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Book Haul + A Giveaway

October Was a great month for books, at least it was for me. So of course I am going to spread the love a bit and have a giveaway! But before we get to that let me show you what I was lucky enough to get my  grubby little goblin hands on.

 

  1. The Midnight Dunes (The Landkist Saga #3) by Steven Kelliher

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Steven sent over an E-ARC of the third book in his Landkist saga. I don’t know if his time as a UFC fighter helped but the battle scenes in this series are written very well. Go pick up a copy of Valley of Embers if you haven’t already got it.

 

  1. Black Guild (Black Powder Wars, #2) by JP. Ashman

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My Cactus loving goblin buddy sent me the digital ARC for his eagerly awaited second installment in his fantastic flintlock fantasy series the Black Powder Wars.  Check out the new cover Pen Astridge aka The Mighty Pen just finished for book one.

  1. The Infernal Battalion (The Shadow Campaigns #5) by Django Wexler

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I have to thank the publisher (Ace)  for this one.  I admit I already finished this a few days ago. This has been a great series from the start and to be honest this is the best one yet! One of the most satisfying series ends that I have read in years.

by Adrian Collins, Mark Alder, R. Scott Bakker, Bradley P. Beaulieu, Michael R. Fletcher, T. Frohock , Alex Marshall, Peter Orullian, Jeff Salyards, Courtney Schafer, Shawn Speakman ,Brian Staveley, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Marc Turner, Matthew Ward, Kaaron Warren, Mazarkis Williams, Deborah A. Wolf, Janny Wurts, E.V. Morrigan

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I backed this as a Kickstarter last year and received my beautiful hardcover copy a few weeks ago. Then last week I got a magical mystery paperback in the mail. Neither  I nor Adrian know why I got it but since I don’t need 2 of them…. Yup you guessed correctly this is the giveaway!

Open to all. Just comment below to enter . While not necessary to share this post it is appreciated! You don’t need to have a wordpress.com account to comment but it will ask for an email. I don’t care if you give a made up email but if you are the randomly selected winner you will have 24 hours to respond to the notice I send you. After that I will randomly select someone else. The contest will end and the winner will be chosen Friday the first of December.

Good Luck!

Hob’s Review of Valley of Embers (The Landkist Saga Book 1) by Steven Kelliher

Valley of Embers (The Landkist Saga Book 1)
Aug 12, 2016
by Steven Kelliher

The Blurb
For hundreds of years, the flame-wielding Embers have been the last line of defense against the nightmare creatures from the World Apart, but the attacks are getting worse. Kole Reyna guards Last Lake from the terrors of the night, but he fears for his people’s future.

When Kole is wounded by a demon unlike any they have seen before, the Emberfolk believe it is a sign of an ancient enemy returned, a powerful Sage known as the Eastern Dark.

Kole has never trusted in prophecy, but with his people hanging on the precipice, he reluctantly agrees to lead the Valley’s greatest warriors in a last desperate bid for survival. Together, they will risk everything in search of a former ally long-thought dead, and whether Kole trusts him or not, he may be the only one capable of saving them.

This is one of those books that sat, well definitely not lonely but I guess you could say neglected on my virtual TBR pile for way too long. I have so many EBooks on my Kindle that at times it feels a bit overwhelming. But enough about my problems let’s talk about this book. First of all, I love the cover. It tells us a bit of the story without reveling too much. Plus, I think it is pretty. As far as the editing goes it was very polished for a self-published debut book. I am actually reading book 2 that was just released right now.

Now let’s discuss the meat of the book. Or if you are a vegetarian the tofu? Hmmm… would the Characters be the meat and the plot the bread? What would be the lettuce? Now I am just hungry and confused……. So how about we just talk about the characters.

I liked the main ones and was glad they were all experienced in battle at the beginning. Even though most of the actual POV’s are from young people they were living in a world where fighting for your life is a normal thing. So you don’t have to worry about the young boy becomes sword master in a day trope. The author did a great job of portraying extremely competent fighters that are still kind of dumb when it comes to other things. I guess what I am trying to say is that they felt realistic.

Now lettuce…. Errr let us talk about the lettuce? The writing style is good my only complaint would be some of the dialogs, when a group of people are talking I sometimes got confused about who was saying what. Other than that, I really enjoyed the style.

Finally let’s talk about plot. It starts out as a typical epic fantasy story. With the big bad living on a far-off mountain peak sending his evil minions to kill the good guys. But by the end I am not sure if the big bad even knows that the good guys exist, and he is not the one living on the mountain peak.

FINAL THOUGHTS
A refreshingly original take on the old Epic Fantasy story. Written with a great style and including great characters. This is a book definitely worth your time to read. I give Valley of Embers 4 stars out of 5.

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