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SHANNARA CHRONICLES Season 1

The Shannara Chronicles
 

A television series adaptation of the Shannara books by Terry Brooks
Genre: post-apocalyptic fantasy
Format: dvd box set

 

About The Shannara Chronicles:
 

The Shannara Chronicles roughly follows the storylines set out in The Elfstones of Shannara, set in the fictional Four Lands. As the series opens, demons start to return after being banished from this world to a place known as the Forbidding — locked by an ancient tree called the Ellcrys. The series chronicles the journey of Wil, Amberle and Eretria who, with the guidance of the last druid Allanon, must go on a quest to protect the Ellcrys from dying and releasing all the banished demons back into the Four Lands.

Source: Info in the About The Shannara Chronicles was taken from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Shannara_Chronicles on 29/05/2017.

 

Book Trailer:

 

ALLANON

Allanon

My Thoughts:

For some reason I kinda imagined Allanon to be Gandalf-like, not that I’m complaining about Manu Bennett, mind. 🙂

The main reason I stopped reading the The Sword Of Shannara, four chapters in, is that I got annoyed with the “too stupid to live” (TSTL) element in it. I was kinda hoping that this would get lost in the translation from the book into TV series. That, was wishful thinking… *sigh*… With our heroes/heroines being TSTL, it’s a good thing that our villains are such incompetent, eh?! Otherwise the fight of good versus evil is lost. As if that is not enough, Poppy Drayton can’t act… *another sigh*… But anyway, the world building is beautiful. The cinematic effects are great and almost flawless. The plot is not bad. And, I really, really like the premise! **says the fantasy geek in me** Hopefully season 2 will see less TSTL and more kick-ass fantasy! By the way, is season 2 really happening??

 

Empirical Evaluation:
Cinematography = 4.5
Acting = 3.5
Story itself = 4
Ending = 4.5
World building = 5
Plot = 4.5

 

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 cherries

 


 

FTC Disclosure:

This box set was purchased with private funds.
No money received for this review.

 

05/06/2017 Posted by | 4 cherries, Cherry's reviews, dystopian, fantasy, review, Shannara, TV series review | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Review: PRINCE OF HAZEL AND OAK

Prince Of Hazel And Oak by John Lenahan
Book 2 of the Shadowmagic series
Narrated by the author.
Format: paperback & audio format
Genre: YA / urban fantasy

About Prince Of Hazel And Oak:

The eagerly-awaited sequel to Shadowmagic. Having returned to the real world from Tir Na Nog at the end of the last book, our hero Conor finds himself arrested for the murder of his father. When he explains to the cops that his dad is safe and well and enjoying life as king of a land of elves, imps and banshees they understandably think he is a nutcase. That is until he is rescued by Celtic warriors on horseback and taken back to Tir Na Nog, accidentally bringing a policeman with him. Once safely back in The Land, Conor finds that all is not well. His father is dying, the girl he loves is betrothed to another and a rather confused American cop is wandering around causing havoc. It falls to our young hero, and his band of friends, to find a cure for the king. On their epic journey they encounter one of the most mystical and dangerous races in The Land, the shapeshifting Pooka, and find their fates linked in ways they could never have imagined. The Prince of Hazel and Oak is a stunning fantasy adventure that takes fans of Shadowmagic further in to the land and brings back many of the favourite characters from the first book.

Source: Info in the About Prince Of Hazel And Oak was taken from GoodReads at http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9631271-prince-of-hazel-and-oak on 09/01/2012.

Narrative Evaluation:

First and foremost, let me say that the best part about this book is the humour! This book had me laughing out loud one minute and crying the next. Good thing I was in the house. Or else some well-meaning strangers would have called the authorities and they would surely lock me away in a padded room. Secondly, this book, even though it is part of a series has a well-structured story with a main dilemma and a satisfying ending which fits snuggly into the main story arc of the series. I find that a lot of books in serieses fail to achieve this thus I am appreciative to discover that in this one.

I also noticed that the audiobook did not exactly match the paperback version. The audiobook is a whole lot longer than the paperback.

I still think Joshua Jackson makes a good Conor, our main protagonist.

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 4
Character development = 5
Story itself = 3.5
Ending = 4
World building = 4.5
Cover art = 4.5
Pace = N/A
Narration = 4.5

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 cherries

Thank you to John Lenahan for this free audiobook which was downloaded in podcast form from iTunes on 09/01/2012.

