Thursday, June 4, 2020

The Heart Of A Hero By Susan May Warren & Giveaway

The Heart of a Hero Blog + Review Tour 
Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for The Heart of a Hero by Susan May Warren, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours! I received this book for review!

ABOUT THE BOOK

The Heart of a Hero by Susan May Warren Title: The Heart of a Hero
Series: Global Search and Rescue #2
Author: Susan May Warren
Publisher: Revell
Release Date: June 2, 2020
Genre: Romantic Suspense

Jake Silver may not be able to put the memories of his time as a sniper and Navy SEAL behind him, but at least he can put his skills to use as a part of the Jones Inc. rescue team. Saving the life of pediatric heart surgeon Dr.

Aria Sinclair on Denali helped too. But now he can't get her out of his head. Aria has dedicated her life to helping children born with defective hearts. After all, she was one of those children. Driven to succeed, she lives a lonely, stressful life. One she would have lost on Denali if it hadn't been for Jake. Jake is exciting and handsome, but he's also dangerous, and she's already lost one person she loves. She can't bear it again.

It's not until she finds herself trapped in the middle of a Category 4 hurricane that she can admit she needs Jake desperately. With their very survival in the balance, can they hope for a second chance at life . . . and love? 

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My Review:

Is there anything Susan May Warren can't write about with incredible detail? The Heart of a Hero starts off right where The Way of the Brave ended. I was REALLY looking forward to book 2 throughout book 1. HA!

First, let's start with Jake. Do we, the readers, think it's possible for Jake to avoid near death experiences... ever? I mean, the story kicks off with one. lol For Pete's sake SMW, give the guy a break! This guy runs into danger without hesitation, which he sees as a bad thing, but he's the guy who has saved countless lives doing just that!


Then there's Aria. All she wants is a vacation. Well, doesn't want it, but agrees to it. But why should visiting the Florida Keys be any more more relaxing than Denali? Catastrophe seems to follow her everywhere, BUT she's got the skills people need right where she's at. Looks like she and Jake make an excellent pair.

This story invites us to meet Mimi who refuses to leave Key West along with her granddaughter Yola. Oh my gosh, Mimi is a hoot! Not just that, but she effuses wisdom. Yola is no nonsense and isn't leaving Mimi's side. We are also introduced to Angel who seems to be wandering aimlessly in life. You'll have to read the story to find out a few other characters who show up during the hurricane.


Meanwhile, when all of this is going on, we've got Ham scouring the globe to figure out what happened to Royal and any information about what happened to bring his daughter, Aggie into his life. This is a tormented guy who has no answers!

We also get a better glimpse into Jake's family and his sisters! There is a LOT going on with all of them and dare I hope they might get a spin off series? At least a couple? Selah and Ellie perhaps?! We also learn more about Jake's sister Hannah. I'm going to leave it at that because everything is explained in the story.

One of my favorite parts of Susan's stories is that she infuses Minnesota into them. Places I've been. She has a scene at the Mall of America. In a memory we visit the Minnesota State Fair (where you can get practically anything on a stick). The story starts out with Jake and Aggie on Lake Minnetonka and her description of steering and riding in a catamaran are so precise. I would swear that anything the author describes in any of her books, she has either gone above and beyond in her research or she has experienced them all and is an expert. Yes, her writing is that detailed that I feel like I'm getting a lesson on mountain climbing, sailing on a catamaran or weathering a hurricane.


Heck, even when Ham was in Russia I looked up the location on Google Maps just to see where he was! lol I didn't want to admit this, but I even wanted to search all of the places on Denali from The Way of the Brave because I became so fascinated by the story!

Oh, Susan May Warren, may you never stop writing and may I never stop reading your books! The relationships she creates in her stories leave me wanting more. The peril she imagines on the page leave my heart racing. And most importantly, the seamless way she infuses the truths of who God is and how the characters need Him in their lives make me reflect on my relationship with the Savior.

