Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Book Review: The Broken Road

The Broken Road

By:  Teresa Frohock

Publish Date:  September 21, 2014

Publisher:  The Story Vault

Format:  eBook

Genre:  Fantasy

Series:  1st in Frayed Empire series

Recommendation:  Wow. A whole new world and magic created in a novella. I enjoyed the chanting magic and use of vibration. Then the whole element of the connection of worlds and what darkness is present on the other side... and seeping into this fantasy world as well.

Synopsis:
The world of Lehbet is under siege. The threads that divide Lehbet from the mirror world of Heled are fraying, opening the way for an invasion by an alien enemy that feeds on human flesh.

Travys, the youngest of the queen’s twin sons, was born mute. He is a prince of the Chanteuse, nobles who channel their magic through their voices. Their purpose is to monitor the threads and close the paths between the worlds, but the Chanteuse have given themselves over to decadence. They disregard their responsibilities to the people they protect—all but Travys, who fears he’ll fail to wake the Chanteuse to Heled’s threat in time to prevent the destruction of Lehbet.

Within the palace, intrigue creates illusions of love where there is none, and when Travys’ own brother turns against him, he is forced to flee all that he has known and enter the mirror world of Heled where the enemy has already won. In Heled, he must find his true voice and close the threads, or lose everyone that he loves.

First Sentence:
Outside the gilded halls of Aquitania, summer wilted the crops in the fields.

Purchase At:
Amazon  /  Barnes & Nobles

My Thoughts and Summary:
Travys, the prince, and Marc, Travys lowborn noble friend, find a morbid sight of the dead god and the sacrifice with it. The nobles have not done as they promised to the lowborn citizens. The promise to hold back the fray and beasts within. The person behind the ritual and fueling the lowborn is more than Travys had imagined and Travys is on the mission to find this person to protect his people. Then the matter of the princes marriage comes forth as another problem and his twin is not pleased.

Wow. A whole new world and magic created in a novella. I enjoyed the chanting magic and use of vibration. Then the whole element of the connection of worlds and what darkness is present on the other side... and seeping into this fantasy world as well.

I like there is a chanting magic to create the spells on walls to help protect the town people and to try and hold the fraying edges of reality together, keeping the dark monsters born from the fraying edges at bay. But things aren't going so well with the magic either. Only the nobles are of this magic.

Travys, the second of the Queen's twin sons, was born mute so he's powerless to the changing magic in his blood. Yet he has found a way to make the magic work for him.

This feels like a dark fantasy to me, more so than horror. There are ugly dark things in the world Travys lives in and beyond. Yet some of those dark things are not as terrible, at the moment, as others. The book didn't make me jump or scare me, so it's not that sort of horror.

This story surprised me when I got into it. I enjoyed the writing and the creation here. What surprised me is this is a novella! It reads like a full length fantasy novel. With each page the world and characters grow along with the plot and troubles they come across.

I look forward to more of this world. there is so much here to explore and so many possibilities. And I have a few curious thoughts on what else could happen. Oh do I hope Teresa gets us more of The Frayed Empire soon!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Book Review: Stoned in Charm City

Stoned in Charm City

By:  Kelly A. Harmon

Publish Date:  May, 2014

Publisher:  Pole to Pole Publishing

Format:  eARC

Genre:  Urban Fantasy

Series:  1st in Charm City Darkness series

Recommendation:  An Urban Fantasy with a religious tone to the magic.

Synopsis:
"No Good Deed Goes Undamned"

Forty dollars. Two crisp twenties. All that stands between Assumpta Mary Margaret O’Connor and homelessness.

For the price of forty dollars, she helps archeologist Greg LaSpina find something he’s lost–and causes all Hell to break loose.

Literally.

With demons tormenting their every step, Assumpta and Greg become both hunted and hunter in their search for a way to send the demons back to Hell. One careless mistake could cost them their lives.

Wrestling with her faith, Assumpta considers an offer made by one very sexy demon: sleep with him, and learn how to rid the world of the escaped evil.

