#BlogTour: The Last Dragon Rider by Errin Krystal @ErrinKrystal @shanannigans81 #Review #Giveaway

I’m so pleased to be part of this blog tour, I’ve been reading Errin Krystal’s blog for some time and seeing her process as she develops these characters and knowing I wanted to read her book as soon as possible so being able to read an advanced copy for the tour was pretty exciting, not to mention it met all my expectations! As an added bonus I’m going to be featuring an excerpt from the book on release day and Errin is going to be taking part in The Bookshelf in September so keep your eyes peeled!

Description

Trained as an elite warrior from childhood, the elven crown prince Flintathriël fights to bring a stop to a war that began before he was born. With the aid of his betrothed Sairalindë, a skilled mage and dragon rider in her own right, they must find the Book of Souls – an ancient and mysterious tome rumored to have belonged to the god Hath’Raal.

When the missing book turns up in the hands of Mnuvae, the bastard child of the dead king, Flintathriël finds himself fighting to not only save his people from this new threat but also trying to keep Sairalindë safe when Mnuvae takes over the dragons in her attempt to win back the kingdom she believes is rightfully hers.

The love Flintathriël and Sairalindë share shines pure and true, but when the smoke of the battle clears, will their hearts survive the aftermath of war or will their love become a casualty that cannot be revived?

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Review

So, let’s just start with the obvious, dragons! Yes there are dragons, beautiful powerful dragons. And elves, who ride the dragons. Not everyone can ride the dragons it takes a special person to bond with a dragon and become a dragon rider. Oh can you imagine? Sorry, you lost me to the land of dreams again!

Sairalindë is a dragon rider, she is also a powerful mage. Strong and beautiful she’s a wonderful character to behold she is betrothed to our protagonist Flintathriël (and seriously, how does Errin come up with these names they are fabulous?). Flintathriël is a Nuvien fighter and heir to the Elven thrown, he has hair as white as ash and is nicknamed whitey because of it. He is quite a joker and I found myself laughing at much of his antics. He doesn’t take life to seriously but he is a strong fighter and understands the threats facing his people.

Flintathriël’s sister Faëlwyn is also a fighter, in love with their commander Theron she is willful and wants to be at the centre of the action. She is more serious than her brother and more open with her feelings.

This happy family of elves are threatened by Mnuvae, she considers herself the rightful heir to the throne, she will do whatever it takes including total destruction to take it. I will be honest there were moments I felt complete sadness and affinity for Mnuvae, I felt like she deserved the throne, that she had been hard done by and that even Flintathriël was quite mean towards her.

This book has everything, there are some beautifully romantic scenes but much of this book is a full on battle and it’s quite heart breaking to see what these characters go through in such a short time. Seeing where Flintathriël starts and where he ends was devastating and I desperately wanted to rewind and see something change.

This is just the first book in this series and I absolutely cannot wait to see what Errin Krystal produces next because this was high fantasy at it’s absolute best, completely riveting with characters that attach themselves to you and won’t let go.

Sending a huge thanks to Errin Krystal and R&R Book Tours for the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this novel.

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Tour Schedule

July 31st
Reads & Reels (Promo)
Nesie’s Place (Promo)
Didi Oviatt (Review)

August 1st
WeeBitWordy (Review)

August 2nd
Darling Bear Reviews (Review)

August 3rd
Tranquil Dreams (Review)
Thoughts All Sorts (Review)
Brizzle Lass Books (Review)

August 4th
The Most Sublime (Promo)

August 7th
Literary Dust (Promo)
Brickley Jules Blog (Promo)

August 8th
The Protagonist Speaks (Character Interview)

About Errin Krystal

Errin Krystal - Author ImageErrin Krystal is a fantasy romance writer who has been writing since she was a small child. Her head has always been full of stories. She began work on her first novel when she was sixteen.

She lives with her family in regional Victoria, Australia, and works as a chef. In her quieter moments, she loves to indulge her passion for storytelling, basking in the joy that comes from creating vibrant characters, fantastical worlds and all manner of magical creatures. Dragons and elves, mages and warriors, troubled princes and beautiful princesses, romance, magic, and adventure can all be found in her writing.

    

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TitleThe Last Dragon Rider
Series: The Wild Realms of Véneanár #1
Author: Errin Krystal
Genre: Fantasy | High Fantasy | Swords & Sorcery | Dragons
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 9 August 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: N/A
Pages: 100
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#Review: Made in the Image of the Goddess by Chantelle Griffin @Legacy_Zyanthia

Description

Saranon glanced up at the dragons as they flew overhead. The hour of darkness covered them as she watched on. She waited as Pennie examined the stone. It formed part of the shield locking them inside the camp. Shouts rang out on the other side. ‘Is that Galven?’ Pennie asked.

