Master Mechanic Mari and Mage Alain have survived every attempt to stop them, but their enemies are determined to kill Mari, the only one who can save her world from a storm of destruction.
As armies begin to gather and cities seethe with tension, Mari, Alain, and their friends must prepare to confront the storm in the place it first appeared: the broken kingdom of Tiae.
The dangers facing them demand perilous raids, tough battles, and more than a little piracy. Beating the Mechanics Guild and the Mage Guild that have controlled the world of Dematr for centuries will require an unprecedented alliance under Mari's command of rebellious Mechanics, Mages, and common folk who know that together they can change the world, but separately they will all lose.
The fourth book in The Pillars of Reality series was written for Audible and originally published by Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio but has since become available in both e-book and paperback formats. The Pirates of Pacta Servanda is part of a six-part series written by Jack Campbell. The novels unique mixture of Fantasy and Science Fiction work to create an interesting story for the New Adult audience. Mari and Alain, fleeing their enemies must travel to the broken kingdom of Tiae. On the way, they must earn the trust of pirates, face formidable foes and attempt to stop the storm that threatens Dematr.
Mari’s character development throughout this novel was done spectacularly. The new characters introduced in this installment are engaging and interesting, even the most minor characters are relatable and thought provoking. Mari and Alain return in the new addition to The Pillars of Reality series to battle the Great Guilds, and evade the dark mages and dark mechanics that seek their deaths. The novel continues the person vs self and person vs society conflicts established in the other novels. The Pirates of Pacta Servanda does an excellent job of combining Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance and Steampunk into a New Adult novel. There are also plenty of life lessons scattered throughout both the book and its series. Through their trials and tribulations Mari and Alain teach the reader that respect is earned and definitely something worth working for. The character chemistry throughout this novel was very consistent and a bit more intense, since this book begins tug the series towards darker themes.
Overall the character development and world building was excellent throughout the entirety of the novel. The battle scenes gradually evolve to a more mature style of writing as the novel progresses and become a bit more serious. The fourth book fills in some gaps in the storyline and introduces brand new fun characters that the reader will relate too. The pirate-like adventure with swords, theft, and assassins was by far my favorite part. I would definitely recommend this novel to teens and Science Fiction fans.
About the Author
John Hemry known more commonly by his fans via the pen name Jack Campbell, is an American Sci-Fi Author. With twenty-eight novels, twenty-nine short fiction works and 6 non-fiction works published as of late early 2017 he is also quite well known. Campbell's first novel Stark’s War was published in April of 2000 however his earliest short-fiction, One Small Spin was published in 1997. Campbell’s Non-Fiction Interstellar Navigation, published 2000, was his first venture into the genre. A retired U.S. navy officer Campbell even speaks some Russian.
Trapped within the dead city of Marandur, Master Mechanic Mari and Mage Alain must escape both merciless barbarians and the pitiless Imperial Legion. Beyond those dangers lie the mightiest and most unforgiving powers in the world of Dematr: the Great Guilds that rule the world with iron fists.
Mari's Mechanics Guild and Alain's Mage Guild have always been enemies, but they are united in wanting to kill their rogue members before Mari can fulfill the ancient prophecy of being the one who will finally overthrow their power. Mari and Alain must risk those dangers because halfway across their world lies a place where truth has long been hidden. A place that could explain why their world's history begins abruptly, with no hints of what came before. A place where they might learn how the Mechanics Guild came to control all technology and how the Mages manage to alter reality temporarily. A place that might tell them how to achieve a task that appears to be impossible.
Never before have a Mage and a Mechanic worked together, and their combined talents offer their only hope. But she and Alain must first survive the deadly and implacable Assassins of Altis.
The Assassins of Altis is one of many books written by Jack Campbell. The novel was originally published by Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio but has since become available in e-book and paperback formats. It is the third book in the six-part series, The Pillars of Reality and the sequel to The Hidden Masters of Marandur. Campbell is wonderful at creating interesting and unique action sequences in his books and this was no exception. The third book picks up where the second left off with Mari and Alain being hunted by their enemies and trying to escape the dead city of Marandur.
