Q’s escape from the Vrai Domicile was supposed to be the final spark to ignite the people. But that spark was doused by a sacrifice that threatens to destroy her.
Now Q must forge a new path. Led deep into the woods to find the elusive Transients, she must not only protect those who escaped the Sixth Domicile with her, but also align with Transients who have their own plans of warfare. And their war calls for more death and destruction than Q ever thought possible.
As Q unites both Transient and Domicilian, she quickly realizes that even in the wilderness, no one is free. They must take the fight back to the Domicile. But this war brings with it more secrets, heartbreaking betrayals, and even worse sacrifices, as Q fights to protect her people from Elders who always seem to be one step ahead.
The face of the Revolution has changed. Q has entered the sauvage – a place she isn’t sure she can survive.
Book 3 in the Readers' Favorite Domicile Series by Courtney Ruggles
I would like to thank Courtney Ruggles and Elephantine Publishing for providing this book for review considerations. This in no way created an obligation to provide a review or the nature of any review given.
Well now. Where to start? I have been following this series since before The Sixth Domicile was even released to the public. While it had done reasonably well, it was far from perfect. I gave it much deserved criticism, and did not imagine myself becoming enthralled by the series as a whole. It has been a wonderful experience to watch the development of this story and its author. I can hardly wait for the next installment, even though I am usually patient if not passive about most series releases.
I was absolutely gripped by this book. And I loved every moment of it! The pacing since the first has improved since the first, and feels right. It is driven by not only the internal conflict of the protagonist, but the events of the story. In the times that Q was finding herself blindsided I was able to completely relate, because I was just as shocked. Be ready for dark revelations, endless momentum, and uncertain conjectures.
The Sauvage Domicile carries variations on the same themes as presented the first two installments, The Sixth Domicile and The Vrai Domicile. Click the links to see more details.
About the Author: (From author's website) Courtney's love for writing dates back to short stories on a word processor (What?? Word processor with floppy disks?). Oh yes, she literally had a card filing case full of floppy disks. Now she continues her writing (she upgraded to a laptop) while living in Southern Ohio with her husband and son.
Although Courtney has always lived in Ohio, sometimes closer to the Ohio River and sometimes further away, she dreams of the mountain ranges out west and the sandy Florida beaches. She married the man of her dreams and had a beautiful blond haired blue eyed boy. Before she sought publication for her first book The Sixth Domicile: Book One of the Domicile Series, Courtney worked as a social worker in a mental health agency where she counseled and provided therapy. After she left full time work, she taught social sciences at a local univeristy and began a photography business. The "extra" time gave her the ability to focus on writing again.
Courtney's background in social work fuels the grit in her stories. When Courtney isn't writing her next book, you can find her doing homework (drag) and sipping flavored coffee, reading young adult and new audlt books (because social work text books are only so interesting), or daydreaming about all the future beach houses she intends to buy.
"THE GIRL IN THE RED HOOD has been looking for her mother for six months, searching from the depths of New York's subways to the heights of its skyscrapers . . .
"THE PRINCE looks like he's from another time entirely, or maybe he's just too good at his job at Ye Old Renaissance Faire . . .
"THE ACTRESS is lighting up Hollywood Boulevard with her spellbinding and strikingly convincing portrayal of a famous fairy. Her name may be big, but her secrets barely fit in one world . . .
"Fifteen-year-old Crescenzo never would have believed his father's carvings were anything more than "stupid toys." All he knows is a boring life in an ordinary Virginia suburb, from which his mother and his best friend have been missing for years. When his father disappears next, all Crescenzo has left is his goofy neighbor, Pietro, who believes he's really Peter Pan and that Crescenzo is the son of Pinocchio. What's more: Pietro insists that they can find their loved ones by looking to the strange collection of wooden figurines Crescenzo's father left behind." (From provided synopsis)
I would like to thank Blaze Publishing for providing this book for review considerations. This in no way created an obligation to provide a review or the nature of any review given.
