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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Midnight's Cloak Review

Dark blood of the evil ten; drank by a son of the same brood. Possessed by the taint, he marches to different sections of the world, conquering and destroying everything in his path as a cloak of midnight pulls itself over all things. The great foretelling of LaStaudd the Wise, the age of the Rising Flame.

Genre - Epic Fantasy
Publisher - Outskirts Press
Release Date - May 30, 2012

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Excerpt's of Midnight's Cloak

After a half hour of travel Aramina woke up.
“You okay sweetheart?” Lot asked.
“I think so,” Aramina said. “I take it the Cael are dead.”
“Yes. Why didn’t you use your magic?” Lot asked.
“I started to, then one of them jumped me from behind. After that everything became hazy,” Aramina said.
“You’re not dizzy or anything?”
“I feel fine,” Aramina said softly. She looked to the right where Clophues rode the gelding and had Snowflake’s reins.
“His name is Clophues. I don’t think he would have shot you. He was just scared.”
“The Cael were chasing him?” Aramina asked.
“Could you let me down so I can ride Snowflake. This saddle is a bit uncomfortable.” Lot stopped Tracker and Aramina climbed down. Clophues stopped his horse as well. She went to Clophues.
“May I have my horse back, please?” Aramina asked.
“Maybe I’ll give her back to you, but I’d like a kiss first,” Clophues said, simpering. Aramina stuck her hand out, expecting it to be filled with Snowflake’s reins. “I’d prefer a kiss on the lips,” the West woodsman said, perking up.
“I’d be careful with her?” Lot warned. Aramina dropped her hand and looked back at the samurai. Her look told him to shut up. Lot watched the two of them intently. She turned back to Clophues. “I can’t kiss you from up there,” Aramina said. Clophues bent sideways to get closer to her. When he got close Aramina grabbed his ear hard and yanked him from his gelding. The West woodsman hit the ground, grunting. Lot chuckled.
“Would you like another?” Aramina asked angrily.
Clophues stood up and brushed off his coat. “You’re mad,” he said.

My Review

When I first began this book I thought I was going to get another weak attempt at smaller version of Lord of the Rings or something along those lines. Boy was I wrong. This book has unique characters which combines wizardry along with a samurai—both of which I have an extreme fascination with. 

This is a fast past book and keeps your interest but it does need a little bit more character development to put it over the top. Justin Geary did a great job coming up with them but once I sat the book down and came back to it I needed reminding of who they were again. 

For a different fantasy read I would recommend this book. I am looking forward to seeing what this author can come up with next. 

3.5 Golden Stars
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