But the offer comes with a steep price: her immortal soul.

First Sentence:
"Do my numbers."

Purchase At:
Amazon  /  Barnes & Nobles

My Thoughts and Summary:
Assumpta is looking for work to pay rent and her father. She breaks a promise to her mother when a man sent by her ex-best friend instants to pay her to read his numbers for his fortune. Assumpta doesn't like what she sees in the results. Greg needs Assumpta to help him by using her specialty of finding things. The item he's lost, or more what was in it, is Pandora's urn he was taking care of from a dig he was on. Greg's touch brings Assumpta head long into his search for the presence that was in Pandora's urn.

Assumpta is in debt - college bills which she didn't get to complete, rent, and her greedy father who's charging her for everything since birth (including birth). Greg is cursed by an ancient jar that housed Pandora's sins. But contacting Assumpta for help, Greg has cursed the Religious strong woman.

This story has a religious tone to it. There isn't a witch craft here or something paranormal. The magic here is based on Religious belief. Assumpta's strong Catholic belief almost gives it a feel of magic of it's own. That belief and the church is what Assumpta uses to save herself and Greg. Now I'm not a big religious person, but with the way it reads in this book it's like any other magic I've read in Urban Fantasy or Fantasy reads. Assumpta has a strong belief and the "magic" works from that belief.

I liked Assumpta when I first met her. Then she started talking to Greg about needing to believe and baptism and such. Seeing Greg as one that's not a believer was a nice balance, and even in the end you see the scales tip in opposite directions. But this first talk with Greg and Assumpta is one that is very common, and hit home a bit with me. Once I got past my initial feelings I realized the Catholic belief Assumpta has is like any magical strong belief for witches or any other Urban Fantasy, that I wasn't being preached too. And on I went with the book, easy enough. Her belief was working to save her and Greg from the "demons" attached to them.

There were a few things that felt vague to me. The beginning was shaky for me - in connections and believably areas. Like I wasn't sure how a demon came to be attached to Assumpta, or why. It's said, yes, but I still felt as something was missing. There was also Assumpta's unknown helper. I didn't realize he was different from her "Rider" minion at first.

I like the ending of the book with Assumpta. This is the first book of the series, setting the stage for the world and the characters. I'm curious to see where the author goes as Assumpta seems different in the end, and one I'm curious to follow and watch grow. And curious about Jak, and see more of him.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sunday Post #67

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It's a chance to share news ~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share new about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

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So I was able to be back a little bit this week. Woot woot! Life still took over from Thursday on, so I haven't been on the computer since Wednesday. But I was on for a few hours previously in the week. I did start a few reviews and posts for scheduling, and enjoyed myself. :) I forgot, in all the craziness of life, how much fun I have here working posts up. But I'm going to take it slow at posting as life is still on the go-go.

But I did get two posts up this week. Other than that, not much to share. Hope you all have a great week!


What's Happening in Books:

Current Read:
Edgelanders by Jennifer Melzer (will start this week)


Current Podcast Book Listen:
The Horde by Patrick Scaffido


Finished Last Week: (in last month)
Stoned in Charm City by Kelly A. Harmon


Finished Podcast Book Listen:
None finished yet.

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Last Week on the Blog:



Cover Reveals: (click titles to go to post & learn more)






Posts:



Around the Internet...