Impatiently waiting for book 3... and I can't wait to see where her next adventure takes us!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Susan May Warren 

Susan May Warren is the USA Today bestselling, Christy and RITA award-winning novelist of over sixty-five novels. An eight-time Christy award finalist, a three-time RITA Finalist, she’s also a multi-winner of the Inspirational Readers Choice award, and the ACFW Carol Award.

A seasoned women’s events speaker, she’s a popular writing teacher at conferences around the nation and the author of the beginning writer’s workbook: The Story Equation. She is also the founder of MyBookTherapy.com, and Novel.Academy, a school for aspiring novelists.

CONNECT WITH SUSAN: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


TOUR GIVEAWAY

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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

A Date For Daisy By Tara Grace Ericson

A Date For Daisy
by Tara Grace Ericson
Publisher: Silver Fountain Press
ISBN: 978-1949896121

I was so excited to be part of Tara's launch team. I'm a few days behind on my review, but I the past couple of days I was able to read book 0 (yes that's a thing... prequel) and book 1 in her The Bloom Sisters Series! She sent me book 0 in paperback and book 1 as an ebook. I'm excited to have book 1 in paperback soon! Oh, and by the way, she's self published and you'd think it was from a small publishing house, not even kidding!

Summary:

He thinks she’s the captain of the Hot Mess Express.She thinks he’s rigid and wound too tight.And this renovation is about to get complicated. Daisy Bloom is determined to turn her 100-year-old house into a bed and breakfast. The only problem? She knows nothing about renovations.Enter Lance Matthews, construction guru and business owner. He is determined to tackle this project with his usual methodical, organized approach. His only problem? The beautiful and infuriating homeowner -- deeply involved with the project and completely averse to lists, schedules, or any form of organization.When sparks fly between these wildly different personalities, will they find common ground? Or does God have other plans for each of them?

My Review:

These first two books were my introduction to Tara's writing! What a couple of enjoyable stories. Here was another first for me, the prequel is in concurrence with book 1! I loved that and have never experienced that in a book before. There was actually some excitement knowing that I had an idea of how events would unfold as I read the story of Daisy and Lance. I dove into A Date For Daisy as soon as I finished Hoping for Hawthorne.

Having gotten to know Daisy in book 0, I was looking forward to getting to know why Lance got under her skin so much. I really liked Daisy because of her git 'er done attitude and well, I may have seen a bit of myself in her (aside from her Diet Dr. Pepper addiction). I appreciate the author showing Daisy's flaws so easily. This character seems like someone we all know in real life.

Then there's Lance. Sounds like he's easy on the eyes, really knows what he's doing as a contractor (thanks to good ol' dad), and the guy never has his ducks out order. Let's just stop here so I can say how bad I felt for Daisy. lol I guess the way I related to Lance is that I don't like when people use my tools and don't put them back! I wanted to whisper into the book and say, "I feel for ya buddy!"

I enjoyed the writing and there were a couple small mysteries going on in the background with her sister, Poppy, and the inspector who I wanted to knock upside his head! Let's just say I'm looking forward to Poppy's story next!

If you're looking for a story that incorporates some romance, a wonderful helping of faith, and a bouquet of sisters you want to know more, you're going to want to grab this story! Don't miss book 0 because it's such a great introduction to the series.

About the Author:

Tara Grace Ericson lives in Missouri with her husband and two sons. She studied engineering and worked as an engineer for many years before embracing her creative side to become a full-time author. Her first book, Falling on Main Street, was written mostly from airport waiting areas and bleak hotel rooms as she traveled in her position as a sales engineer. She loves cooking, crocheting, and reading books by the dozen. Her writing partner is usually her black lab - Ruby - and a good cup of coffee or tea. Tara unashamedly watches Hallmark movies all winter long, even though they are predictable and cheesy. She loves a good “happily ever after” with an engaging love story. That’s why Tara focuses on writing clean contemporary romance, with an emphasis on Christian faith and living. She wants to encourage her readers with stories of men and women who live out their faith in tough situations.

