- File Size: 498 KB
- Print Length: 150 pages
- Publisher: Opal Moon Press (September 26, 2017)
- Publication Date: September 26, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B074D6RD45
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- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #645,404 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"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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It turns out that prophesies have foretold the events about to ensue. As they follow the guidance given in a journal left for them by their father, the girls and the young men who helped rescue them discover he has also ensured there are people to trust who will help them on their quest, though they’re never quite sure what will happen next!
This quest involves teens coming into their powers, journeying into the unknown in an endeavour to overcome evil. All has been prophesied and there are people awaiting their arrival to fulfil their destiny but there are others who are out to thwart them. It is a fast paced adventure involving a growing range of mythical creatures and scenarios and an engaging start to a new series. I suspect this story will appeal to teens and older readers. I am looking forward to reading more by this author and in this fantasy series in future!
I requested and received a copy of this novel, via NetGalley. This is my honest review after choosing to read it.
Touch of Ice by authors Aleah Raynes and Mandy Caruso is the first book in the Vaskell Empire series. For me, this was a touch of too much story and not enough character development. But I am gonna guess it is a first book problem. The authors had so much to tell us in this story that it will make more sense as it goes along. Sometimes very detailed storylines have this problem. I personally am intrigued and want more.
Ayla is 15 years old. She has been in a prison camp for kids. Had her title stripped from her, her parents murdered, and her powers bound. She is trapped knowing the person who murdered her parents is ruling and responsible for her and her sister’s fates.
She wants revenge. She wants to kill her uncle, but most of all she wants her powers back.
Dain is a brave boy who goes into the camp with his friends and brother to rescue the princesses. Turns out rescuing is a dangerous and somewhat tedious job. But Dain is more than up for it.
There is a ton of stuff going on, not all is explained properly so it left me the reader going hum what just happened? I wanted more information in places and less in others. I would really though love to see more in this world, I think there is a lot here and some great ideas that can be flushed out and strengthened.
Four Twinkling Stars
I found all of the situations presented in TOUCH OF ICE to be way too easy. Let me give you some examples. The group escaped the slave camp and the first place they came upon happened to inhabit their fathers master of arms with a journal that their father left for them that handed them a way to save the kingdom. If that wasn't bad enough, the first item to save the kingdom happened to be there too. It gets worse though because the next inn they stayed at happened to be owned by one of their handmaidens and best friend. This trend continued until the end. Really? Every single thing was handed out with zero mystery and zero effort given.
I had a very hard time forcing myself to finish TOUCH OF ICE and the only way I made it there was skimming to the end.
* This book was provided free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Ayla Vaskell is s feisty, cunning and determined ice fairy looking to save her sisters from the slave camp they have been trapped in by their evil uncle. Dain (fellow slave) and his three friends come to the aid of the sisters when they are looking to escape and they are not so sure the boys are to be truly trusted. Exciting, enjoyable and engaging reading experience, I look forward to more.