She nodded in reply. A twig broke on the muddy ground. ‘We have company,’ she said.

A lone sorcerer. Just one, but that was enough to give them away. Pennie ran for fear of being caught, while Tasha stood gazing out into the distance, ‘One day that will be us.’

Enter an epic tale of sword and sorcery. More than two hundred years ago a powerful sorceress freed her people then vanished. As time passed truth turned into myth and myth became legend. The time has come again. Saranon must claim her rightful place before Zyanthia falls.

Review

The first book in the Legends of Zyanthia series, Made in the Image of the Goddess see’s Saranaon take on the powers of the Angeon a powerful sorceror. But at just 15 and having been a captive most of her life she struggles at managing the power and now she is exiled from her home and away from her friends and so she needs to find someone to train her and somewhere to call home.

Her quest see’s her crossing borders meeting new people, and running from and to wizards.

Saranon was a wonderful blend of powerful sorcerer and confused teenager. Chantelle Griffin found the balance between the two so that she didn’t become this cocky powerful kid like can sometimes happen in this novel. She was unsure of herself but over time came into her powers and learned what she needed to do.

Different characters came and went through the book and sometimes I felt some were so fleeting that I hope in future books they come back as I really connected with some of them. Anthony and Jedd were two such characters, they both offered Saranon a lot of help at different points in the story and I felt so connected to them and would love to see them again and see their characters develop further.

Pennie and Jacob are childhood friends of Saranon who I think are destined to play a larger role in her story, Pennie especially seems to have her own motives and these don’t necessarily run parallel to Saranon’s but she is an interesting character and I feel like there is a bigger story surrounding Jacob and his involvement with them both.

Mitch is a wizard, a human who can do magic, and he becomes accidentally bonded to Saranon. but it’s not all sweetness and light and he is a few years older than her.  I really liked Mitch and I’m looking forward to learning more about him, I feel like he has a lot of hidden depths and could be the one person who can do the best job at helping Saranon achieve her potential.

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, the fighting, the magic, the dragons it all came together in a wonderful introduction to this world and I am really looking forward to what comes next.

A huge thank you to Chantelle Griffin for my signed copy of this novel so that I could read and honestly review it. I will be treasuring it!

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About Chantelle Griffin

Chantelle Griffin - Author ImageTales of sword and sorcery captivated Chantelle from a young age. Reading until all hours of the night to find out what would happen to the characters. There was just one problem the story would finish far too soon. Hidden away in the distant past the life of a fantasy writer began. The real life struggles have been a saga all of their own for author. Chantelle was born in Tasmania, Australia. Her dreams haunted her from an early age. Vivid tumultuous dreams carrying adventure and danger. It took the author into a fantasy world filled with sorcery and treachery. The story continues to captivate her writing.

 

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TitleMade in the Image of the Goddess
Series: The Legacy of Zyanthia #1
Author: Chantelle Griffin
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | Epic Fantasy | Sword & Sorcery | Magic | Dragons
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 17 March 2017
Review Format: Paperback
Other FormatseBook | Hardcover
Pages:  226
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#BlogTour: Wyvern Awakening by Joanna Mazurkiewicz @joannamaz #Review

Happy Monday lovely readers! I’m so pleased to be bringing this tour to you today. I sat down to read this book for the review on a Saturday afternoon and I didn’t put it down until I was finished, this is pretty unusual for me, as much as I LOVE to read I don’t do one sitting reads because my meds affect my concentration and I literally just can’t do it, so for this book to hold my attention says a lot. So let’s get on with the post shall we?!

Description

When her parents were murdered eleven years ago, leaving her physically scarred during the event, dragon shifter Astri never learned the identity of their killer. That is until he appears to her in a nightmare.

The powerful Duke Jorgen not only rules the city of Rivenna where she lives, he is also responsible for her parents’ death and for the disability she’s had to bear most of her life. When the chance arises for her to compete to become Duke’s assistant, she realises this is her opportunity for revenge.

But everything in Astri’s world comes with a price. Can she overcome her disability and make the Duke pay?

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Review

As soon as I read that Astri was a dragon shifter I knew I wanted to read this book. You all know by now I’m a sucker for a dragon! This book had far more depth than I was expecting though and while leaning more to the paranormal side than the fantasy as I’d expected it was a gripping read and a book I read in one sitting.

