Fantasy Book Review: Adventurers Guild: Twilight of the Elves

Adventurers Guild: Twilight of the Elves by Zack Loran Clark and Nick Eliopulos

Synopsis:
Zed, Brock, and their friends may have saved Freestone from destruction, but the fight against the Dangers is far from over. No one knows what to expect next from the dark power that forced the elves to abandon their city. And the influx of elf refugees in Freestone strains resources and brews resentment among the townspeople. Things have shifted between best friends Zed and Brock, as well, with their friendship crumbling under the weight of the secrets they’re keeping from each other.

When tensions reach an all-time high, Queen Me’Shala, leader of the elves, approaches the Adventurers Guild with a mission. She wants a small group of adventurers to go behind the king’s back on a covert mission to save her city, and Zed, Brock, Liza, Jett, Micah, and their elven friend Fel join the quest. To face a powerful form of magic thought to be extinct, the adventurers will have to learn how to rely on each other and fight harder than ever before.

Review:
Zed and Brock’s friendship becomes strained as they keep secrets from each other. Brock feels like a traitor. And Zed has a secret magic that he can’t explain. Meanwhile, they join a quest to help the elves reclaim their city, as they have been mistreated in Freestone.

Twilight of the Elves is the second installment in the Adventurers Guild trilogy. This fantasy for middle readers on up is inspired and fantastic. I really enjoy this magical world straight out of a RPG with colorful characters and intense suspense. This quest takes them on a journey of adventure, mystery, and magic. I didn’t want this one to end. I wish this series would last longer than just the 3 books planned, as there is so much potential here. There is plenty of heart and drama and humor with the friendship between Zed and Brock. And the vast fantasy world has plenty of stories to tell.

SciFi Book Review: Stars Uncharted

Stars Uncharted by SK Dunstall

Synopsis:
Captain Hammond Roystan is a simple cargo runner who has stumbled across the find of a lifetime: the Hassim, a disabled exploration ship–and its valuable record of unexplored worlds.

His junior engineer, Josune Arriola, said her last assignment was in the uncharted rim. But she is decked out in high-level bioware that belies her humble backstory.

A renowned body-modification artist, Nika Rik Terri has run afoul of clients who will not take no for an answer. She has to flee off-world, and she is dragging along a rookie modder, who seems all too experienced in weapons and war.

Together this mismatched crew will end up on one ship, hurtling through the lawless reaches of deep space with Roystan at the helm. Trailed by nefarious company men, they will race to find the most famous lost world of all–and riches beyond their wildest dreams.

Review:
When the ship Hassim arrives, Captain Roystan and his crew salvage what they can – most importantly the record of her route. But there are many who will stop at nothing to get that information. Meanwhile, Nika Rik Terri has to flee after being attacked by a powerful client. And everyone seems to have secrets in their past.

Stars Uncharted is an exceptional, science fiction novel. This space opera is full of colorful characters and heart-pounding suspense. I thoroughly enjoyed this inspired universe where body modifications have surpassed general surgery and companies control the galaxy. There is plenty of adventure and humor. And the intensity builds to a surprising finale. I heard that a sequel could be in the works, so I have my fingers crossed!

Fantasy Book Review: Let Sleeping Dragons Lie

Let Sleeping Dragons Lie by Garth Nix and Sean Williams

Synopsis:
Odo and Eleanor are excited to be knights. Only . . . nobody’s asking them to go on a quest. So they’re stuck at home, using their trusty and talkative swords to defend their village when there’s cause for defense. But mostly it’s just . . . waiting for something bigger to come along.

That “something bigger” comes to them in the form of an old man named Edga, a warrior named Hundred, and an ancient chant:
Dragon, dragon,
heed our call . . .
Come to aid us,
one and all.

Odo, Eleanor, and their swords, Biter and Runnel, are plunged into a quest that will take them (as all good quests must) to unfamiliar lands, where they will fight unseen enemies and unlock unbelievable secrets in order to prevent an unbearable impostor from taking the crown.

Also, they will need to keep an eye out for dragons.

Review:
Let Sleeping Dragons Lie is the second installment in the Have Sword, Will Travel series. Odo and Eleanor are young knights with talking swords. The children are eager for adventure, when a new quest finally sends them against magical beasts and an unfit king. As before, the characters are fantastic – especially the swords and their unique personalities. And this sequel is full of excitement, suspense, and humor. Though a bit predictable, it’s still a lot of fun. Fantasy fans of all ages should pick up this exceptional series.

Box Review: Teeblox – January 2019

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SciFi Book Review: Star Trek: Discovery: The Way to the Stars

Star Trek: Discovery: The Way to the Stars by Una McCormack

Synopsis:
Despite being an inexperienced Starfleet cadet, Sylvia Tilly became essential to the U.S.S. Discovery finding its way back home from the Mirror Universe. But how did she find that courage? From where did she get that steel? Who nurtured that spark of brilliance? The Way to the Stars recounts for fans everywhere the untold story of Tilly’s past.

It’s not easy being sixteen, especially when everyone expects great things from Tilly. It’s even harder when her mother and father are Federation luminaries, not to mention pressing her to attend one of the best schools that the Federation has to offer. Tilly wants to achieve great things—even though she hasn’t quite worked out how to do that or what it is she wants to do. But this year, everything will change for Tilly, as she about to embark upon the adventure of a lifetime—an adventure that will take her ever closer to the stars….

Review:
Tilly is a very friendly, if awkward, Starfleet officer. The Way to the Stars is a story of Tilly at sixteen, learning her place in the world and making decisions that will shape her future.

This is story of Tilly’s early life. She’s a character that’s easy to love, but with an ensemble cast on a new show with too-few episodes, we’ve barely scratched the surface. Tilly’s mother assumes that she’ll follow in her footsteps and become a diplomat. Tilly prefers math and science, but can’t seem to stand up to her mother’s forceful will. This was engrossing story of growth and self-discovery. It was hard to put down. And while not action-packed, this standalone novel was dramatic and heartfelt, with a bit of adventure. This was a great way to tide me over until the next episode of Discovery airs.

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