I just received a five star review from Matthew Davenport. You can see it on Goodreads.com and Matthew’s blog https://authormatthewdavenport.wordpress.com. You can find the audio version of ‘Healer of Surflex’ https://www.audible.com/pd/Sci-Fi-Fantasy/Healer-of-Surflex-Audiobook/B071KZGFVD.
While Healer of Surflex isn’t my usual read, the pleasurable voice of Kelly Montijo Fink made the audio a fun time. Healer of Surflex is hard fantasy, with a story rooted in a world of magic and warring factions of good and evil. Most of the populace isn’t aware of the battle for their very souls, but it’s happening.
Having not read a lot of fantasy, I have read some, and what makes Lady Laindora’s book unique is that I’ve never seen a fantasy book that incorporates Christian beliefs into a fantasy realm. Doing so makes this more like an Arthurian legend, minus Arthur.
The book follows Kerlia as she’s selected, birthed, and trained by an angel and the warriors for good to be a healer in the upcoming battle with this book’s version of Satan, Kernel. Kernel has control over a large portion of the Kingdom of Surflex, and the book is filled with people being possessed or warped and twisted by their beliefs and support of Kernel. Honestly, in the first chunk of the book, the way that some of these people get twisted and filled with such dark evil makes it look like a contagion of belief, and solidifies how Kernel must have taken hold.
Lady Laindora’s strengths are in her ability to show and not tell. The protagonist, Kerlia, is mute and a lot of the book is explaining how she interprets the world and how she communicates without dialogue (and sometimes with, when she is part of the fairy realm). There are character descriptions that become part of the story’s narrative, and locations that are described the same way. She does a great job of describing things without you realizing that she’s describing them.
Healer of Surflex, and a lot of it’s aspects, remind me much of The Sword of Truth series, by Terry Brooks. The fairies and pixies that train her even reminding me of Zed the old wizard. They are funny but with purpose. At the same time, the style of the fight against evil gave me a feeling of Eragon with less dragons. Finally, there’s angels, God as we know him, and others aspects of this book that have a strong Christianity bend.
This is epic/battle fantasy with a theme, and it is done very well.
Another mile stone down, only six more to go. I finally finished the rough draft of Will-O Wisp of Niagara Falls. Now comes the hard part of finding Beta readers, receiving their feed back, editing, formatting, cover art approval, back of the book blurb, publishing and promoting it.
Will-O Wisp is an urban fantasy set in the Niagara Falls area where Will-O who is a wisp has been given a commission of guardian to the descendants of Colin McGregor. She has done well in her commission over the centuries until Ongwaterohiathe Whitehorse tries to rescue a young woman that has fallen overboard into the Niagara River, plunging him head long down into the terrifying world Mesa Soyok Wuhti, a Hopi demonic legion. Mesa Soyok Wuhti or Monster Woman seeks her victims out in the dead of the night for their heads to put in her basket she carries on her back or steal you away to her longhouse to fatten you up for her cauldron.
For those who would like to have a chance at being able to be a Beta reader that gives feed back in a timely matter you can message me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stay tune for more info to come in the near future.
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There is two brick and mortar stores that are now carrying my novels. They are Page Turners Book Store in Indianola, Iowa and Read a Book Nook in Marshalltown, Iowa. Page Turners has my crime murder mystery series where as Read a Book Nook has every book I have written. Buy from them for no shipping and handling, waiting for your purchase, or out of stock like you do online. My novels consist of the DeBois crime murder mystery series, a Drama- Resin La Rock, Thriller- Window Pane, and Fantasy- Healer of Surflex. All my novels are also in Ebook formats and Healer of Surflex is also in audio from ACX.
If you are looking for a fantastic adventure novel, then check out Healer of Surflex. Kerlia’s life has been one of tragedy and danger even before she was born. Her father, Terian, has been commissioned by the Lord to train Kerlia on her quest to heal their world from Kernel’s rein of terror. Kernel’s minions have tracked Kelia down in Ferwick Enchanted Forest in their effort to destroy her. As they are about to achieve their goal Kelia is transported to the fairy realm. There she is tutored in the different magical arts by the three clans of fairy folk, the pixies, fairies, and militant brownies.
Can a young teenage with her dragon, unicorn, and three white wolves succeed where the mightiest knights have failed?
You can find Healer of Surflex in print, ebook format, and audio book.
This the second novel I have read from Author Kathryn Daugherty. From the moment I first started reading it the story drew me into the heartache and dilemma the protagonist Carol Matthews is thrown into shortly after her only brother Jim dies in a traffic accident. Carol has helped him raise his son after the lose of their parents and his wife since his son Jeff was five months old. Four months after his death Carol is served with court papers petitioning the court to remove Jeff from her custody and be placed in the custody of Jeff’s maternal grandparents. Everywhere she turns for help, the answer is no. Now the only chance she has to keep custody of Jeff is to put her trust in a down on his luck lawyer, Donovan Delaney.
The story is intense on how fragile life can be and how faith is the only thing that stables the chaos from crushing one’s soul.
You can find Kathryn Daugherty on her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/AuthorKathrynDaugherty/ and her website http://www.kathryndaugherty.com.
Her books are in print, and e-book format for your reading convenience at Amazon and Barns and Noble .
I received this review of my DeBois crime murder mystery series from one of my fans in Des Moines, Iowa.
I promised to write a review about the books I just read.
I just finished reading the five books of the DuBois series
By author Sue Raymond:
It’s a series that involves murder, crime, espionage, love,
Religion, family and mystery. You start with book one and it’s so good you can’t put it down and leaves you wanting more.
It’s also about different areas like, New York and Iowa and the sites around Iowa. I recommend these books to anyone who loves to read.