11/04/2014 Posted by | 4 cherries, audiobook, book review, Cherry's reviews, fantasy, iTunes, John Lenahan, review, Shadowmagic series, shape shifter, urban fantasy | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Review: SHAMAN’S CROSSING

Shaman’s Crossing by Robin Hobb
Book 1 of the Soldier Son trilogy
Read by John Keating
Genre: fantasy
Format: audiobook

About Shaman’s Crossing:

Nevare Burvelle was destined from birth to be a soldier. The second son of a newly anointed nobleman, he must endure the rigors of military training at the elite King’s Cavalla Academy–and survive the hatred, cruelty, and derision of his aristocratic classmates–before joining the King of Gernia’s brutal campaign of territorial expansion. The life chosen for him will be fraught with hardship, for he must ultimately face a forest-dwelling folk who will not submit easily to a king’s tyranny. And they possess an ancient magic their would-be conquerors have long discounted–a powerful sorcery that threatens to claim Nevare Burvelle’s soul and devastate his world once the Dark Evening brings the carnival to Old Thares.

Source: Info in the About Shaman’s Crossing was taken from GoodReads at http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/45110.Shaman_s_Crossing on 10/02/2012.


[Image Credit: John Howe]

Review:

The narrator is quite talented. I like the way the narrator change his voice and accent to suit the character in the story. But I could tell when he gets tired. There was a distinct change in the quality of his voice, a slight slurring to the words. But I do not blame him. This is the longest audiobook I’d ever listened to. 21 CDs or 25 hours worth of listening, so it took me sometime to get through it all. Having said that, I have to say that this author has a tendency to be long winding and this is an unabridged audiobook. It’s not just the detailed descriptions, but the author has a long winding way of getting to a point. It is also so much narration but not much happening. Maybe this is her way of stringing out the suspense or something, but it’s not working out. In fact it’s discouraging me to read further on in this series even though I already have the hardback edition of the second book, Forest Mage. In printed format, I imagine that the pace of this book would not be quick at all.

 

Character development. I find Epiny spoiled brat and irritating! And she is suppose to be one of our team of protagonists. I can’t quite decide whether Nevare is such a dimwit, spineless or just the author’s idea of being male. This main protagonist (Nevare) is a weak character who is too stupid to live (TSTL) and survive only through sheer dumb luck. However I like Spinks. Flawed but true. So not everybody in this book is TSTL. It’s just that the side characters seems to be better developed than the main characters. WTF!

 

The world building though is fabulous! I like the world of Nevare. I like it’s magic and contrasts. It’s beautiful! It’s realism makes it very easy to immerse in. I think this is the best aspect about this book!

 

At the end of it, I enjoyed this book, but I would probably prefer the second book to be another audiobook rather than read a long winding hardback. So Forest Mage will probably sit in my TBR shelf for sometime yet.

 

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 3.5
Character development = 3
Story itself = 2.5
Ending = 3
World building = 4.5
Cover art = 4
Pace = N/A (25 hours listening time)
Plot = 3
Narrator = 4

 

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 cherries

 

Other Books In The Soldier Son trilogy:

 

Thank you to the RCT Library for letting me borrow this audiobook!!

FTC Disclosure:
This audiobook was borrowed from the library. No money received for this review.

22/08/2013 Posted by | 3 cherries, audiobook, book review, Cherry's reviews, fantasy, John Keating, RCT Library, review, Robin Hobb, Soldier Son Trilogy | 2 Comments

WOLFHOUND CENTURY Book Trailer

Wishlist:

 

Wolfhound Century by Peter Higgins
Genre: fantasy
 

About Wolfhound Century:

Investigator Vissarion Lom has been summoned to the capital in order to catch a terrorist — and ordered to report directly to the head of the secret police. A totalitarian state, worn down by an endless war, must be seen to crush home-grown insurgents with an iron fist. But Lom discovers Mirgorod to be more corrupted than he imagined: a murky world of secret police and revolutionaries, cabaret clubs and doomed artists.

Lom has been chosen because he is an outsider, not involved in the struggle for power within the party. And because of the sliver of angel stone implanted in his head.

Source: Info in the About Wolfhound Century was taken from GoodReads at http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15790887-wolfhound-century on 03/04/2013.

