The Darkling Child

Reviews from My Goodreads Shelf – 9/29/15

This has become a recent feature on Archer’s Aim. However, this week, I’m also on book tour with the release of The Bow of Destiny yesterday so have a look at my appearance on Entertaining Stories, hosted by fantasy author C. S. Boyack. With that said, here are some books off my Goodreads shelf.

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The Darkling Child (The Defenders of Shannara #2)The Darkling Child by Terry Brooks
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I found the book to be very readable but the story is flat. The characters failed to engage me very much. Overall, I found the effort average and that the story lacked direction and purpose.

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The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character ExpressionThe Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression by Angela Ackerman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a great resource for authors. There are various categories to reference for each emotion as well as recommendations on usage, internal and external descriptions and how an emotion escalates or relates to other emotional categories.

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The High Druid's Blade (The Defenders of Shannara #1)The High Druid’s Blade by Terry Brooks
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I thought this book was a bit flat for Brooks. There was lots of telling about events and character actions the left me only mildly engaged. It didn’t grab me but I did keep reading.

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The Honourable SchoolboyThe Honourable Schoolboy by John le Carré
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The book meandered and then fizzled at the end. It’s hard to identify with a book that has a vague ending – there was a promise to be kept from the beginning and that goal was lost.

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Goodreads: Books I’ve Reviewed Recently

Just veering off the path some today and sharing some of the books I’ve reviewed recently on Goodreads.

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The High Druid's Blade (The Defenders of Shannara #1)The High Druid’s Blade by Terry Brooks
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I thought this book was a bit flat for Brooks. There was lots of telling about events and character actions the left me only mildly engaged. It didn’t grab me but I did keep reading.

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The Darkling Child (The Defenders of Shannara #2)The Darkling Child by Terry Brooks
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I found the book to be very readable but the story is flat. The characters failed to engage me very much. Overall, I found the effort average and that the story lacked direction and purpose.

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On Basilisk Station (Honor Harrington, #1)On Basilisk Station by David Weber
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I never really read much military Sci-Fi until I picked up this book. Weber spun a good tale around the back-drop of setting as Honor Harrington is assigned to captain her first ship at a back-water location. The science and military aspects of the book are well-detailed and tightly woven into the plot. Honor is a well-written main character. Overall, I read this book well after bedtime for several nights and I found it very entertaining.

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Elf KillersElf Killers by Carol Marrs Phipps
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Elf Killers is a solid first effort by the authors as the tale of elves attempting to survive the constant threat of trolls who have a taste for them as food. The story features desperate escapes, tragic loss, cunning bad guys (trolls), intrigue and determination all with numerous twists. I kept turning the pages with interest to see what happened. The trolls were especially portrayed in a unique style that draws the reader along with the inevitable dangers that loom for the elves.

There were a number of flaws on the writing as I thought the trolls language was distracting. While the fights were sudden surprises, these scenes needed a bit more description. There was also a bit more telling than I prefer. However, I did want to continue reading regardless of the flaws so don’t fear the shortcomings. I’m very interested in reading what the authors have already published since this book.

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Annwyn's Blood (The Paladin of Shadows Chronicles, #1)Annwyn’s Blood by Michael Eging
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Annwyn’s Blood is a good start to a series that I look forward reading further. The authors have structured a solid plot that progresses through some interesting twists amid a progressively dark setting. I’m engrossed with the main character, Erik, and his struggles with his faith contrasted with his curse. But he’s solidly focused on saving both himself and the woman he loves. It’s a good read. My only complaint is that characterization seems a bit stilted by narrative distance but that’s more my taste. Readers won’t be disappointed with this tense adventure.

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Fantasy Genre Happenings & Recent Interviews

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Ryan Doughan was recently interviewed in Fantasy Authors Unplugged

Probably the biggest news of the last week involving the fantasy genre was that Christopher Lee passed away. If you haven’t read his bio it’s quite a list of accomplishments in a lifetime spanning 93 years.

The latest book by Terry Brooks, The Defenders of Shannara: The Darkling Child, came out on 6/9. I’ll read it soon and hand out my review but I do like the cover. Also, the Shannara TV series is set to premiere soon (listed as July on IMDB) and includes John Rhys-Davies in the cast. For those interested fans, Allanon is played by Manu Bennett.

As noted in last week’s review post, an unpublished story by J. R. R. Tolkien was bought by – and will presumably be published soon – by HarperCollins. It’s good to see that the scion of the fantasy genre is still having fiction published.

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Finalist for the International Book Awards

Here’s a list of recent authors interviewed for Fantasy Authors Unplugged:

Looking for more new fantasy releases? Here are a few listed on Goodreads. See you over there!

Book Cover Green Top & Bottom Cover - CopyJust as a point of my own news, I’m putting the finishing touches on The Bow of Destiny right now. The target date for release is 9/30 and I’ll appear in a large blog tour for Indie-authors entitled Brain to Books as the end of August. I’ll release free, related stories in August and September. If you would like to keep up with my events please sign-up on my email list to receive updates. Currently, The Bow of Destiny is with my beta readers who are giving it the once-over for feedback.

Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section. I’d also love to connect with you over social media so check my Contact page for that information. I’ve updated the site with a new landing page starting today but you can still view the News page for announcements. As part of the changes, new email subscribers will receive my free new guide, 15 Must Have Apps for Self-Publishing Authors. Sign-up today! I’ve added a new sign-up tab on my FaceBook page to simplify the process. Also, the cover of my book, The Bow of Destiny, was revealed recently so take a look.

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