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I bought Protected by the Falcon in one of those promotion deals. I was intrigued by the description of blending current time with legends of power and magic that are as old as dirt. Besides, ebooks are not that expensive, less than an extra-large cup of service station coffee, so I figured if I didn't like it then it would be about the same as leaving the aforementioned cup of coffee on the roof of my pickup and driving off. Not the end of the world.
I settled down one evening with Falcon in my hand and gave it a try. I was a little tentative because although I like fantasy, wizards, power mad ancients and the like, I am not one of your regular romance novel readers. What a nice surprise for me.
First, I was taken with the protagonist, Ilana. What's not to like: smart, some sort of ancient magic running through her veins, and beautiful? The story is languid at first, a bit slowish I was thinking, but then it dawned on me it was the pace of Ilana's reticent approach to the world. No, not withdrawn, she is an ER doctor after all, but her social presence is, well, distant. Now I was in the rhythm of the book and engaged to the extent I neglected some of the things I was supposed to be doing.
It was a romance novel and there were times that I was disengaged from the description of the gorgeous guy with the rippling muscles under the perfect silk shirt and perfectly contrasting pants, but perhaps that is because I don't have said rippling muscles. Or a silk shirt for that matter.
I have several things that I watch for when I read a book. If distracted by any of them, I start thinking less of the book. Too many of these distractions and I metaphorically put it on the roof of the pickup and drive off. First and foremost - the characters. Do I care if they walk the surface of the page? Check. Szabo presents us with well-developed characters; the protagonists are worth rooting for, and the antagonists are nicely evil.
The second thing is the story. We have all read books where the characters are great, but the story is banal. Check again. In Falcon, pay attention at first because the characters are introduced rather quickly and have unfamiliar names for most of us, but soon the story had me and I was interested in where it was going.
Third. Mistakes that take you out of the story, things that make you suspend your disbelief. Every story has one or two of those, but when they are egregious and rip you from the world you are in? To the top of the pickup. Check – none of those moments.
Fourth. Does it fit within the genre that it claims to inhabit? Check again. Falcon blends fantasy, romance, ancient power and the modern world. Nice.
Fifth. When I finish do I think, "well that was sort of nice but I could have been shampooing the rug instead." Check. I just bought book two in the series. I like the characters, I am engaged, I care what happens, and I want to know how this story comes out.
Added benefit. Without spoilers, and writing a synopsis of the book, I can reveal that Szabo has taken the ancient culture, legends, and myths of the Huns and used that as the ancient driving force behind the story. She does not over use the material, but does so with enough teasing detail that I want to find out more about the history of the Huns.
OK. You know I like the book by now, enough to get the next one and move it to the top of my reading list. So what are the negatives? Just one for me (other than rippling muscles and silk shirts, but that is a personal problem), only one tiny, tiny bit. It was just two paragraphs long, but it made me chuckle. Szabo is a medical professional and the book takes us in and out of the hospital and ER. Once, and only once for a very short paragraph or two, she preached to me about how nurses are treated in hospitals. But, it is forgivable - certainly nothing that detracted from my enjoyment of reading this book.
Now I must go continue reading the second book: Chosen by the Sword.
When reading this novel you can feel the author's enjoyment and the fictional characters come alive as the story progresses. This is a well written fictional novel one that is easy to follow as the writer moves from scene to scene.
As her own Author’s Note dictates—and I couldn’t have said it better myself—Erika M. Szabo blends past with present in this intriguing fantasy tale “about tribal secrets, a magical heritage, a love triangle, and an exciting and dangerous life in a secret society”, and the author more than delivers. Past history, part imagination, and 100% pure pleasure, “Protected by the Falcon” is an absorbing fantasy about one extraordinary young woman’s journey to discover her past and save her family’s future.
Szabo’s character development and world-building skills shine through as she weaves the chapters in this story together using diary entries and the language of flowers to propel her unique tale forward. Each chapter is a precious jewel… Each character is a treasure trove of talents and personality… And “Protected by the Falcon” will remain in my heart as one of my all-time favorite reads.
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The Ancestor’s Secrets series
Written by Erika M. Szabo
Reviewed by Author Roy Murry
The world we live in has an undercurrent that is visible but invisible at the same time. Ethnic mores and mysteries are abounding within diverse communities in America.
Ms. Szabo brings to light in her novel the beliefs of the natives of Hungary, known as the Huns, who live in America today. Ingrained in their ethnic background for centuries are mysteries her main character Ilona tries to unravel.
As a doctor, Ilona has a special gift she and her community believe is birth given that only the chosen attain. This gift leads her and her closest friends and family into a whirlwind, initiate by a mystic with a strange power that desires her ill will.
The story leads you into an incredible world of control and conflict over rules that may or may not be applicable in today’s lifestyle. It is an enjoyable interesting comparison that is woven into the past and present.
Ms. Szabo’s writing style is easy to read and flows smoothly. She keeps you mesmerized with colorful words, paragraphs, and characters.
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