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Strange Tidings

(Legends Walk #1)

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  25 ratings  ·  18 reviews
The apocalypse didn’t arrive with nuclear war or a plague of zombies, just a quiet virus that sterilized most everyone and put humanity's future in jeopardy. Fifty years later, seventeen-year-old Ed Johnson plies his musical talents in New Philadelphia, jumping at the chance to help launch a coworker’s band. But Quinn, their beautiful bassist, is inexplicably cold toward h ...more
Kindle Edition, 227 pages
Published February 26th 2018 by The Wild Rose Press, Inc
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Lisa Chapman
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am admittedly biased regarding this author. I am related to him. That being said, I honestly enjoyed reading this book much more than I thought I would. Other than a couple of Harry Potters, this is not a genre I spend much time reading.
The story explores the manipulation of magic using Native American mysticism and the power of music. The human characters are righteously surviving a cataclysmic event that leaves the human race vulnerable to extinction. It is a classic good vs evil story with
Tomas Grizzly
Jun 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
~75%. Decent quick read with an interesting premise of humanity being brought low by experimenting with biological contraception. The (sub)genre was a step into the dark for me, not being sure what to expect from a post-apocalyptical urban fantasy that seems to be based on Native American mythology. The conclusion could maybe explain some things more.
Without giving out spoilers... it's not bad, though I felt that having no idea about the mythology it originates from was hindering me slightly. Al
Cyrene Olson
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a bit of a surprising read, once you get past the first part. It’s a very slow starter – and to be honest, I struggled in the beginning. But it does jump into gear pretty well after Ed’s sister goes missing. The apocalyptic part of the book is the experimentation on a birth control medication that actually sterilized a majority of the population. Now, years later the population of the whole planet is under a million. Another very interesting part of this book is the Native American mytho ...more
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Strange Tidings was a fantastic mishmash of post-apocalyptic, Native American genre paranormals, and new adult fiction. The world building was creative, and character development was well paced. I enjoyed Ed’s slow discovery and development of his powers, gifts from his birth parents. I loved that when incorporating the Native American pantheon, it wasn’t just a retelling from the same side as say Patricia Briggs’, or CE Murphy’s stories. Koko and The Owl Witch both have well researched back sto ...more
Andrea Huseman
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is not my typical genre of choice. BUT!!!!!!WOW!!!! I am so glad I stepped outside my comfort zone on this one. I found myself impressed and entertained from beginning to end.
When I place 5 STARS I always try to be open-minded and show no favoritism in any way. I have a rubric I follow to meet criteria. I allow the story to mark the answers for each criteria. This adventurous tale did it very easily and with positivity.
I'm always looking for an unique storyline full of fascinating well deve
Debi Domby
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Strange Tidings – Book1 Legends Walk Series – by James Stein

I got this book free from the author through Library Thing. The review is of my own free will and not required to receive the book. For those of you that wonder about cliffhanger, no dangling things left unsaid, it does lead into book 2, but I don't count those as a cliffhanger because the bulk of the story is tied up.

This book had a bit of everything, set in dystopian world ravaged by a virus that made most people sterile, some Native
Rebecca Mello
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from LibraryThing in return for an honest review.

After a virus almost decimates humanity, society is beginning to reform in population centers. Unfortunately that virus made it impossible for most people to reproduce. Those that could have children often allowed some of their children to be adopted by couples that wanted children. Which is how Ed and his "sister" Piper came to live in New Philadelphia. Ed, a talented musician, does not know much about hi
Lisa Ohler
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received a promotional copy of this book at no charge. Here are my thoughts:
This was an extremely enjoyable read, from the very first page to the last. I loved
the eclectic mix of well developed characters and their little world so much that I
didn't want to leave. I am excited for the next round of music, magic, mayhem ...
and... possibly a romance?? We shall see!
Even if this is not the type of book you would normally choose, I urge you to live
on the wild side and try something new, like I did
Ann Holden
Feb 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is an interesting story set in a future world where a virus has made most people infertile. Ed is a teenager with an affinity for music trying to make a living playing at the market. His friends are an interesting mix of individuals who help him with his journey to understanding who he really is. It was a little slow for me getting into the book, but once I learned who everyone was the story took off and I had trouble putting it down. I would recommend this to readers who want something dif ...more
Mar 05, 2019 rated it liked it
I received this book from Booksiren.

I had a hard time with this one, which was sad because I really wanted to like it.

I am a huge fan of world building, and this one didn't have much of it, it just kind of dived right in and kept going and for the first part of the book I was so lost that I kept getting distracted and not engaged, and wondered if I would be able to finish it, and I found myself skimming it a few times then having to go back and reread it because I caught myself skimming it. I h
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent urban fantasy.

In a post apocalyptic Philadelphia, 18 year old Ed, discovers magic exists. He and his friends are drawn into a fight with an evil witch.

The author successfully blends Native American, Mexican and fae folklore. His characters are well written and sympathetic.

I highly recommend this book.

I received a free copy of this book. I'm voluntarily leaving this review.
Haidee Sell
Feb 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. It was a new take on magic utilising Hopi myths. Dystopian story, engaging characters and a well rounded world made this an enjoyable read.

I received an advanced review copy for free, and am leaving this review voluntarily
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a really great and magical book! It was really well written and I loved it! I could not put it down and I would recommend it to others

I received an ARC and am voluntarily leaving a review
Angie Garcia
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I had fun reading this, but I've always enjoyed stories about magic and mythical creatures. I'm looking forward to the next in the series.
Karen Turner
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved the book. With magic and music combined made for an excellent story. With native american folklore in a post-apocalypse world.
**Thank you NetGalley and The Wild Rose Press for the opportunity to read an eARC of Strange Tidings! Don’t punch me too hard, kay?**

I don’t know what to think.

Strange Tidings is about a 17 year old boy named Ed Johnson who sounds like he’ll be trying to save his post-apocalyptic world through music. Not a bad premise. However, it’s a little weak.

The writing was odd. The prologue did nothing short of confusing me. Was I in fact reading an adult novel? The word choices, descriptions, etc. did not
Karen Siddall
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-copy
After the C-12 virus struck, surviving humans were left to cluster into crumbling populations center such as New Philadelphia and slowly try to regroup into some semblance of life. Recovery was hampered by the discovery that many of the survivors were no longer capable of having children; only a few families had retained the ability to procreate. Those that could reproduce did and allowed some of their babies to be adopted by couples that could not.

Among the babies that were adopted out is Edan

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Corry Parnese
Not my Normal read but.... I was pleasantly surprised add how much I enjoyed this book. the story centers around the Apocalypse and a 17 year old boy. I am not one to write spoilers. let me just say that Jim did a fantastic job writing this book. I really did not think I would like it because it is not my genre, to my surprise I absolutely enjoyed every word from beginning to end.
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