Welcome to the first of the review posts this week and the first author is Richard M. Ankers with the third book in his trilogy – Into Eternity – The Eternals Series.
About Into Eternity
Queen Serena and her allies have fled the Nordic massacre, taking Princess Linka with them. For Jean, it’s heartbreak; for Merryweather and the abandoned Aurora, far worse. Not even the return of a broken Prince Grella and a dramatic escape from an obliterated Hvit softens the blow of their loss. Tempers flare and the pursuit resumes.
Leaving the Arctic ice behind, Jean and the others must reconcile with both current and past deaths, as they close in on the Baltic home of the hated Duke Gorgon. Here, their enemies gather and confrontation is inevitable.
Under Merryweather’s frustrating tutelage, Jean marches from one infuriating revelation to another, but as the lies unravel and the truth unfurls, he discovers the Britannian is not the fool he’s taken him for. The enigmatic Merryweather appears the key to the greatest mystery of all. But will he ever show his true colors?
In the stunning climax to The Eternals Series, a brooding Jean must do what he’s never done before: place his trust in others. For only at the end of all things, as the sun dies and Shangri-La falls, will Jean know what it means to step Into Eternity.
The most recent review for the book
The third book of The Eternals trilogy is entertaining from start to finish, bring back Jean, Aurora, Walter, and Sunyin for one final adventure.
Filled with colorful prose that fits the setting well, it tells a tale that spans an impossible amount of time to great effect. In particular, it brings the character of Walter Merryweather, a mainstay of the series from the get go, into the spotlight, and makes him much more than the dandy we’ve come to know and love(?)
Though there are some parts that stretch the imagination to the breaking point, it never becomes so much as to overburden the reader. All in all, a very solid end to a trilogy.
Also by Richard Ankers
One of the most recent reviews for Book One in the Series The Eternals
Vampires, shifting landscapes, cloned monks & 500 year old princesses, this amazing tale has them all. The main character, Jean, is a loveable rogue, trying desperately to keep one step ahead of those in pursuit. This face-paced story is fun with more than a few tongue-in-cheek quips which caused me to read with a wide grin on my face. Intensely descriptive, fiercely imaginative & highly entertaining, I loved this from start to finish.
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The next author with a great review for her latest release A Hundred Tiny Threads is Judith Barrow.
About A Hundred Tiny Threads
It’s 1911 and Winifred Duffy is a determined young woman eager for new experiences, for a life beyond the grocer’s shop counter ruled over by her domineering mother.
The scars of Bill Howarth’s troubled childhood linger. The only light in his life comes from a chance encounter with Winifred, the girl he determines to make his wife.
Meeting her friend Honora’s silver-tongued brother turns Winifred’s heart upside down. But Honora and Conal disappear, after a suffrage rally turns into a riot, and abandoned Winifred has nowhere to turn but home.
The Great War intervenes, sending Bill abroad to be hardened in a furnace of carnage and loss. When he returns his dream is still of Winifred and the life they might have had… Back in Lancashire, worn down by work and the barbed comments of narrow-minded townsfolk, Winifred faces difficult choices in love and life.
The latest review for the book
How I discovered this book: I’d read the rest of this series and was looking forward to this prequel. I highly recommend the short stories attached to the series, Secrets.
This is the fourth book in the Pattern of Shadows series, though in some ways the first, because it’s the prequel to the others, which are set in the 1940s, 50s and 60s. I’d recommend reading it first, anyway. It spans the years 1911 to 1923, and tells the story of earlier members of the Howarth family.
So, there was me thinking this was going to be an ‘eh-up, love, put the kettle on’ family drama amongst the cobbles, with a bit of WW1 angst thrown in. I was wrong; it’s so much more than that, and far more interesting. The book starts with Winifred Duffy, daughter of ‘orrible Ethel, joining up with some enchanting Irish scallywags with irritating dialogue tics who are involved in the fight for the women’s vote. The story was jogging along in a modest fashion, until (enter stage left) along came Winifred’s grandmother, Florence, who I loved, and whose story was heartbreaking. A moment later I was reintroduced to Bill Howarth (Mr Prologue), a thoroughly unlikeable character who grew increasingly despicable, and all of a sudden I realised I was engrossed. I do love a well-written nasty piece of work, and Judith Barrow has done a masterful job with Howarth. He’d had a bad start in life, yes, but I didn’t pity him; my loathing of him grew more intense as the book progressed.
The saga moves through the treatment of the suffragettes, lost love, unwanted pregnancy, dark family secrets, the evil, pointless horror of WW1, the general godawful fate of the impoverished classes, the 1919 influenza epidemic, the atrocities committed by the Black and Tans ~ this is no rose-tinted piece of nostalgia, and no detail is spared. Saddest of all is the life of Winifred, in many ways; although she finds some degrees of happiness, the theme all the way through seemed to be how women of the time had to put up and shut up, and accept what they got, even if it was so much less than they deserved. This aspect of the book is so well done, without being hammered home. I was pleased that, although there was resolution, there was no great happy ending. 100 Tiny Threads is about real life, and quite an eye-opener it is too; it made me glad I wasn’t born fifty years earlier, for sure.
When I got to the end, I wanted to nip back to Pattern of Shadows, set in WW2, to find out what happened to Bill and Winifred; it’s two or three years since I read it, and I can’t remember. D’you know, I think I will.
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Also by Judith Barrow
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The final author today is Sacha Black whose debut release 13 Steps to Evil has been receiving terrific reviews.
About the book
Your hero is not the most important character in your book. Your villain is.
Are you fed up of drowning in two-dimensional villains? Frustrated with creating clichés? And failing to get your reader to root for your villain?
In 13 Steps to Evil, you’ll discover:
+ How to develop a villain’s mindset
+ A step-by-step guide to creating your villain from the ground up
+ Why getting to the core of a villain’s personality is essential to make them credible
+ What pitfalls and clichés to avoid as well as the tropes your story needs
Finally, there is a comprehensive writing guide to help you create superbad villains. Whether you’re just starting out or are a seasoned writer, this book will help power up your bad guy and give them that extra edge.
These lessons will help you master and control your villainous minions, navigate and gain the perfect balance of good and evil, as well as strengthening your villain to give your story the tension and punch it needs.
If you like dark humour, learning through examples and want to create the best villains you can, then you’ll love Sacha Black’s guide to crafting superbad villains. Read 13 Steps to Evil today and start creating kick-ass villains.
Two of the latest reviews for the book
I’ve been writing novels for twenty years, been published for eight, and the truth is that nowadays I very rarely bother with How To Write books. It isn’t that I think I know everything. It’s that over the years I’ve seen lots of the same old stuff repackaged many times.
This book isn’t one of those books. This book is bloody good. I learned from it. New ideas, new twists, and new connections, all presented with cleverness and humour. Sacha Black expects her readers to be intelligent. I like that in an author.
Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0722X7Y4P
Connect to Sacha via her blog: http://sachablack.co.uk/about/
Thank you for dropping in today and I hope if you have not already slipped these books into your TBR…. you will head over and check them out.. thanks Sally