Book Review – Solomon’s Seive by V. Danann

Solomon's Sieve (Knights of Black Swan, Book #7)Solomon’s Sieve by Victoria Danann

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ah, Book 7 in The Black Swan Sage, Solomon’s Sieve is a return to the glorious writing and style that made me like Victoria Danann so much. Events from the last book seem totally forgotten and we are back in the drama of our Black Knights and their troubles and foibles.

This seems to be the end of the saga though I was left hanging. The major plot of the story, the main plot of the reason for the Knights – eradiation or cure of vampire – sorta got lost in the unfolding romance of Book 7. The “trouble” the Knights are sent to deal with, a large recall of knights back to the Jefferson Unit (where the knights are housed and trained) went by the wayside as we have yet another romance between a knight and a young woman. It goes much as the others, love at first sight, lots of sex and a happy resolution.

The other plot of the story is much more intriguing, that of the new Sovereign and the newly almost married now grieving Farnsworth, the Operations/Secretary.

Despite the tale being one that is predictable in the outcomes, the way to the end is peppered with some delicious laugh-out-loud moments, and some very dynamic interactions. I credit Danann with her amazing dialogue and her ability to give her characters a sense of life that is rarely felt in most Indie authors, and does in fact impress as if you were reading a very established famous author. Danann is masterful at scene description and the fluid way her tales moves from person to location.

Additionally, Danann’s writing style continues to flow like a swift flowing river that is a ride not to be missed. It is very enjoyable and enviable. Her style is engaging and you can’t help but be immersed.

Though I continue to dislike Danann’s lack of book formatting and wish she gave as much attention to her print set up (because it would give the same “elegance and class” as her writing carries), the book was a book (not a novella) and I was once again happy in the length. But I do not like the binding, for it is weak and does not like readers, beginning to separate before I finished the novel.

All in all, this seems to be the last in the series of the print volumes. The plot was not actually resolved, as far as I can tell, so maybe there will be more. I hope so. I have enjoyed the ride.

Just remember the rule of the order, (I love this): “The plural of vampire is vampire.”

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Book Review – Gathering Storm by V. Danann

Gathering Storm (Knights of Black Swan, Book 5)Gathering Storm by Victoria Danann

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is book 5 in the Black Swan Saga and I need a word that is beyond fabulous or extra wowiezowie. This is, BY FAR, my FAVORITE of the series and is a most excellent book! Not only does it have all the elements that make authors drool – drama, adventure, high caliber action, sex, sorrow and love (oh man can you say, ‘wow?’) – but it also has a truly fine story not done before in the previous volumes. How about doppleganger and demon screw-ups? Are you interested now? What about cross dimension travel and assassination attempts.

Yup, this is one helluva book and one heckofa ride. I could not put it down and I raced my way through it, devouring every little morsel of exquisitely written, detailed, clearly imagined world and character. I love this book.

Basically we have our usual Black Swan Knights working with new trainees, old knights, and “true” vampires (the good guys!), a lost knight, a fake knight, a demon baby who grows to be a young woman in less than a month and one heck of a knock-down, acutely detailed invasion of the knight’s “fortress” all to seek out and kill our always leading lady, our heroine Elora Laiken.

This book should be a movie script. It plays like it in the mind while you are reading. Fabulous stuff. PLEASE join me in this series!

I’m heading off to begin book 6. I hope it is as wonderful as this one. I can’t emphasize enough how sated I feel, as a reader, and how delightfully envious I am as a writer. Good stuff people!
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5 Stars for By Light Betrayed!

By Light Betrayed – Poetry of the Vampires has received a 5 Star rating by Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards! I’m so very pleased and I wanted to share with you. This is the first step in the preliminaries for awards. Only four and five star winners will be eligible for awards, so I’m in!

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Reviewed by Charity Tober for Readers’ Favorite

By Light Betrayed: Poetry of the Vampires by Sherry Rentschler is both a distinctive and interesting read. There are over thirty poems featuring haunting and melancholy vampire themes. For example, in the poem Crossing the Line, it reads: “Sunlight teases behind the tomb. Dandelions wilt against the concrete. I dance on sidewalk shadows, death between the lines.” And in the poem Royal Street, the author states: “Time is for memories, frayed recollections, fraught with our chaos and short on regret. We are the remnants of innocent wishes lost in the pavement, too sharp to forget.” The author does a good job keeping each poem distinct and includes various color pictures (mostly graveyards and such) to accompany the poems.

First off, the cover for By Light Betrayed: Poetry of the Vampires is superb (both alluring and haunting) and really sets the tone for the book. I typically do not read very much in the poetry genre, but I did enjoy reading this book. The flow was nice and I liked how it included pictures to go along with the text. The empty graveyard scenes went well with the atmosphere and narrative of the poems. I felt the author focused on the dark, struggling, wandering and mysterious aspects of vampires (and not the sparkling, angst-ridden kind). You can tell through the poems that the author is really a fan of vampires and understands all of the myths and popularity that goes along with them. I think the book would appeal to fans of both vampires and poetry.

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No sparkly vampires for me! haha

If you were wondering if you should give the book a try, I hope this might encourage you. Thank you to Readers’ Favorite for their generous comments.

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Book Review – Refuge by Karen Lynch

RefugeRefuge by Karen Lynch

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the second book in Lynch’s Relentless Saga and I have to be honest, I thought it was fabulous! The first book was fluid and dynamic but this, this was exceptional. The story is peppered with humor and gasp-worthy moments, dynamic dialogue (my favorite part) and Lynch weaves several subplots seamlessly. It is impressive work and this Indie author is a breakout, best seller if there ever was one.

I am a devoted follower of vampire books, and this is more than just another fanger special. Within these coveted pages lurks vampires, werewolves, Hale witches, trolls, imps, crocotta, wyverns, hellhounds, and a griffin — enough creatures to set this story well apart from the gluttonous, creature-loaded YA books. Lynch manages to weave a YA/New Adult story that is original and unique. Oh sure, there are momentary similarities with other well-loved series’ (Vampire Academy comes to mind for fight training, City of Bones for places to stay and people to meet) but those comparisons fail to capture the essence and truth of what makes Lynch’s novel exceptional, and that is her personality-rich, deeply defined characters.

I will add that in this volume there is heart-stopping action, and breath-holding moment to make the die-hard romantic swoon with happiness. And sorrow. I did need the kleenex. But no spoilers for you.

I join Lynch’s legion of fans who now wait impatiently for Book 3, Rogue. Given where this book has taken us and where we are going, this is going to be a hang-on-to-your-seat-slam-bang finish. I hope you join in the fun by reading the first two books, immediately, and become a fan of Karen Lynch as I have.

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