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Book Review Dreamer’s Melody

I shall round off the year with another fantasy book that I absolutely loved. I have been following the author and her works ever since I chanced upon Fire’s Song and I must say that with each book, she is capturing my imagination more and more. Dreamer’s Melody, the final book of the Shaudrey Universe is a satisfying conclusion to the series, weaving the threads together in a masterful manner. J.E Mueller is a master storyteller and this book underlines the fact even more.

The story revolves around Remi whose ability to Dreamwalk, lands her somewhere unexpected after she was caught in a storm and ends up in a coma in the real world. But the world is more than it seems and Remi has to find a way to survive this place of monsters if she’s to stand a chance of returning to her own world and to her sister.

The narration is in the first person and the voice is very distinctive and individual. The events are gripping and the plot twists and turns with many surprises in store. The humour that Mueller brings to her characters’ voices is present here also and it adds to the charm of the overall story. Though the book is the last in the series, each book can be read as standalone pieces as well.

If you love fantasy books, go and pick this one up. This is sure to enthrall you. The book is free to read if you have a KUL subscription.

Paperback can be purchased here

Kindle edition can be purchased here

Someday I’ll be Redeemed

Someday I’ll be Redeemed is the first book of Kelly Blanchard’s Chronicles of Lorrek series, and it is a book that lives up to every bit of its hype. The book was recommended to me by a friend and she was so insistent about how good it was that I bought both the Kindle edition and the paperback.

The book is masterfully crafted and creates in the reader the desire to know more about what happens next. The world is vast and the characters many and each are interesting in their own way. Some are likeable, some are detestable, but each will leave an imprint in your mind. The titular character Lorrek caught my imagination as no one else except perhaps Vixen, the former assassin. Though all the other characters are interesting, I found these two the most memorable. The world that Kelly creates is vast and complex where technology co-exists with magic and the different Kingdoms each with their own problems and dynamics are brought out well. Magic is the key in this world, but technology has its own place.

I’m not going into the plot in deep because I don’t want to spoil anything, but there are a few things that are given away in the blurb itself. The book opens with Prince Lorrek whom everyone had believed dead appearing back and the rest of the book is a mix of his journey to right the wrongs of the past and his memories and it all ends in a cliffhanger that has the reader salivating for more. The narrative is from various points of view, but as a fan of this form of writing, I enjoyed it a lot. Each voice is distinctive and interesting.

Pick up this book. You will be entertained and intrigued.

Paperback can be purchased here

Kindle edition is free and can be purchased here

Back after a hiatus

It has been a while since I posted anything here. Fact is, real life has been really hectic, and in spite of my best intentions, I have not been able to post anything here.

Of course, this does not mean I’ve been idle. I’ve been taking on editing projects and also been working on some of my own original works. Hopefully, within a couple of years, I’ll be in a position to do this full time.

I’ve also been reading some books. Re-reading rather. I didn’t want to start anything new at the moment, because I don’t have sleep to spare.

You know what I’ve realised? Real life will always be hectic. Jobs will always be stressful. But I cannot let that come in the way of doing the things I enjoy, like connecting with all of you lovely people.

So, I’ll be posting something on a regular basis here. Don’t forget to send a request if you need something edited!

See you soon!!

Pages of Surprises: The Joy and Despair of Being a Pantser

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Uh, pantser?

Simply, it refers to writers who write by the seat of their pants. Those who make it up as they go along. Sometimes they have a general idea where the plot is going, and where it is supposed to go, but mostly, they’re also waiting to find out as they write.

Really? Writers do that?

Yes, they do. You’d be surprised at how many pantsers there are. There’s something so incredibly joyful about just letting go and let your words take you in directions you didn’t even know existed.

Is it bad?

I wouldn’t know. I’ve never done anything else. I tried plotting once, but when I put pen to paper, the whole plot fell apart, and I was writing something that had nothing to do with the outline I made.

So, why am I a pantser?

Again, I’ve absolutely no idea. I mean, I’m a person who…

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Spirit’s Lullaby

Continuing the Shaudrey Universe series is Spirit’s Lullaby, the second book of the series. The story is set five years after the first book, Fire’s Song and it continues the story of Tella whom we met for the first time in Fire’s Song as a precocious teenager. Tella is grown now, and is partnering with Lydia in slaying demons. The voice of Tella is quite distinct from that of Key and the author must be applauded for bringing distinctive voices to each of these protagonists. Tella is also characterised by the same independent, questioning spirit that Key had, and her humour is less subtle. Again, we have angels and demons and other magical creatures. The theology that was touched upon in Fire’s Song is further deepened and explained here. Faced with a conspiracy of global proportions, Tella must find answers in order to save the world. With the help of Lydia and Danielle who also shares Tella’s ability to see spirits, angels and demons, Tella battles to save everyone from the demons’ domination. With cameo appearances from Key, Lee, Emmyth and Kegan, Spirit’s Lullaby is much darker in tone than Fire’s Song and even more interesting. J E Mueller has penned a bestseller here and Spirit’s Lullaby is a must read for fans of the fantasy genre.

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