A Review of The Dragon and the Apprentice by Sully Tarnish

I recently finished an excellent fantasy story called, The Dragon and the Apprentice by Sully Tarnish, which is sure to delight readers of all ages. It’s the first book in the Chronicles of Sir John the Worm Series. It’s a whimsical tale with robust characters and a plot full of shenanigans. The story takes place in the English countryside, in the time of knights and kings, of course, which lends a magical backdrop to the tale. The characters are highly likable, and you can’t help but giggle at their constant need for to be proper, even when scheduling duels. The story follows the rocky friendship of Sir John the dragon and Palomides and their never-ending desire to best each other during their annual contest. The result of one such battle leads them to make a most unusual wager. The rest of the story follows them on their quest to find the perfect apprentices, though not without difficulties.

While the plot is entertaining, it’s the characters that drew me into the story. Sir John the dragon, with the help of his trusted companion Squire Shallow, cause plenty of chaos all over the countryside, with finesse, good manners, and a plethora of high-brow vocabulary. No matter what the dragons’ may be up to, Squire Shallow ensures that the proper rules of conduct are adhered to, as they are sensible dragons. Palomides is the most unusual wizard I have ever encountered, being fashionable, over-confident, and resourceful. He has a knack of using unorthodox methods of accomplishing his goals, which can sometimes get him into trouble.  All of the characters, both major and minor, added to the whimsy and snarky touch that makes this story so delightful.

I will confess, I’ve left out much about this story so that I don’t spoil it for anyone but trust me you will love it! If you’re into proper dragons, eccentric wizards and a basketful of hare-brained ideas, then grab a copy of The Dragon and the Apprentice. However, be forewarned, the book ends with a cliffhanger of sorts, and I am happily waiting for the next installment.

Note: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

You can pick up a copy today: http://www.amazon.com/Dragon-Apprentice-Book-Chronicles-John-ebook/dp/B010Y07ZJ4/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1442363270&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Dragon+and+the+Apprentice

Happy Reading!

Regina

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Book Review of Lavender and Haddock by Mike Williams

Title: Lavender and Haddock

Author: Mike Williams

Series: The Trouble with Wyrms Trilogy, Part 1

Find it at http://www.amazon.com/LAVENDER-HADDOCK-Trouble-Wyrms-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B00JX8UQEU/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1437695731&sr=1-1&keywords=lavender+and+haddock

Author Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Grubdale

Special Notes: Beginning July 24 and running through July 30, 2015, The Trouble with Wyrms Trilogy will be on sale for 99 cents each on Amazon. You can find all three on his Amazon author page at http://www.amazon.com/Mike-Williams/e/B00JZ60RCQ/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

Review

             I picked up Lavender and Haddock: The Trouble with Wyrms Part 1 just last week, with the promise of a funny read and ended up plowing through the book with ease. Mind you, I didn’t read the synopsis of the book before I got it. Occasionally I walk on the wild side and trust my instincts based on the cover and reviews.  While touted as a funny and hilarious story, it was the cover that had me. It includes a smartly dressed man and woman, one of which is holding a pistol, with a dragon standing behind them holding a sign that says, “Votes for Women.” What more did I need! This cover alone promised more fun and nonsense than a barrel full of ferrets, so I dove right in, and I am very glad that I did.

The story takes place in 1912 England, which is another hook for me given my affinity for British stories. The plot, which I won’t give away any spoilers, is unusual and silly, much to my delight. Imagine a pack of women, all named after fish, trying to accomplish a mission while attempting to integrate with their surroundings and keeping their sensible wardrobes clean. Their antics at times reminded me of the phrase, “herding cats.” These women were as different from one another as they could be, and coordinating them seemed to be as impossible as herding cats. Their mission is to find dragons, specifically the Wyrms of England so that they can defeat Tarantulus Spleen.

Making the plot more amusing was the outrageous characters and the liberal sprinkling of magic. The characters include a pile of sensibly dressed women and one man who and in effect, space traveling witches, a rat man hybrid named Vermyn Stench, and a sorcerer named  Tarantulus Spleen. Add to that a pack of rats that, “could go through your undercarriage like a doctor’s thermometer,” and the zany residents of Sodden-on-the-Bog, and you have a recipe for laugh out loud entertainment.

Lavender and Haddock had the full package for me, having a great story, dynamic characters, amusing dialogue, and the right combination of magic and silliness. I recommend this book to anyone who is in the mood for a light-hearted, funny read. I will be reading Part 2, Educating Creatures, very soon.

Book Review of Complicated Creatures Part 1 by Alexi Lawless

Title: Complicated Creatures Part 1

Author: Alexi Lawless

Series: Complicated Creatures Series

Find it at: http://www.amazon.com/Complicated-Creatures-Part-One-International-ebook/dp/B00JW98CPA/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1436997874&sr=1-1&keywords=complicated+creatures+part+one

Author Website: www.Alexilawless.com

Special Notes: For a limited time, Alexi is giving away a companion novella to Complicated Creatures.

Review

Alexi Lawless created a series that drives its hooks into you and doesn’t let you go when she wrote Complicated Creatures. Everything is perfect in this book – the plot, pace, settings, and characters all aim to please and do not fail. The story chronicles Samantha Wyatt’s life in a male dominated world and her complicated budding relationship with the high life playboy, Jack Roman. The story line is fast paced, which is indicative of Samantha and Jack’s lifestyles. I was constantly engaged with the plot, and the alternating points of view between Jack and Samantha, added to the brisk pace of the story. Sprinkle that with a little high tension field ops and you get the perfect blend of romance and action that will satisfy most anyone.

All of the characters prove their worth time and again, each one uniquely personified in well rounded, complex individuals. You immediately are drawn to both Sam and Jack, rooting for their success, despite the obstacles, both situational and emotional. I was quite impressed with Jack as he didn’t end up following the typical billionaire character. Samantha not only talks the talk, but walks the walk in being a strong, independent woman. The cast of minor characters also adds to the depth of the story as well as Sam and Jack.

I highly recommend this book even for those who don’t think the action genre is for them. I will warn you though, when you buy Complicated Creatures Part 1, which I know you will, you need to get Hell or High Water, Complicated Creatures Part 2 because part 1 ends in a cliffhanger and you won’t be able to wait to find out what happens.