#SPFBO Feedback on the Fifth/Final Batch of Books

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I’ve completed my fifth and final batch of books for the SPFBO competition.  I’m almost at the end of Stage 1 and now need to finish those books that I’ve rolled forward and decide on semi-finalists before choosing the title I’ll be taking forward to the second round.  For now, below are the six books that I read in this final batch.  With my apologies to the authors/books cut at this stage I’m going to get straight to my feedback and mini reviews.

So, straight to the feedback:

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The Young Practitioner by E.M Neftelberg

The Young Practitioner brings to us  story of a young orphan girl named Alva.  Alva is a very curious natured young girl who loves to read and to ask questions – which doesn’t always endear her to the other orphans.  She is aware of something within herself that seems akin to magic whereby she is able to influence events in a favourable way – although she has no idea if this is real or not, what it means or even if she’s imagining things.

Recently Alva has noticed that her town is becoming full of strangers who seem intent on a mission but before she has time to learn more the town comes under attack and Alva flees with the aid of a man (a deserter that the soldiers were looking for) before the two set out on a journey together.

The Young Practitioner was a quick enough read and Alva and her companion had already encountered a couple of mini adventures, not all of them favourable, by the time I reached my cut off point.   Unfortunately, and this is no doubt an ‘it’s me not you’ feeling, Alva and her companion hadn’t really grown on me by this point and I was also a little puzzled about the intended audience.  In one respect I think this could work for MG readers, Alva has quite a young voice and certain elements of the story seemed geared towards a younger audience but then there was talk of massacres (although only briefly touched upon).

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The Missing Shield by LL Thomsen

‘A forgotten war. A world of nine realms. Old betrayal, broken magic, new perils and a friendship worth dying for – be prepared to immerse yourself in an epic fantasy series, unlike anything you have read so far!’

The Missing Shield certainly has a lot of promise. High fantasy, well written to where I read up to, very character led and I imagine it’s going to be epic – but, to be honest, it didn’t really work for me.  It has a very slow start with plenty of dialogue, alternating chapters and much debate between Guardians that had a very political feel.  I must say that I liked the alternating chapters where a woman is fighting an illegal fight and I was curious to know more about her but, by the time I reached my cut off point, the story hadn’t moved forward enough for me to want to continue.

I certainly wouldn’t discourage anybody from picking this up – it just didn’t work for me within the allocated 30%.

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Never Die by Rob J Hayes

I’m not going to be discussing Never Die as I’m rolling it forward and will read and review once completed.

Author Info:

Twitter : RoboftheHayes

 

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Shard & Shield by Laura Vanarendonk Baugh

Shard and Shield gets off to an interesting start.  We meet Ariana and Shianan who are about to undertake a mission involving the retrieval of an ancient artifact.  Ariana is a mage and also the daughter of the most powerful mage in the kingdom although she has passed a recent test that would have seen her initiated.  Shianan is the bastard son of the king but clearly not a favourite.  He has spent his time in the military gradually progressing in rank and managing to evade death.  The two are accompanied on their mission by a young boy, a slave to Ariana and her father – but there is much more to this young boy than at first appears.

Fortunately, the two retrieve the artefact and manage to return safely although they do suffer attack along the way.  This is a story involving a dual world – although I haven’t read far enough forward to speak with any authority about the Ryuvens – although they are generally considered to be winged monsters.

I enjoyed this to be honest, it has a lot of promise and is intriguing.  I suspect that the two worlds involved here are equally full of prejudices and to the part I’d reached (in which Ariana is herself taken hostage by the Ryuvens I imagine that she’s going to discover more about her enemies motives.

A good read to the point I reached.

Author Info;

Twitter : Laura_VAB

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Edgehaven by Steven Smith

On the face of it Edgehaven ticks a lot of boxes for me.  It sits in the realm of fantasy and yet has a mystery feel to it with the police being called in to investigate after sightings of a child are reported on a beach, a child who then simply disappears.  This is followed by a young girl’s disappearance from home and coincidentally it appears that she may have last been seen at the beach.

