Review: “Knight’s Blood” by Julianne Lee

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Alex MacNeil is an F-18 pilot, flying combat patrol over the Iraq-Iran border. He’s also a knight, fighting for Scottish independence under Robert the Bruce. You see, Alex was taken back in time by the impish elfin king Nemed, along with Lindsay, a journalist who was flying with him when his plane got caught in Nemed’s spell.

Alex and Lindsay got married and when they were returned to the future, she was already pregnant. When the baby is kidnapped, both Alex and Lindsay travel back to the past to rescue him. The adventures they experience and the people they encounter are the stuff of legend.

Julianne Lee’s Knight’s Blood is a rollicking adventure tale, filled with action and human drama, and a touch of Mark Twain-like humor as we follow twenty-first century humans who find themselves thrust hundreds of years into the past. Believable dialogue and credible action mark this author’s second Tenebrae story. A thoroughly enjoyable read.


Review of “Scotland’s Guardian” by Katherina Gerlach

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Bassenthwaite and Scotland from the top of Dodd
Bassenthwaite and Scotland from the top of Dodd (Photo credit: Ed.ward)

Fourteen-year-old Bryanna McConnaichie, while riding a bus home, receives a cryptic warning from a strange woman with webbed hands, “Your father’s time is running out.” She doesn’t understand why her father, cryptozoologist Angus McConnaichie, should be in danger until he’s kidnapped by another strange woman right before her eyes. In her quest to rescue him, Bryanna finds herself moving between Scotland and Alba, and encountering strange creatures that, until that time, she had thought to be mere figments of her active imagination. During her search, she learns that her father is the Guardian protecting Scotland and the ‘other’ worlds from all manner of evil, and that she’s a half-blood with magical powers. She encounters Kaylee, another half-blood, who might be a friend – but, who also might be a deadly enemy.

In Scotland’s Guardian, by German writer Katherina Gerlach, you’ll find non-stop action from page one, written in an engaging and entertaining manner that will keep you on the edge of our chair. Gerlach brings creatures from Scotland’s rich history of mythology to life in a way that makes you believe in them. Her characters are believable, and, even the bad guys elicit sympathy.

A crisp tale, told in Gerlach’s unique style, this is a definite must-read for anyone interested in fantasy and myth. In fact, it just might be the book to interest those who’ve never read a fantasy novel before.

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