02/05/2013 Posted by | book trailer, fantasy, investigative suspense, Peter Higgins, wishlist | Leave a comment

Review: THE KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO

The Knife Of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Book 1 of the Chaos Walking series
Read by Humphrey Bower
Genre: middlegrade/YA fantasy
Format: paperback & audiobook
 

About The Knife Of Never Letting Go:

Prentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee — whose thoughts Todd can hear too, whether he wants to or not — stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden — a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives.

But how do you escape when your pursuers can hear your every thought?

Source: Info in the About The Knife Of Never Letting Go was taken from GoodReads at http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2118745.The_Knife_of_Never_Letting_Go on 08/04/2013.
 

Review:

I’ve heard about Patrick Ness but I’ve never really picked up his work because the premise didn’t attract my interest. In fact it made me, a fantasy geek, shy away from it. Until the World Book Night organization gave me a copy. And this book got read.

I kind of find the story telling quality annoying. It has a middlegrade tone but the book is suppose to be YA since the main protagonist seems to be in the “13 years old” age range. OK so the protagonist is just a kid. 13 years old? Not sure since their month seems to be 13 months long instead of 12. Anyway, so a bit of stupidity could be expected as part of him being an adolescent kid and all. But it seems that Todd is not only stupid but his sense of self-preservation is a lot more stunted than everybody else’s. A scary bad guy comes at you and you just stand there and let him take your knife away and let him beat the shit out of you. What kind of person just stands there? Todd obviously. For a YA and/or middlegrade book, The Knife Of Never Letting Go takes on dark adult themes like murder and letting a loved one die to save your own skin. Add this with the stupid protagonist. And I was a royally annoyed reader! This may be a good marketing technique. Probably ratchets the suspense up or whatever. But it only annoys me to hell and back. I had to stop reading before I spontaneously combust from annoyance! It was stop-start like that all through out the book. You can safely say that this book wasn’t a quick read. But it wasn’t all bad. The author knows how to tug on the emotional heartstrings of the readers and I think this is the most redeeming quality of this book. Plus the narration was clear and distinct. The world building is not intricate but beautiful none the less. However the thing which clinches this book as a goner for me is the cliffhanger ending. That’s it! No more Patrick Ness books for me!

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 2
Character development = 3
Story itself = 3
Ending = 3.5
World building = 3.5
Cover art = 2
Pace = 1 (paperback) / (audiobook: 12hrs and 32mins listening time)
Plot = 3
Narration = 3.5

Overall Rating: 2.5 out of 5 cherries

 

Books In The Chaos Walking Series:

 

Thank you to the World Book Night organization for the free paperback copy of The Knife Of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness which in turn shall be passed on to someone else.

FTC Disclosure:
The paperback copy was received for free from the World Book Night organization. The audiobook format was purchased with private funds. No money received for this review.

27/04/2013 Posted by | audiobook, book review, Chaos Walking series, Cherry's reviews, fantasy, middlegrade, Patrick Ness, review, World Book Night, World Book Night book | 5 Comments

Review: THE DAEMON PRISM

The Daemon Prism by Carol Berg
Read by Angele Masters, David DeVries, Daniel May & Eric Brooks
Book 3 of The Soul Mirror (Collegia Magica #3) series
Genre: renaissance / fantasy
Format: paperback & unabridged audiobook
 

About The Daemon Prism:

“Thou’rt Fallen, Dante. Born in frost-cold blood; suckled on pain. Thy repentance was ever a lie…”

Dante the necromancer is the most reviled man in Sabria, indicted by the King, the Temple, and the Camarilla Magica for crimes against the living and the dead. Yet no judgment could be worse than his enemies’ cruel vengeance that left him crippled in body and mind. Dante seeks to salve pain and bitterness with a magical puzzle – a desperate soldier’s dream of an imprisoned enchantress and a faceted glass that can fill one’s uttermost desires.

But the dream is a seductive trap that ensnares Dante’s one-time partners and unlocks his own deepest fears. Haunted, blind, driven to the verges of the world, Dante risks eternal corruption and the loss of everything he values to unravel a mystery of ancient magic, sacred legend, and divine truth…

Source: Info in the About The Daemon Prism was taken from GoodReads at http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7854686-the-daemon-prism on 29/08/2012.
 


