Guest Review: Echoing Sacrifice: Traveler ~ Jessica Dodson

When writing their novels the reader knows that each Author has their own unique style and it appears by this review by Author Lex Allen, that is spans into the writing of reviews of other peoples’ work.  Lex gave this book a 5 star review.

echoing sacrificeStill reeling from the death of her parents, thirteen-year-old Khyl Livingston’s entire existence revolves around the care and protection of her brothers. But when an accident strands her in Dolimar, a world populated by both humans and dragons, she finds yet another child in desperate need of protection.

Rever barely survived the slaughter of the Echo Dragons at the hand of the Betrayer. When he meets Khyl, old wounds at last begin to heal, and their growing friendship distracts him from his need for vengeance. But the courageous Traveler couldn’t have come at a worse time. The Betrayer returns to Rever’s home, this time with an army and the intent to carry out a deadly bargain with the greatest threat in all Dolimar.

Bound in friendship and united by common purpose, Khyl and Rever stand against the Betrayer and his allies in order to save an innocent child from a fate worse than death. Dolimar itself hangs in the balance, and one wrong choice could cost them everything they hold dear.

Including each other.

Dear Jessica Dodson,

I am writing to personally thank you for committing the time and effort it must have cost you to write “Echoing Sacrifice: Traveler”. Without the slightest insincerity, I have to tell you that I think that this book will one-day become a classic among fantasy/world-building stories and novels. It must take a special kind of imagination, perseverance and aptitude to put together a novel of this magnitude and complexity while maintaining an easy to read level of dialogue, narrative descriptives and a huge cast of characters.

The premise—teenage girl from our world (Khyl – First Creation) enters the parallel universe (Dolimar) of Rever (Echo Dragon Clan) and promptly jumps into the hunt to save the SouthKing’s daughter (both human) while fighting against the evil of the Betrayer, aka Vayne (human – King of Feinden), his son Cyre, along with the bandit dragons and the EastGate guardian, Tymbos (dragon) and his Keeper, Tumulus (half-human dragon).

There are too many characters to mention them all, but those above are the lead actors in this marvelous tale of a parallel universe that’s a mixture of indescribable geography and scenes, creatures and dragons. I can’t begin to adequately describe, nor thank you for, the meticulous attention to detail that you incorporated into this story. The entire concept of dragon clans—their differences in colors, sizes, characteristics and talents is mind boggling!

Unlike the climax of many books that are part of a series, you designed an ending that is fully satisfying, in and of itself, while clearly leaving an opening for the sequel; a book I am eager to get my hands on. In short, I want you to know that I believe that “Echoing Sacrifice: Traveler” belongs on the bookshelf right between the classic high fantasy of “Lord of the Rings” and the science fantasy/creature horror series that is “The Dark Tower”.

In closing, thanks again and please get the sequel out there quickly!

Sincerely – Lex Allen

Author:
No Heaven
No Hell
Reviewer – Readers’ Favorite

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Review: The House in Banes Meadow (Volume 2) – Jessie Cox

Banes MeadowIn Cherokee and Creek legend, long ago a Shaman sought immortality. After much Medicine and Ceremony, the Creator granted her wish. But as nothing, except Creator is without flaw, the Shaman could only be killed by a knife or an arrow piercing her open eye and she was cursed to drink human blood for eternity. Legend tells that she was killed by a cunning Creek warrior. But if that is true then how has she returned to plague the area around the town of Bristow, Oklahoma and the Creek Reservation? More importantly who can kill her? Deputy Ray Corngrower and John Littlefeather and a host of others join forces to combat this ancient evil.

3 Thumbs-UpThis is the second book in the Ray Corngrower series and, after reading this I am divided as to whether or not I want to go back and read the first.  This is not because it was a bad book, I actually enjoyed this immensely; it’s because there were a few things in it that I felt let it down and I don’t want to visit the debut book in case there is more of this in its pages.  This may not make sense now, but hopefully by the end of the review it will become clear.

The main protagonist in this book is a Native American and I was really looking forward to reading his back story and getting a deep insight into his motivation and personality; unfortunately this was not to be.  Like most of the characters in this novel, he was sorely under-developed and, what could have been a truly amazing character felt, at times, like he was fading in and out of the book to the point where he was barely there in some places.  I so wanted to be able to like this character and possibly empathize with him, but the lack of ‘fleshing out’ just made this an impossible task.  I truly feel that if more time had been invested into his back story, he would have become an amazing and utterly fascinating main character.  This is where part of me is tempted to read more of this series, as I am intrigued to find out whether the characters are developed more as it progresses; it is also the reason I don’t want to back track and read the first book as if this is the depth of character development in the second book, I worry if there will be any at all in the first.

The book has incredible potential to be so much more, as it is unique in the way it successfully brings together modern-day life and Native American culture.  It is also unique in the fact that it brings together subjects that would make this book appeal to a wide range of readers.  There is mystery, suspense that had me on the edge of my chair in some places, history and myth, so it touches all bases there.  Although the writing is a little sloppy in some places, it is not enough to be distracting but, this is one of those books that could really have used a good editor with a firm hand to clean it up a little.  I may read others further along in the series as they become available, as I’m interested to see if the writing style and characters develop as the Author hits their stride.

I would recommend this book to anyone readers that are interested in Native American culture or have a Native American as a main character, also those who enjoy mystery and suspense novels may find this an enjoyable little read.

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