Reviews:
GIVEAWAYS:




Weekly Posts:

Mythical Monday
Throwback Thursday


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This Week to Come on the Blog:

I have two reviews I'm planning on touching up and posting this week.
The Broken Road by Teresa Frohock
Stoned in Charm City by Kelly A. Harmon

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Received Last Weeks:


Review:


For Review Consideration:



Purchased/Winnings/Gifts:



Free Ebooks:



Free Audio Books/Stories:


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Reviews to Come:

Ravenwood by Nathan Lowell - a podcast reading of the book
The Secret World Chronicle: The Hunt by Mercedes Lackey & Steve Libbey (in audiobook while at work)
Rusted Veins by Jaye Wells
Haunted by Amanda Bonilla
The Secret World Chronicle: World Well Lost by Mercees Lackey,Steve Libby, Cody Martin, & Dennis Lee
Harlan's Wake by John Mierau
The List by John Mierau
Tales from the Archive: 4 - Wooden Go to Waste by Sandra Wickham
Tales from the Archive: 5 (part 1 & 2) - Those Dark Satanic Mills by Suna Dasi
Soulless by Skyla Dawn Cameron
The Sentinel by Chris Lester
The Muse by Chris Lester
Metamor City: Making the Cut by Chris Lester
Metamor City: Whispers in the Wood by Chris Lester
Dirty Magick: Los Angeles edited by Charlie Brown
A Cursed Bloodline by Cecy Robson
The Broken Road by Teresa Frohock
Stoned in Charm City by Kelly A. Harmon

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Tales from the Archives, Vol 3: #3

Tales from the Archives, Vol. 3: #3

By:  Pip Ballantine & Tee Morris

Written by:  Michael Spence

Narrated by:  Philippa Ballantine

Format:  Podcast, 47:24 minutes

Genre:  Fantasy, Steampunk

Series:  3rd in Tales of the Archives Vol. 3 podcasts, part of A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series

Recommendation:  Nice way to meet new characters and authors in this steampunk-ish world particularly if you enjoyed the book; A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel, Phoenix Rising.  The archives are full of stories to be told.

Synopsis:
Why the Sea is Boiling Hot

Researcher Dodgson is happy in the bowels of the R&D department of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences, until a mysterious death and the question of space and time fling him out of it. He finds himself in the foreign environment of field work, with the whole fate of the Ministry, and the Empire itself in his nervous hands.

My Thoughts and Summary:
In London 1871 there is a man who went for a walk through Hide Park. Simons Ravensdale is an elderly gentleman who was shoot in the heart. No shot was heard and no one was seen leaving. There is an exit wound, but no entrance wound!

The story starts right off with the murder and leaving us curious of what happened. My kind of start!!

We meet Agent Hugh Carpenter and Agent Dodgson in this story. Agent Carpenter transfers to the War Office to guard the secret project. Dodgson gets caught up in the details of the secret project plans Carpenter accidentally took from the office. The theory of folding space was a touch hard for me to follow while listening. I would like to have read that section so I could reread to try to imagine and wrap my brain around it. But that is my thinking process.

We see the Eather gate! Dodgeson talks to Sir Carol Ludovick, who does the Eather Gate. We see the use of the Eather Gate and speculations further from what it is currently used for. It seems House of Usher was who one wanted to get in good with.

A complex story with the Eather Gate and connections



Would you like to listen to these? For a taste of the characters or in addition to the book... Visit The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences.

You can find these for your Reading pleasure in any eFormat you would like at Smashwords.

You can find the Archives: Amazon Kindle ~ Tales from the Archives Scroll through the list for them all, and the ones you still need.

There are short stories always added to the listing. So keep checking back!



I listened to this short story for my own enjoyment.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Tales from the Archives, Vol 3: #2

Tales from the Archives, Vol. 3: #2

By:  Pip Ballantine & Tee Morris

Written by: K.T. Bryski

Narrated by:  Gavin Douglas and Blythe Haynes

Format:  Podcast, 39:52 minutes

Genre:  Fantasy, Steampunk

Series:  2nd in Tales of the Archives Vol. 3 podcasts, part of A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series

Recommendation:  Nice way to meet new characters and authors in this steampunk-ish world particularly if you enjoyed the book; A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel, Phoenix Rising.  The archives are full of stories to be told.

Synopsis:
Under Oak Island

Agent Brandon Hill is called in to investigate strange happenings in Nova Scotia. The location is an isolated stretch of land called Oak Island, a truly peculiar place with mystery and peril surrounding it. At the Money Pit, a man-made excavation site at the island’s heart, Hill meets up with Agent Anouk Tremblay, le Ministère Officiel d’Occurrences Sans Explication, the Québec counterpart to the Ministry.