Monday, June 1, 2020

Shifting Shadows By Herman Mendoza

Shifting Shadows
by Herman Mendoza
Publisher: Bethany House
ISBN: 9780764236167

Hi! My name is Mimi and I don't read non-fiction. Ok, so I do every once in a while, but it's really got to be a big enough pull for me to consider it. That's where Shifting Shadows comes in. When I saw this available for review, the description of the book piqued my interest.

Summary:

Herman Mendoza built his kingdom in Queens, New York. He made a fortune selling cocaine with his brothers up and down the Eastern Seaboard. He had apartments around the city for his mistresses and a home in the Poconos for his beautiful nuclear family. But when Herman and his brothers were busted in a large-scale crackdown, his kingdom crumbled. Ready to kill himself rather than live behind bars, Herman instead came face-to-face with the all-consuming love of God. He would never be the same.

Today, Herman shares his story at every opportunity, knowing that it may play a part in someone else's journey into a relationship with Jesus. An engaging and fast-paced read, Shifting Shadowsoffers hope to those in despair, and shows all of us the lengths to which God will go to bring a troubled soul home.

My Review:

What an interesting book! For a person who typically trudges through non-fiction, I finished Shifting Shadows easily in one day. The book was well written and easy to read through. Herman Mendoza's life is fascinating to say the least.

His life in crime starts at such a young age it's mind boggling. I think to the "typical" person (whatever that means) we couldn't imagine joining a gang in middle school. In Queens, NY I'm sure it was more than norm than some podunk town in the middle of the countryside. Reading his life unfold was like watching a mafia-type movie.

I appreciated that it wasn't full of fancy words or overly exaggerated. You can tell he's just dropping down what his life was like in the moments he shares. He doesn't unnecessarily dramatize situations he's in, and it gives such credibility to where he'd been to where he's at now. One would probably expect him to embellish on the life he led, but that just wasn't his style with writing this book. It helps that he doesn't glamorize his time when he was doing so many illegal and wretched things with his life.

The path that he took, along with his brother, to redemption was mind blowing. How many people can live such a dangerous, selfish life and then watch it all be redeemed?! Honestly, I'd love to have heard his brother, Emilio's testimony of his transformation because it was such a pivotal point to Herman's life.

What an incredible ministry he and his family have now. It's incredible to see how far God has brought them from his first puff of weed in those very early years to his time in jail and redemption. I'd never even heard of his ministry and I'm so glad I've learned about it. Our previous church has an orphanage in Haiti and knowing that the Mendoza's do outreach to the Dominicans and Haitians is wonderful!

About the Author:

Herman Mendoza (www.hermanmendoza.com) speaks nationally and internationally more than 100 times a year on college campuses, in churches, at Christian conferences, and in prisons--with his ministry spanning four continents. He is an associate pastor at Promise Ministries International and is the director of Powerhouse Kids Ministry in New York City. Mendoza lives on Long Island in New York with his wife, Alexandra. Their three children, Samantha, Adam, and Penelope, share in their ministry.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Standoff By Patricia Bradley

Standoff
by Patricia Bradley
Publisher: Revell
ISBN: 9780800735739

Anyone else get nervous to try a new author? Hands raised! Since the last few suspense novels I've read thanks to Revell, I figured I couldn't go wrong getting Standoff for review from them! I'm glad I did!

Summary:

The Natchez Trace National Parkway stretches 444 miles from Nashville to Natchez, the oldest town on the Mississippi River. It's the perfect road for a relaxed pleasure drive. Unfortunately for Luke Fereday, it's also perfect for moving drugs. 

Sent to Natchez to infiltrate the organization at the center of the drug ring, Luke arrives too late to a stakeout and discovers the body of his friend, park ranger John Danvers. John's daughter Brooke is determined to investigate her father's murder but soon finds herself the target of a killer who will do anything to silence her. 

Luke will have his hands full keeping her safe. But who's going to keep him safe when he realizes he's falling--hard--for the daughter of the man he failed to save?

My Review:

How I haven't heard of Patricia Bradley before is a mystery to me! The cover of Standoff grabbed my attention before I even read the plot. It's book 1 in the Natchez Trace Park Rangers series.