The character building in this book was spectacular especially for the beautiful Mage Aja. Alain with Mari and Alain the reader is introduced to some new mages and mechanics. New foes are introduced in this novel as well. I really enjoyed the hilarious dialogue in this installment of The Pillars of Reality. The Assassins of Altis continues with both a person vs self and a person vs society conflict. Like its two sequels The Assassins of Altis is a combination of Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Comedy and Romance written for a New Adult audience. The character chemistry is well done throughout the book. Mari and Alain teach the reader that anyone can change and that sometimes change is necessary to grow.
The dialogue between Mari and her peers is engaging, especially in this installment that combined with the all-around fascinating story makes for a book the reader will not be able to put down. The third book is original and interesting. It is action packed and suspenseful while still able to establish funny or serious scenes when it is appropriate. My favorite part of this novel was by far Mari and Aja’s interactions, it was interesting to watch Mari gain allies and friends throughout the story.
About the author
Someone wants to kill Mari, a young steam mechanic in the guild that controls all technology. She has learned that her world of Dematr is headed for a catastrophe that will destroy civilization and that mages really can alter reality for short periods. Someone also wants to kill Alain, a young mage who has learned that mechanics are not frauds, as his guild teaches, and that mechanic Mari is the only person who can prevent the oncoming disaster.
Narrowly escaping death, the mechanic and the mage stay alive thanks to their combined skills, an alliance never before seen. But it becomes clear that both of their guilds, the most powerful forces in the world, are trying to destroy them. Other powers, like the great empire and a mysterious secret order, also seek to kill or capture them using every weapon from imperial legions to mage-created trolls, dragons, and rocs.
Trying to survive and learn the truth about their world so they will know how to save it, Mari and Alain realize the answers they seek may lie in the dead city of Marandur. But Marandur is guarded by the legions that have sealed it off from the rest of the world for more than a century. Mari and Alain's only hope may rest with the unseen masters of Marandur.
Originally published by Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio and available in audio, print and ebook formats, this book is the second of six books. and written by Jack Campbell, The Hidden Masters Marandur is a compelling work of fiction. It is the second book in the Pillars of Reality series is made up six books, beginning with The Dragons of Dorcastle and concluding with The Wrath of the Great Guilds. In my opinion The Hidden Masters of Marandur is a unique novel in that it has a very peculiar twist towards the end of the novel. Fantasy, magic and steampunk combine in this Science Fiction novel to create an epic story about friendship and adventure.
Among many other things (this is a weak and unnecessary opening statement), what really pulled me into the story for the duration of this novel was the character chemistry. I loved the detail with which the author brought the world and characters to life. Master Mechanic Mari and Mage Alain return to the spotlight as they explore uncharted territory in both their relationship and their world in their second adventure. While both teens search for answers, they are both hunted by the Great Guilds who seek their undoing. The second installment to The Pillars of Reality explores both a person vs. self, conflict as well as a person vs. society conflict, as the character’s struggle with their morals and society’s standards. The Hidden Masters of Marandur combines the magic of Fantasy, the genius behind Science Fiction and the comedic dialogue of Satire. The end result is funny and alluring to New adult readers. Mari and Alain’s grand adventure in this novel will teach readers to never give up and to always work hard in order to reach their goals.
The Hidden Masters of Marandur continues the interesting approach to the New Adult, Science Fiction and Fantasy writing established in the initial book in the series . It is perfectly suited for its audience with its laugh out loud humor and interesting world. The sequel to The Dragons of Dorcastle and the second of six books; The Hidden Masters of Marandur introduces the series’ main conflicts and explores the world of Dematr. After finishing the novel, my favorite part of this engaging book is the friendship between Mari and Alain. Both characters create an unformidable team that shows how truly amazing having a friend can be.
About The Author
The Dragons of Dorcastle by Jack Campbell is published by Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio. It is the first in a series of six books that merge Fantasy with Sci-Fi. The series (The Pillars Of Reality) begins with The Dragons Of Dorcastle and concludes with The Wrath OF The Great Guilds. The series is a Romeo and Juliet love story with major Fantasy and Sci-Fi plot twists scattered throughout each book. The Dragons Of Dorcastle follows seventeen year old master mechanic Mari and sixteen year old mage Alain as they are forced to come to terms with the lies that have been ingrained into them from a young age. The Young Adult novel combines magic and steampunk with romance and comedy. The result is a masterpiece that readers won’t be able to put down.
