Sunday, March 18, 2018

Review: Supernormal by Stuart Kenyon

Supernormal (Subnormal, #2)Supernormal by Stuart Kenyon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read many genres, but this kind of dystopian tale ranks among my favourites, and I wasn’t disappointed. In fact, this is downright frightening, for the events in Supernormal could happen, and some of this has happened in other guises. An eye-opening read, scary, a hugely ‘what-if-this-was-real’ scenario.

From a story point of view, it’s edge-of-your-seat stuff! Cleverly plotted and well delivered indeed. Mr Kenyon has a remarkable ability to scare the daylights out of you, while keeping you utterly fascinated. The characters become people you know and every situation is clear before your mind’s eye – as reader you become involved, and that is proof of a great storyteller, in my book.

If you like action, read this. If you like dystopian, read this. If you like characters you can identify with, read this.

I will be reading the next book!

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

"... the fantastical meets the mundane."

A magical short story of a Fey boy, a human girl, and a love that transcends time.

The tale is beautifully told, without undue romantic mushiness or being focused on the perfect Happily Ever After. It has echoes of European folklore where the gentle storytelling lets events unfold at their own pace, slowly giving us details of a time and place where the fantastical meets the mundane. Occasionally mentioned aspects of the Fey's existence and how they interact with humans can be glossed over, but that's no big deal for a short story.

Overall it's a short and sweet fairytale with just a hint of high romance.

Minstrel of the water Willow - Reviewed on Smashwords
Thank you for a wonderful review!

TBT: Sorcerer's Trick

Looking back, I found this in a post from 2014


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Teaser Tuesday: Minstrel

After his journey over the mountains to the east, at age ten, where he met and saw trolls, goblins, fairies and faeries - the former tiny, the latter man size - elves, dryads, gnomes, centaurs and many others, even the ever wary sidhe, he understood the warnings from his parents. He had grown in the years since Erin’s arrival, and heard the elders more readily.
He listened to the tales of war, of dying, of being pushed north and east into the inhospitable regions where it was hoped the races would succumb, flourishing instead. He heard of the raiding parties also and once saw such a party in the distance. Humans came to pillage … and murder.
He understood their swift years were their greatest disadvantage.
During their sojourn over the mountains, he was tested. At age ten all boys and girls of the long-lived races were tested to discover their inherent talent, the factor that would earn them their keep in the march of years.
Until his testing, he had not given it thought, but clearly his father had, for he brought forth the musical instruments from home.
Ever when it got dark or the days too cold for the outdoors, Kell would sit and strum something quietly in a corner, softly singing. Already he knew most of the old songs. He loved reading also, but when searching for tranquillity, he found it in music.


Thursday, March 8, 2018

TBT: Gathering of Rain

Recently I looked through old folders on my computer and came across these. When my publishing journey started, these were the self-made covers on writing sites (such as Authonomy) and Smashwords. How much I have learned since then!

Gathering of Rain was the original title for what became The Infinity Mantle. Admittedly, I love the rain title and may one day soon write a new story more suited to it.