The band of characters in this book are quite well developed, and the reader is drawn into a strong feeling of empathy with Conny, Frankie and Twig in particular. The villain is well-drawn and distinctly odious: there are times when his actions do make the reader uncomfortable and quite angry. This sets the action of the story in motion: each of the main characters and a number of the minor characters must work together to achieve justice and to reclaim that which has been taken from them.
The book brings some resolution to the conflicts faced by Twig and Conny, along with a sense of relief in the immediate circumstances, but the reader is also very aware that there are still questions and problems that remain unsolved. In this way, the reader is strongly motivated to read the second book in the series – ‘The Colour of Evil’. The title itself is both enticing and ominous, leaving the reader intrigued and eager to know more.
I’ve given this book a good solid 4 stars.
You can find Absence of Colour Book 1, and the rest of the series, on Susan Wee’s Amazon page.
Missy Sheldrake’s wonderful magic continues in this second book of the Keepers of the Wellsprings series.
So vivid and compelling is the storytelling that the reader is fully engaged in the action as it unfolds, with a strong sensation of being confronted with questions about personal integrity and the nature of truth alongside the characters. There are some absolute heart-in-your-throat moments, and some that fill the reader with dread.
The ability to conjure such powerful effects on the reader is a true sign of masterful writing.
‘Call of Sunteri’ delivers action, magic and quest by the bucketload in this book. I can’t wait to finish reading the whole magnificent series.
What a ripping yarn! I thoroughly enjoyed this tale of the man who fell into bad company. It’s a story that explores the contrasts between guilt and innocence, and between conscience and volition in a world populated by pirates, privateers, and settlers in the New World.
The characters were well developed, especially the main character, Matthew Blackwell. The author does an excellent job of evoking sympathy for Matthew, William and Stephan, and of crafting the hardhearted world in which they live.
5 stars, yo ho ho and a bottle of rum for this rollicking pirate story.
Frediani has embedded mysticism and beauty so skilfully in these stories that even concepts of corruption, degradation and justice are explored in ways that deepen the reader’s understanding of the reclamation and redemption that occur throughout these tales.
A very mysterious and poignant element of this book is that the setting could be anywhere. It’s not bound to a specific location or people group. Instead, the story is unified by the mystical elements that add so much depth and vibrancy to the story.
The reader is drawn into the stories and the places where they take place. The imagery was rich and powerful, creating vivid pictures of characters, scenes and landscapes as each story played out, almost like a film playing on a virtual screen in my mind.
Read it. You won’t be sorry.
I am proud to announce to the world that I read all the books on my list for February! I also read an extra one – Twice Born – because I was so excited about its arrival early in the month!
These books have all been read and reviewed on the Book Squirrel blog during the month of February. What’s even better is that they were all fabulous!
It’s not that I give five stars terribly easily. It’s probably more a case of having selected absolutely superb books to read and review.
So, onto the Reading List Challenge for March.
Remember, the link will take you conveniently to the Amazon page to preview and buy the book.
This month, in no particular order, I plan to read:
‘An Enlightening Quiche’ by Eva Pasco.
This promises to be a delicious tale of rivalry and bad behaviour. Bring it on!
These twin novellas blend humour, small-town life and unexpected romance. I wonder, though, if the romance is the only thing that will take the reader by surprise? I suspect not.
‘Souls Discovered’ by Miranda Brock.
For an extra challenge:‘Nova’ by Joanne Van Leerdam.
Your assignment: read it and let us know what you think! Write a review!