Struggling against the dark claustrophobia lingering around them in their descent of the Money Pit, Hill and Tremblay navigate hydrological systems and digging technology to discover what has taken refuge under Oak Island.

My Thoughts and Summary:
December 1894 in Nova Scotia, Canada. Agent Brandon Hill finds his next case is in the Money Pit, an excavation pit. Brandon is to be known to the workers of the shaft as a health inspector. He is paired with a French female agent from Quebec, Agent Anouk Tremblay. No one knows what is buried in the shaft James Clark has been digging in. Clark has come across a metal plate of 155 feet across, and the Ministry won't let him go further until it is investigated. The dig operator says they saw an image of a skeleton and shadows moving on the metal plate.

The shaft was founded in 1795 by three boys and was rumored to have a pirate treasure buried in it. Oh when you finally find out what is buried deep in the shaft, you will be shocked! And a curse unlocked.

I liked that the story was well thought out. The mention of the ocean and how Clark has managed to keep the tunnels from the ocean from flooding the shaft. Yet this comes in handy later too! Excellent use of surroundings.

Brandon and Anouk feel as they are at competition with each other for who will lead the investigation and go first on everything. Brandon has an Indiana Jones feel with his quick escape. I like this!

Gripping tale with suspense! This story felt more supernatural than steampunk, but I was hooked from the beginning. The character interaction between Brandon and Anouk and the mystery suspense of what was down here. Oh, then when we saw it!



Would you like to listen to these? For a taste of the characters or in addition to the book... Visit The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences.

You can find these for your Reading pleasure in any eFormat you would like at Smashwords.

You can find the Archives: Amazon Kindle ~ Tales from the Archives Scroll through the list for them all, and the ones you still need.

There are short stories always added to the listing. So keep checking back!



I listened to this short story for my own enjoyment.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sunday Post #66

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It's a chance to share news ~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share new about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

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I'm back. Or so I hope so. I can't believe it's been about a month since I did a Sunday Post, and just shy of the same for any posts on the blog. Life has been on crazy fast forward these days. I've been on the go every night with the kiddo and his activities and things along with family things and searching to contact an aunt in Australia (by internet, sadly) with events of another aunt this last month. It's just been a crazy roller coaster ride here.

In all of this, I haven't got much done in the way of reading or writing. I'm hoping to get back on track and at it here for the remainder of October. (Yes, November is so close and I take that off to focus on NaNoWriMo.)

I did spend a good chunk of the time on preparing for a brainstorming about a story idea for NaNo. The session turned out wonderful and I can't wait for the podcast to go live for you all to hear it. :)

So, on to the bookish stuff. It's been a bit slow, but lets get updated. :)


What's Happening in Books:

Current Read:
Stoned in Charm City by Kelly A. Harmon


Current Podcast Book Listen:
The Horde by Patrick Scaffido


Finished Last Week: (in last month)
Dirty Magick: Los Angeles edited by Charlie Brown
A Cursed Bloodline by Cecy Robson
The Broken Road by Teresa Frohock


Finished Podcast Book Listen:
None finished yet.

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Last Week on the Blog:



Cover Reveals: (click titles to go to post & learn more)

Posts:

At The Challenged Writers blog:
Writing Update for September
Flash Fiction (11)
Flash Fiction (12)
I hope you enjoy the quick flash fictions. If you do, please feel free to leave a comment. Thank you.

Around the Internet...



Reviews:
GIVEAWAYS:




Weekly Posts:

Mythical Monday - Author Patrick Scaffido talks about Mythical African Zombies!
Throwback Thursday


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This Week to Come on the Blog:

I don't know yet. I'm going to sit down and figure out what I have.


