Tag Archive | fantasy

*Seer of Souls* by Susan Faw*5-Stars

Seer of Souls is a cleverly crafted fantasy; filled with magic, intrigue, love, and betrayal.

Seer of Souls

Cayden and Avery Tiernan didn’t know that royal blood ran through their veins. The secret of their birth was hidden, even from them. The twins were aware of the Primordial Prophecy but believed it was more of a myth than truth. Cayden and Avery certainly didn’t think that they had anything to do with the well-known Prophecy until two Primordial beings showed up to lead them to their destiny.

Wizard Mordecai Ben-Moses, had been locked in the Castle Cathair’s dungeon for seventeen years. Queen Alcina thought that if she tortured the old wizard long enough, that he would eventually cave, and give her the information she needed to capture Cayden and Avery. She was wrong. Frustrated and determined to please the Goddess of the Underworld, the Queen had evil spirits sent out to locate the twins, bring them back and to kill anything that tried to interfere with her mission.

Susan Faw does an extraordinary job building a fantasy world for the reader. I found the characters memorable, their dialogue realistic and the story plot compelling. Seer of Souls is an entertaining and engrossing read. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a fantasy tale, well told.

5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

*Treasure, Darkly* by Jordan Elizabeth*5-star*Steampunk Novel

Treasure, Darkly

Treasure, Darkly is a compelling and well-written western steampunk novel.

Clark Treasure grew up in a Brothel with his prostitute mother. He helped her earn money by stealing from her clients when she would sing out a signal. That all changed, though, when he stole and drank what he thought was alcohol, from one of his mother’s clients. After drinking the stolen liquid, Clark finds that he can see and speak with spirits, and raise the dead. Clark becomes a wanted man. And since he doesn’t relish the thought of becoming a lab experiment, he hides. Clark seeks out the only man he thinks is rich and powerful enough to protect him, Garth Treasure, his father.

Garth Treasure welcomes Clark into his home after the initial shock of the young man turning up on his doorstep, claiming to be his son, wears off.

Clark thought that he could lay low and stay hidden on his father’s ranch. But that all went by the wayside when Clark develops a particular liking for his half-sister, Amethyst, and she for him. Amethyst’s parents are taken back when their strong-willed daughter decides to stay on the ranch instead of going back to her independent life that she loved in the city.

Amethyst is a spoiled rich girl who is not a lovable character at first. She does develop compassion for those who are less fortunate than herself and becomes a more likable person. Clark is her greatest teacher. The two siblings become close. Clark ends up sharing with Amethyst his secret after he has to raise her from the dead.

I thoroughly enjoyed Treasure, Darkly. This was the first steampunk novel that I’ve ever read, but it will not be my last. I am looking forward to book two in this series. I highly recommend reading Treasure, Darkly. It’s a steampunk novel with fantasy, mystery, and romance.

~5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

**Escape from Witchwood Hollow** 5-Star YA by Jordan Elizabeth

The Escape From Witchwood Hollow

This book is a magnificently crafted coming of age, fantasy novel.
The story primarily revolves around three young women from three different time periods and their experiences in Witchwood Hollow.

The legend begins In 1670 when Lady Clifford flees from her home and family to save her own life. She takes refuge in the forest of Witchwood Hollow, and according to Legend is never seen again by her family.

In 1850, a young woman, Albertine Slack from England received a letter from her father asking her to come to America. He wrote saying that he had secured land in Arnn NY and had found a husband for her. Albertine arrived in NY, but she never made it to her father’s home. The innkeeper tried to persuade her to wait until her father came for her, but Albertine was too anxious. Her father lived only a mile away, so she couldn’t see the harm in walking it. Albertine’s grave mistake though was when she took a short cut through Witchwood Hollow.

In 2001, after becoming an orphan, Honoria moved to Arnn NY with her aunt, uncle and brother. Honoria wanted to fit in and feel part of her new school. So when two friends dared her to enter the enchanted woods, Witchwood Hollow, Honoria accepted the challenge. She was petrified of the witch however but walked in anyway. She found that instead of feeling terrified there was a strange calmness about the area. That peaceful feeling, however, left her abruptly when she started to hear voices that told her to run. Honoria made it out that day. She became obsessed though, with Witchwood Hollow and wanted to learn everything she could about it and the witch who lived there. It was almost as if the place was beckoning and luring her back.

The story is filled with magic, mystery and enough creepiness to keep the reader glued to their seat. I found the book captivating and meticulously crafted. The escape from Witchwood Hollow has many clever and unpredictable twists and turns in it. I thoroughly enjoyed this solid 5-star read and would highly recommend it to any young adult or adult looking for some excitement and intrigue.

I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

~5 out of 5 stars