[Image Credit: Wes-Talbott]

Review:

This is my first audiobook I listened to where there are four readers involved and I find that I kinda liked it! It’s not a dramatization but the book is written in such a way that there is a swapping of POVs as the story is told. And the narrators take turns as their character’s POV tells the story. Really fun to listen to. Specially that I’ve listened to David DeVries and Angele Masters with Books one and two respectively already. But even that got trumped up in awesomeness with the twistiness of the plot! I knew from Book 1 and Book 2 that the plot is devilishly twisty, still the plot threw me a surprise or two. Ah, lots and lots of brownie points to the author for the twisty plot!! However the theme of Dante batting for the other team is rapidly becoming a tired old tune that I wish Carol Berg hasn’t recycled that theme. Also, there were many little holes in the plot. Sure, irritating… But, I choose to ignore it… because I also like Carol Berg‘s rendition of the Christian’s “War In Heaven” idea as the story’s over-arc-ing plot. Just familiar enough to make a solid connection with the reader. Different enough to hold the reader’s interest. And woven masterfully into the tapestry of this trilogy to make it the book’s own. Fab! I also noticed that the titles of the books in this trilogy contains words pertaining to optics. Spirit Lens. Soul Mirror. And now Daemon Prism. I wondered about it from the start and the answer slowly unfolded as the story progressed. Wonderful! ….Having said that, I don’t know… maybe because I’ve read the Lighthouse doulogy first that now I am expecting the same level of awesomeness that the expectation bar has been set a bit too high and consequently I was a bit disappointed with this trilogy. And the reason for that disappointment, I could not pin point other than that maybe because the bar of expectation was high. So hopefully for you (who hasn’t read the Lighthouse doulogy) this would not be the case and would enjoy this book even more than I did. My only advise is, don’t read this book on it’s own, gotta read Book 1 and Book 2 first, or this book wouldn’t make a lot of sense.

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 4
Character development = 4
Story itself = 4
Ending = 4
World building = 4
Cover art = 4
Pace = (21.5-hour listening time)
Plot = 4.5
Narrators = 4.5

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 cherries

Me and Reading ButtonThank you to Me And Reading for hosting a giveaway and made it possible for me to win a print copy of The Daemon Prism by Carol Berg.

25/04/2013 Posted by | Angele Masters, audiobook, book review, Carol Berg, Cherry's reviews, Collegia Magica series, Daniel May, David DeVries, Eric Brooks, fantasy, investigative suspense, me and reading, renaissance, reviews | 4 Comments

Review: SCENT OF MAGIC

Scent Of Magic by Maria V. Snyder
Book 2 of the Healer trilogy
Genre: fantasy
Format: large paperback

About Scent Of Magic:

Hunted, Killed—Survived?

As the last Healer in the Fifteen Realms, Avery of Kazan is in a unique position: in the minds of her friends and foes alike, she no longer exists. Despite her need to prevent the megalomanical King Tohon from winning control of the Realms, Avery is also determined to find her sister and repair their estrangement. And she must do it alone, as Kerrick, her partner and sole confident, returns to Alga to summon his country into battle.

Though she should be in hiding, Avery will do whatever she can to support Tohon’s opponents. Including infiltrating a holy army, evading magic sniffers, teaching forest skills to soldiers and figuring out how to stop Tohon’s most horrible creations yet; an army of the walking dead—human and animal alike and nearly impossible to defeat.

War is coming and Avery is alone. Unless she figures out how to do the impossible … again.

Source: Info in the About Scent Of Magic was taken from http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16082550-scent-of-magic on 14/12/12.

Review:

I’ve read this author’s Yelena Zaltana trilogy and loved it! However I did not like the Opal Cowan trilogy. So this author has her ups and downs. But one thing remained consistent with her is the compellingness of her author’s voice. No matter that the story has gone pear shaped or the character gone stupid, the book would still compel readers to continue reading until the very end. And I think that is where this author’s strongest writing feature lies. The weakest is the plot build-up and at times the character development. In this book, the superb story telling quality is apparent. However, we also see a little bit of that character weakness. Additionally, Maria V. Snyder has now adopted the writing style where she goes back and forth between two threads which has the effect of breaking the continuity of the story and jarring me out of the “zone” and yanking me back to reality. And I have to reset my mind-set back to “reading mode” again and this made the pace quite slow. But despite the slower pace, I will still continue reading this series because of the wonderful world building that the world of Avry has! For one, it is simply beautiful! I really like the premise of sentient lilies! For another, Maria V. Snyder doesn’t break her own rules. The magic and story line is consistent which I very much appreciated because I find authors who break their own magic rules really annoying! And another reason which makes me continue reading this series is because of the compellingness of the author’s voice … and let’s keep our fingers crossed that this series would go more like the Yelena Zaltana way rather than the Opal Cowan way. At the end of it, I enjoyed this book and looking forward to reading the finale of this trilogy!