Astri was badly injured when a fire spell backfired as she tried to defend herself against the dragon mage who killed her parents when she was a young child. Left very badly scarred from this she is now living with her human aunt and uncle in the city of Rivenna. There was an almost Cinderella like feel to this part of the story with her relatives ashamed of who she was and denying their familial link, they made her sleep in the basement, had her running chores and she had to work to pay them back for paying her hospital bills all those years ago, a debt in all likelihood she had paid off many times over.

Astri is certain after prophetic dreams that the man responsible for her parents death and her disfigurement is the Duke of Rivenna, Jorgen, when the opportunity to compete to become his assistant comes up Astri see’s it as her perfect opportunity to get close enough to exact revenge. As Astri went through the trial we get to see her strength not only as a person but as a dragon, the last in her line. She is the youngest and the woman competing in this brutal competition and has to stand up to a lot of discrimination as a result.

Astri is clever and doesn’t always take the obvious route to completing her tasks, she puts thought into the best way through and takes into consideration the fact she is smaller and weaker in certain situations to find ways to overcome her hurdles. She also gets to know Jorgen who appears to want to take the time to get to know her and this makes her question what she believes. Could someone who is kind to her be the same person who tried to kill her.

There are many twists along the way and it is confusing to know who to trust for you as a reader aswell as Astri.

The writing is comfortable and enjoyable, it flows perfectly making the time pass quickly so that before you know it you’ve reached the end of the story and are craving the next installment. I do hope book two is as good as this!

Sending a huge thanks to Joanna Mazurkiewicz and RABT Book Tours for the ARC so that I could read and honestly review this novel.

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About Joanna Mazurkiewicz

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Joanna Mazurkiewicz was born in Poland. She moved to United Kingdom when she was only nineteen and just finished high school. She had aspired to be a writer upon completion of the Harry Potter series but also enjoyed reading books like ‘Gone with the Wind’, ‘Animal Farm’ and ‘The doll’. She graduated from Swansea University with a bachelor degree in American Studies. While studying in the UK she made a decision to start writing fiction in English.

The “Whispers of the Sprite” is her first debut novel and she is currently working on the second book in the series. Joanna lives in Cowbridge, a small town in South Wales near Cardiff with her boyfriend Bruce. She enjoys cycling around Welsh countryside some of which has become the settings in her first series.

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TitleWyvern Awakening
SeriesMage Chronicles #1
Author: Joanna Mazurkiewicz
Genre: Fantasy | Paranormal | Romance | Dragons | Magic
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 9 April 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback
Pages: 332
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#Review: Legion by Julie Kagawa @Jkagawa @HQstories

Description

The legions will be unleashed. No-one can stand against the coming horde.

After witnessing a powerful sacrifice, Ember Hill knows that nothing she was taught by dragon organisation Talon is true. About humans, about rogue dragons, about herself and what she’s capable of doing and feeling.

In the face of great loss, Ember vows to stand with rogue dragon Riley against The Order of St. George and against own twin brother Dante—the heir apparent Talon, who will soon unleash the greatest threat dragonkind has ever known.

Talon is poised to take over the world, and the abominations they have created will soon take to the skies, darkening the world with the promise of blood and death to those who will not yield.

Review

It is getting hard to write these reviews now without giving anything away from previous books! So, if you haven’t made it this far in the series you can dip back to one of my earlier reviews by using the links here…

Book 1 Talon
Book 2 Rogue
Book 3 Soldier

Picking up right from where we left off at the end of Soldier, Legion is by far the darkest book so far in the Talon series. The anxiety I felt while reading this book was palpable and the feeling of having no idea which direction the book was going to go at any given time was intense.

Julie Kagawa continuously puts our daring characters in some intense and increasingly dangerous situations. As we start to uncover the real plans behind Talon, and why Ember is so important to them.

Only the first book in this series has really felt like a YA novel which has been great for me, the subsequent novels and this one especially have most definitely been urban fantasy with intense fighting and darker storylines. Our characters don’t talk or act like teenagers and I quite often forget their ages until occasionally reminded.

In this novel we are given quite a lot of background from Dante’s perspective to help us understand what happened to make him so loyal to Talon and why he turned on Ember. For me it helped a lot of puzzle pieces slot into place which have been floating around since book one so I was really grateful for the clarification.

As for Ember’s relationship with Riley and Garrett, this book is intense, and while she choose who I hoped she would she does make a decision in this book. Which I am pleased about as the whole love triangle thing was getting a bit tired.

Overall, this is by far my favourite of the series so far, probably because of it’s far more adult and brutal feel, I’m very much looking forward to the next book which I sense may be the last book in the series.

A huge thanks to Julie Kagawa and HQ for the eARC of this book in return for my honest review.

