Who Is Mistral Dawn?

Mistral Dawn is a thirty-something gal who has lived on both coasts of the US but somehow never in the middle. She currently resides in the Southeast US with her kitty cats (please spay or neuter! :-)) where she works as a hospital drudge and attends graduate school. Taken By The Huntsman is her first effort at writing fiction and if it is well received she has ideas for several more novels and short-stories in this series. Please feel free to visit her on FaceBook or drop her a line at mistralkdawn@gmail.com

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

#November #IndieBooksBeSeen #Indie #Authors #BookReview!! :-)

Hey Everyone!! :-)

It's that time again!!  Here are my indie books book reviews for the month! :-)

Tales Of The Fifth Guardian; Book One: The Beginning by CM Johnson:

Okay, first off, I few things you need to understand about this book. Number one, it's not a book; it's a series. An epic series, with all the complexity and necessary explanations of GRRM's A Song of Ice and Fire series or Frank Herbert's Dune series (both of which it reminded me of at times). And this is the first book with all of the explanations needed to set up the rest of the story. It is absolutely not a quick, breeze-through read, there is a lot of background information that has to be given, which causes the story to drag a bit at times but is necessary for the reader to understand what is going on. Number two, this is a story that is intended for adults. It has violence, explicit sex, and adult situations that would not be suitable for younger readers. If you are easily offended or unable to tolerate darker stories, this is not the right book for you.
Now, all that being said, I thoroughly enjoyed this book!! It's a great start to what promises to be a fascinating series. The world-building is great, the plot is interesting, and the characters are well-developed. Most of the time I was on the edge of my seat to find out what would happen next and I really think this book sets up the rest of the story very well. As long as you approach this book from the standpoint of the beginning of a saga, I don't see how you could be disappointed. :-)

Fang And Claw by Markie Madden:

Fang and Claw is set approximately 100 years in the future. Vampires, werewolves, shifters, zombies, and other supernatural beings have revealed themselves and integrated into human society. Two of those beings, Lacey, a vampire, and Colton, a werewolf, are police officers in the Dallas, TX Police Department's Major Crimes Unit. The powers that be decide they need a unit dedicated to crimes committed by supernatural beings, but they don't take into account the cultural differences between the types of supernatural beings when they appoint Lacey as the lieutenant of the new unit with Colton as her second in command. The two officers are left struggling to work together professionally when neither trusts the other. Unfortunately for them, there's also a new criminal in town who is committing crimes that are right up their alley. Can these two good cops overcome their differences to save innocent lives? You'll have to read to find out! :-)
I really enjoyed this book. It was fast-paced and well-researched and the characters were interesting. I especially enjoyed how the author demonstrated how easily even innocuous actions can be misinterpreted as malicious when we refuse to look at things from another person's point of view. The world Ms. Madden created was also really interesting, and I think the advances she imagined are well within the realm of possibility given the time frame. All-in-all, this was a really fun read and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series. :-)

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