I’ve got so many books on my To Be Read pile that I’m not sure which one I’ll read next. I want to finish the Mystique Trilogy by Traci Harding but the Kim Falconer books are also on the pile to be read. I can’t decide which one to go for first. I’ve only got until I finish my current Star Trek book to decide – and I’m almost finished with that. Choices, choices.
Just finished reading Traci Harding’s Gene of Isis which is Book 1 of the Mystique Trilogy. The book had me engrossed as it followed the life of three remarkable women in Ashlee Granville Devere, from childhood to her adventures in Egypt, Mia Montrose, Ashlee’s great – great – granddaughter and Lillet du Lac, a 13th century Guardian of the Keys for the Grail bloodline. This book had it’s villains in Christian Molier who was chasing a special vial that would give him eternal life. A secret brotherhood formed to protect the secrets of the Grail bloodline is also involed so you have a book full of spirits who are helping the heroine in her quest, a secret brotherhood that is trying to protect the heroine, but are suspected of murder by the heroine and a true villain who is difficult to kill. The book is also a note on people’s
Mia Montrose is a 21st-century Australian woman with a Doctorate in Ancient Languages who has just scored the most promising job of her career. When Mia experiences mysterious happenings and forces beyond her control, she begins to understand that history does not always stay in the past.
Ashlee Granville is a 19th-century clairvoyant, forced to suppress her talents as she enters the marriage market of English upper-class society. But Ashlee is not a girl who likes to bow to the inevitable – she has plans of her own.
Lillet du Lac is a 13th-century woman, priestess of an ancient order now protected by the Cathar faith, who are making their last stand against the Roman Catholic Franks at the giant hill fort of Montségur. As the castle falls, Lillet escapes with something more valuable than any of their lives …
Despite the time, distance and cultures that separate them, these women share several things in common. They belong to an ancient bloodline of Grail kings, protected by a Sion knight named Albray, and they are each compelled to visit an ancient mountain in the Sinai. This mount contains the keys which may unlock a gateway to a dimension of light and the Gene of Isis.
This book really keeps you in suspense until the end about what the outcome will be and even then you are left wanting more and wondering what else happens. I’m really looking forward to Book 2.
After reading Shadow Prowler I’m keen to explore other fantasy writers. I’m reading Traci Harding at the moment and I’ve still got Jennifer Fallon, Kim Falconer books on the to be read pile, which is growing bigger by the day. I’ve recently picked up a Kate Forsyth book and will start reading that one soon. Why does the pile keep growing?
This is dangerous but I should start exploring other science fiction works other than Star Trek. It is dangerous as undoubtedly my to be read pile will grow ever bigger but I guess its something to explore. Inevitably it also means that my wallet is lighter as I tend to buy the books – I know I can borrow them but if I enjoy the author I like to have my own copy. Oh well, I guess the Science Fiction exploration just might have to wait.
Finally finished reading Shadow Prowler by Alexey Pehov. Must say the book had me itching to get to the end of the book. I now can’t wait for the next installment. The back of the book tells you:
After centuries of calm, the Nameless One is stirring.
An army is gathering; thousands of giants, ogres, and other creatures are joining forces from all across the Desolate Lands, united, for the first time in history, under one, black banner. By the spring, or perhaps sooner, the Nameless One and his forces will be at the walls of the great city of Avendoom.
Unless Shadow Harold, master thief, can find some way to stop them.
Epic fantasy at its best, Shadow Prowler is the first in a trilogy that follows Shadow Harold on his quest for a magic Horn that will restore peace to the Kingdom of Siala. Harold will be accompanied on his quest by an Elfin princess, Miralissa, her elfin escort, and ten Wild Hearts, the most experienced and dangerous fighters in their world…and by the king’s court jester (who may be more than he seems…or less).
I found the book totally spellbinding. The characters were real and the descriptions of what was going on were so real that you could well imagine being there. I found the book intriguing and could definitely feel Harold’s frustration with Kli-Kli, the kings jester.
Would easily recommend the book to others. I’m now impatient to read the next one in the series.