Butterfly o Meter Books on Jul 5 2011The first first first thing I ll tell ou is go grab The Sorceress your free copy of The Map of the Known World You can download it from Lulu free of any charge As my rating subtly suggestsou will not regret it one bitThis story is spectacular and I mean spectacular Yes I am fangirling about it like crazy I mean it s right up there with The Golden Compass and possibly fangirling about it like crazy I mean it s right up there with The Golden Compass and possibly Harry Potter gets killed by angry mob HP does inspire some serious fangirling I know I know But I stand by my statement If Pleasure and Pain you don t trust me just download it and see forourself If The Mountain and the Valley you re not irreparably hooked by page 5 thenwe just have different tastes I guess lol Butou will be hooked by page 1 I mean I wasThe main character the lovely Elowen Aubyn will prove to be completely irresistible She has to deal with a lot she goes through a lot and Zero Option (Geordie Sharp, you won t be able to help loving her Her brave generous pure heart will make herour fairytale hero All her struggling will deeply touch Rescued (The Missing, you all her emotions will becomeour own ou ll want to jump in the story and help her or join her on her brave uestsThe world itself is simply gorgeous magical creatures of all sorts fairy folk unicorns merpeople elementals piratesI mean what isn t there in this rich luxurious world Steven Smith has created A world of unparalleled beauty filled with mystery thrills suspense and magic lots and lots of magic all beautifully put together beautifully describedAnd this brings me to another super extra strong point of the story THE WRITING ITSELF FLOWING CHARMING UITE writing itself Flowing charming uite I would say Steven Smith s art of storytelling will surely prove enthralling Original fresh natural and so so beautiful his talent of storytelling is right up there with big names of fantasyAs ou can see I loved the first book of the saga then the second perhaps I was influenced by the characters aside the charming Elowen and her travel companions I felt a stronger connection to the characters in the first book But it s an entirely personal subjective view of it I loved the world of the first book I will confess The environment constantly changes around Elowen she is constantly meeting new puzzling mysterious and at times traitorous creatures her uests and adventures keeping The Janitor (The Contenders, you on the edge ofour seat pretty much from one end to anotherI cannot recommend these books strongly enough I m personally looking forward to reading the next book in the series as I can t wait to see how Elowen will deal with the rest of her uest how she ll deal with Lord Lucien and the tyrannical forces of Prester JohnSadly these beautiful books are only available on Lulu so no easy peasy widget for Night Without Stars you guys Go getour free copy of The Map of the Known World now and we ll talk about it at length. Emies And she must confront her deepest fear and uncover a shocking secret that will change her lifeThe second part of an epic fantasy saga The Ordeal of Fire takes the reader on a journey of magic intrigue and daring escape. .
He darkness of the story is a little oppressive but it does enhance the hopeless long shot feel of the characters struggle against what seems to be an unstoppable enemyIn short this was what I really enjoyed about the first book a good escapist fantasy easy and fun to read and I look forward to the day the third book comes out The Ordeal of Fire is Steven Smith s second book in the Tree of Life trilogy Elowen and her companions continue with a variety of uests Elowen and Diggory had found respite with the Illuminati and both were being taught and trained by masters Elowen is chosen to by one of the Illuminati leaders to join with several other students for a special task to obtain the four elements or mysteries However the love of power causes one Illuminati leader to betray all others and puts Elowen in a tenuous situation She realizes her mistake in being guiled by soft words too late and watches as the Illuminati are literally destroyed from within and finally by the Redeemers Elowen Diggory and Larwita are forced to flee and suffer imprisonment beatings and Elowen is branded a witch by a church leader after failing the ordeal of fire and is to be executed But she escapes She befriends many along the way including an Orok that was with the Illuminati Arigh Nasan She learns of her mother s history and ultimately realizes that she doesn t have to follow the same path While Elowen searches for the first mystery and deals with Lord Lucien Prince Asbjorn is dealing with his own set of trials Black Francis and the others aboard the Husker Du have been betrayed and imprisoned by the Sea Beggars and only Prince Asbjorn and Valbrand escape During their travels they encounter Prince Jeimuzu of the Kojin and embark on their own uest to save the lives of the Jeimuzu s sister and ultimately the lives of Black Francis and the sailors of the Husker DuThe Ordeal of Fire is filled with intrigue treachery and fantasy It is these elements along with the interesting characters and kingdoms that make it a good read We re introduced to a variety of different creatures and kingdoms The kingdom of the Orok and the previous khan Arigh Nasan s father seems to resemble the khan s of ancient Asia The Kojin are fierce warriers with skills similar to the samurai of ancient Japan During all of their trials and Elowen and Asbjorn must face samurai of ancient Japan During all of their trials and tribulations Elowen and Asbjorn must inner demons as well as their external foes Will they succeed Will the Illuminati in Omphalos be warned in time of Prester John and the Mother Church s treachery Will Lord Lucien succeed in obtaining all four elements and be able to use these to push forward the agenda of the Mother Church We ll have to wait for the final book in the trilogy The Last Days to find out Originally posted at. Nges Elowen into a desperate and deadly uest to discover the Four Mysteries ancient artefacts of great powerWith a small band of friends Elowen travels across dangerous lands encountering terrifying creatures and ruthless en. ,
free download À eBook or Kindle ePUB ë Steven Smith,
Smith s writing is very pretty It is elouent and sophisticated something I would expect to see from a seasoned published author It
Reminds Me Of The Worksme of the works Mercedes Lackey one OF MY PERSONAL FAVORITE AUTHORS SEE my personal favorite authors See entire review at Sift by Kayelee of Sift Book ReviewsSift Book Reviews received a free copy for review from the author This has in no way affected the reviewer s opinion Full review is available on my blog book basically continues the adventures of Elowen Aubyn who is forced
#to undertake a #undertake a uest to discover the Four Mysteries ancient artifacts that hold the key to finding the Tree of Life and defeating Prester John Along this journey she meets slave traders kings strange creatures and uncovers several secrets that will change her life forever In addition to this we also get to read about what has happened to both Bo and Black Francis in their own attempts to undermine Prester JohnI have to admit that I enjoyed the first book than this one it did feel at times like it was being used to create scenarios and provide information that will be needed for the third novel However I did still enjoy The Ordeal of Fire as there was intrigue adventure and action throughout the bookSmith continues to expand upon the very varied world and characters he had created which enhances the reader s understanding of some of the incidents that occured in the first novel I still feel however that some of the secondary characters were not developed much beyond what we saw in the first novel and most of them seemed sidelined for new characters To summarise if Lamore tra i polli you enjoyed The Map of the Known World then there is no doubtou will enjoy The Ordeal of Fire I found the first book of this trilogy The Map of the Known World as a free ebook on Lulu a few ears ago and read and enjoyed it back then To my surprise the author who found my review on it back then e mailed me to let me know that this second book had just been released and offered me a free ebook of it This book continues the story of the first about orphan girl Elowen and her fight against the oppression of the Mother ChurchOnce again I enjoyed this book and it was nice to be able to return to the world and the characters again It didn t have uite the same fairy tale surreality that the first book had which made me take some small issues I otherwise might have been able to set aside I wasn t as fond of the characters this time largely because they didn t seem to be growing in the way I would expect given what they go through and the foreshadowing was a little heavy handed making at least most of the plot twists predictable It still had a very different feel compared to most fantasy that I ve read which really helped to draw me into the story Like with the first book Prester John dominates the Known World Total loyalty is demanded Disobedience is punished by deathElowen Aubyn has reached the sanctuary of the Illuminati There she is safeor so she believed For soon betrayal and tragedy plu. .