Tumblr settup

As I mentioned in last night’s post, I wanted to set up a tumblr that will be similar to this wordpress blog. The tumblr blog is called craftingstrangenewworlds.   For those who follow this and have a literature themed (books, writing, reviews), please follow me there as well. Of course since tumblr is more visual, it will allow me to blog about other things I love or have a passion for. This will include books (obviously),technology, comic books, fantasy/sci-fi art, cars, cosplaying, and of course F.I.R.S.T.

Also if anyone knows how to put tumblr in the social widget, would you please tell me or post a link on how to.

Review of The River of Shadows (The Chathrand Voyage,#3

The River of ShadowsThe River of Shadows by Robert V.S. Redick
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Rating 3.5

The river of shadows continues the hunt for the mad sorcerer Arunis, as the conspiracy around the nilstone and those that want to use it expands and becomes much more complex. Pazel, Thasha, Neeps, Hercol and others continue their chase chase to finally catch and kill Arunis with success. However Arunis successfully releases the swarm as Thasha realizes that a great power has been hiding within her since her birth. There is a lot more that takes places but that would spoil the book for any futures readers.

Review of The Ruling Sea (The Chathrand Voyage, #2)

The Ruling Sea (The Chathrand Voyage Book 2)The Ruling Sea by Robert V.S. Redick
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The second installment of this series pickups where the first one The Red Wolf Conspiracy left off, at the marriage that would start the Great Peace. However the ceremony goes wrong or so it appears. The book keeps a solid steady pace as the conspiracy slowly starts to spiral out of control. Thasha, Pazel, Hercol, and Neeps along with the few allies they can find on the Chathrand conspire a mutiny or at least the start of one to keep Rose from killing them all as they cross the sea to the vortex. In the end the ixchel seize control with help from a sleeping drug they put into the water as the journey reaches the end. The Chathrand successfully survives the crossing of the vortex as they proceed into Boluntu home land in search of non drugged water.

Review of The Red Wolf Conspiracy (the Chathrand voyage, #1)

The Red Wolf Conspiracy (The Chathrand Voyage, #1)The Red Wolf Conspiracy by Robert V.S. Redick
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Pazel is just a simple tarboy with a tragic history, the son of a (supposed) traitor but has a great destiny at work thanks to Chadfellow who saves him from a life of slavery. Chadfellow himself is a very complex character whose motives are simple to the eye but much more complicated. Tasha the daughter of ambassador who is getting married to seal a peace, but prophecy foretells that this event will trigger a war by the followers of a God-King long thought to be dead. These events set motion by a handful of people some who seem very trusting to the main character(s). To be honest the pace of this book in the beginning is a little slow (in my opinion) since it introduces the most of the main characters, but it slowly steadily builds up its pace. However if you are looking for a well written book containing various traditional along some non-traditional fantasy elements with complex characters and complex plot lines, don’t overlook this book you will regret it.

2nd (late) update of May

Well after passing 78,000 thousand words late last night, before just passing out. I was going to make this post last night but my mind was tired, as well was my body. Rise (death annd a dragon) is my main focus at the moment, since I have a decent plan for the chapter I’m currently writing. Which is defiantly exciting since I can finally bring a Dragonlord. Something I have hinted at throughout my story. Along with the chapter afterwards. The few after that is more like I have an idea of what I want to accomplish, to progress the plot forward.

Hopefully I can keep this pace throughout the month and reach maybe 100,000 words by the end of the month or close to it. Who knows I may even surpass it.

Well till I post a third update. Read well, and write even better. May your worlds feel real.

Review of The Labyrinth

The LabyrinthThe Labyrinth by Dorian Zari
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Well, what I can say about this book without giving to much away. The book is defiantly interesting if not a “little” strange. Of course little may be an understatement,haha. The book follows four and by the end six people on the journey to find each other, literally. Of course this sounds like a simple plot line, but they are running from their own pasts, as The Guardian searches them to satisfy his driving, monstrous hunger. The book is defiantly not for the squeamish or light-hearted or those looking for relaxing read. I received a copy of this in an exchange for an honest review.

Aprils end…

Well at the beginning of April I had 60 or so pages of Rise written. Now that April had concluded and the second day of May is almost upon us. I have 137 pages written. At my best guess at bout an average of 500 words per page and an additional 77 pages written. If my math is right and it usually is, that means I wrote 38,500 words in April. Defiantly a very productive month, overall.

