Thursday, January 16, 2020

Balance of Magic

Balance of Magic
Fate of Wizardoms Book 2

Wizardoms: Balance of Magic (Fate of Wizardoms Book 2) by [Kohanek, Jeffrey L.]

About the Book:

Title: Balance of Magic (Fate of Wizardoms Book 2) | Author: Jeffrey L. Kohanek | Narrator: Travis Baldree | Pages: 342 | Listening Length: 9 Hours and 44 Minutes | Genre: Fantasy | Recommended Ages: Young Adult and Up

Book Description:

Ruthless wizards vie for a vacant throne.
The result could alter the balance of magic and doom their world.

A wizard lord is dead, the result of an exotic scheme made possible by an amulet known as the Eye of Obscurance, What if the amulet fall into the wrong hands?

With a throne vacant, a rival wizard lord seeks to expand his power, capturing prayers meant for another and strengthening his magic beyond anything ever recorded. The world will tremble should his power rise to that of two gods.

Balance of Magic continues the Fate of Wizardoms epic, a fast-paced epic fantasy adventure sure to entertain and leave you begging for more.

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My Review:

This is my first time reviewing an audiobook on my blog. I am really enjoying Jeffrey L. Kohanek's Fate of Wizardoms series. I included links to my reviews for the prequel and Book 1 below. Balance of Magic is Book 2. It's a lot of fun listening to Travis Baldree narrate the story and he doesn't exagerate the different voices, which I find can be jarring. On the other hand, some of the voices (especially belonging to the female characters) are almost the same. I still think he does a fabulous job with such a big cast of characters. It helps that the author writes descriptively with just enough information, so it's easy to identify who is talking and who is thinking to themselves even with the different scene changes and varying points of view.

Whether you grab the audiobook or read it yourself, this series has everything to keep your attention. The pacing is good, the scenes are exciting, and the characters are believable. There's even a twist at the end that I didn't see coming! Now I want to know more about that scene, because it opens up a whole bunch of new questions. I'm looking forward to continuing the adventure in Temple of the Oracle (Book 3)!

Fate of Wizardoms Reviews on Goodreads:
Legend of Shadowmar (Prequel)
Eye of Obscurance (Book 1)

About the Author:
Jeffrey L. Kohanek

Jeffrey L. Kohanek

Jeffrey L. Kohanek grew up in rural Minnesota where comic books sparked his young imagination, inspiring fantasies of heroes with super-powers saving the day. His tastes later evolved to fantasy epics featuring unlikely heroes overcoming impossible odds to save worlds born from the writer's imagination.

Now residing in southern California, Jeff uses that imagination to weave tales of engaging characters caught in fantastic plots to inspire young adults and the child within us all.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

A Christmas Feast and a Linky


Almost every Christmas holiday we spend it with my in-laws at their beachfront home. We are blessed by the pristine location, good food, and family time. My mother-in-law always puts on a feast and the grandkids take turns assisting her in the kitchen. The photos begin with breakfast, then the appetizer, followed by the main meal, and ending with dessert.

The kids got some new clothes for Christmas, which they modeled for me. Amanda also got the complete Narnia series with colorful illustrations bound in one hardcover book by her brother, Jeremiah. He has fond memories of me reading all seven books to them (the three big kids) when they were young. Amanda has already started it, but I have assured him that I will read to her too.

The summer holiday has come to an end for Amanda. It began December 4 and ended today. Tomorrow she starts Grade 6. It's supposed to get to 100 degrees Fahrenheit, but will feel like 104, and there isn't any central air-conditioning. Last year her class was the only one not to even have a fan! Hopefully tomorrow won't be too tough. We will only know who her teacher is and who is in her class tomorrow. There are 2 English classes and 2 Afrikaans classes for every grade. The kids have to learn both languages, but they get taught in their preferred language. Amanda learns British spelling, but I usually stick to American on my blog, since I am American and most of my readers are from the States.

























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Friday, January 10, 2020

Fae Hunter

Fae Hunter
Tangled Fae Book 1

Fae Hunter (Tangled Fae Book 1) by [Wilson, Sarah K. L.]

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Title: Fae Hunter (Tangled Fae Book 1) | Author: Sarah K.L. Wilson | Pages: 224 | Genre: Folklore Adaptation | Recommended Ages: Young Adult and Up

Book Description:

Can one mortal take on all of Faerieland?

From USA Today bestselling author Sarah K. L. Wilson comes a deliciously trope-filled young adult romantic fantasy about a viciously humorous mortal girl and her quest to hunt, trap, and conquer powerful fae.

Our lives are nursery rhymes and faerie stories now, Allie.

When Allie Hunter's twin sister steps through a magic circle into the Faerie realm, she opens the door to deadly fae, bent on causing havoc and harm to Allie's village.

Rendered blind to all but the spirit world, Allie is frustrated and angry but determined to bring the fae down. No matter what that might cost her.

But in a world where lies are truth, power is sustenance, and every action ripples into violence, how can one mortal stop all of Faerieland?

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My Review:

Fae Hunter by Sarah K.L. Wilson is the first book in a brand new series that puts a twist on the fae. They aren't what they seem and Allie, the human hunter, is out to kill them. Allie is facing monsters, trying to protect her village from worse than they’ve already experienced, but the people have lost faith in her. It doesn’t help that the boy she loves is interested in someone else or that she’s attracted to one particular Fae that she’s caught and plans to kill. Things go from bad to worse for Allie. This is a series and ends at a good stopping point, but also a cliffhanger. Once you start you won’t want to stop! If you like fantasy and adventure with some romance, then you'll enjoy Sarah's books. She writes YA, but I would place her latest series at Upper YA.

More Books by Sarah K.L. Wilson:

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About the Author:
Sarah K. L. Wilson

Sarah K L Wilson

USA Today bestselling author, Sarah K. L. Wilson, hails from the rocky Canadian Shield in Northern Ontario where she lives with her husband and two small boys. Her interests include the outdoors, history, and philosophy. Her books are always about fantastical adventures in other worlds.

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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Our Christmas Eve and a Linky


We had a fabulous two weeks at my in-laws' house on South Africa's West Coast. It's summertime in our part of the world. Dinner was a traditional South African braai (BBQ) with lamb chops and boerewors (farmer's sausage) and two of our daughters built a sandman in place of a snowman on the beach before it got too dark. One tradition that I carry on from my childhood is opening one Christmas present on Christmas Eve. Our kids decided that we would all open presents from them only. It was a very special evening, because we could focus on one present at a time and give more attention to the gift givers. What special tradition do you include at Christmas time?













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