This series is aimed at promoting and celebrating those that review books regularly. Especially those who do so via their blogs, as it would be great to create more traffic to their sites. I am happy to also showcase those that are put directly on Amazon. The details are here in this first post with an example.. https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/04/25/smorgasbord-new-series-starting-this-saturday-meet-the-book-reviewers/
And here is last week’s post: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/05/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-meet-the-bookreviewers-d-g-kaye-for-kathy-steinemann-barb-taub-for-terry-tyler-robbie-cheadle-for-ben-woodard-m-j-mallon-for-sacha-de-black-and-jan-sikes-for-nonnie-jul/
The series is already evolving as predicted and we will just see where it goes.
- If you click the images of the books you will be taken directly to Amazon.
- Where an author or reviewer is in the Cafe and Bookstore I will include their entry.
- If a review has been posted to Amazon directly without a blog post, I will share the entire review with a link to the reviewers blog.
The first reviewer today is Colleen Chesebro with the review for Eye of Fire: Dragon Soul Book 2 by D.Wallace Peach – click on the image to be taken directly to Amazon.
Here is an extract from the review and a link to read the rest on Colleen’s blog.
Eye of Fire is the second book in the Dragon Soul Quartet Series, following book one, The Myths of the Mirror, which I reviewed HERE.
The story begins as the ancient Droom, the seer of the stones, she who guides the myths and the people of the Tie retrieves a stone from the embers of a fire. Partially blind, the seer’s prophecies come from deep within her soul expressed as messages etched upon her Runestones. The directive she receives is clear. Change is in the air and new beginnings have merged into the people’s current reality.
As the mountain dragons who fly freely in the skies over the Mirror arrive in Taran Leigh, Conall and Torin are merged with the belonging, sitting astride their own dragons. The people waiting to attend the yearly dragon expedition are filled with awe. They feel the songs of the dragons pulling at their hearts. Soon, the community will experience what it feels like to touch the resplendent dragons and to feel the belonging surge into their hearts for themselves.
Finally, the time had come for the dragons of Taran Leigh to be freed from the confines of the lair. Once Earlin’s plan was set into motion there was no turning back. Meanwhile, in the dragon’s lair, Haral waits for the signal to swing open the doors so he can release the magnificent creatures and set them free.
Instead, the plan goes awry, and Earlin finds Haral’s crumpled body; the victim of a horrible murder. His death is the catalyst that forces the people of the Tie to grapple with the knowledge that they’re connected through the belonging to every living being. They must establish a balance within the world. However, this responsibility comes at a cost.
Head over and read the rest of post and the review:Colleen Chesebro review of Eye of Fire
Colleen Chesebro, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Heart-Stone-Chronicles-Swamp-Fairy/dp/1541015967
D. Wallace Peach, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/D.-Wallace-Peach/e/B00CLKLXP8
Please visit Amazon or Diana’s website to view all her books.
The next book is reviewed by Olga Nunez Miret on her blog – Elegant Etiquette in the Nineteenth Century by Mallory James. A fascinating look into the past and a great source for writers and social history researchers
Thanks to Alex and the rest of the team at Pen & Sword for providing me a paperback copy of this book that I freely chose to review.
I am a big fan of Pen & Sword books and I have learned a lot on a variety of subjects thanks to their great selection, but I must admit to having a soft spot for social history. Although I love history books and have recently become keen on historical fiction, I think that social history helps us get a better sense of what life was like in the past, not only for the kings, aristocrats, and powerful people but also for the rest of the population. The everyday life of going around one’s usual business, talking to people, working, rarely makes it into the big books, but it is what life is truly about. And those are the details that bring the past to life. As I have mentioned in previous reviews, these books are also great to provide background to writers, filmmakers, and, in general, artists looking to create works set in a particular time in history, as it helps them gain a better understanding of what it would have been like to live then.
This particular volume is a delight. I have read a number of novels set in the era and watched uncountable movies and television series that take place in the XIX century as well, and although I thought I was familiar with the customs, social rules and mores of the time, I was surprised by how truly complicated following proper etiquette was. As the author often explains, rules were not set in stone and they changed throughout the century. What was a must at the beginning of the XIX century would have been out of fashion by the end, and rules were open to interpretation, as sometimes different sources offered completely different advice. Should you eat fish with a fork and bread, two forks, or a fork and a fish knife (the answer depends on at what point of the XIX century we were eating it)? Would it have been proper for you to introduce people you knew, or even greet people you met in the streets even if you had been introduced? What was the best time to go for a walk or to visit your acquaintances? What did it truly mean if somebody was ‘not at home’?
Head over and find out more about Mallory James and her book: Olga Nunez Miret – Author and Translator
Please visit Amazon or Olga’s blog to view all her books.
The next review is for Jerome & his Women by Joan O’Hagan posted by Richard Blake on his website.
This novel explores the background to one of the most important events in history. When Constantine established Christianity as the preferred state religion in 313, he was saving Western civilisation. Until then, the religious settlement in the Roman Empire was divided both vertically and horizontally. The vertical division marked off the educated elite. For those at the top, the pagan cults were approaches to the concept of a Supreme Being and a universal moral law. Those at the bottom took these cults at face value, with their alarming or simply scandalous mythologies, and their frequent lack of mutual sympathy.
Christianity was a universal religion. For all its sectarian tendencies, it crossed every boundary of language and race and class. It was a way of life, and it had philosophical content. Once spread beyond the frontiers, it did much to humanise the barbarians, who would otherwise have invaded as pure savages. It also provided a check to misgovernment. The Jews aside, it is hard to think of any religious group that had been able to face down a determined pagan emperor. Once Constantine himself was dead, the clergy could rally the faithful as they pleased – usually for the Empire that they now dominated, but also against any emperor who in their opinion went too far.
The Christians did nothing to bring on the fall of the Western Empire. That was an effect of climate change and military blunders. But their wholesale conversion of the barbarian invaders, and their establishment of schools and libraries, led Europe seamlessly into the decentralised and highly creative civilisation of the middle ages.
Head over and read the comprehensive review in full: Richard Blake reviews Jerome and his women
The final author today is D.G. Kaye who read and reviewed the controversial but eye-opening Fire and Fury – Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff.
Today’s review is on Michael Wolff’s politically intriguing and informative book – Fire and Fury. This is a personal accounting of what he witnessed while having ease of access and being privy to the shenanigans that is currently ongoing in the Whitehouse.
Since the day Trump ran for president I’ve been fascinated with US politics. I follow journalists in the media, have acquired a lengthy reading list of political books, and my heart aches for the all that is going on in the US now from broken policies to the potential dangers of the world at Trump’s fingertips.
If you think you’ve seen or heard it all by watching the news, you couldn’t have because in this presidency there has been ongoing breaking news daily since Trump’s inauguration. In this book, Wolff shares his findings from when he had a ringside seat as to what on earth is going on in the Whitehouse. A play by play accounting is shared on the inside chaos that continues under Trump’s regime and the shameful and clueless shenanigans that continue to go on – a good who’s who in the zoo starring a plethora of unsavory characters.
Please head over and read the post and review in full: D.G. Kaye reviews Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff
Please visit Amazon or Debby’s blog to view all her books.
Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you will check out both the books showcased today and their reviewers.
I will be also sharing other recent reviewers for authors in the Cafe and Bookstore this week in the updates on Monday and Friday. I do check regularly but it helps if you email me with a link to any reviews on Amazon or Goodreads that you would like me to share.