The Defence of Troia (The Paladin Chronicles #2) by Neil Port book review

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Synopsis

The Makedóne army under Parmenion has crossed the Bósporos and is carving its way through the Greek maritime cities of Bithynia with ridiculous ease.
The Greek city of Troia is now an ally of Aiolía but has been seriously weakened after losing the last war. Of the cities of Anatole that line the entrance to the Black Sea, Troia is the great prize and now it stands in desperate peril. Philippos the Makedóne king plans to increase his army several fold and when he does he will overcome all possible resistance.
The Athenai navy is likely to attack before that.
Hakeem, his wife the elf queen Elana, and their adopted daughter Jacinta ride in haste to join the city as it prepares for a siege.
But the large armies headed to Troia are not the only danger for the pitiful few defenders. as something seems to go wrong with the preparations the mood of the city turns dangerous. if the populous revolts, the small city garrison will be unable to maintain order and all will be lost.
Also while the elves have most of their magic, pitted against them are those whose dark powers are undiminished.
Elana begins to get premonitions that a great catastrophe is approaching the beleaguered city.
If they can survive the coming siege, Elana and Jacinta then must resume the search for the lost items of elvish magic, but how can they find artefacts lost a thousand years before the destruction of elvish Troia? The Defence of Troia, book 2 of the Paladin Chronicles continues the story of the struggle to save the elves and their human allies.

Review

I was very intrigued by this book. This is the first novel by Neil Port that I have read and I found myself vastly immersed in his writing style. While being the second book in the series, I found it easy enough to follow and was not a loss in the story. The first chapter summarizes enough of book one to understand what is going on. I quickly became more and more enveloped in this story and could not wait to finish it and get my hands on book three. Neil’s writing story is rich and thoughtful in details as you are brought into this one of a kind story. Such intriguing scenarios fill the pages as your imagination fills up on each and every word. Neil gives room for your mind to take over and see the story for yourself but offers plenty on page to lead you along. Such emotion went into this beautifully crafted story and you are taken on an unbelievable adventure. I recommend this novel as a 5 star read. Such a unique and vivid concept! I would recommend to read book one first all though it is not necessary. Thank you Neil for being gracious enough to let me read your novel in exchange for my honest review. 5 stars from me!

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Far Afield: Rare Food Encounters from Around the World book review

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The Synopsis

A vividly photographed culinary travel book featuring profiles of the stewards of the world’s traditional foodways–farming, hunting, foraging, and fishing–along with 40 recipes.

Journalist Shane Mitchell and photographer James Fisher have traveled the world on assignment for publications such as Travel + Leisure and Saveur. Along the way, they have encountered fascinating people who are rooted in their culture and landscape, keeping their food traditions vital, such as taro farmers in Hawaii who have never left the islands, fisherman on the Swahili coast, and Icelandic shepherds who still use the techniques of their Viking ancestors. Full of vibrant photography from far-flung locations all over the globe, Far Afield profiles these people, sharing their unique and captivating stories and recipes.

The Review

From the cover of this book, you can already tell its going to be beautiful. This rather large book brings with it a beautiful imagery as you step into a new world. You are immersed with beautiful photography and are immediately surrounded by stories from other countries. This beautiful book sits on my coffee table and immediately grabs guests attention as they pick it up to revel in its sheer beauty. The recipes within these pages are fun and found them easy enough to follow. Not only does the reader get a taste of the food but another country as well. Its rich and vivid photographs also bring with it a cultural story and pulls you into the home and life of the people found within the pages. I can not say enough how truly beautiful this book is. It is meant to be left open so all can be pulled in by its rich beauty! The pictures are breath taking! Thank you BFB’s for sending me this in exchange for my honest review!