I really enjoyed the pace of this novel. It was very refreshing to read a book where the author took the time to establish and develop the main characters before introducing the main conflicts. While there were some very intense scenes, there was also plenty of material to make the reader laugh. This novel graduates the reader to a more realistic storytelling than the over dramatic, unrealistic scenes of most modern YA authors. The Author uses the rules governing the world to draw the reader in and keep them reading. They are a bit hazy and not completely explained. The story follows seventeen-year-old Master Mechanic Mari and sixteen-year-old Mage Alain as they discover the truth about the world they live on. In the midst of fighting for their lives Mari and Alain must learn to trust each other and question the Great Guilds that raised them. The Dragons Of Dorcastle combines Fantasy with Science Fiction in a way that will surprise even the most seasoned of readers.
The Dragons Of Dorcastle by Jack Campbell is a fascinating, interesting and welcome break from popular YA and NA Fiction. The story is hilarious and incredibly engaging. Alains character is funny, original, and interesting. The six-part series begins with The Dragons Of Dorcastle and concludes with The Wrath Of The Great Guilds. My favorite part of reading this novel and, well the entire series was watching Alains character develop. I also thoroughly enjoyed the authentic approach to magic. Of course, the book simply would not have the same effect on readers without the well-built chemistry between the characters. I would definitely recommend this novel to readers of all genres however I think that it would be most beneficial for teens in particular to give The Dragons Of Dorcastle a look. There are so many life lessons tied into this book. Masterful writing, hilarious dialogue and surprising twists and turns combine to create a story the reader will never forget.
About the Author
John Hemry known more commonly by his fans via the pen name Jack Campbell, is an American Sci-Fi Author. With twenty-eight novels, twenty-nine short fiction works and 6 non-fiction works published as of late early 2017 he is also quite well known. Campbells first novel Stark’s War was published in April of 2000 however his earliest short-fiction, One Small Spin was published in 1997. Campbell’s Non-Fiction Interstellar Navigation, published 2000, was his first venture into the genre. A retired U.S. navy officer Campbell even speaks some Russian.
Born and raised in the town of Dover in Kent, Lisa chose to make the protagonist of her debut novel a fictional contemporary and set Dover as Hal's home town. She weaves into the story of Hal's homecoming her own memories of the town she left in 2000. Since You've Been Gone was adapted from a feature script of the same name which was nominated to go into competition in the 2011 BAFTA/Rocliffe New Writers Forum.
Aside from writing, Lisa enjoys history, museums, historic houses and punk music.
until the day Abigail dumped Hal, after he left for university, back in 1983. Hal was so devastated that he went home less and less until, in the end, he didn't go home at all. And he never got over her, even after he married the wealthy Julienne. Their marriage was doomed from the start; it was just a case of who caved in first.
Abigail had a secret; one she had kept from Hal, and it had defined her life for fifteen years. She was glad he never came back to learn it. That was all about to change.
Hal was on his way home. Nothing would ever be the same again...
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Mask of the Dragon is a Young Adult novel by Ashleigh D.J. Cutler. Mask of the Dragon is the first book in what is to be a series. Cutler has written three books, all published through Crystal Prism Publications. To date, all of her titles incorporate various social topics inspired by her years in high school. The book is a 236 page contemporary novel with a hint of supernatural. It is a story centered around friendship.
The novel about growing into yourself and becoming confident. While including themes of self-discovery it, has a twist. With a touch of supernatural and a hint of mystery this novel is sure to take most readers out of their comfort zone. The story follows sixteen-year-old Abigail Palmer as she learns to compensate for all that she has lost in her life. Aimed towards teens the story takes on a rather odd but interesting theme merging a tale of friendship with the supernatural. This story had a brilliant plot line that made unexpected twists and turns. Mask of the Dragon also had very realistic characters, meaning they interacted with each other in ways that seemed natural but also gave the reader more information on them. Personally I was able to relate with Abigail because we are both the same age and at the time I was reading this I was working on getting my drivers license too! I think another thing I liked about this story was that the minor characters were developed quite nicely. It is always a relief to see an author who actually cares about their minor characters. I was pleased with the story and would recommend this book for readers interested in supernatural books.
