Top positive review
Mythic stories at their best
Reviewed in the United States on July 27, 2016
I have purchased 3 of the stories but after reading the table of contents, but plan on reading the rest. The 3 I read were awesome and I loved every one of them.
I Bring The Fire Part 1 by C. Gockel
I was very surprised and delighted by the story line. Not knowing a lot about Norse Mythology, always got lost in the names, did not prevent me from enjoying this book. Of course I have some knowledge about other mythologies and very familiar with the Trickster, especially in Native American mythology. But reading this story, I was totally able to relate to the mythology part which was very interesting to me. I often felt like Amy when Loki said some things.
From the moment, I started reading I was captured by the story line. Often you start a book because it sounds good in the write up or review and you just cannot get into it. Not this book, from page 1, I was totally enthralled and wanting to know what is going to happen next. I really enjoyed how the author developed the relationship between Loki and Amy. Beatrice was a very nice touch to the story, she kept the plot alive and filled in a lot of the gaps for both Amy and the reader, very nice touch. I am a big fan of THIS LOKI.
The Wild Hunt by Ron Neito
I was very surprised by this book and totally enjoyed it. I am not sure what I was expecting at the beginning but as it progressed, it only got better and better.
I knew nothing about Kelpies and it was fun to read about this, new to me, mythical creature. The story was one that kept the reader interested in what was going to happen. To see Lily struggle with modern ideas and folklore was exciting, there were times I wanted to shout at her, “open your eyes and use your head”. There were other times where I was just as taken off guard as she was. That, to me, makes a good story one where I think I know what will happen and sometimes I am right while other times, I am not right. I know that I plan to read the rest of books because I am very curious to see what happens to Lily and Troy.
Elsker by S. T. Bende
I am really beginning to enjoy Norse mythology and while some names are well known, Ull was a new god to me. It was fun seeing how this author intertwined myth with fiction. I was immediately hooked. The characters are real and the situations that happen are so normal. It is not easy to mix our current urban lifestyle with ancient myth and make it work, but this book certainly does.
A strong female character is always a plus for me when reading. She is actually a real person that you could actually meet on the street which contributes so much to the storyline. I really enjoyed Ull and Kristia budding relationship and how she is strong enough and he is not able take her over. I love that here is a girl who was always overlooked but when a good-looking boy starts to take an interest in her, she doesn’t fall apart and remains true to herself.
Additions to my review:
THINGS UNSEEN by C.J. Brightley
This story was very interesting, almost apocalyptic but with a paranormal touch. By the end of it, I was so enthralled that I know that I will be reading the next book in this series. It was very well written and at times, very scary. What if this could really happen? The world becoming one Empire under one government and not one for the people. I really enjoyed Aria and Owen together, they seem to be drawn to each other but neither of them really knows why. They are both enigmas and I am curious to see if they are less so as the story goes on.
BLOOD DEBT by Nancy Straight
Wow, this story was extremely interesting and kept my interest up. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the books that follow this one.
I would never have thought of Centaurs being totally human and the entire concept of how they live and who they are was unique. Their rituals and customs, although very old fashion, did not really appear to be out of place except to Camille. But that is because she was not raised in their society but as a human. She struggles a lot throughout the story as she loses her mother and goes from a family of 2 to a family of 8.
The story is full of adventure and mystery. It is fast paced. I was kept on the edge of my chair with some of the things that happened. The characters were very real and you could not help but fall in love with the characters. I especially loved how Bianca became Camille’s friend and helped her. You also find that Will and Gretchen are both such protective parents even with Camille who they just accepted into their family. By the end of the book, you finally understand why Camille’s mother hid them both away. Well worth reading.