Detective Warnford is called in to help investigate the sightings and presumably, around the time I stopped reading, would also have become involved in the missing child case.

Like I said above, this should work really well for me with the intrigue and mystery and the whole investigative angle but at the point I broke off reading I was unable to really sink into the read for some reason.  It’s difficult to put my finger on exactly why at this point but Edgehaven just didn’t quite work for me.  To be fair, it’s difficult to give a really fair assessment after having read only 30% and it’s possible this is a slow starter but I’m using the same approach for all the books.

Author Info:

Twitter : Dragonsreclaim

 

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Shadows in the Stone by Diane Lynn McGyver 

I have to say I had quite a good time with Shadows in the Stone.  As the story gets underway we’re introduced to a number of characters and events quickly unfold surrounding the birth of a baby girl who after a few years and in the most unusual set of events ends up under the care of a soldier.  Corporal Bronwyn Darrow is the young soldier in question and his new responsibilities see him attract the interest of a beautiful enchantress, who was herself also interested in the young child.  Now, to be fair, I have to say you have to suspend your disbelief for this part of the story because it really does seem a bit unlikely that this young girl would find herself under the care of a single soldier situated in army barracks – simply because he was the first person to appear on the scene when trouble arose – but, if you put that little issue aside this makes for a good read.

There is definitely a romance on the cards, I would say, although I could be wrong as at the point I broke off trouble seemed to be brewing and so it’s quite possible that the two main characters could find themselves separated.

Like I said, I quite enjoyed this and it’s a story that I would definitely think about returning to if I have a chance at the end of the competition.

Author Info :

Twitter : DianeTibert
I shall post again on Saturday to give an uptodate position of where I currently stand in terms of books rolled forward so far.

#SPFBO5 My fifth/final batch of books

Posted On 29 October 2019

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November is the fifth and final month of stage 1 of the Self Published Fantasy Blog Off.  I’ve started my November books a little earlier than planned in order to try and press on in selecting my semi finalists.  As with last year I have divided my 30 books into five batches of six books (selected using a random sequence generator).  Each month I will highlight that month’s selection at the start of the month, providing details about the books and the authors.  As the month progresses I hope to have a clear favourite out of each batch – although things don’t always go to plan of course – I will provide mini reviews for each book and hopefully a full review for each book that I read fully or choose to be a semi finalist.  The aim being to then choose a finalist from those semi finalists.

I’d like to wish everyone the best of luck and I hope you all enjoy the competition.

Without further ado here are my six books for November:

 

The YoungP.jpgThe Young Practitioner by E.M Neftelberg

Alva only knows of the outside world through books, and none can tell her of the mysterious power she has within herself: the power to change reality. When soldiers from a faraway land march on her town in pursuit of a deserter, she flees the chaos and finds him, a man whose only desire is to reunite with his long lost family. This meeting sparks a journey into a world where magic hides in plain sight, its use granted only to a handful of girls and women called Practitioners. Can Alva find her place in mundane society as a curious little girl or in the unusual as a young Practitioner? Or is there no place left for her to call home?

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Achangeofrules.jpgThe Missing Shield by LL Thomsen

A forgotten war. A world of nine realms. Old betrayal, broken magic, new perils and a friendship worth dying for – be prepared to immerse yourself in an epic fantasy series, unlike anything you have read so far!

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Here begins the Veil Keepers Quest – the beginning of an end; a journey and a quest to restore the Veils that protect the world of Dallancea from the mad creatures who style themselves ‘Gods’.

Already chaos has claimed a foothold, nothing is as it were. Magic lies broken and twisted: useless; monsters walk the realms; and worst of all… the sacred twins and the ancient artefact needed to protect the future, are nowhere to be found.

