Review: Wind and Fire

December 13, 2010 § Leave a comment

Wind and FireWind and Fire by Cheryl Landmark

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Goodreads.com synopsis: Zardonne, Master of the Dark Rift, has ripped a hole in the fabric of Tellaron and invaded with an army of hideous demons. Oblivious to the dangers and evil brewing beyond the borders of the quiet Ardis Valley where she lives, nineteen year old Tenya toils through a life of dreary loneliness and drudgery plagued by strange, disturbing visions, yearning desperately for the beautiful mother she had not seen since she was three. Her life is abruptly turned upside down when she is abducted in the middle of the night and sent on a perilous journey that will test her courage and the fledgling powers buried deep within her. For not only does she discover that her missing mother, Elea, is a powerful sorceress able to control the forces of the wind, Tenya also learns that she herself possesses a singing power that manifests itself as white fire throughout her body. Can she find her mother, and the strength to use her own powers, in time to save Tellaron from the evil Demon Master? Her world depends upon it.

I was contacted by the author, Cheryl Landmark, and agreed to review an e-book copy of her novel Wind and Fire.
This novel was surprisingly short considering the length of most epic fantasy books. However, this may have helped in keeping the plot moving along while maybe losing a little in actual world building. Wind and Fire is your standard epic/quest good vs evil type of fantasy that introduces us to Tenya, our 16 year old heroine, who missing her mother, is constantly bullied by her step-mother and dealing with an emotionally absent father. After Tenya is basically sold by her step-mother to a travelling hag who happens to be in the employ of the Demon Master himself, Tenya finds herself facing some pretty big obstacles and is surprised to find that she is up to the challenge. Helped along by the allies she meets during her quest, Tenya tries to use her budding powers and the visions that are her one connection to her mother to seek out and confront Zardonne, and help to free those who he has imprisoned. I would have liked to have been able to connect more with Tenya as a character, but I still very much enjoyed reading about her journey.
Overall, I think that this was an admirable effort from debut author Cheryl Landmark. Despite the rather uninspired cover and some clunky wording, the story itself was quite intriguing. I think with a little more word building and character development, Wind and Fire would have been amazing. As it is, I consider it a very good novel and would recommend it to any fan of epic fantasy who is looking for a quick read. And I truly look forward to seeing more of Landmark’s future work.

Rated- 3 Frankies
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The Ranting Dragon book Giveaway

October 12, 2010 § Leave a comment

The Ranting Dragon is giving away 1 copy each of Warbreaker, Hunger Games, and the Adamantine Palace in celebration of their first week online. This seems to be a very well put together fantasy book review blog that I am happy to join as well as recommend to any other fans of the genre. Click here to enter this giveaway. 

Author Andrew E. Kaufman Interview and $50 Amazon GC Contest

October 12, 2010 § Leave a comment



Andrew E. Kaufman gave an interesting and informative interview about his book While the Savage Sleeps at Bitten by Books. There is also a contest offering a $50 Amazon gift card. Click here to enter.

Bitten by Books Contest!

October 12, 2010 § Leave a comment


Bitten by Books is offering 5 copies of VC Andrews’ new release Daughter of Darkness!! Click here to enter the contest. 

A Glimpse of Darkness – YOU choose the adventure! � Del Rey and Spectra – Paranormal Books, Graphic Novels, and More

October 10, 2010 § Leave a comment

A Glimpse of Darkness – YOU choose the adventure! � Del Rey and Spectra – Paranormal Books, Graphic Novels, and More 



Sebastian by Anne Bishop

October 10, 2010 § Leave a comment


  • Mass Market Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Roc (March 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451460960
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451460967
  • Goodreads.com synopsisLong ago, to stop the onslaught of the Eater of the World, Ephemera was split into a dizzying number of strange and magical lands connected only by bridges that may take you where you truly belong, rather than where you had intended to go. Now, with the Eater contained and virtually forgotten, the shifting worlds of Ephemera have been kept stable by the magic of the Landscapers. In one such land, where night reigns and demons dwell, the half-incubus Sebastian revels in dark delights. But in dreams she calls to him: a woman who wants only to be safe and loved – a woman he hungers for while knowing he may destroy her. But a more devastating destiny awaits Sebastian, for in the quiet gardens of the Landscapers’ School, evil is stirring. The prison of the Eater of the World has weakened – and Sebastian’s realm may be the first to fall. 






I loved Anne Bishop’s Black Jewels series and was looking forward to reading more of her work. I was certainly not disappointed with this first book of the Ephemera duology. 

I loved so many things about this book, my favorite being the world of Ephemera. Anne Bishop has done such an amazing job of bringing to life the magic of the world itself, Ephemera is created by the feelings and beliefs of the residents, and crossing a bridge will take you to the landscape that reflects the person you truly are inside. 

In order to stop the darkness of human feelings from overwhelming the world, landscapers shape the magic of Ephemera into building different types of landscapes, interweaving the light and the darkness into cities and farmland and everything in between. 

The conflict begins when “The Eater of the World” escapes from where its been confined for centuries and begins trying to influence the minds of everyone toward the darkness, tipping the balance and changing the face of Ephemera. Only one landscaper is powerful enough to stop this from happening, Belladonna, the cousin of Sebastian. Sebastian is a half wizard half incubus who has struggled to find a place where he belongs, that reflect those two very different sides of his nature. Along the way, he meets Lynnea, who is also searching for a place she can feel safe. The romance between them is not overdone, however, I didn’t connect with them as much as I would have liked. 

Belladonna is a much more interesting character, escaped from being walled into her garden by the wizards at the landscapers school, Gloriana Belladonna learns what it means to be who she is.

The Den of Iniquity has a variety of fascinating characters, from the bulldemons to the demoncycles, to the pub owner who’s specials include Stuffed Tits and Phallic Delights. What keeps me from rating this a 5 star is that I didn’t connect with the characters as much as I would have liked. However, I still truly enjoyed this book and will definitely be reading the next.

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