Fresh Fantasy: Shadows of Angels by L. G. Rollins

There’s nothing better than a book you can sink into, one that grabs your attention and wrestles you for your time until you finish. L. G. Rollins debut fantasy novel does just that.

I have read my fair share of fantasy. I write the stuff, I owe it to myself and my future readers to stay on top of the latest and best there is out there.

When the author, who also happens to be one of my critique buddies, asked me to be a part of her blog tour to announce the release of her first novel, I had to say yes!

I’ve known Laura for several years and can honestly say that she’s got what it takes to spin a riveting story.

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My Review: Shadows of Angels is a mix of magic and intrigue. The main character, Aerbrin, faces a life full of new challenges when her father is murdered and leaves her rightful owner of his mysterious and powerful Zaad stone. She must survive against all the forces who would force it from her.

The story has surprises right and left, including people who aren’t who they say, inventive and terrifying  magical creatures, and cursed places that exist to destroy the pure in heart.

If I were to compare it to anything, I’d say it would be like a darker version of the 1986 cult classic movie Labyrinth if it were directed by Guillermo del Toro. There’s no maze, but there is a dream trance place where stolen memories are hidden away. Very cool stuff. And as a bonus, Aerbrin is much stronger and more clever than Labyrinth’s Sarah (Jennifer Connelly).

If you like reading well-written books that have lots of thrilling near death experiences, kings in hiding, noble men, plenty of magic, and unique fantasy settings, this book is perfect for you. Oh, and I should mention that this is a clean read, meaning no profanity or explicit anything. There is a fair amount of tastefully executed violence.

However, if you shy away from characters in pain, need a strong romantic side story to keep you interested, or can’t stand powerful magical characters, you may need to steer clear of this book.

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Because I love you – check out this exerpt:

Stay calm, her father’s words echoed in her head. When you find yourself in danger, above all, stay calm. Aerbrin took a deep, steady breath and leaned down, reaching for her bow. one of the Forest Dwellers charged. It collided with her and knocked her to the floor. Raising a knotted fist, he bashed her head.

Sparks exploded across her vision. She tried to raise an arm, tried to call out. Her body wouldn’t respond. The Forest Dwellers grunted again. The creature above her raised its fist again. She looked up. This was the end, she knew. When these monsters attacked, they killed everything. Animals, plants, and particularly humans. No one survived.

Closing her eyes, Aerbrin forced her body to relax. This time, there was no pain.”

About the Author:

L. G. Rollins grew up in a far off land fighting dragons, stealing talismans, and traveling with dwarfs and elves. She is especially skilled at bribing giants with sweets. Currently, her husband and four kids live in Utah so that is where she spends most of her time. She may, or may not, have a Zaad Stone. To learn more about L. G. Rollins and her books visit LGRollins.com. Shadows of Angels comes out December 8th and is the beginning of the Zaad Stone trilogy.

 

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Happy Halloween!

dark crystalHappy Halloween dear readers, it’s time to get your creepy on!  Whether it’s hanging out at an awesome party with friends or watching a spooky favorite at home with your favorite person or fur baby, have a great time and stay safe.

Don’t know what to watch? Here are some of my favorites-

Kid Friendly Picks:

The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth – Growing up, it became tradition to watch both of these movies in the week leading up to Halloween.  There was something about the magic and the puppetry that was very appealing to me.  Well, that, and David Bowie has an appeal all of his own. Rumor is that there is a sequel to Labyrinth in the works, I’ll keep you updated.

Watcher in the Woods Admittedly this is an oldie, but it still gets me everytime. And, yes, that is Betty Davis.

Nightmare Before Christmas – I say that this is kid friendly even though I can’t get my kids to watch it still. I get a kick out of it.

Not So Kid Friendly:

army-of-darknessArmy of Darkness – Ok, I’ll admit this is slightly out of my comfort range when it comes to language and gore, which shows immediately what kind of horror film watcher I am. (A wimpy one, not going to lie). But, there’s something about Bruce Campbell that I love. Plus, it’s laugh out loud funny.

The Mist – This movie based on the Stephen King novel packs so many punches that you’ll question going out into the fog for the rest of your life.

Shaun of the Dead – Take your classic zombie movie and turn it upside down and you get this hilarious parody. Again, this is more funny than scary, and that’s why I like it.

 

What are your favorite creepy movies? Share in the comments below!