Two more!

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The Reviled – Dark Fey #1

By Cynthia A. Morgan


4/5 Brilliant twist on the battle of good and evil!

I enjoyed this story very much – the ultimate war between dark and light, good and evil, and how things aren’t always what they seem to be.

Ayla is a powerful fey of the light, her abilities rare even among her peers. She was kept isolated growing up, being trained to use her abilities and become a guardian. The author gives us an introductory insight of the background fairly early on in the story, so when I started reading, I had a good idea of how each side, the dark fey and the light fey, worked.

That said, I’m not quite sure how to write this review. I both liked and disliked the main characters – admired Ayla (light fey) her tenacity and disliked the way she froze in the face of danger; Admired Gairynszvl (dark fey) and his need to leave the legion, disliked the way he seemed unbalanced at times, wanting to cause Ayla harm but being compassionate at the same time. I suppose he was meant to be portrayed this way, as he was both fighting the dark and the light within himself.

There’s a brush over a love triangle in this story, and like any other love triangle, you end up feeling sorry for the one left out.

I liked the way the story ended up in an optimist note, the way you get an idea of what’s coming on book two.

The writing was dramatic, vivid, and with a lot of original flourish, the pacing fast at times (the kind that makes you flip page after page), slow at others, but it’s only a 170 pages book, so it’s a quick read all around.

I recommend it!

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The cracked altar

By Timothy J.R. Rains


4/5 stars! Entertaining read with lots of intrigue and mystical aspects.

The beginning of this book grabbed me right off. It reminded me a little of a cross between Brave heart and Kingdom of dreams – world-wise, I mean.

I liked that I could visualize the scenes with no trouble. I liked Hinkle and her character. But if I’m honest, I wasn’t sure if the main characters were supposed to be portrayed as villainous – because that’s how I saw Sir Gilkrist – arrogant, self-serving and infuriating. And then we have Kerstin, a witch everyone feared and disliked and who actually acted the part of the bad guy – save for when she was asked to save parts of the village. But the author cast enough shadow around Kerstin’s character to make one wonder about her ulterior motives, and that twist at the end just made me more curious.

The battle scenes were vivid and packed with action – which I enjoyed very much. And although I didn’t like the way Sir Gilkrist treated Hinkle, I know that’s how men from a past era treated their servants.

The plot was a little confusing at first, I couldn’t figure it out – Sir Gilkrist stated his goal was to find the missing princess, but he didn’t seem to be giving much thought about her. And Kerstin, also one of the main characters, only showed up later in the story.

The spellbook was only mentioned later in the story – I wouldn’t have known it was a major point if the blurb hadn’t mentioned it. Those were my only– niggles, as a fellow friend likes to call them, otherwise, the book had my attention all the way.

The writing was simple and easy to understand, and save for a few creepy scenes, there wasn’t any trigger points in the story. It’s suited for readers age 12+, but I think it’d appeal to an older target, maybe 16+.

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16 Replies to “Two more!”

  1. Somehow I feel your ratings and the text don’t match up, 4/5 is supposed to to really good, and on multiple fronts, but the text doesn’t tell us so.
    Also, would you use a name like ‘Gairynszvl ‘ for any character?

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    1. Ah, good questions. It was really good yes. The plot and storytelling was intriguing – dark vs light fae (or fairies), the fact that the light hid facts about the dark and how there could still be good in the dark. It was a hard review to write because there were many things I could have mentioned – that would have made the story sound less appealing than it is.
      No, I wouldn’t name my character that, but that goes back to author preference, and I’d rather keep the writing simple. The second book was the same thing – there was the parts I enjoyed, the parts I didn’t. Remeber Moby Dick?
      Btw, I don’t rate books below 3 stars. If it’s not at least good enough to keep my attention, I dnf it. So it’s either good, really good, or amazing.


    1. The good part about being blind is that my screen reader reads anything on the page, no matter how much it twists around. But before then, whenever I came upon something hard to pronounce, I either passed through without reading the name or shortened it. For example, I’d have called Gairynszvl Gary and made my reading easier.

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      1. I’d say Gary and be done with it, too. However, I think a name is a big part of a character’s identity and if a reader can’t remember it, how can they relate to it? It’s like a missed opportunity for a writer.

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