First, there is a LOT going on in this story. I should've probably had a notebook next to me so I could keep track of how things were connected and who was connected to who. Thankfully it wasn't so much that I couldn't keep up. HA!

Can I just say I feel sorry for Brooke? All the gal wants to do is be sworn in as a park ranger, but calamity after calamity seems to want to keep that from happening. I just shared on Instagram that I don't trust anyone other than Brooke and Luke in this story. Then several chapters after that, it says, "At this point, Luke didn't trust anyone except Brooke." EXACTLY! Me either, buddy! The author literally kept me guessing.

Something I don't come across in most books is super short chapters. An author might put a break in a chapter when they move to a different character's POV, but in Standoff, she creates a new chapter. I actually liked it and it didn't phase me one bit. In fact, it helped give me random stopping points when needed.

I liked Brooke because, man, she was determined. She wasn't going to let the events around from putting her work off or from finding out what happened to her father. Whether sworn in or not, she was going to take care of business.

Luke on the other hand was always on the job. Dead bodies here, drugs being dealt there, figuring out how to keep everyone safe, the guy doesn't catch a break. I appreciated how he stayed true to his job because he had such a huge case to solve, but gave help to Brooke when she needed it the most, even when it jeopardized his life.

It was nail biting as things began to ramp up. The whole story was intense from start to finish, but as it led up to the culmination of who-done-it... I still wasn't sure, and the author left several red herrings to be sure! The ending was a bit abrupt, and I did have a question about one of the main characters who we didn't get closure with. I'm wondering if it'll be covered in book 2, which thankfully we're given a sample of at the end of this book!

About the Author:

Patricia Bradley is the author of Justice DelayedJustice BuriedJustice Betrayed, and Justice Delivered, as well as the Logan Point series. Bradley won an Inspirational Reader's Choice Award in Romantic Suspense, a Daphne du Maurier Award, and a Touched by Love Award, and she was a Carol Award finalist. She is cofounder of Aiming for Healthy Families, Inc., and she is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. Bradley makes her home in Mississippi. Learn more at www.ptbradley.com.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Three Authors Of Christian Speculative Fiction You Should Be Reading

For me, Christian speculative fiction was an oxymoron for a long time. I didn't see where the two could really live hand in hand. I mean, sure, there's the Lord of the Rings series and The Chronicles of Narnia, but they were the exception to the rule. That is, until now. Now we have authors who are writing amazing novels that absolutely fit this category and I'm thankful for it! Let's check them out, shall we?



I think my first introduction to Christian "fantasy" was Sharon Hinck. Years ago I read The Restorer and the consecutive books in the series (Sword of Lyric). What a fantastic read! This is a series I think I'll have to re-read... something I never do! That's how I fell in love with Sharon's writing. Then this past winter she release the first book in her newest series and it was exceptional! Her gift for writing is absolutely Heaven sent! I loved Hidden Current and can not WAIT for Forsaken Island to come out!

The Restorer:

A Soccer Mom in Our World. A Promised Deliverer in Another. 

Susan Mitchell thought she was an ordinary homemaker. She was wrong. Pulled through a portal into another world, she finds a desperate nation waiting for a promised Restorer. 

While she struggles to adapt to a foreign culture, she tackles an enemy that is poisoning the minds of the people, uncovers a corrupt ruling Council, and embraces a profound spiritual journey. Will this adventure demand her life? Can she find a way back to her family? She has always longed to do something important for God, but can she fill this role?

The Restorer's Son:

Chosen to save a people. Called to serve an enemy. 
Plunged again into the gray world of Lyric and Hazor, Susan and Mark search frantically for their teenage son, Jake, as all signs hint that a trusted ally has betrayed them. Assassins, political intrigue, false leads, and near misses beset their path, which will lead them into the dark prisons of Hazor before the One's purpose is revealed. 

Cast out by those he trusts and preferring to cross swords with the One rather than yield to His will, Kieran flees to enemy Hazor, only to find that the One knows no borders. Pursued by his calling, Kieran finds a boy without a home, a king with burning questions, and a nation torn by darkness. As he embraces the tasks the One has set before him, this new Restorer learns that the One requires his all–perhaps even his life. 