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Received Last Weeks:


Review:


For Review Consideration:
The Broken Road by Teresa Frohock
Goodreads Description:
The world of Lehbet is under siege. The threads that divide Lehbet from the mirror world of Heled are fraying, opening the way for an invasion by an alien enemy that feeds on human flesh. 

Travys, the youngest of the queen’s twin sons, was born mute. He is a prince of the Chanteuse, nobles who channel their magic through their voices. Their purpose is to monitor the threads and close the paths between the worlds, but the Chanteuse have given themselves over to decadence. They disregard their responsibilities to the people they protect—all but Travys, who fears he’ll fail to wake the Chanteuse to Heled’s threat in time to prevent the destruction of Lehbet. 

Within the palace, intrigue creates illusions of love where there is none, and when Travys’ own brother turns against him, he is forced to flee all that he has known and enter the mirror world of Heled where the enemy has already won. In Heled, he must find his true voice and close the threads, or lose everyone that he loves.

The Tiger Queens by Stephanie Thornton
Goodreads Description:
In the late twelfth century, across the sweeping Mongolian grasslands, brilliant, charismatic Temujin ascends to power, declaring himself the Great, or Genghis, Khan. But it is the women who stand beside him who ensure his triumph.... 
 
After her mother foretells an ominous future for her, gifted Borte becomes an outsider within her clan. When she seeks comfort in the arms of aristocratic traveler Jamuka, she discovers he is the blood brother of Temujin, the man who agreed to marry her and then abandoned her long before they could wed.
 
Temujin will return and make Borte his queen, yet it will take many women to safeguard his fragile new kingdom. Their daughter, the fierce Alaqai, will ride and shoot an arrow as well as any man. Fatima, an elegant Persian captive, will transform her desire for revenge into an unbreakable loyalty. And Sorkhokhtani, a demure widow, will position her sons to inherit the empire when it begins to fracture from within.

In a world lit by fire and ruled by the sword, the tiger queens of Genghis Khan come to depend on one another as they fight and love, scheme and sacrifice, all for the good of their family...and the greatness of the People of the Felt Walls.


Purchased/Winnings/Gifts:
The whole package from the kickstarter:

River by Skyla Dawn Cameron
Goodreads Description:
Defiant, nocturnal, moody–though River sounds like a typical teenager, she’s anything but. River’s a werewolf. 

The life of an alpha female wolf was irrevocably changed the night she was attacked and bitten, and awoke confused, alone, and human. Three years later, thrust into a world where she doesn’t belong and living in foster care, River barely tolerates humanity and still doesn’t know who bit her or why. 

But River isn’t as alone as she previously thought; someone’s been watching her, someone who holds the answers she’s been seeking. And though the human who changed her seems to be a step ahead of her at every turn, River is determined to beat his game and return to her pack and mate. 

As if being stuck in a world she hates, with a life she never asked for, and faced with a destiny she doesn’t want wasn’t bad enough, River still must find a way to survive every human’s greatest challenge: high school.


Free Ebooks:
(Kindle)
Edgelander's by Jennifer Melzer
Goodreads Description:
When Princess Lorelei of Leithe overhears her fiancé’s plot to murder her on the way to their wedding, she does the only smart thing: she runs. 

Into the Edgelands, the savage, woodland home of the legendary U’lfer, a race of fierce wolves who walk as men, she knows she is as good as dead, but she would rather be torn apart by werewolves than die by Trystay’s hand. 

A young U’lfer warrior named Finn catches her scent on the wind and finds himself possessed by an unnatural desire to shield and protect her from that which hunts her. From the moment he first sees her, Finn knows she is his. He feels her heartbeat, knows her soul, and he will do anything, even suffer exile from the Edgelands to be with her. 

But there is more to Lorelei than meets the eye. She is like Finn; there is U’lfer blood in her veins, a beast beneath her skin she never knew was there. The answers she seeks lie south, in the frozen tundra of Rimian, where a village of people just like her have been waiting for Lorelei to come and save them since before she was even born.