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Blurb:
17 year old Ember Denning has made an art of isolating herself. She prefers the dead. She spends her days skipping school in old cemeteries and her nights hiding from her alcoholic father at the funeral home where she works. When her own father dies, Ember learns her whole life is a lie. Standing in the cemetery that’s been her sanctuary, she’s threatened by the most beautiful boy she’s ever seen and rescued by two people who claim to be her family. They say she’s special, that she has a supernatural gift like them…they just don’t know exactly what it is. They take her to a small Florida town, where Ember’s life takes a turn for the weird. She’s living with her reaper cousins, an orphaned werewolf pack, a faery and a human genius. Ember’s powers are growing stronger, morphing into something bigger than anything anybody anticipated. Ember has questions but nobody has answers. Nobody knows what she is. They only know her mysterious magical gift is trying to kill them and that beautiful dangerous boy from the cemetery may be the only thing standing between her and death. As Ember’s talents are revealed so are the secrets her father hid and those in power who would seek to destroy her. What’s worse, saving Ember has put her cousins in danger and turned her friend’s lives upside down. Ember must learn to embrace her magic or risk losing the family she’s pieced together.

And now for the juicy stuff, my review:

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. I have super been blessed with great reads lately, and this one is just so well done. Lets talk about the cover art first… I MEAN WOWZERS!!! Super, super gorgeous detail, and beautiful use of the purple tones. Secondly we have this amazing book with chapters that each have their own POV from one of the four main characters: Tristin, Ember, Mace, and Kai. Each character is so beautifully written and has so much personality that Martina’s pen makes the pages and these characters jump off the pages and immerse you into their world. I mean seriously, witches, shifters, werewolves, demons, zombies, and reanimators!! How can you not be obssesed with this book?!?!?! I love paranormal books and boy does she bring it home with this book! (Best part? Theres a second book coming out!!!!!!) So many feelings pull you in deeper and deeper into this well developed plot that you can NOT put it down! A definite recommend! Thank you again Martina for the chance to read this as I have come to love all your children that you have beautifully written!

 

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Author Bio:

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Martina McAtee lives in Jupiter, Florida with her teenage daughter, her best friend, two attack chihuahua’s and two shady looking cats. When she isn’t writing young adult books about worlds with reapers, zombies, werewolves and other supernatural creatures she’s reading or watching shows that involve reapers, zombies, werewolves and other supernatural creatures. Her debut novel Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things released in August of 2015. Her second book in the Dead Things series, Dark Dreams and Dead Things, will release July 15, 2016.

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Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes book review

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Synopsis

Twenty years ago, Frances Mayes – widely published poet, gourmet cook and travel writer – introduced readers to a wondrous new world when she bought and restored an abandoned villa called Bramasole in the spectacular Tuscan countryside. With glorious descriptions of the vibrant local markets, food, wine and the Italian landscape, Under the Tuscan Sun inspired generations to embark on their own journeys – whether that be flying to a foreign country in search of themselves, savouring one of the book’s dozens of delicious seasonal recipes, or simply being transported by Mayes’ signature evocative, sensory language. Now, with a new afterword from the Bard of Tuscany herself, the 20th anniversary edition of this timeless classic and international bestseller brings us up-to-date with the book’s most beloved characters.

Review

Frances does a terrific job of illuminating a beautiful story with an even more beautiful backdrop. She tells us her personal story as her life changes and she learns this new culture. It is her personal account of how she settles into the Italian countryside. This book revels in her fond memory and nostalgia as she presents all the sights and sounds and even every smell of her life in Tuscany. This book reads as though a poetic journal and her account of her life while there. I have to say though, If you haven’t read the book nor seen the movie, please read the book first as the movie changes much. I felt that in her actual account and not movie account, I identified with her more and felt her to be a stronger person. (The movie totally changes everything). This book had me curling up and reading it at great lengths just to savor the life she is living. This edition was beautiful and i enjoyed the afterword, plus all the recipes. I must try those recipes! This is a 5 star read from me! Thank you BFB’s for sending me this in exchange for my honest review.