The Restorer's Journey:

His choices have the power to save or destroy. 

With a loved one's life at stake, Jake charges through the portal into Lyric to stage a dramatic rescue, trusting that the signs that mark him as Restorer will guarantee success. But everything familiar in Lyric has vanished, swept away by deadly lies and a corrupt king. As forces conspire to turn him from his purpose, Jake finds his path leading to places beyond his courage. 

While he confronts the temptation to flee his calling, Susan struggles in brutal captivity. Can she gain freedom before the enemy destroys her spirit, and will Jake choose to follow his destiny before everything is lost? 

The Deliverer:

 A lost song-keeper must lead her people to a long-awaited Deliverer.

Eager to serve the One, a young song-keeper travels to the dark and foreign nation of Hazor, but her confusing, rough-edged companion has lost his Restorer gifts. As danger rises against them both, she loses her freedom, her memories, and her hope. Now even the very music of her soul is threatened. 

In our world, Susan Mitchell no longer feels at home in the carpool lane. Burdened by the unhealed scars from her trips through the portal, she fights to suppress her worry about her son, who remains out of contact in Lyric. But when a mysterious message hints Jake is in danger, she and her husband are swept away-to the place they least expect. 

Clan rebellions. Lost Restorers. Has the One turned away, or will the face of the Deliverer bring light to the darkness?

Hidden Current:

The dancers of the Order direct their floating world of Meriel with their movements, but are they steering it toward destruction?
Calara spent her life learning dance patterns and seeking to become the perfect servant to her people. When she discovers the work of the Order is built on lies, she flees with a rough-edged herder, Brantley of Windswell. Pursued by soldiers, her journey through the suffering villages of the rim leads her to a forgotten truth that sends ripples through her world-and through her soul.
Calara seeks clues to her forgotten family and discovers newfound courage in the face of danger, while her quest awakens a growing but forbidden affection for Brantley. Yet even his support can’t fully be trusted, since he’d rather destroy the Order than bring reform.
She is a lone woman facing opposition from rim villages and treachery from the all-powerful Order. Can she restore the dance to its true purpose and bring freedom and hope to her people?
Forsaken Island:

On an uncharted world, happiness is effortless and constant … but can true joy exist without sacrifice?

The people of Meriel have long believed their island world floats alone in the vast ocean universe, so they are astonished when another island drifts into view. With resources becoming scarce, Carya and Brantley quickly volunteer to search the new land for supplies.

After navigating a barrier of menacing trees, the pair encounter a culture of perpetually happy people who readily share their talents and their possessions. But all is not what it seems. At the core of the island is a horror that threatens everyone, including Brantley and Carya.

Freeing the villagers of the bondage they’ve chosen may cost Carya and Brantley more than they could have imagined. Even if the two succeed, they’ll have to find a way to return to Meriel quickly … or be cut off from their home forever.


Next we have Morgan L. Busse. Morgan, Morgan, Morgan... I did NOT want the last book in her The Ravenwood Saga series to end. It was such a powerful series, but the last book did me in! What I loved about her books is that they picked up right where the last one left off. If you can get all 3 at once, that would be my suggestion! She actually has other series that are in the same genre, but seem more steampunk, but I haven't read those yet!

Mark of the Raven:

Lady Selene Has Come into Her Family's Power.
But Has She Inherited a Gift or a Curse? 

Lady Selene is heir to the House of Ravenwood and the secret family gift of dreamwalking. As a dreamwalker, she can enter a person's dreams and manipulate their greatest fears or desires. Soon after the gifting, however, Selene discovers that the Ravenwood women have been secretly using their gift to gather information or to assassinate those responsible for the fall of House Ravenwood to the Dominia Empire hundreds of years ago. 