Seems that Dallancea needs heroes; seems that destiny must call upon an unlikely group of people, but will they listen? As these things are wont to do, it begins with a bad day. Could it be time to break the rules?

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NeverDie.jpgNever Die by Rob J Hayes

Ein is on a mission from God. A God of Death.

Time is up for the Emperor of Ten Kings and it falls to a murdered eight year old boy to render the judgement of a God. Ein knows he can’t do it alone, but the empire is rife with heroes. The only problem; in order to serve, they must first die.

Ein has four legendary heroes in mind, names from story books read to him by his father. Now he must find them and kill them, so he can bring them back to fight the Reaper’s war.

Author Info:

Twitter : RoboftheHayes

 

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Shard & Shield by Laura Vanarendonk Baugh

He can save her life—if he sacrifices himself and those he swore to protect.

King’s bastard Shianan Becknam buries himself in his military career to avoid the family that never wanted him and the dangers of drawing political attention. When the artifact intended to end an interdimensional war is damaged, the mage Ariana is trapped on the other side of the rift with her servant—only the cheery young boy is really one of the monstrous enemy, disguised as a human. Shianan is desperate to rescue Ariana, one of his few friends, but to do so requires committing treason and betraying his duty, leaving his people open to attack.

State mage Ariana struggles to survive as a prisoner of war in a world of deadly magic and unfamiliar customs. Her only ally is her former servant, now a renowned warrior caught up in political machinations. To survive, he’ll have to once again take up the fight against Ariana’s world.

As their people’s wasted armies prepare for fresh battle that will devastate both sides, bastard, mage, and monster must set aside prejudices and rivalries to find an end to centuries of conflict, before they die as traitors.

Author Info;

Twitter : Laura_VAB

 

Edgehaven.jpgEdgehaven by Steven Smith

Known for its beauty and serenity, this peaceful little seaside town is a hidden paradise on the west coast of the British Isles. Glorious mountains kissed the edges of the sea and encapsulated nearly five kilometres of beach. The town built on an incline up into the mountains, was Edgehaven.
All is not so appealing though! Multiple sightings begin to surface regarding a child on the beach late at night. When there’s no trace of a body and no reports of anyone missing, suspicions begin to arise. Detective Peter Warnford is sent to investigate the mystery behind the sightings, though it soon becomes apparent that the events are more than just a missing child.

Author Info:

Twitter : Dragonsreclaim

 

Shadows.jpgShadows in the Stone by Diane Lynn McGyver 

Things aren’t always what they seem to be in a small town in the Land of Ath-o’Lea. Magic creeps in the shadows, waiting to pounce…

Corporal Bronwyn Darrow vows he’ll never fall victim to love again after the woman he adored betrays him. He directs his energies to rising in the ranks of Aruam Castle, aspiring to one day command as captain of the guards. Although he treasures his home and family, he is blinded both by his desire to succeed and a mysterious magic lurking in the shadows of the ancient castle.

Alaura of Niamh, a half-breed enchantress with a deadly past, takes refuge in Bronwyn’s hometown. When the two meet, the spell which binds them is stronger than their fears of falling in love. As Alaura’s secrets threaten to separate them forever, outside forces attempt to shatter the security of Aruam Castle and eliminate Bronwyn. When an orphan weaves their lives together, they embark on a journey destined to either destroy or deliver them to the passion living in their hearts.

Author Info :

Twitter : DianeTibert

 

 

 

#SPFBO Feedback on the Fourth Batch of Books

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I’ve completed my fourth batch of books and now have only six more books to check out.  I’ve also read another of the books that I’ve rolled forward previously and will be posting a review for that one soon. I’ve posted links to previous posts below but for now I’m going to get straight to the heart of the post although I would first like to offer apologies to those authors/books that have been cut during this round.

I would just mention that I’ll be posting my next six books in fairly quick succession (although it should be obvious by now which books still remain :D).  I’m also aiming to concentrate on reading the next batch as soon as possible as I’d like to reach a stage where I can announce all my semi finalists and as I’ve rolled a few forward I really need to press on.

