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Book 3 of 3 in the Among the Mythos Series

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Product Details

  • Series: Among the Mythos
  • Paperback: 114 pages
  • Publisher: 4th Floor Publication (July 10, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098526005X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985260057
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,132,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An Elf in Manhattan, Fey, Unseelie, and royal is not a common occurrence. An outcast elf who weaves melody and harmony in intimate settings and draws the Ever-Dying listeners together (showing the author's love & knowledge of music). John Grey is confronted with an opponent that he cannot fight on earth, aided by a local bartender who is not what he seems.

This is not a long book (only 86 pages) but it well worth the time spent reading it.

Urban fantasy with a dash of Cthulhuian horror. Clever handling of profanity in the story. Great cover. Gratefully, this is not the only book Ruthanne has written; you can find her bibliography at http://ruthannereid.com/.
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Another unpredictable story from an up-and-coming indie author. This is a quick read, which can be preceded by her novella The Christmas Dragon, but doesn't have to be. Gray is a delightfully snarky and arrogant character. I liked him in her previous book, but he was not the point of view character there. Seeing his first person perspective in Strings was fun. I was surprised by the ending.
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The cover and blurb perked my curiosity on this one. I didn't read the first book in the series, but that didn't prove to be a problem. This can be read as a stand alone.

I had a pretty open mind when starting this story, which is important. Magic and all the creatures usually seen in a fantasy world are a given, and they are mentioned and appear as if they are as common as the flick of a wrist. That said, this book is placed in our normal, modern day world.

The first pages are simply a treat to read; the way the elf is introduced-and his magic-is poetic and beautiful. The introduction to his thoughts and character immediately drew me in, making me like him before the plot even began.

The plot itself held a nice, even pace. There's never a dull moment, and action is nicely mixed with quieter but still tense moments. Even the slower scenes had enough mystery and flair to keep them from dragging. Part of this has to do with the side characters. They maintain their own secrets and hints of dangerous sides, which kept me on my toes guessing at what was really going on or happening.

That said, this is a story which has an anime feeling. The main character is snarky and his actions a bit spontaneous. There are moments where the character speaks directly with the reader, which is a style I'm not necessarily fond of but won't hold it against the book either. There's humor mixed in with the tense scenes, keeping the story refreshing and never too dark or bogged down. It's definitely entertaining and makes for an easy read.

Summed up, this is a short, fun read which is packed full of personality, magic, danger and humorous snark. I only wish it would have been a little longer because I really would have enjoyed getting to know this fey better.

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
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Sooooo……I love elves. When playing any video games, I am always and elf. My favourite characters in magical films, are always elves. Yes, just like Grey, our runaway Unseelie, they are often a race who stick to themselves, don’t want to offer assistance and frequently dislike humans. It isn’t a malicious thing. They are just a race who live forever and often grow tired of meddling in the affairs of races that frequently get themselves in trouble and whose lives last such a little amount of time.

In The Christmas Dragon, we get this side of Grey. He is distant and often appears rude and unwilling to be a part of the larger story.However, in Strings, we see the real Grey. We see inside his soul, through to his magic. He is around and willing to help, so much that he would do anything to protect the humans, at any cost.

Though this was another short story, I thought it was excellent. It is great if you want a quick read, and don’t have a lot of time, but still want something that is packed with brilliant writing and a depth in the world and characters.

I love Grey. His character was created so well. He has a great personality, even if he hides his true intentions and feelings most of the time, as in Christmas Dragon. I love that he is willing to go beyond measures to protect a race that he wants to save. He is exciting and his musical ability is lovely. I found myself imagining the notes he would string together and what the music would sound like.

I really enjoyed this read and cannot wait to read more about Sundered and Grey!!!
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I read this short story after finishing The Christmas Dragon, the previous book, so this is a great follow up with one particular Fey Prince who has now found himself in trouble. I really enjoyed him in The Christmas Dragon and maybe that was because he was a bit more mysterious and arrogant that it was fun to see him thrown out of his element. In this one he feels a lot more down to earth and developed as we discover some of his more pronounced flaws and traits. As far as the story goes, I enjoyed it greatly! It was a very enjoyable romp Among the Mythos and I absolutely adore the author's voice. I found the humor witty and quick and loved the character interactions and will always want more! I will admit however some of the more musical language was lost on me because of my own lack of musical knowledge, otherwise the magic and spells sounded great.

I received a free copy from Story Cartel for an honest review.
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