As she becomes more entrenched in Ravenwood's dark past, Selene longs to find out the true reason behind her family's gift, believing that its original intent could not have been for such evil purposes, but she is torn about upholding her family's legacy--a legacy that supports her people. Selene's dilemma comes to a head when she is tasked with assassinating the one man who can bring peace to the nations--but who is also prophesied to bring about the downfall of her own house.

One path holds glory and power and will solidify her position as Lady of Ravenwood. The other path holds shame and likely death. Which will she choose? And is she willing to pay the price for the path chosen?

The Flight of the Raven:

Will Her New Life in a New Land Set Her on a Path
from Which She Can't Escape? 

Selene Ravenwood, once the heir to House Ravenwood, is now an exile. On the run and free of her family's destiny, Selene hopes to find the real reason her family was given the gift of dreamwalking. But first she must adapt to her new role as wife to Lord Damien Maris, the man she was originally assigned to kill.

While adjusting to her marriage and her home in the north, her power over dreams begins to grow. As the strongest dreamwalker to exist in ages, her expanding power attracts not only nightmares but the attention of the Dark Lady herself.

With a war looming on the horizon and a wicked being after her gift, Selene is faced with a choice: accept the Dark Lady's offer or search out the one who gave her the gift of dreamwalking. One path offers power, the other freedom. But time is running out, and if she doesn't choose soon, her decision will be made for her.

Cry of the Raven:

Wife. Warrior. Lady of Two Worlds.
As War Looms, Will Her Power Be Enough to Save the Ones She Loves?
Lady Selene Ravenwood has come into her full power as a dreamwalker--a power greater than any in history. She embraces her new role as Nightwatcher, able to intercede for her people in the dream world, but the dark shadow of war draws ever closer. 

Working together, the Great Houses come up with a plan to secure the borders from the approaching Dominia Empire. But dissension, conflict, and suspicion threaten to destroy their tenuous treaty, and as the empire burns a path across their lands, Damien Maris starts to lose his ability to raise the waters, leaving the lands vulnerable to the empire's attacks. 

The only one who can keep the Great Houses unified and restore her husband's power is Selene. But it will require that she venture deep into the dream world to confront the enemies of her past who will do anything to stop her power. Will it be enough, or will both worlds fall under the empire's might?



Next up is Patrick W. Carr. I've read all of his books. The End. hahahaha I kid, I kid. But I really have read them all and enjoyed them all. His books probably most of all reminded me of the fantasy novels I read as a tween/teen. Very adventurous, but also dark. I'd say the comparison would be LOTR. Oh look, I didn't go up in a ball of flames using LOTR as a comparison! Whew! He has 2 series and then, believe it or not, just released a Biblical fiction novel at the end of last year! The two series I read are The Staff and the Sword as well as The Darkwater Saga. His standalone is The End of the Magi.

A Cast of Stones:
In the backwater village of Callowford, roustabout Errol Stone is enlisted by a church messenger arriving with urgent missives for the hermit priest in the hills. Eager for coin, Errol agrees to what he thinks will be an easy task, but soon finds himself hunted by deadly assassins. Forced to flee with the priest and a small band of travelers, Errol soon learns he’s joined a quest that could change the fate of his kingdom.
Protected for millennia by the heirs of the first king, the kingdom’s dynasty nears its end and the selection of the new king begins–but in secret and shadow. As danger mounts, Errol must leave behind the stains and griefs of the past, learn to fight, and discover who is hunting him and his companions and how far they will go to stop the reading of the stones.

The Hero’s Lot:
When Sarin Valon, the corrupt secondus of the conclave, flees Erinon and the kingdom, Errol Stone believes his troubles have at last ended. But other forces bent on the destruction of the kingdom remain and conspire to accuse Errol and his friends of a conspiracy to usurp the throne.
In a bid to keep the three of them from the axe, Archbenefice Canon sends Martin and Luis to Errol’s home village, Callowford, to discover what makes him so important to the kingdom. But Errol is also accused of consorting with spirits. Convicted, his punishment is a journey to the enemy kingdom of Merakh, where he must find Sarin Valon, and kill him. To enforce their sentence, Errol is placed under a compulsion, and he is driven to accomplish his task or die resisting.