Sorrow's Peak by Jennifer Melzer
Goodreads Description:
Once a princess of Leithe, Lorelei has been exiled from her homeland and led to the city of Dunvarak in the tundra of Rimian. The people of Dunvarak call her Light of Madra, and nearly every one of them has a story about the white hand of light and comforting voice who saved them from death during the War of Silence.

She is their savior, and being a savior is no small task. It comes with expectations, and the fate of an entire race rests on her shoulders. Tasked with embarking on a cross-country journey to the ruins in Great Sorrow's Peak, the half-bred U'lfer of Dunvarak believe the fractured horns of their god, Llorveth, are hidden among a long-dead dragon's treasure hoard. Only with that relic in their possession will they finally be able to embrace the dormant wolf and rise to stand beside their U'lfer brethren in the coming war with men.

But there is more to her task than simply retrieving the mystical horns of a silent god. Lorelei and her companions, Finn, an U'lfer warrior she shares a mate bond with and a half-Alvarii mage named Brendolowyn, have made this journey before, and unless they can figure out where they went wrong in past cycles, time threatens to repeat itself for eternity.

Demons at Deadnight by A&E Kirk
Goodreads Description:
For seventeen-year-old Aurora Lahey, survival is a lifestyle. 

DEMONIC DESTINY 
Aurora has the crappiest superpower on the planet. And it's just unleashed a hit squad from hell. Demons are on the hunt, salivating to carve her carcass into confetti. 

CHARISMATIC KILLERS 
The Hex Boys--mysterious, hunky, and notorious for their trails of destruction--have the answers Aurora needs to survive. But their overload of deadly secrets and suspicious motives makes trusting them a potentially fatal move. 

LETHAL ALLIES 
The battle to save her family, herself, and stop demonic domination may cost Aurora everything worth living for, and force her to reveal her own dark secrets. But no worries. She needs the Hex Boys to pull this off, and, chances are, teaming up with these guys will get her killed anyway. 

(Barnes&Nobles)
Storm by Brigid Kemmerer
Goodreads Description:
Earth, Fire, Air, Water – they have more power than you dream.

Ever since her ex-boyfriend spread those lies about her, Becca Chandler is suddenly getting all the guys—all the ones she doesn't want. Then she saves Chris Merrick from a beating in the school parking lot. Chris is different. Way different: he can control water—just like his brothers can control fire, wind, and earth. They’re powerful. Dangerous. Marked for death.

And now that she knows the truth, so is Becca.

Secrets are hard to keep when your life’s at stake. When Hunter, the mysterious new kid around school, turns up with a talent for being in the wrong place at the right time, Becca thinks she can trust him. But then Hunter goes head-to-head with Chris, and Becca wonders who’s hiding the most dangerous truth of all.

The storm is coming . . .


Free Audio Books/Stories:
(Audible)
Mitosis: A Reckoners Story by Brandon Sanderson
Goodreads Description:
From "New York Times" bestselling author Brandon Sanderson's action-packed novel "Steelheart" comes "Mitosis," a short story set in the world of The Reckoners series, exclusively available in the digital format.

Steelheart may be dead, but Epics still plague Newcago and David and the Reckoners have vowed to fight back.

Catch all the action before "Firefight," the exciting sequel to "Steelheart," hits shelves in January 2015.

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Reviews to Come:

Ravenwood by Nathan Lowell - a podcast reading of the book
The Secret World Chronicle: The Hunt by Mercedes Lackey & Steve Libbey (in audiobook while at work)
Rusted Veins by Jaye Wells
Haunted by Amanda Bonilla
The Secret World Chronicle: World Well Lost by Mercees Lackey,Steve Libby, Cody Martin, & Dennis Lee
Tales from the Archives, Vol 3: #2 by Tee Morris, Pip Ballantine, & others.
Tales from the Archives, Vol 3: #3 by Tee Morris, Pip Ballantine, & others.
Harlan's Wake by John Mierau
The List by John Mierau
Tales from the Archive: 4 - Wooden Go to Waste by Sandra Wickham
Tales from the Archive: 5 (part 1 & 2) - Those Dark Satanic Mills by Suna Dasi
Soulless by Skyla Dawn Cameron
The Sentinel by Chris Lester
The Muse by Chris Lester
Metamor City: Making the Cut by Chris Lester
Metamor City: Whispers in the Wood by Chris Lester
Dirty Magick: Los Angeles edited by Charlie Brown
A Cursed Bloodline by Cecy Robson

