Welcome to the first review post of the week and I am starting things off with a review for Journey to Aviad ( Wind Chronicles Book 1) by Allison D. Reid by Terri Webster Schrandt on her blog last week.
Threatening clouds and fierce storms besiege the city of Tyroc. More frequent and powerful than ordinary storms, young Elowyn, a weaver’s daughter living in the outskirts of the city, senses something disturbing and unnatural about them. She soon realizes that the storms are but a warning sign of much more frightening things yet to come. Terrifying wolf-like creatures emerge from the depths of the wilderness at the bidding of a dark master.
His name found only among the crumbling pages of ancient texts, the re-appearance of Alazoth and his Hounds is a dark omen for the people of Tyroc and beyond. Only legends remain of the heroes and prophets whose blood was shed ages ago to banish him into the abyss, which should have remained his prison for all time. How he has been released is a mystery, but all the old stories agree that death and destruction are sure to follow. With the Hounds inching closer each day, the city of Tyroc caught up in religious and political turmoil, and her home life no less turbulent, Elowyn has nothing left to rely on but her meager courage and a budding faith in Aviad, the Creator.
She and her sister, Morganne, set out on a remarkable journey that challenges everything they have ever known about themselves, the world, and the path that Aviad has laid out for them.
Terri’s 5 Star review: https://secondwindleisure.com/2017/05/25/my-book-review-of-journey-to-aviad/
If you have ever read Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, you will enjoy Reid’s fantasy tale of two sisters who embark on a journey of survival and spirituality. This is an allegorical tale set in what may be medieval times. Whether it is in our Earth’s ancient past or far future isn’t clear, but the world and setting Reid builds is consistent and believable.
Reid’s writing is eloquent and riveting—I was drawn in to the mystery after the first few sentences. Her female main characters are interesting and multi-dimensional, with the capacity to grow and learn as the story unfolds.
Reid deftly weaves in scriptural themes and concept such as— “you must drink from my cup, for it is filled with living water, and you shall never thirst again”—without alienating the reader’s existing faith or lack thereof. She introduces the “Ancients” much later in the story as the counterparts to the Biblical Jesus, Satan and the Holy Spirit. Of course, Aviad is God, the Creator. You will begin to see the parallels as you read deeper into the story.
I recommend this book and series to young adults and those of us adults who have been around the block once or twice.
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Also by Allison D. Reid
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Apart from being a prolific and award winning author of fantasy and children’s books, Nicholas C. Rossis has also released a non-fiction book for authors – Emotional Beats: How to convert your writing into palpable feelings.
Do You Want To Show, Not Tell, Emotions?
Because of the way our brains are wired, readers empathize more strongly if you don’t name the emotion you are trying to describe. As soon as you name an emotion, readers go into thinking mode. And when they think about an emotion, they distance themselves from feeling it.
A great way to show anger, fear, indifference, and the whole range of emotions that characterize the human experience, is through beats. These action snippets that pepper dialogue can help describe a wide range of emotions while avoiding lazy writing. The power of beats lies in their innate ability to create richer, more immediate, deeper writing.
This emotional thesaurus includes hundreds of examples that you can use for your inspiration, so that you, too, can harness this technique to easily convert your writing into palpable feelings. Use it as a feeling thesaurus and watch your writing take off!
Emotional Beats was an award-winning Finalist in the IPA 2017 Awards.
Two of the latest reviews on Goodreads
Emotional Beats is chock full of helpful suggestions about all phases of writing. If you are looking for ways to improve your writing you need to read this book and keep it close for reference.
This book covers all the senses, feelings, descriptive passages, antonyms, synonyms and examples of how to put emotion into your writing. I found it quite enlightening and well done.
The author also included a section of suggestions to improve your writing that are offered by other authors. I plan to use this book as a reference from now on as I write
This is one of the more helpful how to books I’ve read in a while. This one will be going on my reference book shelf and used often. It’s full of great examples to help even the most seasoned writers overcome dull writing. Thanks to the author for putting this book out there!
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A selection of other books by Nicholas C. Rossis
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