With Pietro's help, Crescenzo sets off on an adventure to unite the real life counterparts to his figurines. It's enough of a shock that they're actually real, but the night he meets the Girl in the Red Hood, dark truths burst from the past. Suddenly, Crescenzo is tangled in a nightmare where magic mirrors and evil queens rule, and where everyone he loves is running out of time.
This was a fun read and an interesting derivation of classical fairy tales. I was surprised when I read the synopsis, because the title The Carver gave me the impression that it would be a horror novel. It is certainly not. If you have already read this far into the review, you probably already knew this.
The adventure and the environments were, respectively, engaging and rich. The settings range across realms and change which characters are being followed. The transitions are fairly smooth.
Much credit has to be given to thorough editing. Only a couple typos were noticed. This is always welcome as such errors can become a distraction.
While many of the characters had secrets, which unfold throughout the story, they often seemed to lack a depth that they could have otherwise easily possessed. They certainly were fun, but they story seems to have the plot bear the burden of driving the interest. Without a solid development, I found myself viewing the tragedies and betrayals from the same objective distance as reading a stranger's obituary. To be fair, lively character dynamics can also be seen as drama. Also, the characters are not without appeal. It just took a while to become sufficiently interested in their adventure.
This review has been particularly difficult to write because I genuinely like it, but there are aspects that leave it wanting. Defining exactly what that is challenging. I can only think of the following analogy: It was like a baby bird taking its first plunge from the nest. It beats its wings furiously, but lacked coordination. Half way through the fall it gained a sense of rhythm and began to fly. I breathed a sigh of relief as it narrowly escaped the approaching ground. I believe in this bird! Its first flight may have been rocky, but I anticipate its future success. This is why I am looking forward to the release of the sequel The Ivory Queen on January 10, 2017.
I would recommend this fantasy for younger readers.
About the author (from author's page)
When Jacob Devlin was four years old, he would lounge around in Batman pajamas and make semi-autobiographical picture books about an adventurous python named Jake the Snake.
Now he writes not-so-autobiographical novels about everything from small-town acoustic guitar heroes to the son of Pinocchio and his journey through a big world. He is the author of The Carver, a YA fantasy novel published by Blaze Publishing, LLC.
Be sure to browse the site for information about his books and extra goodies related to the worlds he’s created! His characters are known to pop in and play on his blog quite frequently, and his muse sometimes hangs out here and likes to give away presents. Happy reading!
In a world divided between the Hunters and the Warriors, the prisoners who have fallen prey to King Cyrus's decrees are forced into the arena to fight until death. The winner is granted mercy and the privilege to see another sunrise–for the loser, it’s death unto the weak.
Seventeen year-old Princess Echo races towards freedom to find out who she really is, and to put a world that has been swallowed by lies back together again.
And then there’s Ayden. His very existence as a Hunter is forbidden, and with his otherworldly, violet eyes Echo is finding it hard to stay away from him. When death threatens their forbidden love Echo and Ayden are forced to do the unthinkable–how far will they go to be together?
Many thanks to Nadège Richards and Permuted Press for providing a review copy of this book.
In the reading of Burning Bridges I found myself pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. I say this because I had already formed a preconceived notion of it. Richards had told me that Burning Bridges was her early work, and disclosed the fact that she felt that it was naïve and not her best. Regardless of this, I moved forward with reading it. While I recognize much of what she meant, I still find the story to be compelling. It captured my attention for reasons I can't seem to appropriately articulate. I intend to read the rest of the series. I am excited to both: see how the journey continues, and witness Richards' metamorphosis as a writer and young woman.
One may wonder how I could expect to see an author's personal growth through their writings. In this book, the author's voice is present in an almost resonant way. The narrative offers subtle reflections on personal issues such as transitions into adulthood, and universal concepts like autonomy versus governance. I anticipate this voice to become clearer and more sophisticated as the series progresses. And I couldn't be more excited.
