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- Publication Date: March 8, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XH5WY7Q
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #281,032 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Gargoyle and Sorceress Tales: Books 1 - 3 Kindle Edition
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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As a set these books are highly recommended. Individually they were a lot of fun. Since they are individual books, the following are my reviews of each one.
Ok, I don't want to give too much away and be a spoiler but I will say that the gargoyle - sorceress/dryad pairing in Sorceress Awakening really does set it off from other urban fantasies. This is a really well written book with a strong plot and characters that develop (in several ways) throughout. I liked how the leading characters interacted with each other and the supporting cast of characters and works-building were excellent. A truly enjoyable read.
It's fun watching the main characters in this series continue to develop, face new types of challenges that stretch what they do, and develop a more complex relationship with each other. Add in what a pretty darn good plot with mighty foes that must be faced and you've a pretty darn good yarn. This was a fun one and a great continuation of the series.
These stories keep on getting better and better. The action is ramping up, the layers are getting more complex and the, already well developed by this point, characters keep growing. I love how these characters interact with each other and deal with everything that happens to and around them. I also love how Lisa Blackwood makes use of well known character types, gargoyles, dryads, etc rather than the more standard fair (vamps, shapeshifters etc). Finally, I love the world-building that she did. Everything holds up beautifully. Add all that into a strong plot with excellent writing and you've got a real winner.
One caveat: at the very end of the book the author adds in a truly shocking development and then leaves it at a cliffhanger. I actually hate cliffhangers and wish she hadn't done this. If I'd known I would've simply not read the last chapter. Doing so really would have left the book at a logical enough stopping point. If cliffhangers bother you, keep this in mind. If not then go ahead, but be ready to be whallopped by a shocker. Notwithstanding my distaste for cliffhangers I still highly recommend this book (especially as the cliffhanger can be avoided by holding off reading that last chapter until the next book is released, now scheduled for May 2017). It really is a highly creative, adventurous, fun read.