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 5
Character development = 3.5
Story itself = 4
Ending = 4
World building = 5
Plot = 4
Cover art = 3.5
Pace = 3

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 cherries

Book Trailer:

Author Links:
Maria V. Snyder
Maria V. Snyder at Facebook

Other Links:
GoodReads
Mira at Facebook

 


Thank you to Mira Books for the review copy of Scent Of Magic by Maria V. Snyder received.

07/01/2013 Posted by | ARC, Avry Of Kazan series, book review, Cherry's reviews, fantasy, Healer Trilogy, magic, Maria V. Snyder, Midas PR, Mira Books, review | 7 Comments

Review: THE QUEEN’S WITCH

The Queen’s Witch by Karen Chance
A Kit Marlowe short story.
Format: ebook

About The Queen’s Witch:

“The Queen’s Witch” is a short story connected to the New York Times bestselling Cassandra Palmer and Dorina Basarab series of urban fantasy novels. It features Kit Marlowe in a supernatural thriller set in Elizabethan England.

It’s a companion novel to The Gauntlet.

Source: Info in the About The Queen’s Witch was taken from GoodReads at http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7894520-the-queen-s-witch on 03/08/2011.

Review:

This book picked up where Gauntlet ended. Gauntlet is another short story and I was glad to continue reading with this one. However, this being a short story as well, it felt like just one chapter out of a big book, specially after reading another short story where it only seem to confirm in my mind that these short stories are actually chapters chopped up from a bigger book. Well, it felt like it anyway. However, even though it read like “just a chapter”, the story telling is the same compelling quality so I enjoyed this book. The beautiful world building which was started in Gauntlet was reinforced in this one and made more vivid. My only complaint really is that I want to read the rest of the chapters in this bloody bigger book! Maybe I really ought to stop reading short stories!

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 5
Character development = 4.5
Story itself = 3
Ending = 3.5
World building = 4.5
Pace = 4

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 cherries

Freebie Link:


FTC Disclosure:
I downloaded this free ebook from Smashwords at http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/14755 on 20/06/2011. No compensation received for this review.

11/12/2012 Posted by | book review, Cherry's reviews, ebook, fantasy, Karen Chance, Kit Marlowe story, review, smashwords, The Queen's Witch, vampires | Leave a comment

Review: THE SOUL MIRROR

The Soul Mirror by Carol Berg
Read by Angele Masters
Book 2 of The Soul Mirror (Collegia Magica, #2) series
Genre: renaissance, fantasy, murder mystery, investigative suspense
Format: paperback, unabridged audiobook

About The Soul Mirror:

By order of His Royal Majesty Philippe de Savin-Journia y Sabria, Anne de Vernase is hereby summoned to attend His Majesty’s Court at Merona…

Anne de Vernase rejoices that she has no talent for magic. Her father’s pursuit of depraved sorcery has left her family in ruins, and he remains at large, convicted of treason and murder by Anne’s own testimony. Now, the tutors at Collegia Seravain inform her that her gifted younger sister has died in a magical accident. It seems but life’s final mockery that cool, distant Portier de Savin-Duplais, the librarian turned royal prosecutor, arrives with the news that the king intends to barter her hand in marriage.

Anne recognizes that the summoning carries implications far beyond a bleak personal future – and they are all about magic. Merona, the royal city, is beset by plagues of rats and birds, and mysterious sinkholes that swallow light and collapse buildings. Whispers of hauntings and illicit necromancy swirl about the queen’s volatile sorcerer. And a murder in the queen’s inner circle convinces Anne that her sister’s death was no accident. With no one to trust but a friend she cannot see, Anne takes up her sister’s magical puzzle, plunging into the midst of a centuries-old rivalry and coming face-to-face with the most dangerous sorcerer in Sabria. His name is Dante.

