuously love to hate.
The characters in the series are manifestations of depression. Silvia is sorrow and hopelessness, Xenos- isolation, Jestin- addiction, Eleanor- irrationality, Malcolm- denial, and so on. Each person embodies a piece ...more