So, straight to the feedback:

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The Blade Within by Jackson Lear

This is short and sweet – I’m rolling this one forward.  Very quick and easy to read so far so I’m keen to see how things progress.

 

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Orphans of the Dead by Phil Dickens

I read over 30% of Orphans of the Dead and enjoyed it quite a lot, in fact much more than I expected (forgive me but I’m not in love with the cover and I think it gave me the wrong vibe so I was very pleasantly surprised).  This is a modern world in which supernatural creatures exist.  We focus on two characters, brother and sister, Joe and Charlotte whose father just so happens to be a vampire (although he’s unique in that he has never taken human blood).  Both characters are dhampirs being half vampire half human.

Charlotte is in training to become a Sentinel.  She trains and works hard and is dedicated.  Joe is a young man embarking on his first relationship (also with a Dhampir).

At the stage at which I stopped reading it was obvious that bad things were on the horizon.  Well, they were more than on the horizon to be honest – they’d arrived and were eating people.  I have the distinct impression that both brother and sister are going to be overwhelmed by circumstances that are beyond their control and that will be tough to handle.

I have to say this made really good, easy reading.  I liked that the author takes the time to set up the family and friends and gives a feel for their lives and loves.  It helps to form attachments and mount the tension when you can see things starting to go pear shaped.

I also liked that this was a contemporary setting.

The writing was good and I didn’t have any criticism really other than at this stage I couldn’t help wondering if I was missing something, almost like there was a book before this one and maybe I was missing some background.  It wasn’t enough to hinder my progress though.  This made for quick reading and if I have the time after completing stage 1 of the competition I would like to try and return to see how things conclude.

At this stage though I won’t be rolling this one forward and this is based purely on the fact that there were other books in the batch that I would rate higher at this point.

A good read.

 

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Vortex Visions by Elise Kova

This is another of the books that I’m rolling forward so won’t be reviewing at this stage.  Another very easy book to get along with.  Confident writing and a gripping story so far.

 

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Daughter of Fate by Aaron Hodges

Daughter of Fate gets off to a very quick start.  Immediately you find yourself in a world where the Gods have been defeated and magic no longer exists.

Knights have travelled  to a village where they have heard people are worshipping the old Gods.  They swarm the temple and after attacking one of the people take the rest. Only one person escapes.  Pela’s mother pushes her to safety and she runs to seek help from her uncle.    Pela and her uncle, together with a few other volunteers take a ship and sail after the knights although their odds don’t look good.

Daughter of Fate was a good read but I hadn’t really formed any strong attachments by my cut off point and I wouldn’t say that there was anything particularly new that sprung out at me at this point.  I certainly wouldn’t discourage anyone from picking this one up, it seems to be going down the hero quest route and has a light touch that would make it suitable for a younger audience perhaps – although bear in mind I have only read 30% so things could change in that respect.

 

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River of Thieves by Clayton Snyder

River of Thieves is another of the batch that I’d like to explore further so I’m rolling it forward at this stage.

 

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The Gates of Golorath by R MGarino

I’ve left the blurb for the Gates of Golorath below as it gives a good idea of what the book is about and probably better than I could manage with a quick synopsis.

I have to say that this is a very impressive read and the author’s style of writing is really good, very polished and confident.  I was really intrigued with this one so you may be wondering why I’m not rolling it forward at this stage.  My only issues with this book is that I think it needs a little bit of tightening up.  As the read begins there’s an awful lot of information imparted almost all at once which is a little overwhelming and may have worked better being released slowly as the story progresses.  There is also a lot of military style/bootcamp training and it does start to feel a little repetitious.  But, I have to hand it to the author, this is undoubtedly good and it’s a book that I would definitely be interested in returning to at a later stage.  The characters are well established and things are being laid out in a strong fashion that bodes well for the rest of the story.

