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Legends of Marithia, Book 1 – Book Review


by Peter Koevari

Book 1 – Prophecies Awakening

A tale to prove that children often suffer punishment for the crimes of their parents.  In this case, the punishment reaches across generations.  The disastrous decision of one human king to execute a mother and father in front of their child will set the wheels of prophecy in motion.  Making an enemy of the child of a sorceress and vampire king will reverberate through several lifetimes.

The crime is long forgotten and the kingdom of Marithia lives in relative peace.   However that peace is due to be shattered by betrayal.   The son betrays his father, prince betrays his king.  This ambitious prince is no longer willing to wait for his turn to rule and kills his own parent.    In order to seize the throne he seeks help from the child wronged so long ago.  The revengeful sorceress vampire and her prince commit murder and a bloody war for control of all Marithia begins. 

No prophecy worth its salt wouldn’t have an escape clause and in this case, it is a young knight who who has the power to activate a weapon that should banish the evil marauders forever.  However keeping this knight alive long enough to fulfill the prophecy during a time of war will be an formidable task.       

Legends of Marithia has obviously been a labour of love for Peter Koevari.  His passion for the fantasy genre shows through in his storytelling.   Only real fans of the genre can truly write it and convincingly guide the reader through their mind’s creation. 

I found the book easy to read but the easy writing style is not geared for younger readers, 16/17 or over would be my recommendation, as it contains adult themes.  The story powers along and is a fast read.   In fact the speed is such that you hardly know the characters before all the action begins.  A sly trick Mr Koevari… just when I start getting to know everyone better, the book ends and I have to wait for the next installment to renew my acquaintance.  Good luck with writing Book 2 and I look forward to finding out what happens next.

Posted on 25 June '10 by , under Reviews, SciFi/Fantasy. 5 Comments.

Suspense and Sensibility – Book Review


by Carrie Bebris

This is 2nd book in the Mr and Mrs Darcy Mystery series by Carrie Bebris. 

I’m glad to have finally read this one, I had to read this series out of order, which was no problem really, except that I was disappointed to have not been able to get Suspense and Sensibility immediately after I read Prescience and Prejudice.  I do like the way Carrie Bebris treats Jane Austen’s characters, especially Lizzy Darcy (nee Bennet).  Carrie’s Lizzy is exactly as I imagined her when reading Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

Mr and Mrs Darcy find themselves embroiled in another deadly mystery.  This time it involves Lizzy’s beloved sister Kitty, who has been much improved since her removal from her sister Lydia’s influence.  Mrs Bennet persuades Mr and Mrs Darcy to introduce/chaperone Kitty at her first London season.   Lizzy and Kitty are delighted to meet an amiable, handsome young man Harry Dashwood, new owner of Norland estate,  Kitty and Harry are soon in love.  The Darcy family is delighted with the match, unlike Harry’s mother.  The selfish, self-serving wife of the late John Dashwood objects to Kitty’s lack of money and connections.  She does all she can to prevent Kitty usurping her as mistress of Norland. 

Whilst Mrs John Dashwood’s interference is damaging, it soon becomes the least of Kitty’s worries when her lovely Mr Dashwood undergoes a change of character.  With the wedding looming nearer, Harry seems to be enjoying his last day’s of freedom far too much and destroying his reputation and respectability along the way.  Mr and Mrs Darcy need to protect Kitty but with some loyalty left for their new friend Harry, they feel obligated to investigate the dramatic change of behaviour.  What could possibly make a man destroy his life when he about to embark on a marriage based on love?  With the aid of Harry’s sensible and loving relations, Mr Edward and Mrs Elinor Dashwood, the Darcy’s try to uncover the truth and save  Harry’s life.

I enjoy the Mr and Mrs Darcy Mysteries very much and am delighted that Carrie Bebris seems to be enjoying them so much that she’s still writing them.  She has just released The Intrigue at Highbury, which is on my bedstand right this minute.

Thank you Carrie Bebris.

Posted on 21 June '10 by , under Crime/Mystery, Historical Fiction, Jane Austen & Austen Inspired, Reviews. 1 Comment.

The Other Mr Darcy – Book Review


by Monica Fairview

After reading Monica Fairview’s The Other Mr Darcy I can’t believe that we’ve had to suffer all this time with only one Mr Darcy.  In a world full of such fine Austen inspired fiction why should we have ever been denied!

Monica Fairview has written a lovely sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice in which we are introduced to Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy’s American cousin Mr Robert Darcy. I was pleasantly surprised to find the icy Miss Caroline Bingley as the heroine.  We witness Caroline and Robert’s first disasterous meeting on the day of Fitzwilliam’s marriage to Eliza Bennet.   

Much to Caroline’s embarrassment she is thrown into Robert Darcy’s path again when he is called on to escort her and her sister to Pemberley due to a family crisis.  The humiliation she faced on the occasion of their first meeting makes further contact unbearable.  Robert Darcy has seen her unmasked and vulnerable.  The public face that Caroline had been schooled to display doesn’t fool him and she is at his mercy.

I really enjoyed this book and felt comfortable and secure with the characters right from the opening pages.  Monica Fairview has treated Jane Austen’s characters faithfully and respectfully.  I enjoyed The Other Mr Darcy so much that I’ve just purchased The Darcy Cousins (also by Monica Fairview) and can’t wait to start it.

Thank you Monica Fairview.

Posted on 12 June '10 by , under Historical Fiction, Jane Austen & Austen Inspired, Reviews. 1 Comment.