Thursday, April 5, 2018

The Night Dahlia (Nightwise #2) By: R.S. Belcher

The Night Dahlia (Nightwise, #2)The Night Dahlia by R.S. Belcher
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved the first book in this series and Mr. Belcher ramped it up big time. Urban fantasy should be this type of book, a thinly veiled world where the unreal rubs elbows with the mundane and dirty. The main character Laytham Ballard, in my opinion, is a better "John Constantine" than the actual character (best way I could put that thought..but feel free to tell me I'm wrong, I'm not).

There is a thick layer of dirt and grime and REAL that soaks through the mystical world buried under ours and it is how urban fantasy SHOULD be. America is a perfect melting pot setting for all the various magics to meet up in and this book is fast paced, gritty and tons of fun.

read this series. 20 stars out of 5.

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The Library of Engriole: Book 1: Promise & Betrayal

The Library of Engriole: Book 1: Promise & BetrayalThe Library of Engriole: Book 1: Promise & Betrayal by Isaac Lind
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Oakentere is a teenage boy that is skilled with a bow. When a war party comes looking for new members, Oakentere convinces the Lord in charge of the party to allow him to join. The Lord tells Oakentere's parents that he won't be involved in any fighting, but plans change. Shortly after reaching their destination, another kingdom's general enlists the war party to kill his king and disaster follows.

The Library of Engriole Book 1 is aptly subtitled Promise and Betrayal. There is especially no shortage of betrayal. General Sarim is the cause as he wants the throne and all the royals in his way dead. Sarim simply can't be trusted as Oakentere learns.

The story is simple yet solid. Oakentere like many young protagonists is simply too skilled and good to be believable.

2.5 out of 5 stars

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