Dark Fire by Chris D’Lacey

The intensity of the series emerges as the Dragons cross the line from the middle-grade genre to a more serious, young adult tale. Familiar characters return to say hi again…while others leave us forever.

TitleDark Fire
Author: Chris D’Lacey
Series: The Last Dragon Chronicles, Book 5
Publish Date: April 1, 2001
Genre: YA Fantasy
Source: Purchased by the reviewer.

Publisher’s Description:

With the Earth on the brink of recolonisation by dragons, David Rain is sent on an important mission: to seek out and destroy a trace of dark fire, the deadliest force in the universe. But with success could come a terrible price, the sacrifice of a beloved clay dragon. How much does the life of one small dragon count?


Luna Lovebooks says…

 

Unfortunately this review is going to be short and to the point. There isn’t much to say about this book that hasn’t previously been stated. This series has become increasingly young adult and less middle grade. I am not sure how I feel about this as what first drew me to the series years ago was the cute whimsy of the Pennykettle dragons and the shenanigans of Wayward Crescent.  There are several (often violent) deaths in this installment that I honestly did not see coming. The cliff hanger ending is killer, but also confusing as events happen very fast. The characters are still well written, even if the author pulled a kill everyone move. We shall see how this pans out in the next two books of the series.

Over all I give this one 4 fire tears.

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Other recommendations…

 

I’d suggest other dragon reads – Eragon by Christopher Paolini, How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell, Seraphina by Rachel Hartman.

Doc Graystone – A Watery Grave by Nicholas Olivo

Murder, mayhem, and nefarious plots – all in a day’s work for gentleman necromancer Doc Graystone.

TitleA Watery Grave
Author: Nicholas Olivo
Series: Doc Graystone Adventures
Publish Date: April 10, 2015
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchased by both reviewers.

Publisher’s Description:

Boston, 1932. Doc Graystone is contacted to evaluate security at a paranormal prison built by the U.S. Navy. Before he can begin, a hydromancer assassinates a naval officer to obtain information about the prison. Now Graystone has to track her down before she can break out a prisoner Graystone knows all too well…


Nervous Nellie says…

This is an urban fantasy with no romance, no graphic violence and no cliffhanger. There are five (5) shorts in this series and they are great for a quick evening read or a wait in some waiting room.

Dr. Graystone, or as he is nicknamed within the Boston PD- Doc Gravestone, is an alcoholic and a necromancer.  He’s a powerful necromancer with a guilt hanging with him about his fiancee’s murder.  He works with the police in Boston to solve murder cases.  That’s the premise overview.  This episode has to do with the Illuminati (oooooh) and Atlantean artifacts (ahhhhhh).  I love how this short incorporates both.  It’s fun and enjoyable.

I have only one complaint with this story.  If I have to read “gentleman necromancer” one more time…  It seems like that descriptor was over used – in my opinion.  Now, I’ve gotten the negative out of the way, I want to assure you that my complaint should in no way decide whether or not you should read this series. I enjoyed the introduction of a hydromancer in to my knowledge base of gifted individuals.  She was an incredible creature and if she’d only use her power for good instead of evil.  Doc took a lot of punishment this time around.  Grady didn’t do much investigating – it was all up to the good Doctor.  He was poisoned and electrocuted.  He was almost nearly drowned.  Poor old boy took justice seeking to a whole new level.

I am looking forward to reading the next in the series.

Kat Mandu says…

In the second installment of Doc Graystone’s adventure, the gentleman necromancer is pitted against a hydromancer (a being that can transform herself into water, not to mention control liquids in general) and an old “friend” who collects interesting artifacts he uses as weapons. Familiar characters from the first story, like Grady and his partner Parker, return; not to mention Joan, Graystone’s late wife.

There’s a lot of action in this, not to mention some magical fight scenes between two powerful beings – Doc being one of those. Plus, it’s got a few historical mentions – Prohibition, the USS Constitution, even hints at the later Nazi war. Oh, plus it delves into some conspiracy theories focused on the lost city of Atlantis and even the mysterious Illuminati.

I’m really drawn into this world of magical intrigue and Necromancy. It’s quickly becoming one of my favorite shorts to read. I hope everyone else can enjoy it as much as I do!

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Talking Books with Nell part 2

I used to be an avid reader of the 200 page red cover Harlequin romance.  There is absolutely nothing wrong with that.  I liked them because I could read them in an evening.  If I was in a melancholy mood because of something that happened…or did not happen, those Harlequin romances could trigger a response that would help purge that feeling.  I kept a stash of my favorite books that had the best endings and sometimes I’d just read the last 4 or 5 chapters before being done for the day.  That little bit of Happily Ever After was enough.

Why do I have to have a Happily Ever After?  Because sometimes the real world really sucks.   It’s all fantasy, you say?  Yeah.  So what?  It’s suspension of disbelief.  Walt Disney used it and built huge worlds around it.  It’s a ‘feel good’ thing.  Romance makes me feel good but Horror that scares the ever livin’ daylights out of a person may make someone else absolutely giddy.  I like horror to an extent, but again, that’s a conversation for another day.

Happily Ever After, or HEA for those of you in the know, are easier to come by now than they used to be.  In the non electronics day, one read the back cover and hoped for the best.  As I said, you could about guarantee the red cover Harlequins would be a safe bet.  With the advancement of the Internet (thank the powers), there are book reviews at the beck and call of a google search.  Also, often the authors will write whether it’s a HEA.  I like those authors.  They are the white hats among us Nervous Nellies.

Now, a person might get pulled in by some books that are labelled as a Romance but actually are not purely romance.  What?? I know it’s a confusing thing, but in the Romance category there are those called Urban Fantasy.  I know those are not always HEA, but hopefully by the end of the series it ends in HEA.  Urban Fantasy may have a strong romance element but most don’t. They will have a kick ass hero or heroine that totally wallops the bad guy in a city type setting.  Urban Fantasy tales are my favorite.

