Destiny of the Wulf by Harrison Davis is a book that at times I loved and at times I didn’t. The beginning is not the strongest and I felt the book was going to be too violent with little storyline. I was though pleasantly surprised at just how well this story developed over time.
It is a long book, but it is worth reading to the end as the story development is strong and you do feel as though you are really starting to understand the characters.
The book is fantasy based, and yet it is possible to imagine similar situations in the human world. This is always a good thing as it helps the reader to feel a connection.
Underworld by Harrison Davis is the sequel to Destiny of the Wulf and the second in the series. This book has a good storyline, as with the other book, it is best suited to people who love fantasy and battles. The protagonist is a true warrior and the type you want to cheer on to the end.
In places the story drags, or there is too much telling instead of showing and maybe there are times when facing unsurmountable odds –seems too easy to overcome.
The faults though are few and far between. Overall this is another great story and a thoroughly enjoyable read. It definitely makes you want to read the next book.
The characters have developed well, and they seem to mature and grow as people before your eyes. There is an essence of feeling them reaching out and speaking to you from the pages, which is always a magical experience.
I do think their author is one to watch as his writing seems to improve with every chapter. I have a feeling the third book will be even better.
The Turnarounders and the Arbuckle Rescue by Lou Heneghen is a must read book for all people who love fantasy books. The story is gripping and makes you want to read to the end RIGHT NOW.
Without wanting to spoil it for anyone I will say that this is a well thought out story which flows together well. It is the type of book that leads you into the unexpected and yet when you get there you realise the clues where there all the time.
The story starts in the modern day and just before World War II. There are some errors in the historical contents but I don’t think that they impact on the story. To be fair I started reading this book just after studying a similar time period for my Open University course so it was something that was at the fore front of my mind. At the end of the day this is a fiction book not a history book.
The characters and I think the majority of readers will be drawn to at one of the characters. Ralf and the others are well rounded; the sort of characters that come alive on the page.
It is easy to imagine this book being made into a movie or a TV series. It is one of those books where the scenes suddenly appear within your mind.
There is much I can criticise this book on. Yes, some of the chapters would be better splitting in two but it is nothing that some minor editing cannot sort out.
This has great potential to become a best seller without too many changes. It is definitely a good read for all those who love this genre. Lou Heneghan is also an author that is worth watching out for in the future. I am definitely looking forward to her future books.
Ethriel: Blood Bonds is a fantasy book made for those who love fighting. Told in a way that reminds me of the traditional oral storytelling this is a book that captures the imagination.
This book breaks many of the rules of writing books and yet is proof that when done well the rules are there to be ignored.
This is a fast moving story that can captivate the imagination. It has some great twists and turns that leave the reader guessing what will happen next.
The story draws on mythology and tales of old to create a modern story that has a feel of ancient wisdom about it.
The way this book is written tells more than shows, but despite this being one of the ‘golden rules’ of fiction writing the style works amazing well.
There are many interesting twists and turns in this story, which draws the reader in and captures the imagination. The twists are written well enough to make the reader want to keep reading to find out what will happen next – and this is always a sign of a good story.
There is also a problem as it is unclear where the story is heading at times, and I do feel the protagonists could have benefitted from having a clearer aim or direction in their life, but maybe that does reflect real life….how many times do you feel you have no clue where you are going in life?
There is a lot of conflict in the story –some people will love this and so people won’t so I feel it is worth pointing out so people know what to expect.
Overall though this is a great little book, which is well written. It is well worth reading. A great book for those who love fantasy and fighting scenes.
This beautiful bracelet was a gift from my good friend Rebecca Bolton of http://freedomofspirit.net/
As you can see it is filled with the magic of fairies and unicorns. Rebecca has worked her magic upon this bracelet, which comes with a magical amulet.
When I am worn it clinks together and sounds like fairy bells chiming. It really does have the most exquisite energy.
Some of you reading this may not believe in magical charms. However, since I have started wearing my life has changed in many positive ways.
Maybe it is all a coincidence, I was making positive changes to my life anyway. Maybe I will never know either way. Whichever having a manifestation bracelet is a lovely way to remind me of my journey through life both as a writer and in other areas of my life.
Rebecca also sent me the lovely fairy card pictured above. I wonder how she guessed I loved fairies so much?
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Qilin from the Ming Dynastry
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Another qilin from the Ming Dynasty
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Incense burner from the 17th and 18th century on show at the Iris & B Gerald Cantor Centre for Visual Arts -Stamford University California.
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Qilin out Beijing Palace
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In LA Zoo a new unicorn exhibition went on view . . .I strongly suspect it may not be a real unicorn; in face I would go so far as saying I think it may me a man with a unicorn head on!
Still it is in the spirit of unicorn fun; so if it made you smile its magic worked and it sure worked its magic on me.
I hope I never do see a real unicorn in a zoo, there would be something very sad about it. Although I guess if there was a real unicorn in the wild it would be persecuted. So it is a no win situation.
One thing for sure had this been a real unicorn I would have been saving up my pennies in order to pay for my plane flight over there. yes, despite my, ‘not wanting a unicorn in a zoo stance,’ I would not be able to resist going over to see one.
Unicorns live in the heart of everyone who feels their magic. They always will exist there, and better yet they are safe there. No man can destroy them or exploit them.
So maybe that is where they belong. What do you think? Would you visit a unicorn in a zoo or do they belong to the wild?