At the edge of the world stands a gate to another realm. The fallen angels, the Lethen’al, sealed it when they fled the Apostate. It has lain dormant, forgotten for seven thousand years. But the Lethen’al have not been idle in their absence. They have mastered the arts of magic and of war, in preparation for their enemy’s return.

Arielle is descended from the founder of the Areth’kon, the martial school. She dreams of becoming a Mala’kar, a Bladeless Master, like her parents before her. But she lived in the shadow of other’s expectations for so long, followed the path they set for her without question, and forgotten her own desires. To reclaim who she is, she leaves her former life and lover behind to start anew at the Gates. But her past claims a stake in her future, and refuses to let her go.

Angus is driven by a secret; a failure he is ashamed of. To rectify his disgrace, he is determined to learn the ways of the sword. Forsaking the teachings of the Magi, he arrived at the Gates to train with his father’s people. Raised on the heroic tales of the Blademasters, he strives to live by their example. But the Blademasters here are nothing like the stories.

When their squads arrive at the Gates for their final year of military training, Angus and Arielle are drawn together. The truth of who they are has the power to reshape the history and purpose of their people, but it is guarded by royal decree.

Will they be able to handle the truth of who they are? Can the world? Can they contain the magnificent powers they wield or will they destroy everyone in their way?

All the while, a new enemy stirs in the shadows.

So, to conclude, three books rolled forward for further investigation and three books cut from this batch.

Posts to date:

My Process

My 3 covers for the cover competition

Author Interview - Elise Kova

My First Batch of Books

Feedback on My First Batch of Books

My Second Batch of Books

Review: Cry Havoc by Mike Morris

feedback on my Second Batch of Books

Review: Healer's Rune by Chris O'Mara

Review: The Lore of Prometheus by Graham Austin-King

My Third Batch of Books

Halfway point Feedback

Feedback on my third batch of books

My fourth batch of books

#SPFBO5 My fourth batch of books

Posted On 20 October 2019

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October is the fourth month of the Self Published Fantasy Blog Off.  As with last year I have divided my 30 books into five batches of six books (selected using a random sequence generator).  Each month I will highlight that month’s selection at the start of the month, providing details about the books and the authors.  As the month progresses I hope to have a clear favourite out of each batch – although things don’t always go to plan of course – I will provide mini reviews for each book and hopefully a full review for each book that I read fully or choose to be a semi finalist.  The aim being to then choose a finalist from those semi finalists.

Obviously, this month I’m late posting about my fourth batch of books, for which apologies, a couple of weeks without wifi has not helped in this respect.  But, I have been reading and and I’m hoping to post my feedback very soon.

I’d like to wish everyone the best of luck and I hope you all enjoy the competition.

Without further ado here are my six books for October:

The Blade.jpgThe Blade Within by Jackson Lear

Someone kidnapped the wrong girl.

Twelve hours ago Raike didn’t even know she existed. Nor would he have cared. That was until the only clue to her kidnapping lay in a cryptic note foretelling her death – a note Raike has seen once before. Now he’s prepared to lose everything to get her back.

Standing in his way is an alliance of two mercenary companies, a city watch who cares more about stopping Raike than finding the missing girl, and an imperial general who had little to fear – until Raike came along.

A gripping fantasy thriller that will keep your heart racing until the very end.

Twitter : MrJacksonLear

 

Orphans.jpgOrphans of the Dead by Phil Dickens

EIGHTEEN YEARS AFTER THE END OF THE WORLD, LIFE GOES ON.

Charlotte and Joe Dáithín are dhampirs: half-human, half-vampire. But beyond their unique heritage, and the fact that their parents saved the human race from extinction, they have little in common.

Charlotte is in training to take over from her mother as the Sentinel, a powerful and self-assured warrior. Comfortable with her destiny, and madly in love with her girlfriend Emily, there’s little else she wants from life.