A Draw of Kings:
Dark Forces Have Gathered and the Final Battle for Illustra Has Begun
Their journey to Merakh should have made Errol and his companions heroes of the realm. Instead, they’ve been branded enemies of the kingdom. In the wake of the king’s death, Duke Weir is ruling the country–and he intends to marry Adora to bring an heir from the royal line. With Errol and the others imprisoned and the identity of the rightful heir to the throne still hidden in secrecy, Illustra is on the verge of civil war–and threatened by hostile forces gathering on every side.
A dangerous mission to free Errol is attempted, but the dangers facing the kingdom mount with every passing moment. The barrier has fallen, ferrals are swarming toward the land, and their enemies draw ever closer. Will the discovery of the true heir turn back the tide of Illustra’s destruction?

By Divine Right: (he has this as a free prequel!)
In the kingdom of Collum, Willet Dura makes his meager living investigating crimes. Ever since a terrible battle, he’s had a link to the dead–an uncanny ability to solve their crimes and sense foul play. When several of the gifted are found dead in close succession, Willet suspects a deeper threat and ends up chasing a mystery that will shake his world.

When one man is brutally murdered and the priest he works for mortally wounded, Willet Dura, reeve to the king of Bunard, is called to investigate. As he begins to question the dying priest, the man pulls Willet close and screams in a foreign tongue. Then he dies without another word.
Willet returns to his task, but the clues to the crime lead to contradictions and questions without answers, and his senses are skewed. People he touches appear to have a subtle shift, as though he can divine their deepest thoughts. In a world divided between haves and have-nots, gifted and common, Willet soon learns he’s been passed the rarest gift of all–a gift that’s not supposed to exist. 
Now Willet must pursue the murderer still on the loose in Bunard even as he’s pulled into a dangerous conflict that threatens not only his city, but his entire world–a conflict  that will force him to come to terms with his inability to remember how he escaped the Darkwater Forest–and what happened to him inside it. 

Victory over the dark forces during the feast of Bas-solas should have guaranteed safety for the continent. Instead, Willet and the rest of the Vigil discover they’ve been outsmarted by those seeking to unleash the evil that inhabits the Darkwater. Jorgen, the member of the Vigil assigned to Frayel, has gone missing, and new attacks have struck at the six kingdoms’ ability to defend themselves.

Just when the Vigil thought they had quenched the menace from their enemy in Collum, a new threat emerges: assassins hunting the Vigil, men and women who cannot be seen until it’s too late. The orders of the church and the rulers of the kingdoms, fearing the loss of the Vigil’s members altogether, have decided to take them into protective custody to safeguard their gift. On Pellin’s orders, the Vigil scatters, leaving Willet to be taken prisoner by the church in Bunard.
In the midst of this, Willet learns of the murder of an obscure nobleman’s daughter by one of the unseen assassins. Now he must escape his imprisonment and brave the wrath of the church to find the killer in order to turn back this latest threat to the northern continent.

The kings and queens of the northern continent lay siege to the Darkwater Forest, desperate to contain its evil. But rumors of gold and aurium have lured deserters and the desperate into its shadow, creating a growing army held in its sway. Desperate after the death and dissolution of their greatest ally, Willet and the Vigil seek the truth of what lies at the heart of the evil they face. They delve the mind of an old enemy and find an answer far worse than they could have imagined. 
Danger stalks the cities of the north, striking at the rulers of the kingdoms. As Willet and the rest of the Vigil seek to find answers, the group is scattered with an ever-growing darkness around them. Will they discover a path to keep their land safe, or will an ancient evil reclaim the world it once called its own?

There are a couple other authors who I am looking forward to reading. I have two books out of three by Lindsay A. Franklin. She has a series called The Weaver's Trilogy. Ronie Kendig, who I also mentioned in my suspense list of "must reads" has a series called Abiassa's Fire as well as a new series called The Droseran Saga. Lastly, Jill Williamson has a series called The Kinsman Chronicles. The covers look amazing and that's what's drawn me to her books!


 
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