I enjoyed Mask of the Dragon, and the realness of each character. While the book is targeted at teens and young adults, pre-teens can definitely find enjoyment in the story. It is the first book in what will eventually become a trilogy. I loved the uniqueness of the story. I think just the idea behind this story will inspire readers and writers to explore new territory and go out of their comfort zone.
I read every day and have been looking for a good book light. I have been frustrated by several aspects of the booklights I’ve tried. Too heavy, too bulky, light too output too low or doesn’t last, generally just poor overall quality. Out the blue, the Solar Book Light Company contacts me through my blog, LivsBookshelf, and offers me a chance to review their product. I was a bit apprehensive, not sure how much I trust all these reviews for products people have received for free. Obviously, I had to give it a try and was excited to see and try the light. I actually received the light before the email notifying that it had shipped. I created an unboxing video with Instagram, but it was only available for 24 hours and now it’s gone forever, lesson learned. I promise the next time I try something like this, I’ll post the video with the review. I was very pleasantly surprised when I received opened the package and found a device that was so light I just couldn’t imagine that it would actually work. Light in hand, I was determined not to be one of the “full disclosure, I got it for free, it’s a great product” crowd. I create a test and evaluation plan and put this thing through the hoops. Trust me, I am hard on technology even when I am careful, more on this later. The light itself can be solar charged or connected to a power source and charged using a USB cord given in the package. The Solar Light is very well, light. This makes it incredibly easy to clip onto a paperback and still be able to read. There are three settings, Off, Medium Power, and High Power. After charging it for two hours I was able to run it for over five hours on the medium, which is quite bright and the setting that I prefer. Honestly I got tired of waiting for it to die. I charged it up again via USB for about an hour and tested the high setting. I got over two hours of consistent light out of it, again got tired waiting for it to give out. Seriously, this light would survive GoT. Solar charging seems to work just as well, but how do you tell with a light that won’t die? So enough about the power, I needed to try to break this thing somehow. Have you ever listened to the sound track of Hamilton? It’s like two hours long. I bent and move and twisted the flexible neck every way I could think of until I ran out of music and my hands got tired. It still has not shown any signs of breaking or material failure. After the torture test, I have been using the light regularly for about two weeks as of this posting. I still haven’t run the battery down and I haven’t charged it again since the first day. I continue to be impressed with the durability and design of the Solar/ USB Rechargeable Led Clip On Light from the Solar Book Light Company. If you’re considering buying a lightweight, extra durable book light and you want to get your money’s worth, this should be at the top of your list.
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When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.
A Court Of Thorns And Roses is the first book in a trilogy, of which the author has published two of the three books. The third book is set to release in 2017. The series is written by Sarah J Maas who is well known for her wildly popular Throne of Glass novels. The book is loosely based on Disney’s Beauty and The Beast. The novel is 419 pages and is currently available in print, multiple electronic book formats and audio.
The story follows eighteen year old Feyre, a human girl, through the transition from a once wealthy life to a dirt poor life. Feyre is forced to provide for her family, which includes her handicapped father and two ungrateful older sisters. In Feyre’s world, humans and the immortal Fae lands should completely separated by a magical barrier. Except it has somehow become porous and the two races are slowly intermingling again. This is not a good thing, as ancient grudges and recent insults flare, Feyre is caught in the middle.
For me, Feyre as the protagonist was hard to relate to. Her main love interest was another person that didn’t seem consistent and well integrated with the storyline. In the second book in the series, A Court of Mist and Fury, the reader will better understand this character. However in this book, I felt that he didn’t contribute to the plot line much. I didn’t particularly care for any of the characters, save Lucien. There are a few unexpected plot twists in this book that contributed to the novel’s story line. While I enjoyed reading the final battle, the hero vs. villain situation didn’t make that much sense to me. I wasn’t drawn into the story until the very end. As a stand-alone read, I would not recommend this book. However, (small spoiler alert) I’ve just finished the second book, and believe that fans of Sara Maas will find the next book contains the spark and magic we came to enjoy from her first series.
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