Absolutely brilliant entertainment.
A rollicking saga full of pirates, rogues, strumpets, sassy parrots and adventure, this story carried me back in time to Port Royal, Jamaica, in the 17th century. The narration brought the story to life very effectively, and I was hooked in no time flat.
The characters are richly drawn, complex and conflicted, each with secrets and passions that drive them and direct the choices and alliances they make. The central characters each have a mission that they seek to achieve, and the reader is kept in eager suspense about how those things may, or indeed may not, come to pass as the story unfolds. Each of them experiences significant moments of revelation and others of relief but, as often happens in life, even these tend to lead to further complications.
The settings, too, are brought to life in vivid color and textures that enrich the story and add another level of depth and engagement in the story. For someone who has never been to Jamaica, the places depicted in the story all seemed very real and clear in my mind.
There is some very amusing innuendo, adult content and violence throughout the book, so it’s not for younger audiences, but it is a story that can be enjoyed by a very broad adult audience because it blends elements of adventure, action, tragedy, romance and mystery with historical fiction, so that the story lines of individual characters are interwoven and tangled in most interesting and diverting ways.
A most enjoyable and entertaining audiobook, ‘No Quarter: Dominium: The Complete Series’ has been awarded a Gold Acorn.
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An epic journey that no science-fiction fan will want to miss.
“Open your mind!” Dungias could imagine Thought pleading with him. “For I can do nothing with you while it is closed.”
This quotation stayed with me throughout my reading of this fascinating and complex science-fiction novel which engages the reader quickly and effectively. An open mind and willingness to think beyond oneself is the key to the characters in this book being portrayed as positive or negative, and as likeable or not.
Not only is the story original and interesting, it is also thought-provoking in terms of the values and behaviours of society, and of various groups of people that exist within it.
The story of Dungias turns a looking glass on the way in which some people and groups in society respond to difference and individuality in a powerful and very relevant way, even though the contexts are different. The resilience and personal strengths of Dungias’ character are inspiring, presenting a valuable example of how such prejudice and discrimination can be dealt with in constructive ways, yet at the same time conveying a very realistic sense of the sadness and isolation experienced even within their own families by those who live with differences and individual qualities that society finds confronting. Even so, the limitations assumed and imposed by others do not serve to define or the individual, as Dungias so profoundly demonstrates.
As the story progresses, the reader journeys with Dungias through conflict, growth and developments that bring him to understanding that “nothing in our lives is as much a discovery as it is truly a revelation”. Indeed, there is much revealed about both Dungias and the reader as this action-packed story and its secrets unfold.
‘Star Chaser’ is both entertaining and inspiring, innovative and engrossing. It’s a journey that no science-fiction fan will want to miss.
This riveting epic read has been awarded a Gold Acorn.
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Another excellent part of a series I have really been enjoying.
Book eight in Stanhope’s Elemental Witch Trials series continues Rose’s story with some powerful and compelling developments.
This instalment explores the balance of power and strength not just between key characters, but also within some of them more personally and individually. It also pays deeper attention to issues of heredity and consequence at a deeper level than previous books in the series. Some episodes of this novel are confronting, while others are devastating for the characters and the reader alike.
As with every other part of this excellent series thus far, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
‘Sweet Suffering’ has been awarded a Gold Acorn.
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A highly recommended Christmas short story collection.
Jane Jago is a gifted writer who creates vivid and believable characters and drops them into situations that the reader finds engaging and relatable. Many of these stories are laced with Jago’s trademark wit, while others are quite sobering.
‘Twelve Tales of Christmas’ delivers varied and excellent short stories, each set at Christmas time, each with its own theme and messages.
These well-written stories are entertaining and thoughtprovoking at the same time, long enough to fully engage the reader, and short enough to be enjoyed in snatched breaks in the very busy pre-Christmas season.
This collection comes highly recommended, and has been awarded a Gold Acorn.
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A most excellent read… with dragons.
This is a brilliant read.
Unpredictable, interesting and exciting, this book is full of diverse and complex characters that challenge and compel one another in various ways as the story progresses.
Penny White is delightfully snarky and very human, and endears herself to the reader immediately as she responds with empathy in a most unusual situation. As the story unfolds, the reader finds themselves immersed in a whole new fantasy adventure. The story is highly original and very entertaining.
The way in which the author has positioned this world and its “neighbour” world is fascinating, and the ways in which the two worlds are linked physically, but also through the sharing of creatures, issues and mysteries that must be solved make the story so very engaging and involving for the reader that it is very hard to put the book down until the final page is read.
The world building and logistics are thoughtful and carefully developed, so that the story moves between this world and the alternate world quite smoothly and logically.
I am excited to have discovered this fantastic new series, and am very pleased to award this book a Gold Acorn.
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‘The Rite of Wands’ audiobook is excellent.
I read and reviewed ‘The Rite of Wands’ over a year ago, but only just picked up the audiobook. I’ve really only started listening to audiobooks in the last couple of months, and knowing how much I enjoyed reading the book, I was keen to add this to my collection.
I was delighted to find the story to be just as fresh and exciting, and to be able to immerse myself in the world of Mierta McKinnon once again.
This audiobook is excellent. The narration is clear and expressive, and the use of voice, tone and accent to develop the individual qualities of different characters is wonderful.
It is a pleasure to award ‘The Rite of Wands’ another Gold Acorn.
The audiobook is available on both Audible and Kobo.
An excellent mystery that keeps the reader guessing right to the very end.
As a reader, I really love a mystery that is well-crafted and keeps the reader guessing right to the very end. ‘A Murder Of Crows’ is one such book, and I find myself unable to recommend it highly enough.
Delusion and illusion obscure truth and reality in this suspenseful, intricate story of dysfunction in families and friendships, and of interconnected secretive webs of pretence and deceit that have tragic circumstances for the residents of a small Scottish village near Loch Ness.
This book is beautifully written, full of powerful imagery and laced with foreboding that is almost palpable. The bleak hopelessness that pervade the lives of some of the characters contrasts with the anger and resentment that fills the motivations and actions of others. The characters are realistic and complex, each with their own burdens and mysteries that they carry throughout the story as the threads of the main storyline weave themselves around them.
The Audible narration of the book is expressive and perfectly suited to the story, being delivered in the author’s own Scottish voice.
‘A Murder Of Crows’ has been awarded a Gold Acorn.
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