Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore Update #Reviews – #Fantasy Barbara Spencer, #Fantasy P.L. Stuart, #Poetry Annette Rochelle Aben

Welcome to the Wednesday edition of the Cafe and Bookstore with recent reviews for authors on the shelves.

The first author with a recent review is Barbara Spencer for The Drumming of Heels ((Trilogy, The Children of Zeus Book 3)

About the Book

1944 approaches and Europe is haemorrhaging under the yoke of their oppressors. Of the three children who survived the massacre, only two remain. Yöst has given his own life to rescue Rico, the boy he loved, and Maestro the musician and, in so doing, has bought himself immortality as people tell stories of the angel who gave them hope. Now it is up to Zande and Tatania to face both the majesty and complexity of the carinatae life – or will they renege, as did Albert Meijer, and choose a human life instead?

A recent review for the book

Mrs. J 5.0 out of 5 stars Achingly Beautiful  Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 July 2021

This is the third book in the Children of Zeus trilogy. I’ve been hooked on these wonderful books ever since I read The Year the Swans Came.

Although these books are telling the story of Zande’s growing years, this one seems to be largely Tatania, now known as Tania. It begins not long after the last one finished; the Germans are still in occupation in Holland and life is tough for the people who live in and around Amsterdam. Tania and Zande have taken up a dangerous role – that of helping the resistance rescue British soldiers, until it becomes too dangerous to continue. But before that, something special happens to Tania and the hope she holds in her heart helps to carry her through. Then the war ends and the Germans leave.

Zande knows he will change soon – he is almost of age where his body will go through the painful transition of young man to swan and he will have to fly away with the flock. But he hates his father, Robert, the current leader, and doesn’t want to live the life of the Caritinae, even though he is the Prince, designated to be the flock’s next leader. He wants to be a human like his guardian, Albert, and build boats, which is his dream. He is a young man with a tortured mind. He knows, too, the only chance he has to become human is to find a true love and stay faithful to her – which is everything against what the Caritinae is – their goal is to sire as many children as possible with as many women as possible in order to sustain the flock.

This is a bittersweet tale. I was carried away, my mind so completely involved with Zande and Tania that I found myself crying at one point and achingly sad at other times. And yet, this story still has its triumphs; Tania in particular shows great strength of character and I admire her so much. It is through her that the joyful ending is achieved.

I stand in awe of the skill of Ms Spencer; her knowledge, her way of writing, her descriptions, the way she makes her characters so real proves she is an author of outstanding merit and I wish more people would discover these books. They are so heart-wrenchingly beautiful. Don’t be put off by the word ‘fantasy’ because most of it is about a real country and people and history and the fantasy bit just seems so natural.

Now, I’m going to re-read The Year the Swans Came and then on to the last book, and I shall be really sorry to reach the end of the series.  

A small selection of other books by Barbara Spencer

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon UK – And: Amazon US – Follow Barbara: Goodreads – Connect to Barbara Spencer: Blog: Barbara Spencer Author – Twitter: @BarbaraSpencerO – Facebook: Barbara Spencer Author – Facebook: Barbara Spencer

The next author with a recent review is P.L. Stuart for his debut novel A Drowned Kingdom (The Drowned Kingdom Saga Book 1)

About the book

Once Second Prince of the mightiest kingdom in the known world, Othrun now leads the last survivors of his exiled people into an uncertain future far across the Shimmering Sea from their ancestral home, now lost beneath the waves. With his Single God binding his knights to chivalric oaths, intent on wiping out idolatry and pagan worship, they will have to carve out a new kingdom on this mysterious continent―a continent that has for centuries been ravaged by warlords competing for supremacy and mages channeling the mystic powers of the elements―and unite the continent under godly rule.

With a troubled past, a cursed sword, and a mysterious spirit guiding him, Othrun means to be that ruler, and conquer all. But with kingdoms fated on the edge of spears, alliances and pagan magic, betrayal, doubt, and dangers await him at every turn. Othrun will be forced to confront the truths of all he believes in on his journey to become a king, and a legend.

When one kingdom drowns, a new one must rise in its place. So begins the saga of that kingdom, and the man who would rule it all.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Destiny Bridwell  4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful  Reviewed in the United States on August 28, 2021

I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I got a PDF of this book from the author. It has been awhile since I have ready this type of epic fantasy. It start with a very flawed main character whole is a prince that has lost his whole kingdom and the few survivors that are left a leaving home to find a new one. Their island home has disappeared beneath the waves. I am not sure I like the main character he kind of comes off like a complete jerk. The world building and descriptions is beyond amazing it has a feel like you can reach out and touch the world that is being depicted. One would not assume this was the first book by a debut author. This is a good book.  

Read the reviews and buy the book P.L. Stuart: Amazon US And:Amazon UK – Follow P.L. Stuart: GoodreadsWebsite: P.L. Stuart – Facebook: P.L. Stuart Writes – Twitter: @plstuartwrites

And the final review today is for the recently released poetry collection by Annette Rochelle Aben – Son of Booku: More Halloween Haiku

About the collection

The stage is set and the actors are fully rehearsed and prepared to have the night of their lives. Of course, it IS only ONE NIGHT but that night is Halloween. Come, and eavesdrop on the cast of fright night in the bright light of day as they speak in “haikulike verse”. While most subjects say cheese when facing a camera, these rascals say, BOO! BOOKU that is!

One of the early reviews for the collection.

D.L. Finn 5.0 out of 5 stars The poems were clever and had me laughing.  Reviewed in the United States on September 1, 2021

I’m a huge fan of Halloween and couldn’t pass up a book of Halloween haikus and pictures. Ms. Aben goes into the background of Halloween decorations and her sibling’s part in that. It’s pictures of the displays that are used to inspire the poetry. The poems were clever and had me laughing. Here’s one of them that was paired with a haunting decoration: “I met this vampire/said he hadn’t had a bite/offered him a stake.” This is a quick read to be slowly enjoyed. Reading this book got me into the Halloween mood. If you love poetry and Halloween, this collection is for you.

A selection of other books by Annette Rochelle Aben

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US – And : Amazon UK – Follow Annette: Goodreads – Blog: Annette Rochelle Aben WordPress – Twitter:@YouAreTheExpert


Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will be leaving with some books.. thanks Sally.





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