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TitleLegion
SeriesTalon #4
Author: Julie Kagawa
Genre: Urban Fantasy | Young Adult | Romance | Dragons
Publisher: HQ
Publication Date: 25 April 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Hardcover | Paperback | Audio
Pages: 384
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#Review: Dragon of Ash & Stars: The Autobiography of a Night Dragon by H. Leighton Dickson @hdickson62

Description

Stormfall is a dragon born with a coat the colour of a starry night. When a violent storm strikes his island aerie, he is carried on hurricane winds into the complicated and sometimes cruel world of men. There, his journey takes him from fisher dragon to farmer, pit-fighting dragon to warrior, each step leading him closer to a remarkable destiny. But war is coming to the land of Remus and with it, a crossroads for the Night Dragon and the young soul-boy he allows on his back. How far is Stormfall willing to go in a war that is not his own?

Review

I stumbled over this book by chance, the cover captured my imagination so I bought it and I couldn’t be happier that I did, from page one I was drawn into the world of Stormfall, a proud and majestic dragon who tells us his story from his time in the egg through to old age.

This is a true autobiography, told solely from Stormfall’s point of view, as he tells us about his life as a free dragon, to when he is captured and begins his life in servitude to humans, or ‘sticks’ as he calls them. His accounts are frank, heartbreaking, and violent.

H.L. Dickson has written a new kind of fantasy here, it is completely original, fascinating and makes you as a reader want to devour the pages. You are consistently aware that you are reading about a dragon yet you feel nothing but affinity for this beautiful creature throughout. There were times where I had to stop reading because the tears were too much, other times where I couldn’t stop laughing, and others where it was gruesome and the pictures in my mind were plain disgusting!

Stormfall’s relationship with one particular stick, the young soul-boy (a boy without a soul) who first captured him is beautiful. The way they bond and will do anything for each other even after large chunks of time separated from each other. That their lives are so similarly paralleled is beautiful and equally heartbreaking.

This book is wonderful on so many levels, in ways I can’t find words to describe. I would urge all fantasy fans to pick this book up and read it, especially those who have a love for dragons (that’s all of us right?!).

I’ve not read H. Leighton Dickson before but will be making a point of reading her back catalogue, she has certainly gained a new fan in me.

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TitleDragon of Ash & Stars: The Autobiography of a Night Dragon
Series: N/A
Author: H. Leighton Dickson
Genre: Fantasy | High Fantasy | Dragons
Publisher: Working Tiger
Publication Date: 26 July 2016
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback | Audio
Pages: 364
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#Review: A Facet for the Gem by C. L. Murray @AuthorCLMurray

Description

In a land of eagle-riding knights, bloodthirsty beasts, and a ruthless prince, no border is safe for long. And as smoke billows from the only blockade standing between the great city of Korindelf and certain doom, young Morlen races to escape the inevitable siege. Thrust from the chaos with thousands of snapping jaws on his trail, he discovers that the abilities he’s buried all his life are awakening – and it could not have happened at a worse time.

War has come, and he doesn’t dare rely on his untested talents after stealing the coveted Goldshard, which makes strength and invincibility just a panicked whisper away. His dependency on it carries him through many dangers, until it becomes an enemy far worse than those he must fight hand-to-hand. And the allies he meets on his quest are just as troubled: a legendary warrior too afraid to leave his sheltered paradise, a wizard tormented by his past, and a disgraced king who has lost any hope of saving his people.

A Facet for the Gem is a coming of age fantasy that brings Morlen from distant kingdoms to sprawling airborne battles, into the fiery breath of a stony dragon and side-by-side with a lady knight who is the last person in need of rescue. Follow him as his epic adventures culminate in a final showdown against swords, fangs, and greatest of all: his own fear.

Review

It was the cover of this book that hooked me, It is so vibrant and quite honestly, and for a self published book it is so darn professional looking I remember thinking this is an author who has put his all into this book. Now as we know judging a book by it’s cover can come and bite us in the backsides but in this case I’m glad I did!

This is a strongly written epic fantasy novel, it has a tight structure and the story flows. The world building is cleverly developed through the characters point of view, what they see and experience, although a more unusual way to tackle this it works well and nothing is lost in translation and the despair and desperation of the enslaved areas of the world come through well while the free areas come through as strong and able.

The characters as vast and interesting, although some of them are a little predictable, with Morlen our main character being the orphan who discovers he has a greater destiny (this is the third book I’ve read this month with the orphan trope), however that said the characters are all (Morlen included), very easy to connect to or dislike for the evil ones and get invested in the journey they are on.