Highlights of April:

  • going to Knoxville for the FIRST FRC Smokey Mountains Regional for my mentoring work
  • Managing to get this successfully set up, with tabs for my works, about me and book reviews
  • Getting even more novels to read at some point.
  • Lastly getting 38,500 words written in 30 days

Review of The Baldari (Ancient Magic Saga #3)

The Baldari (Ancient Magic Saga, #3)The Baldari by Bob Blink
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

To be honest any fans of fantasy novels should check out this series as a whole. The final book in the series deals with the problems of the Baldari and the Bryn who are manipulating them into attacking the three kingdoms and Sedfiar. Rigo, Nycoh, Lyes and several other wizards, casters and mages attempt to deal with the problem as the Baldari kidnap casters and wizards for the Bryn. They send two teams to find the home the Baldari as Kaler and Daria deal with problems as her stepfather is killed by bandits, along the capture three girls. With help from Daria,Kaler, Sulene and several others they manage to eliminate the last of the eight. Koess returns from his time in the void and manages to give the Wizards both green fire and shields, as Nycoh’s powers grows. Eventually they find the fortress/prison of the Bryn with help from the Baldari. With Ashurn’s death he awakens Nycoh and Rigo Bryn blood. Three of the Bryn escape but with the ampflier destroyed the Bryn can no longer control the Baldari or the captured wizards/casters. Rigo, Nycoh, sulene, Daria, Kaler and Jeen manage to deal with the Bryn individually as the Bryn wreak havoc and destruction across Sedfiar and the three kingdoms. Eventually the Bryn are eliminated and peace returns to the lands.

I received this book from goodreads giveaway.

Review of Into the Ruins (Ancient magic saga #2)

Into The Ruins (Ancient Magic Saga, #2)Into The Ruins by Bob Blink
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

To be honest when I first started reading this book I was slightly confused since they started to introduce new main characters in a completely different setting before getting Rigo and the other wizards in. However the new land was a definite change from the three kingdoms in both politics and magical aspects. Once Rigo and a few other wizards arrive in Sedfiar by crossing the ruins they are taken away in cuffs that prevent access to their magic. The guild that imprisons Rigo and his companions are at odds with Queen Rosul who rules Sedfiar. Queen Rosul eventfully finds out that the guild is hiding Rigo and his companions from her which outrages her. With help from Queen Rosul Rigo and his remaining companions are released under the supervision of the guild. Eventually Rigo and his companions are saved by Kaler, Daria, Jeen and a few others while Queen Rosul attempts to rescue them, with help from diam who has been brought back. However Queen Rosul is attacked by the guild and the people of Sedfiar are told she is killed by the outsiders. Rigo and his companions actually save the Queen and her consort returning them to the three kingdoms along with Rigo close friend Mitty. With help from the three kingdoms and Queen Rosul the return to Sedfiar and start a was with the guild who has broken the barriers. Queen Rosul returns and unites the casters loyal to her, the people and the army and put all efforts into finding Cariff and her casters. They succeed after destroying the hopplani farms as Cariff and her two remaining casters attempt to stop Rigo’s binding to Mitty. They fail as the binding ceremony was a trap for Cariff. Cariff is captured before the binding ritual is completed. The book ends with the Baldari attacking a monastery in Kellmore. Nycoh deals them as they begin to face a new threat.

I received this book from goodreads first reads giveaway.

Review of Ancient Magic (Ancient Magic saga#1)

Ancient Magic (Ancient Magic Saga, #1)Ancient Magic by Bob Blink
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The book tells the story of Rigo,Kaler, and Daria along with several others as the book changes POV’s as the book progresses to introduce both minor and major characters. Rigo is a novice sorcerer who is following an internal sense along to a destination he doesn’t know. Kaler is a well-trained swordsman who is saved by Rigo. Daria is assassin who Rigo and Kaler find as they are making a getaway after being imprisoned. When Daria is found she is wounded and on the brink of death. She recovers and joins Rigo and Kaler on their journey. Meanwhile a war slowly starts begin as Lopal begins making raids into Braind. As they journey toward they counter Burke who attempt to forcefully take Rigo to his group of wizards leaving his companions behind. Rigo forces Burke away allowing him and his companions to journey onward. Along the way they encounter Jeen and Ash’urn. Jeen is a novice wizard Who has run from her village after accidentally killing a noble while Ash’urn is a adventurer among other things. Rigo finds his destination known as the Citadel where he finds an old ring. As Rigo puts it on he is taken over by Diam an master wizard from 2600 years ago who takes over his body. Diam fully activates Rigo’s nodes allowing him to become a full-fledged wizard and a new hosts of knowledge and magical abilities. Rigo stop the war before it fully starts since their are larger concerns for both those with magical capabilities and those without. With the war stopped in its tracks, Rigo finds Burke’s allies and Burke in their outpost hidden away from the world. As Rigo takes over the group he reveals the Hoplani problem and the problem of the towers that are designed to erect a barrier that prevents the spread of the Hoplani beyond the mysterious ruins. They gather enough wizards to erect successfully erect the barrier but the Hoplani still manage to get out and spread. Rigo and a few others manage to temporarily contain the spread as they figure out how the Hoplani are getting out and what the other the beast they spotted among them is.
I received this item from goodreads first read giveaway.