The Hollow Gods by A. J. Vrana – Review & Blog Tour

WHAT IS THE BOOK ABOUT?

Black Hollow is a town with a dark secret.

For centuries, residents have foretold the return of the Dreamwalker—an ominous figure from local folklore said to lure young women into the woods and possess them. Yet the boundary between fact and fable is blurred by a troubling statistic: occasionally, women do go missing. And after they return, they almost always end up dead.

When Kai wakes up next to the lifeless body of a recently missing girl, his memory blank, he struggles to clear his already threadbare conscience.

Miya, a floundering university student, experiences signs that she may be the Dreamwalker’s next victim. Can she trust Kai as their paths collide, or does he herald her demise?

After losing a young patient, crestfallen oncologist, Mason, embarks on a quest to debunk the town’s superstitions, only to find his sanity tested.

A maelstrom of ancient grudges, forgotten traumas, and deadly secrets loom in the foggy forests of Black Hollow. Can three unlikely heroes put aside their fears and unite to confront a centuries-old evil? Will they uncover the truth behind the fable, or will the cycle repeat?

The Hollow Gods by A. J. Vrana - Review & Book Cover
The Hollow Gods by A. J. Vrana – Review & Blog Tour

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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The Ship of Shadows by Maria Kuzniar – Review & Blog Tour

A SWASHBUCKLING TALE INVOLVING PIRATES, SHIPS, ADVENTURES ON STORMY SEAS, FACING DANGEROUS BEASTS IN THE MERCILESS DESERT, AND MUCH MORE.

WHAT IS THE BOOK ABOUT:

Aleja whiles away her days in her family’s dusty tavern in Seville, dreaming of distant lands and believing in the kind of magic that she’s only ever read about in books. After all, she’s always being told that girls can’t be explorers.

But her life is changed forever when adventure comes for her in the form of a fabled vessel called the Ship of Shadows. Crewed by a band of ruthless women, with cabin walls dripping with secrets, the ship has sailed right out of a legend. And it wants Aleja.

Once on board its shadowy deck, she begins to realize that the sea holds more secrets than she ever could have imagined. The crew are desperately seeking something, and their path will take them through treacherous waters and force them to confront nightmare creatures and pitch-dark magic. It will take all of Aleja’s strength and courage to gain the trust of her fellow pirates – and discover what they are risking everything to find.

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The Ship of Shadows by Maria Kuzniar Review & Blog Tour
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Knightmare Arcanist by Shami Stovall – Review & Blog Tour

A GREAT START TO A YA FANTASY SERIES

Welcome to my stop on the Write Reads Ultimate Blog Tour for Knightmare Arcanist by Shami Stovall.

The Write Reads Blog Tour for Knightmare Arcanist by Shami Stovall
The Write Reads Blog Tour for Knightmare Arcanist by Shami Stovall

WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT

Gravedigger Volke Savan wants to be like his hero, the legendary magical swashbuckler, Gregory Ruma. First, he needs to become an arcanist, someone capable of wielding magic, which requires bonding with a mythical creature. And he will take anything—a pegasus, a griffin, a ravenous hydra—maybe even a leviathan, like Ruma.

So when Volke stumbles across a knightmare, a creature made of shadow and terror, he has no reservations. But the knightmare knows a terrible secret: Ruma is a murderer out to spread corrupted magic throughout their island nation. He’s already killed a population of phoenixes and he intends to kill even more.

To protect his home, his adopted sister, and the girl he admires from afar, Volke will need to confront his hero, the Master Arcanist Gregory Ruma.

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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The 19th Bladesman by S.J. Hartland #BookReview

Kaell is a swordsman bonded to the ancient gods and can fight for them alone. Bonded warriors are doomed to die young as they are trained to fight the monstrous, blood-sucking ghouls.

But Kaell doesn’t fear for his life.

All he wants is his Lord’s love. However, Lord Vraymorg is unwilling to acknowledge his feelings towards Kaell for love means pain. But Kaell is also the “19th Bladesman” prophesied to bring down a banished God.

When this foul god escapes from his prison, what havoc shall he wreak? Can Kaell thwart him? Because “if Kaell breaks, the kingdom breaks with him”. The 19th Bladesman, the first book in the Shadow Sword series, by S. J. Hartland is a remarkable fantasy novel.

The 19th Bladesman by S.J. Hartland - review & book cover
The 19th Bladesman by S.J. Hartland – review

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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Author Q&A – Andy Giesler

In my second Author Q&A, I am interviewing Andy Giesler, author of The Nothing Within, a post-apocalyptic science fiction fantasy. I read the book exactly a year ago, and the story is still fresh in my mind.

Please feel free to check out my review of The Nothing Within here.

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What is this book about?

*Centuries after the collapse, a young woman in what was once Amish country tries to save what’s left of humankind—and to discover who she really is.

The first three lines of the book:

My name is Root.

I was seventeen when I first heard the voice no one else could hear. I feared I might have the Nothing within me.

But by the time my village burned me alive in the Pit? By then we were all pretty sure.

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Blood Seduction by Anna Rainn – Review

Blood Seduction by Anna Rainn
Blood Seduction by Anna Rainn – Review

Rating – 3.5/5

Haunted by her abusive past, Lenore has been pining for her high-school sweetheart, Andrew, for years. Trapped between a domineering mother and a non-existent love life, Lenore yearns to break out of her monotonous life.

Her wish comes true when she meets Richard, a handsome, rich and mysterious club owner. With eyes the shade of night, all-black attire, cold hands, and wickedly sinful ways, Richard seduces Lenore into a dark and deadly world. Now Lenore must decide – to remain as the flawed Lenore of her past or to become Richard’s Ella, a seductive and powerful woman.

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