October 21, 2017

Review: In Thunder Forged by Ari Marmell

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Action… steampunk… lost lands of fantasy… these are all the things we crave. Back in the days of ye’ ole Commodore 64, (64K of memory man… that’s more than you’ll EVER need!) the 20-sided die reigned supreme as teenagers attended to endless basement sessions of Dungeons & Dragons. [Read more...]

Book Review: The Skybound Sea

Sam Sykes’ The Skybound Sea, Book Three of the Aeons’ Gate Trilogy, is a remarkable cap to an absolutely action-packed trilogy.

First, the title is very enigmatic. The explanation comes well into the book as our adventurers work their way — individually or in teams — to the island of Jaga to stop Ulbecetonth, the Kraken Queen, from returning to the land of the living. Jaga is where sky and sea have no boundaries. The action in the skybound sea with water plants and swimming creatures acting as though they’re in the sea tweaks the imagination. It adds another level of complexity to an already somewhat less than simple plot and cast of characters.

Our heroes/heroines continue their personal battles with internal and external demons throughout this book. What remains surprisingly intact is their dedication to the quest and, by extension, to each other. All are needed to make it happen, and each works to that end. The character development, interplay and evolution is fascinating and not so fantastic. At any point, dark or light could prevail. Sykes never really lets us know until it happens.

I was very taken with Sykes’ concise and still very descriptive depiction of beings, landscape, and combat. As I’m writing this, I can still see in my mind’s eye physical attributes of various characters, the essence of the skybound sea, and the ebb and flow of the several conflicts throughout this story. Description is always key to storytelling, but essential in a fantasy story. Until the author puts pen to paper, all the color lives only in the author’s mind. In my opinion, Sam Sykes nails it.

I’m thinking we’ve not seen the last of Sam Sykes; possibly not the last of the adventuring team that survives Aeons’ Gate, either. That works for me. I for one am anticipating whatever Sykes is serving up next.

Review: The Horns of Ruin by Tim Akers.

Beware, the paladin of Morgan…Out from Pyr Books!

Never get on the bad side of a paladin, especially when that paladin is Eva Forge, avatar of Morgan. This week, we look at The Horns of Ruin, by Tim Akers out this past November from Pyr Books. Mr. Akers is also the author of the Heart of Veridon out in 2009. The Horns of Ruin gives us a sword and sorcery look at a fantastic world ruled by gods and the warriors that champion them. [Read more...]