Category Archives: 2016 Book Reviews

Book Review 102: Messenger by K.M. Tremills

One thing, I enjoy about doing reviews is that I get to discover new authors.  Taking a chance with a new author has been one of the easiest risks that a reviewer can ever make.

I recently came across Messenger by K.M. Tremills. Tremills is an author that I have made an online acquaintance through a Facebook Writers Group. I found out about Messenger and the book’s description intrigued me.

Messenger is an interesting, mythic fantasy revolving around a young woman named Gabriella called to save a kingdom from the evil Prince.  The story follows Gabriella’s journey through the Great Lands and onto the palace where she will face the Prince.  However, Gabriella is a twin and her sister was chosen by the Prince to be his queen. Gabriella will have to embrace her calling on this journey to the palace and save her twin sister.

Tremills tells an interesting story with a small cast of characters that kept me interested.  I have to admit it took me a bit to get the narrative rhythm of the story and there was not a lot of action typical for an epic fantasy.  However, I enjoyed the understated aspects of the story and the introspective nature of the characters.  It seems the author was trying to explore the nature of a calling and how can a young woman embrace it instead of just saving the world from evil.  A calling or destiny (which is a familiar trope in fantasy) has always interested me as a reader and I liked Tremills’ perspective in the Messenger.

Messenger is worth reading and I’m looking forward to the second book of the series to find out what happens to Gabriella.  I can recommend the novel for epic fantasy readers who can appreciate introspection and interplay between the characters and will read between the lines to discover what is really happening in a story.

 

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Book Review 97: Ysabel by Guy Gavriel Kay

Ned Marriner, the fifteen-year old protagonist in Guy Gavriel Kay’s tenth novel, Ysabel  uncovers a startling discovery in an Aix-en-Provence cathedral.  He is in the Southern France city with his father, a famed photographer who is shooting photos around the city for a new book.  Upon his discovery, Ned gets drawn into an intertwining of… Continue Reading

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Book Review 95: The Successful Author Mindset by Joanna Penn

Digital Publishing has spawned the rise of the indie author movement over the past several years.  As a result, there is a lot of books these days about how to become a successful indie author and how to make a living with your writing. However, there are only a few of those books dealing with… Continue Reading

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Book Review 94: Deep Work by Cal Newport

“Great creative minds think like artists but work like accountants.” (David Brooks) “When you work, work hard. When you’re done, be done.” Those two quotes from Deep Work by Cal Newport summarizes my feelings toward this excellent book. Newport introduces deep work as to counteract the distracted world we live with in the social media… Continue Reading

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Book Review 92: Parable of the Talents by Octavia Butler

There has not been a novel that caused such discomfort, challenge my assumptions, or made me defensive while reading like Parable of the Talents by Octavia Butler. It is the sequel to Parable of the Sower and continues Lauren Olamina’s quest to create a new religion, Earthseed, in a believable and frightening post-apocalyptic America reminiscent… Continue Reading

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Book Review 91: Masterminds by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Masterminds is the eighth and final book of the Anniversary Day Saga in the Retrieval Artist Series by Kristine Kathryn Rusch. All the threads of the previous seven books in the saga finally comes together as we find out who is the mastermind behind the Anniversary Day Bombings on the Moon’s colony of Armstrong. You… Continue Reading

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