The Broken Road by Teresa Frohock

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Thoughts On: The Horde (Ch 7- 12)

The Horde

By:  Patrick Scaffido

Genre:  Urban Fantasy Horror

Format:  Podcast, Ep 3 ~ 46:30 mins

Chapters:  7, 8, and 9

Book Synopsis:
www.thehordewilleat.us

The Horde, a mysterious force that brings nightmares to life, devours everything in its path.

Bridan, a lone traveler, seeks the key to the Horde's destruction at the expense of all else- bystanders, worlds, and broken lives be damned.

Cyrack, the Horde's inhuman master, follows Bridan across the Worldcycle seeking Bridan's heart- literally.

Terry is caught between them, dreaming their battles across the blasted wastes of Farrakan from the safety of his dull nine to five life and the arms of his loving girlfriend.

None of this is true.

Terry glimpsed the hideous intelligence hiding behind the struggle and it has driven him mad.

Something watches, hungers, and manipulates events keeping the Horde moving ever closer to the center of creation, leaving only empty husks in its wake.

Planet by planet, town by town, life by life, friend by friend, Bridan makes his way forward.

And as the Horde follows without rest, Terry knows that their next destination is Earth.

The Horde is a genre bending novel incorporating elements of Science Fiction, Epics, Dark Urban Fantasy, Horror, and Surrealism performed in the style of acoustic deathfolk and released weekly as short albums. You've never heard anything quite like it.

My Thoughts and Summary:
Bridan is dreaming. Terry struggles with the real world and his loss. Terry's mother takes him for help and he learns, from God, that he is to help Bridan survive Farrakan and Earth. He's their only hope...

Terry notes a few inconsistancies and questions I did previously. Things I wonder how or why those in Farrakan would know about. I'm curious to find the answers.

We come across two new characters; a Beastman and a girl. The girl we learn is strong of power and is the Beastman's daughter. The girl can see Terry, in his dragon form.

We get a time frame in real life here. It's been three weeks since the huge trama event in Terry's life. The event that seems to have driven him over the edge and to the point of looking for something to change the past. In this we also see a God come to Terry and talk to him. He created a whole world for Terry and even mentions stopping the horde. It's important that Bridan survives. Bridan is their last hope.

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Format:  Podcast, Ep 4 ~ 44:24 mins

Chapters:  10, 11, and 12

My Thoughts and Summary:
As a dragon Terry tries to interact in the world (after talking to the one and only girl that can see him) to distract the Hunter and save Bridan and Oren. The Horde, the Devourer, has caught up with Bridan and Oren. Beastman shows up to help them. When told which direction is town, Bridan says they don't belong among the town people.

There is some great symbolism here in this episode. And in hindsight I'm seeing there was some previously too. This episode is how people can change and the unknown affects of a darkening in them. The Horde is easier to become a part of and it 'eats' people up from the inside out.

Terry starts to realize he's angry with everyone and everything for what's happening to him and for being in the position he is in. But he seems to pass that as he believes he is working for a better good, and to bring back his love. Then Terry learns something he didn't know of his Farrakan form, the dragon. I was curious about this for a while now. Things are starting to fall into place and become a bit clearer. I've been thinking about this god that talks to Terry, and who I think he is...but that's something to come. I know it. And soon.




You can learn more about Patrick Scaffido's works at her site:

You can listen to The Horde by Patrick Scaffido for free at:
(the whole book is available for listen now)