Source: Info in the About The Soul Mirror was taken from GoodReads at http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8626348-the-soul-mirror on 21/08/2012.

Review:

Angele Masters‘ voice is not as soothing to my ears as Therese Plummer‘s is. Nor as appealing as Alyssa Bresnahan. Plus I like it when the same narrator reads the books in the same series. I’m anal that way. Angele Masters also have the tendency to read “happy” lines and “excited” lines in a flat and monotonous voice at times. I am guessing this happens when she is already tired as this does not happen all the time. But still quite apparent to my reader’s ears. And quite irritating. The change in POV from Portier de Savin-Duplais in Book 1 to Anne de Vernase in this book (Book 2) also took a little getting used to.

Maybe I’ve been listening to this series long enough that I now appreciated the intricacies of the world of Collegia Magica. Or more likely, the author just spins a beautiful world for us. Either way, I think the world building is even more beautiful with this book than it was with Book 1. And unlike the Lighthouse series, this book actually has a well-structured story with a beginning, a central dilemma and a resolution in the ending at the same time as fitting into the main story arc of the series. That, earned a lot of brownie points with me!! As if that is not enough to add to the goodness of this book, the plot is so twisty it threw me surprises where I never expected it! There were tiny holes in the plot but I choose to ignore those for the reading pleasure that this book gave me! And thank you to Me And Reading for hosting a blog contest and making it possible for me to win a copy of The Daemon Prism (Book 3)! A huge thanks to Me And Reading!!

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 4.5
Character development = 4.5
Story itself = 4.5
Ending = 4
World building = 5
Cover art = 4
Pace = (18-hour listening time)
Plot = 4.5
Narrator = 3

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 cherries

08/10/2012 Posted by | Angele Masters, audiobook, book review, Carol Berg, Cherry's reviews, Collegia Magica series, fantasy, investigative suspense, murder mystery, renaissance, review | 3 Comments

Review: THE VOICE

The Voice by Anne Bishop
Novella in the Ephemera series
Genre: fantasy
Format: eBook short story

About The Voice:

An original novella from the New York Times bestselling author of Bridge of Dreams…
In a small village outside the city of Vision, the people know no sorrow or grief. But this seemingly idyllic community is hiding a terrible secret. As a young child, Nalah did not know why she was told to bring a cake to the mute girl known as the Voice whenever she was upset, only that doing so made her feel better. Now grown, Nalah understands the dark truth, and yearns to escape from the oppressive village that has been her life-long home. But it is only after visiting the city of Vision and discovering the Temple of Sorrow that Nalah understands what she must do to be free…

“Bishop’s talents lie both in her ability to craft a story filled with intriguing characters and in her flair for smoldering sensuality.”—Library Journal

“[Bishop’s] worlds are so fully realized and three-dimensional, they jump right off the pages.”—Fresh Fiction

Includes a letter from the author and a special preview chapter from the latest novel set in the world of Ephemera, Bridge of Dreams (available March 2012).

Source: Info in the About The Voice was taken from GoodReads at http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13456428-the-voice on 19/02/2012.

Review:

I bought this ebook because it’s an Ephemera novella. However this book reads more like The Black Jewels series than the Ephemera series. The tone is quite dark and disturbing. The very reason why I stopped reading the The Black Jewels series. Anne Bishop has a very masterful author’s voice which brings the story vividly to life. The down side of that is, it also brings to the forefront of the reader’s mind, the dark and disturbing aspect of humanity and the evil humans can do to each other that is depicted in the story in vivid details. I read to escape, not to scare myself. So safe to say that this is not my kind of read. Although this novella plays in the world of the Ephemera series, it does not read like one. And this short story carries a completely different set of characters as oppose to that of Sebastian and Belladonna (Books 1 and 2). It also does not mention any of the old beloved characters from previous books. I would not recommend this book to readers who does not like horror and torture kind of reads. If not for the masterful story telling quality, I would give this book a rating of 1, as it is I would give it a 3 out of 5.

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 5
Character development = 4
Story itself = 1.5
Ending = 2.5
World building = 4
Pace = 3

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 cherries

Other Book(s) In The Ephemera Series:

20/09/2012 Posted by | Anne Bishop, book review, Cherry's reviews, ebook, Ephemera series, fantasy, review | 1 Comment