Review: Sacrifice by Jessica Fortunato

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Book Review

Sin collector Trilogy: Book 2 Sacrifice by Jessica Fortunato

Finally the christmas holidays gave me some extra time to read and review novels again. I was looking forward to reading the sequel to Sin Collector by Jessica Fortunato three months ago, stored but not forgotten in my Aldiko reader shelf, but was always off due to other businesses. One great way to end this year is with a book review to this story.

The best moments in reading are, when you come across something.. a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things..that you’d thought special – particular to you. And here it is, set down by someone else, a person you’ve never met. And it’s as if a hand has come out and taken yours to a world of magic. – the history boys

As book 1, I was evenly mesmerized by the second book where you get to know more about other sin collector friends of Olexander former mentor and now in a deep relationship with Liliana. A common enemy the castus and one woman Ariadne who always seems to be one step ahead of all others. Lilianas now growing family, her mortality phase, new telekinetic powers, secrets about a family history, marriage party and an unforeseeable prophecy to come true, would this mean the end of the world as we know of?? Such questions might revolve within your mind, while the story unfolds its mystery and packed action in front of you during Lilianas fight for her beloved family that is worth fighting for. In my point of view this was a five star book written by a five star novelist. I am eager for the third book and patiently await its arrival.

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Review : The Weeping Empress by Sadie Forsythe

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Being a Fan of Japanese fighting movies and recently also into action video games like call of duty made it for me easy to follow the action filled novel. I am rather got used to this form and I might as well see that this novel will make an excellent playstation or xbox game which I would want to play rather than read. This way it is more graphical. I imagine to play in the novels heroine character Chiyo who is taken by a supernatural force out of her modern natural environment and placed into another world, that has no particular background information until you read several chapters and even then I wasn’t fully satisfied. Though the idea to implement the idea of Chiyo the heroine and empress to be of the vast land of Dashkalil. But for a game it might be alright. The description of the fighting scenes is immense, I didn’t had any knowledge of samurai fighting at all, here you will get a glimpse of what it is like with some of its rules. This might as well be integrated very well into the game with different levels of expertise and ascension in degree and levels.
But this novel is not for everyone, even those that are into adventure fantasy with supernatural context. Accordingly for myself, one time reading is enough.

I like the fantasy stories more descriptive making the background information detailed, but am glad that I tried out something totally unfamiliar to my reading style.

As I said earlier I find this novel to be an excellent adventure action game in progress, that I would want to play eagerly but don’t need to read.

Overall rating 2.5 / 5.

Review: Shadow on the Wall – The Sandstorm Chronicles #1 by Pavarti K. Tyler

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What first appeared to me as an interesting story line and title to read turned out to be a rather popular title which I didn’t know until now. Shadow on the wall served many purposes as titles of songs ( Chapman, Oldfield, Carlile) episode name of series (Game of thrones) and is shared by other authors as well. The most famous of them all might be the allegory to Platos story of the cave. Which seems to me is fitting quite well to the story. Though I am not sure if this was intended to be this way.

The story takes place in a fictional world, the center plays Turkey. Elih was the chosen town to hold a supernatural story line. The author has put up some great effort in researching the Middle Eastern culture and Islam to give a realistic picture of the characters and the theme involved in the story. With her understanding she made a remarkable input to display each character emotions and feeling of justice that we the reader can follow as an indirect background to make up our own mind.

The main character of the story is Recai Osman a kurd, he is the heir to a multi billion corporation but due to his missing in the beginning the position was left unacclaimed. Living most of his life outside the country he did not know of the wrong doing of the morality police in Elih who called themselves the ones who restore order under the Islamic law or short RTK. Soon after he is confronted with one of the most ugliest crimes of all a human can fall under. It is then he decides to undo the wrong and is in his beginning of becoming a hero for the people, the sandstorm.

The author has a unique writing style in that we get a glimpse of the story from each of the characters views which makes the story vivid.

Overall rating 3 / 5.