Good morning! :) Today I have two book reviews to share with you, so let's get started!
First up is "Song of the Ovulum" by Bryan Davis.
Here's an excerpt:
Song of the Ovulum, the first book in the Children of the Bard series, is the exciting continuation of the Dragons in our Midst and Oracles of Fire series of books. Taking place fifteen years after the Oracles of Fire series ended, the story ramps up the adventure by setting the forces of Earth against those of Second Eden, a world in an alternate dimension where humans and dragons peacefully coexist. After helping repel the demonic assault on Heaven in The Bones of Makaidos, Billy and Bonnie Bannister and Ashley Foley now sit in a maximum security prison where the authorities conduct experiments on them to learn the secrets of long life. How did the world’s acceptance of dragonkind crumble? What will Walter Foley do to rescue his wife and friends? Read Song of the Ovulum to follow Walter’s quest to find the Bannisters’ lost children and use their dragon talents to break their parents out of jail before an interdimensional war breaks out between Earth and Second Eden.
My thoughts: At first this novel was kind of hard to get into, honestly I found it confusing to follow & it took a bit to "catch on" to the storyline & who was who. The story seemed to jump around a lot which made it hard to follow at all times. It's supposed to be the first book in a new series, but upon doing further research I found out that there are actually 8 books that "should" be read before reading this book as I think knowing more about the characters & being fully introduced to them would make the book flow a little more smoothly at first. There is an 11 pg. recap at the end of the book that'll help you out a bit, and I would suggest starting there first. This being said, this is not normally the type of book that I would reach for, but it is a well written book that younger fantasy readers would really enjoy! There's plenty of twists & turns that will keep you guessing what's going to happen next! It's a nice, long & absorbing story that will keep you entertained for the cool fall nights ahead! :)
"Book has been provided courtesy of Foundation Distributing, Inc and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from AMG Publishers".
Next up is "Whispers in the Wind" by Lauraline Snelling.
Here's an excerpt:
She's Come This Far.... Must She Turn Back Now?
After fleeing North Dakota and the now defunct Wild West Show, Cassie Lockwood and her companions have finally found the hidden valley in South Dakota where her father had dreamed of putting down roots. But to her dismay, she discovers a ranch already built on her land.
Cassie's arrival surprises Mavis Engstrom and forces her to reveal secrets she's kept hidden for years. Her son Ransom is suspicious of Cassie and questions the validity of her claim to the valley. But younger son Lucas decides from the start that he is in love with her and wants to marry her.
Will Cassie be able to build a home on the Bar E Ranch and fulfill her father's dream of raising horses, or will she be forced to return to the itinerant life of her past?
My thoughts: I really enjoyed this book but again wish that I'd have read the first novel in this series before reading this one as I had no background info going into reading this. It was a nice story and showed Gods faithfulness & provision. I learned so much about frontier life & you come to realize how "easy" so many of us have it in today's day & age compared to the many struggles they had back then. I enjoyed the different characters & storyline so I'm very interested in seeing what the next book holds as I feel like there are a lot of "loose ends" in this story. It will be interesting to see where the author takes the characters in the next book in this series.
"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".