I was busy doing a lot of writing in February, see the previous post! The Uncovered Policeman: Made for TV
I managed a rather fun series of fantasy books. I probably started in the wrong place, although I might not have done … So I’ll review as I read it
Natural Witch (Magical Mayhem Book 1)
by KF Breene
This is the one that might have been out of sequence, but it appears to have a sequel in preparation.
We meet Penny Bristol, a young woman with known but suppressed magical talent, standing outside a church in New Orleans. She is supposed to be attending a magical retreat. Somehow the dates have gotten confused. Preparations for a battle between good and evil are underway. The question is who’s side should she be on?
After having accidentally helped to turn a coven of witches into zombies she ends up hiding in a cupboard while a pitch battle rages around her. Being found by a self declared ‘good guy’ another young woman dressed in leather armed with a gun and sword she survives and is taken into the care of an older couple of ‘mages’ (magicians).
From then on we follow her tale as she tries to return to her old life, correcting the grammar on public notices with her friend Veronica, for example. However, her magic won’t let her and soon the corrupt Magicians Guild of Seattle have her in their sights.
Pace, humour and a strong internal logic hold this well written story together. A very entertaining read I’ll give it
A Good Read
I then followed back to the parent series, starting with;
Born in Fire (Fire and Ice Trilogy Book 1)
By KF Breene
The lead character in this series is a certain leather clad, sword wielding, female Super Natural Bounty Hunter, Reagan. As you may have surmised this is the same self proclaimed ‘good guy’ who appears in Natural Witch.
There is far more to Reagan, as learn across the rest of the series …
Raised in Fire (Fire and Ice Trilogy Book 2)
Fused in Fire (Fire and Ice Trilogy Book 3)
and that is a problem with trying to do a review of a series like this. The books are pretty well continuous and to review Fused in Fire without giving spoilers on the earlier stories is rather tricky. So I won’t go there other than to say that the journey to the Cracks of Doom in Fused in Fire is very derivative of the Lord of the Rings, not that that is a bad thing in its self!
If you enjoy magic, dragons, vampires and unicorns with a bit of violence and a twist of humour …. You should find the whole trilogy worth the read!
Three Good Reads!
All four KF Breene stories are free for Kindle Unlimited.
Just to prove that not everything gets a rave review
The Hundred Grand Banana (A Raucous Giles Curtis Comedy)
By Giles Curtis
I should have know from the title – I mean – A Raucous Comedy by The Author? As part of the title?
This just didn’t work for me.
I found the premise absurd rather than witty and the humour rather desperate.
A biochemist has made a (presumably) genetically modified drug producing banana. Some klutz confuses another klutz for the biochemist and I lost the will to turn to the next page …
Far from ‘Raucous’
And for something a little different
We Have Lost The President
By Paul Mathews
Start with the concept, London, 2044. Britain is a Republic. President Jan Polak has vanished overnight from Buckingham Palace, just weeks before an election.
Howie Pond – the President’s official spokesperson is determined to find out what has happened- as soon as he’s eaten his breakfast.
A very British comedy, occasionally a slightly desperate comedy, ensues. Cue failing technology, robotic security systems that mal function. Yep British comedy!
Not badly written but nor is it a book to stop you putting it down and going to sleep either.
I might read more of the “We have lost …” books. They are part of Kindle Unlimited .. so nothing lost!
Mirror Earth Network
By PZ Walker
The third Mirror Earth series from the prolific pen of Paul Z Walker.
This tale of travel between largely benign friendly worlds, all called Earth takes a twist and arrives at the beginning.
Meanwhile the wicked Prof Holgar, the principle of the Laboratory where we started (on ‘our’ Earth) is still in pursuit of his dinosaurs that live on the first Mirror Earth.
Add in strange ‘going ons’ at Ayers Rock, flowers with power and data, a few Aliens and we are dashing across curved, distorted time and Space with out rockets or pockets!
Another great yarn from PZ!
A Good Read