Joe still has a lot of growing up to do. His life revolves around finding ways to get drunk or stoned with his friends, and duty and battle are the last things on his mind.

But between a powerful demon with an unknown agenda, and a drug that provokes a powerful blood lust, both siblings are about to have their lives turned upside down.

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Twitter : phil_dicko

 

VortexVisionsVortex Visions by Elise Kova

A desperate princess, a magical traveler, and a watch that binds them together with the fate of a dying world.

Vi Solaris is the heir to an Empire she’s barely seen. Her parents sacrificed a life with her to quell a rebellion and secure peace with a political alliance. Now, three years past when her wardship should’ve ended, Vi will do anything to be reunited with her family.

The Empire is faltering beneath the burden of political infighting and a deadly plague. Yet, Vi can’t help but wonder if her inability to control her magic is the true reason her parents haven’t brought her home. Suspicion becomes reality when she unleashes powers she’s not supposed to have.

Powers that might well cost her the throne.

As Vi fights to get her magic under control, a mysterious stranger appears from across the world. He holds the keys to unlocking her full potential, but the knowledge has an unspeakable price — some truths, once seen, cannot be ignored.

All eyes are on her and Vi must make the hardest choice of her life: Play by the rules and claim her throne. Or, break them and save the world.

Author Info:

Twitter : EliseKova

 

Daugheroffate.jpgDaughter of Fate by Aaron Hodges

When Knights attack the temple of Skystead, seventeen-year-old Pela is the only one to escape. Her mother and the other villagers are taken, accused of worshiping the False Gods. They will pay the ultimate price – unless Pela can rescue them.

Pela has never left the safety of her town, let alone touched a sword. What chance does she have against the ruthless Knights of Alana? She’s not a hero.

But she knows one.

Her uncle Devon was a mighty warrior once, in times when magic filled the world. Age has withered his strength and he retired long ago, but maybe he will answer the call of family.

Can Pela convince him to stand against the darkness one last time?

Author Info:

Twitter : aarondhodges

 

Riverof.jpgRiver of Thieves by Clayton Snyder

We were the worst kind of people. For the best reasons.

After a robbery gone horribly wrong, cursed thief Cord broadens his horizons and plans to execute the heist of a lifetime. With fellow thief and knife connoisseur Nenn in tow, the two build their ragtag crew to target the heart of the kingdom – Midian, the seat of tyrant King Anaxos Mane. As treachery, horrifying creatures of nightmare, and opposition bar their path at every turn, the gang must depend on skill – intellectual, martial, and magical – to deliver them an endless summer and keep them free from the clutches of evil despotism. If they don’t sh*t the bed first.

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Gatesof.jpgThe Gates of Golorath by R MGarino

At the edge of the world stands a gate to another realm. The fallen angels, the Lethen’al, sealed it when they fled the Apostate. It has lain dormant, forgotten for seven thousand years. But the Lethen’al have not been idle in their absence. They have mastered the arts of magic and of war, in preparation for their enemy’s return.

Arielle is descended from the founder of the Areth’kon, the martial school. She dreams of becoming a Mala’kar, a Bladeless Master, like her parents before her. But she lived in the shadow of other’s expectations for so long, followed the path they set for her without question, and forgotten her own desires. To reclaim who she is, she leaves her former life and lover behind to start anew at the Gates. But her past claims a stake in her future, and refuses to let her go.

Angus is driven by a secret; a failure he is ashamed of. To rectify his disgrace, he is determined to learn the ways of the sword. Forsaking the teachings of the Magi, he arrived at the Gates to train with his father’s people. Raised on the heroic tales of the Blademasters, he strives to live by their example. But the Blademasters here are nothing like the stories.

When their squads arrive at the Gates for their final year of military training, Angus and Arielle are drawn together. The truth of who they are has the power to reshape the history and purpose of their people, but it is guarded by royal decree.

Will they be able to handle the truth of who they are? Can the world? Can they contain the magnificent powers they wield or will they destroy everyone in their way?