The characters do not merely serve as a platform for the author's voice, however. Each behaves in a manner that is appropriate to their age and circumstance. Even characters which at first sight appear to be depth-less, turn out to have deeper modes and motivations. The dynamic between the characters is used well to emulate, in the reader, the range of emotions the principal characters experience. A favorite example of this is the confusion about the Queen's mercurial behavior toward her daughter.
The pacing is good, and the narrative hooks are well formed and placed. I found myself easily driven toward the end. The transitions are only awkward in a couple places. This is mostly an editing issue as it is due to incorrect announcement of which first person voice is being used.
For being traditionally published, I was surprised at the number and types of editing issues I found. In addition to the one type already mentioned, there are also quotation marks on non-dialog segments and simple typos. In an overall balance against the positive aspects, it is still a good story. It is strong enough to carry a reader beyond the distractions.
About the author (from author's page)
Nadège Richards is the author of the Bleeding Heart Trilogy and
currently attends college for her BA in journalism. Her name is of French
origin, though she's never been to France. She wrote her first novel about
aliens and goats in the 8th grade and has had a passion for story-telling ever since.
Her friends and family are her biggest inspiration, and the occasional cup of tea.
When not reading and writing obsessively, she's usually found studying, social networking, or at home with her family in sunny Pennsylvania.
Young genius Morag Chen doesn’t believe in the supernatural. Or not until a thousand gods show up in front of her, appearing from a clear-blue sky. The Architects are terrifying, they’re hypnotically attractive, and they’re real—but what are they, and what do they want, and why have they stolen the mind of Daniel Calder, the person she is closest to?
Ancient gods? Invading aliens? Everyone has a theory, but no one has guessed the truth. In this dark, suspenseful, mind-bending sequel to The Fire Seekers, Morag picks up the narration from Daniel as she works to accept that there’s more than one way to think about the nature of humanity. And she will find that the only way forward is through secrets that Daniel himself seems desperate but unable to convey.
A mysterious lab. The house of a dying billionaire. The hidden home of a strange and forgotten people. In each of these places, Morag and Daniel will come a step closer to answers, hope, and a way of fighting back.
I was provided with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
While reading this story, I had been faced with a challenge. I had been asked “What kind of book are you reading at the moment?” While this question could apply do many different aspects of a book, the first which came to mind was genre. I was unable to produce a concise response. It is currently categorized as Science Fiction and Young Adult. I do not dispute either, but Ghosts in the Machine is so much more.
It's creative use of archaeological interpretation is like Indiana Jones, but more stimulating. Richard Farr incorporates other studies such as: mathematics, computing, linguistics, quantum mechanics, philosophy, and evolution. He does so in a way that is not awkward or cumbersome, but rather effortless. The result is a robust world for the characters (and a reader's mind) to navigate while searching for answers to a problem that seems to defy reason.
The re-read value on this book is very high for me. It is not so dense as to be unreadable, but heavily layered. I suspect that I have hardly scratched the surface in my first pass. Every so often I would feel as though I had sniffed out a little hidden nugget. The literary devices which enable such fascinating mechanics tend to abound through the pages. I am certain that I will discover new parallels and subtleties, as it seemed that they were always peeking around corners at me. Definitely an enjoyable read. For intellectual types, it may be like finding yourself in a candy shop.
The main characters were well portrayed. None were either cardboard figures or caricatures. They did they verge outside of plausible for their baseline traits. As I had raved about the technical details, it should be mentioned that the human aspect of the story was not lost in them. Quite the contrary. This story is suspenseful and absorbs you in it's world, but is at all times driven by the people within it.
If I had to mark at least one thing that may detract from this story, it would be the prologue. I did something experimental. I did not read The Fire Seekers, the book which proceeded this. Doing so may have made reading the prologue rather difficult. I stumbled over the first few paragraphs, continued on, and then finally figured out what was happening with the voice. It is not second person. When “you” is being used in narrative, the first person narrator is referring to Daniel as though she is addressing him. Once that was cleared up, it was smooth sailing. As I said, I tried out something risky, also I may have missed an important context clue early on.
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