There are a couple of in-air battles and they are epic, very well written and you really feel as though you are in the air experiencing the fighting. I commend Murray for getting these written so well as I can’t imagine finding the right words to write several pages of air based battle was easy. Taking those battles to the ground and making the sword based would have been far easier.

The novel has a strong story, and is easy to read, written in more casual American English than the more traditional and formal British English we expect from fantasy novels this makes this feel like a slightly lighter read and possibly one that would suit people new to the genre as well as those more familiar with it. It’s also much shorter than most epic fantasy novels coming in at less than 300 pages so is definitely a quick read, making a nice change from some of the heavier books us fantasy readers tend to pick up!

Overall, A Facet for the Gem is a novel which has it all magic, dragons, flying chariots in the form of eagles, knights, battling kings, a reluctant hero, and the evil destroyer.

I will definitely be picking up the second book once it’s available, this is an outstanding read and I recommend it to all epic fantasy fans!

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TitleA Facet for the Gem
SeriesThe Tale of Eaglefriend #1
Author: C.L. Murray
Genre: Fantasy | Epic Fantasy | Dragons | Magic | Sword & Sorcery
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 25 February 2016
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback | Audio
Pages: 298
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#Review: The Ninth Rain by Jen Williams @sennydreadful @headlinepg

Description

Jen Williams, acclaimed author of The Copper Cat trilogy, featuring THE COPPER PROMISE, THE IRON GHOST and THE SILVER TIDE, returns with the first in a blistering new trilogy. ‘An original new voice in heroic fantasy’ Adrian Tchaikovsky

The great city of Ebora once glittered with gold. Now its streets are stalked by wolves. Tormalin the Oathless has no taste for sitting around waiting to die while the realm of his storied ancestors falls to pieces – talk about a guilt trip. Better to be amongst the living, where there are taverns full of women and wine.

When eccentric explorer, Lady Vincenza ‘Vintage’ de Grazon, offers him employment, he sees an easy way out. Even when they are joined by a fugitive witch with a tendency to set things on fire, the prospect of facing down monsters and retrieving ancient artefacts is preferable to the abomination he left behind.

But not everyone is willing to let the Eboran empire collapse, and the adventurers are quickly drawn into a tangled conspiracy of magic and war. For the Jure’lia are coming, and the Ninth Rain must fall…

Review

I dove into The Ninth Rain 90% excitement and 10% apprehension. The Copper Cat trilogy had well and truly blown my expectations out of the water and there was a little apprehension that this wasn’t going to live up to expectation or be what I hoped it would be. The reality was I had nothing to worry about, Jen WIlliams truly lived up to her spot in my favourite authors banner.

Set in a whole new world we meet new characters who will eventually come together to investigate the Jure’lia, an invading force who have consistently tried to take over the world with absolutely no mercy. The Eboran’s and their war beasts have always saved the day in the past but now the Eboran’s are dying and people are dreaming about a new invasion.

Lady Vincenza ‘Vintage’ de Grazon is our illustrious leader, she is obsessed with the Jure’lia and wants to learn all she can about them and the ships that have been left from the last invasion, The Eighth Reign, she has hired Tormalin, an Eboran, as her hired sword. Tormalin was desperate to escape the sickness and find women and wine possibly not in that order!

Joining them by complete happenstance is Noon, a Fell-witch. Noon escapes from the Winnowry a place where fell-witches are kept, apparently for their safety but everything that was written about this place reminded me of the asylum’s of old. It made me feel cold and bitter. This was not a place you would want to be, or would send someone you cared for. Fell-witches pull their power from life forces, then they create fire. This is such an awesome idea, I was really taken with this idea for a witch that was so different to the witch-norm. Thumbs up Jen Williams!

The dynamics between these three travellers is so different, they aren’t friends, or comrades as you would normally expect. Vintage is their employer, Tormalin and Noon hate it each other on first sight. It puts such an interesting dynamic in place for watching how things will develop, how will they work together when danger encroaches on them?

Jen Williams writing is addictive, you want the book to keep going, to not stop, as I neared the end I was willing it to just keep going, which of course it didn’t! This is beautifully written, the world building is exquisite and detailed, the characters are superb with so many secondary characters that I adored and couldn’t even begin to go through for fear this review will turn into a book!

Waiting for book two in this new series is going to be a beautiful kind of torture.

A huge thanks to Jen Williams and Headline for the eARC of this book in return for my honest review.

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TitleThe Ninth Rain
SeriesThe Winnowing Flame Trilogy #1
Author: Jen Williams
Genre: Fantasy | Magic | Epic Fantasy | Dragons | Sword & Sorcery
Publisher: Headline
Publication Date: 23 February 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback | Audio
Pages: 544
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