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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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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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The Whisper King: Reign Eternal by Wil Radcliffe

The Whisper King was the first of the horror genre I’ve ever read.  It opened up a whole new world.

Title:  The Whisper King: Reign Eternal
Author:  Wil Radcliffe
Series:  The Whisper King #3
Publish Date:  May 26, 2017
Genre:  Horror
Source:  Purchased by Reviewer

Publisher’s Description:  When David Kinder agreed to lead the Whisper King’s army into war, he was promised answers to all of his questions. That included “the knowledge that burns.” But this truth may even be too much for the Prince of the Shadow Mountains, for mortal and immortal alike have succumbed to the madness it ignites.

Even as David wrestles with matters of the mind and spirit, a physical threat looms in the form of the Amathair, a homicidal creature from the end of time. With thousands upon thousands of skeletal Dearmad troops at its command, the Amathair threatens to annihilate all of reality.

Only monsters stand against this threat. And only David Kinder, heir to the Whisper King, can lead them to victory… or damn them to ruin.

 

 

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


 

Nervous Nellie says…

This is horror with suspense and fantasy mixed in.  There is a lot of violence and several graphic death descriptions.  If you don’t like the concept of children turned into other world warriors, turn away now.

I’m going to start this review with a little recap. In this series we see David ‘sort of’ kidnapped by the Whisper King.  I say ‘sort of’ because he was in an orphanage and he hated it.  Then again, he was a child.  He wished for good parents and never got any.  I did not expect to be reading horror when I started.  The kindly author left that part out.  Thanks, Wil.  It was a page turner and I loved it.  Incredibly written and vivid characters with imagery that was out of this world.

Daughter of Shadows, Book 2 leaned more heavily on the horror and The Whisper King: Reign Eternal was no different.  However much I might say I don’t like horror, I LOVED this book.  Again, the author shines with words that weave a fantasy world of monsters and evil that I shudder to think anyone could survive in.  I know I’d be dead. I think the story indicates strength of David’s character and his struggle is just starting.

Book 3, Eternal Reign, shows how strong David has become in his position within the Whisper King’s army and how smart and caring of his friends he is.  He is a protector and he takes his job to protect very seriously. He has typical problems of any leader except these problems are world crumbling – not just his world but the human world too- and war with an unknown enemy. Talk about stress, man.

This is an incredible story.  David has a lot of hard choices in his world.  He has power above all others and he has to figure out how to use it.  He is an anomaly within the ranks of the other recruits.  He exceeds and he’s become the Prince of the Shadow Mountains-the Whisper King’s heir. He doesn’t get to live the life of royalty. He has to lead his soldiers and make all the right decisions or they will be lost and his world will be no more.  Love, loss, friendship and enemies.  It’s got everything and I recommend it highly.

 

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Daughter of Shadows
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…you might try Inquisitor Series by Lincoln Farish, The Hellequin Chronicles by Steve McHugh or Deacon Chalk by James Tuck.

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Firestar by Chris D’Lacey

Things begin to heat up in the third installment of the Last Dragon Chronicles.

Title: Firestar
Author: Chris D’Lacey
Series: The Last Dragon Chronicles 
Publish Date: March 2007
Genre: MG Fantasy
Source: Purchased.

Publisher’s Description:

There is a fire star coming, signaling a time of new beginnings. A time for dragons to rise again…

A research trip to the Arctic and a contract for a new book – life can’t get much better for David Rain. But as soon as David finds himself in the icy climes, he begins to write his legend of bears, dragons, and the mmysterious fire star. Soon he realizes that his tale is starting to mirror real life, and that an old enemy is on her way to meet him.

Can David thwart her terrible master plan? Or will his world be destroyed forever?


Luna Lovebooks says…

Likes: Readers get to travel all over the world from the comfort of their favorite reading chair in this novel. We go from the Artic to Scrubbly to Northern Scotland and back all within 400 some odd pages. But the best element of this series is the characters. Yes, David can be a bit immature at times, but the interaction between the humans and dragons and bears is amazing. I also found it a little amusing that in the belief system of this novel God is essentially a female dragon named Godith. I also didn’t see the tragedy that befalls one of the main characters coming!

Dislikes: There is a huge dry spell in the middle of the book but it is worth it to muddle through it. Some of the elements like alternate dimensions may be difficult for younger readers to understand.

I give this installment 4 flames due to the dry spell. 

 

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

Darklands: The Not-Where by Lyn I Kelly

The mysterious world of The Dark Lands unfolds more terror, love, and mysteries in this second novel of the trilogy.

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

Title: Darklands: The Not-Where
Author: Lyn I. Kelly
Series: Dark Lands
Publish Date: May 18, 2016
Genre: Fantasy
Source: Provided by the author.

Publisher’s Description:

The betrayal at the Requiem has passed, but the foreboding presence of the Dark Man still exists. While whispers of a new threat roll across the Dark Lands, Webb Thompson is plagued by a recurring nightmare that warns of a looming evil powerful enough to transform not just his life, but also that of his sister, Sundown, and her counselor, Raven. After the Dark Man initiates a move that destabilizes the shaky balance of good and evil in the Dark Lands, Webb realizes the only resolution may lie within a shadowy region known to few and traversed by even less. But does the cryptic Not-Where hide the source of tribulation or is it a place to release more insidious forces? As the paths of Webb, Sundown, and Raven surreptitiously intertwine, they realize too late that despite their caution and steadfastness, destiny cannot be tempered as new evils are unleashed, secrets are revealed, and a vast army rises. Now only time will tell if they can stop the Dark Man from escaping his otherworldly prison. . .


Luna Lovebooks says…

Likes: I like that the information over load is very minimal in this book. The reader gets a more in depth look at Raven, Webb, and Sundown, as well as the evil creatures presiding in the Dark Lands now that the back story to the land itself is established. I actually like that the Dark Man is so mysterious and always one step ahead of the main characters. I am sure this will change in the third installment of this unique series, but for now it is refreshing to see an underdog story being set up.  That cliff hanger ending was killer!

Dislikes: I am normally a fan of love but this instant attraction between Raven and Webb and the reasoning behind it did have me rolling my eyes a little. It was a predicable move, one that I actually guessed while reading Requiem. There are a few other predicable tid-bits throughout the novel but this one stood out because it seemed kind of cliché compared to the rest of the novel. While overall I do like Webb, I find his childish way of thinking annoying. He just doesn’t act 17 to me most of the time, and I always feel like Sundown is much younger than she is as well (or maybe I’m just getting older and can’t remember being that impetuous ;)).

I have to give this novel 4 Dark Mans. 

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Check out some of these other supernatural reads! Riders by Veronica Rossi, The Things They’ve Taken by Katie McElhenney, Dead House by Billy O’Callaghan.