#SPFBO : My Second Batch of Books – Update

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The 1st of June marked the start of the sixth Self Published Fantasy Blog Off (details here.)  My Introductory post is here.  My first batch of books post is here and my first update is here.  My post outlining my second batch of books can be found here and today’s post provides my update for that batch.

The aim of these updates is to provide feedback on each batch of books.  I aim to read at least 30% of all my books and then make a decision whether to roll any books forward from that batch.  Any books that I decide to roll forward I will continue reading and provide a review and a decision about whether that book will be a semi finalist.  I will provide mini reviews for the books that are being cut.  I will not rate these books as I think it will be difficult to do so having only read the first third of the book.

Below are the books from the second batch and my decision about which will be cut or rolled forward.  I realise this is really difficult for all the authors and so I want to state plainly that I don’t find these cuts easy to make or enjoyable.  However, I do have to make cuts.  I can have only one finalist by the conclusion of the first half of the competition and so 29 books will eventually be removed.

 

Burn (Desert Deities, #1) by G. E. Hathaway

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Burn is a book that I was really curious about and to the point that I read up to was a very engaging read.  Set in Tucson this has a post apocalyptic feel.  The world became over reliant on modern technology and so when everything crashed life became almost impossible.  I must say this gets off to a very good start and pacing certainly isn’t an issue.

We meet a few characters who become entangled in helping an unusual woman who has strange abilities and who is being followed or chased by another very powerful character.  Liam, Noah and Ellie are the main characters and the unusual woman and man that they are helping/running from are the deities referred to in the book’s description.

At the point I read up to I found this intriguing and easy.  I had a few minor issues but nothing that spoiled my enjoyment and I would be interested in returning to this book to complete at a later stage.

Conclusion : Cut

Ranger’s Oath (Arc of Radiance/Fall of Radiance #1) by Blake Arthur Peel

Unfortunately Ranger’s Oath has been withdrawn from the competition so I will not be providing a review at this point.

 

Knightmare Arcanist (Frith Chronicles #1) by Shami Stovall

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At the point I read up to I really enjoyed this one and so I’m rolling it forward and will provide a review at a later stage when I will also make a decision about whether or not this will be a semi-finalist.

 

The Edge of Nothing (The Lex Chronicles #1) by Crystal Crawford

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The Edge of Nothing is a book that gets off to a very quick start with the introduction of Lex who seems to be being held captive although he has no idea why.  Lex manages to escape and makes the acquaintance of a young woman.  The two immediately encounter some very unusual events and this coupled with the fact that Lex seems to have no memory of who he is or where he is, coupled with the fact that he is experiencing strange visions does make for a slightly perplexing start.  I have mixed feelings about this book.  I thought the writing was easy enough to get along with but at my cut off point I hadn’t really been able to fully engage with the characters or story.  Partly, this is a result of the author maintaining the mystery of what is actually going on here and I recognise that reading further would probably start to uncover answers, unfortunately, at the point I read up to I find that the Edge of Nothing isn’t quite working out for me.

Conclusion : Cut

 

Mid-Lich Crisis by Steve Thomas

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I have deferred reading Mid-Lich Crisis to a later batch as I will be picking up the audio version which will be available shortly so no review at this point.

 

Chains of Blood (The Chaos Cycle #1) by M.L. Spencer

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This is another book that really does hit the ground running.  As the book begins we meet Rylan Marshall, a soldier returning home.  As he walks home he is viciously attacked, he discovers his son has been murdered, his daughter abducted and himself in the strange position of having magical power forced upon him and also being forced to make a dark oath that really bodes very ill.

In fairly short order we discover that Rylan isn’t quite who he thought.  He’s the son of a demon, a man hated by many but also believed a hero by others – all depending on which side of the fence you’re sitting.

At my cut off point things were really hotting up, war seemed imminent and Rylan had already had a couple of attempts on his life.

This is another of my books that I would like to return to if time allows but at this point I’m rather reluctantly setting it to one side.

Conclusion : Cut

 

 

 

18 Responses to “#SPFBO : My Second Batch of Books – Update”

  1. Tammy

    Congrats to Knightmare Arcanist being rolled forward, I’m very curious to read your review 😁

    • @lynnsbooks

      I really enjoyed where I read up to so hopefully it continued to be just as good for the rest.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    This batch looks great. I’m all over the cover for Chains of Blood, shame to see it is cut but glad to hear it had potential.

    • @lynnsbooks

      It really did – in fact I enjoyed this batch but one of them stood out for me.
      Lynn 😀

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  4. waytoofantasy

    Making these decisions must not be easy, Lynn! I’m looking forward to more thoughts on Knightmare Arcanist, it looks like it could be interesting. 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      I was loving it to the point I broke off so fingers crossed for the rest.
      Lynn 😀

  5. jessicabookworm

    I don’t know how you manage to make the difficult choice of what to keep or cut. Good luck and happy reading with your next batch. 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      It’s not easy but if I’m clearly enjoying one of the batch more than the others then that one has to go through.
      Lynn 😀

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    It looks like you really had to make some tough decisions with this batch, Lynn – though I’m glad there was a clear-cut winner that you want to take through further. I really like the sound of a couple of these… Chains of Blood looks particularly strong.

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