Day: March 8, 2014

Review of ‘The Dreamt Child’

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In The Dreamt Child, the final book in Yvonne Hertzberger’s Earth’s Pendulum trilogy, we join the seer Liannis who had been healing for two years since the travails she suffered in Through Kestrel’s Eyes. She is joined by Merrist, and in the meaning of ‘joined’ as used by the author, the two of them become one.

I received a free review copy of this book, and after having read the first two, approached it with a sense of anticipation that was not disappointed. Hertzberger continues to amuse and amaze with her ability to create a fantasy world that makes suspending disbelief an easy task. Crisp dialogue that carries us into the minds and hearts of the characters, and an epic account of the suffering that can ensue when earth’s balance is upset, this is as much a commentary on history, politics and sociology as fantasy. But, first and foremost, it is sheer enjoyment to read. You don’t have to be a fan of fantasy to delight in Hertzberger’s deft prose and delicate touch.

The Dreamt Child, like the two volumes that preceded it, is fantasy at its best!

Review of ‘Creature Discomforts’

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What could be more normal than a college campus in Georgia? In the hands of author Jenny Peterson, that normal campus becomes anything but. Creature Discomforts is an interesting novella – third in the Descendants series – that takes us along with Rachel Chase, an appropriately named heroine, who, in addition to trying to keep up with her classes, chases demons and half-demons that only she and her kind can see.

I received a free copy of Creature Discomforts for review. My hat’s off to Peterson for her skill at overlaying a weird paranormal environment over an ordinary setting like a college campus. Her characters, demon and descendant alike, except for their paranormal abilities, come across as ordinary people with extraordinary abilities.

Peterson’s use of dialogue – if not for the subject of their conversations, her characters would be your average run-of-the-mill college students – is one of the strongest points of this short work.