Genre: Sci Fi/Fantasy
Published By: DMW (Self Published)
Release Date: May 15th, 2015
Series: Tales of Nevaeh #2
A race to stop extinction!
In what once was Europe, the Dark Masters launch a fleet of ships filled with tens of thousands of their followers.
While in Nevaeh, charged with an epic journey by the eight sorceresses of 'The Island', Areenna and Mikaal must travel to the desolate and unchartered frozen mountains, armed only with their psychic abilities and their swords, where they must discover not just the legends, but the millennia old secret awaiting them in their fight to save Nevaeh from extermination.
While I found Born to Magic, the first book in the series, interesting I just couldn’t really get into it and chalked it up to the fact that it was the first in the series and as with most books that fall into the category, things tend to move at a slower pace because the author is setting up the storyline and introducing the world and characters and figured that in The Dark Masters things would pick up and though they did, I still found that I had a difficult time getting into it which was disappointing because there were a lot of things that I liked about it so I’m chalking it up to it being the whole “It’s not you, it’s me” thing and will simply point out the things that did work for me:
The world building was done well. Neavah is post apocalyptic USA 3000 years into the future and I found that the history behind it was quite interesting and plausible. The attention to detail, from the trees and animals to the people that inhabit the world gave it depth and made it come to life. But what I liked the most, and what really influenced my rating of the book, was the balance of power between the sexes. While the men are kings and physically stronger, the queens are not just pretty trinkets on their arms that just happen to be able to do magic. They are true partners to the kings and looked to for guidance on many matters and are respected for powers that they were gifted with. Areenna and Mikaal, while I can’t say that I loved them, are likeable characters and the journey they are on is definitely an epic one and while it does take a while, the steps that they have to take to obtain their goal are well thought out and necessary. There is a bit of a romance growing between them, but I like the fact that it wasn’t an instantaneous thing.
There is a lot that is going on in this book and while it may not have sent me into a total book hangover, I do believe that it’s well thought out and that any fan of epic sci fi/fantasy should give it a try.
~ Review copy provided by Book Partners In Crime Promotions via Evermore books for an honest review ~
David Wind's first novel was published in 1981 and he has published thirty-five novels of Science Fiction, Mystery and suspense thrillers. He lives and writes in a small village about thirty miles upstate of NYC, and shares his house with his wife, Bonnie and dog Alfie.
In 2008, David published his first Indie book, Angels In Mourning, which won the Amazon.com Book of the Month Reader's Choice Award. His Historical Fantasy, Queen Of Knights, reached #2 on the Amazon.Com bestseller lists for historical fantasy and medieval fantasy.
In 1988, David was honored by science fiction writer and Hugo Award Grand Master Andre Norton, who, after reading Queen of Knights, asked David to write a short story for inclusion in her 'Andre Norton's Tales From The Witch World 2' Anthology Series.
David also wrote the novelization of the ABC 7 day miniseries, The Last Days Of Pompeii.
David is currently working on a new sci-fi/fantasy series, Tales Of Nevaeh. Volume III will be released in the Fall of 2015.