Examples of Urban Fantasy are:  Jenn Stark‘s Immortal Vegas where the heroine is a tarot card reader and a thief of magical artifacts – kind of a Indiana Jones but without the college professor label.  Patricia Brigg‘s Mercy Thompson series involves shifters.  Shifters are men and women that can change into wolves, dragons, tigers, or in Mercy’s case – a coyote.  9 times out of 10 the shifter will be a predator of a sort.  I’ve never seen a werebunny outside of Monty Python.  Another favorite of mine is the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris.  This series was made into an HBO series.  The books were better.  🙂  Sookie Stackhouse is a waitress that gets involved in vampire and shifter politics.  It’s not boring politics either.  If you know vampires and shifters, you know it won’t be boring.

All three of those recommendations have strong female leads, but there are male leads in Urban Fantasy too.  Check next week for more discussion in Talking Books with Nell.

 

 

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Nell’s Gossip and Book Hunt 6/18/2017

Welcome to my Sunday book hunt and author gossip.  Keep coming back for updates on book releases and news from favorite authors.

  •  First off, there is good news from the Faith Hunter front.  This news coming straight from the author herself:

I have signed a new contact for more Jane and Nell books. There will be total of 14 Jane books and a total of 5 Nell books.

 

Now, in my opinion, it’s not enough Jane or Nell books, but I have to reconcile myself to the fact

everything must come to an end.  Plus I’m telling myself that Faith Hunter has a whole lot of stories mulling around on the backburner, so whatever she comes up with will be fabulous!

Check out the series here:  Jane Yellowrock  and  Nell Ingram in Soulwood.

 

 

 

 

  • Darynda Jones knows how hard it is for us readers to wait for another peek into Charley’s world with her infamous husband, Reyes Farrow.  Well, check it out!  She put up a short story on her website that give us Reyes lovers the vapors.

Title:  A Very Charley Christmas

First sentence:  The ball-and-chain, otherwise known as the rather delectable Mr. Reyes Alexander Farrow, was busy chopping something green in our restaurant-style kitchen.

Makes a person want to hit that link and hop right over to Darynda’s website, doesn’t it?  Well, what are you waiting for?? 😉

ALSO: news has it that Charley’s last book and grand finale will be #13.

 

  • Lovers of Lisa Shearin’s SPI Files – pay attention!  The audiobook for The Ghoul Vendetta will be available on September 19, 2017.  And DON’T FORGET that The Myth Manifestation, SPI Files #5, will release November 7, 2017.  It’s so hard to wait!!

 

  • I’m always looking for a good series and when they involve hunky heros? Even better.  If you like military romance series – check this out:  Brotherhood Protectors put together by Elle James.

 

  • One last thing – actually 2 but has to do with the same author.  Craig Schaefer, as you know, is one of my favorite authors and while I have read the first 3 Daniel Faust novels, I came late to the party and haven’t caught up yet.  Anyway, Author Schaefer is releasing Daniel Faust #7 called Double or Nothing on June 27, 2017.
  • The other thing is the cover reveal of Harmony Black‘s #5 called Cold Spectrum due out in November.  Check out her new cover!

 

 

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Compelled by D.B. Reynolds

Another delicious romance episode featuring the couple that made this whole series happen: Cyn and Rafael.

Welcome to Saturday Shorts, in which we review shorter works such as short stories, novellas, middle-grade books, and graphic novels.

Title: Compelled
Author: D.B. Reynolds
Series:
Vampires in America #10.5
Publish Date:
Genre:
paranormal romance
Source:
Purchased personally

Publisher’s Description:  VAMPIRE . . . Raphael is a power like the world has never seen, the force behind the first ever alliance of North American lords, Cyn’s mate, lover, master.

SORCERER . . . Nick Katsaros, deceptively charming, ancient and commanding, driven by vengeance and a devastating loss, Cyn’s friend and one-time lover.

HUMAN . . . Cynthia “Cyn” Leighton, beautiful, sexy, and smart, the woman both men desire.

It was only a few months ago that Raphael lay helpless and dying, taken by treachery, while Cyn fought to save him. Unexpectedly, it was Nick who provided the key to his freedom. In exchange, he secured a promise that they would help him find and recover the same magical artifact that had been used to imprison Raphael. But when he calls on them to keep that promise, it will be Cyn who pays the price.

Torn between the two powerful men, struggling to keep them from killing each other, she undertakes a desperate search that will find her fighting for her life against a madman who wants her for himself.

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In other words…spoilers.  *BEWARE*


Nervous Nellie says…

As usual, I welcome an episode with Cyn and Rafael with a certain giddiness.  This has a jealous vampire husband and a instigating sorcerer that can’t help but bait him.

Rafael is the king of the vampires without the title.  He controls interest of so many other territories via friendship and flawless leadership to the other vampire lords.  He’s an arrogant S.O.B. and he has power that could be so easily used for domination and corruption, but he’s only interested in uniting vampires – not isolating them.

Raphael annoys me sometimes, but as I’ve never met a king, maybe that’s the way they act. Cyn is always risking her well being and incurring Raphael’s worry and anger.  Now, I think this marriage is a little unorthodox and not always using the best teamwork, but if Cyn and Raphael make it work, who am I to say anything?

The story is a fun dip back into the Vampires of America world.  Just enough to fill an evening or couple hours waiting with some grand entertainment.

Our reviews in this series…

If you like this book…

…you might try  Scanguards Vampires by Tina Folsom or Elder Races by Thea Harrison or Order of Senary series by L.D. Rose

 

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