All the while, a new enemy stirs in the shadows.

Author Info:

Twitter : @rmgarino

 

#SPFBO Half Way Point : Feedback

Posted On 19 September 2019

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So, a little later than planned, here is my ‘halfway through the SPFBO’ feedback post.

I’m on my third batch of books and have read the first chapters (up to 30%) of the first three which takes me exactly to the halfway point.  This is my third batch of books and my feedback on the first three of those books,

To date I’ve now read at least the first 30% of 15 books.

Today I’m going to give my feedback on three more books.  I’m also going to decide which books will be semi-finalists up to this point.

Without further ado here are my thoughts on my next three reads.

Shadowof.jpgFrom the Shadows of the Owl Queen’s Court by Benedict Patrick

I’ve read just over 31% of From the Shadows of the Owl Queen’s Court and I’m enjoying it so far so intend to read further so won’t at this point be providing a review.  To be rolled forward.

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Living in.jpgLiving in Times of Dragons by John A Pretorius

This is a contemporary story that gets off to a very quick start.  Roger is returning to his homeland of South Africa with his son when things start to go horribly wrong.  Roger has been in a sort of self imposed exile, I’m not totally sure why, and is returning to take part in a court case for which he may be in grave danger.  As it happens the danger is much worse than Roger could ever imagine.  Dragons exist, they live hidden from humans but they’re about to break their secrecy and wreak havoc upon the world and it appears that they’re coming for Roger.

To be totally honest this one didn’t quite work for me, which may be just an ‘it’s me not you’ thing.  There are lots of dragons, some good, some not so good – although at this stage I don’t understand their motivations so I could be wrong about the good and bad ones.

I think my main issue with this was that it got off to a very dramatic start but then slowed down considerably with lots of dialogue and constant questions that didn’t really feel like they moved the plot along.  I also felt like there were quite a number of typos in this which started to feel like they were pulling me out of the story a little.  This one didn’t quite work for me but then I’ve only read the first third of the book.

To be cut.

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TheShadow.jpgThe Shadow Watch by S.A Klopfenstein

The Shadow Watch was a good read. Well, it took me a little to get into but then I did become invested and this is a book that I would like to return to if I get the time just to see how it develops

This is a world where magic has been eliminated – or so it is believed.  We begin the story with a young girl being sold by her mother for her own protection.  We then move on to the Oshan Empire where slaves live in wait to see whether they will be selected to go to war.  Terrifying times and Tori and Darien are on the eve of such a selection process and about to be separated.

I enjoyed this but it did take a little time to get into.   As it is, I feel like I was becoming quite invested and interested by my 30% cut off zone.  I would like to return to this but for the purpose of the competition it’s being cut for now.

To be cut.

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For the purpose of this feedback I’ve cut two books and decided to continue reading one of them.

At the current point I would say I have one semi -finalist to date and one book still waiting to be completed and reviewed and therefore still in the running to be a semi finalist.  The Lore of Prometheus is my current semi finalist. For the purpose of the competition I am now cutting the other books that I have read apart from the one book that I still intend to read.  I will provide a further update at the end of the month for the other three books from batch 3.

My current semi finalist is the Lore of Prometheus by Graham Austin-King

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My book being carried over is From the Shadows of the Owl Queen’s Court by Benedict Patrick

I have three more books to check out by the end of the month and a further feedback post.

My apologies to all the authors cut so far, I realise this is really tough and my thanks to you all for entering the competition.  Good luck to the remaining authors.

My Process

My 3 covers for the cover competition

Author Interview - Elise Kova

My First Batch of Books

Feedback on My First Batch of Books

My Second Batch of Books

Review: Cry Havoc by Mike Morris

feedback on my Second Batch of Books

Review: Healer's Rune by Chris O'Mara

Review: The Lore of Prometheus by Graham Austin-King

My Third Batch of Books


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