Book Review: Stone Alliance by Emily Bates

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Stone Alliance by Emily Bates

A YA Fantasy Novel published by Amazon Digital Services LLC (02/19/16)

Summary:

Rustav returns home with an idea of how to save his land from corruption and war. If he can unite the peoples of the land and the legends, they might have a chance to overthrow the corrupt King and the infiltration of the island demons.

Keywords:

Forest, Demons, Escape, Struggle, Legend, Country, Leader, Corrupt King, Heir, Adventure, Identity, Past, Future, Friendship, Loyalty, Love, Brave, Resistance

My Review:

I loved how this book two picked up right after where book one left off for a fluid continuation of the story.

Everything is ramped up in this book! There is more fighting, more strategy, more devious plots, more action, more fantasy, more creatures, more distress, etc.

This book featured POV changes between Dantzel, Rustav and Caleb, which I loved. Dantzel continues to grow into her role as strategist and fighter. Rustav grows much more in this book to develop into a leader, but he continues to make choices that lead to severe consequences and tension. Ayre is back and reveals what his true motives are. Caleb really has grown in this book as well, as he is now an able-bodied fighter who wants to be involved in the action.

The romance between Dantzel and Rustav continues but doesn’t overtake or sideswipe the main plot of this book.

There is much to learn and love from this series and I can’t wait to read more from Emily Bates!

This novel was published by Amazon Digital Services LLC on February 19th, 2016 and is available on Amazon here.

TL;DR Star Rating: 4.50

Links for more information:

Emily Bates’ Website and Blog

Goodreads

Twitter

Book Review: Demon’s Heart by Emily Bates

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Demon’s Heart by Emily Bates

A YA Fantasy Novel published by Sweetwater Books (12/09/14)

Summary:

“Running away was what he did best.” (Page 94).

Rustav just wanted to escape his abusive uncle and live in peace. After finding himself in a small welcoming village, Rustav stays to recover and eventually makes friends with Dantzel and several others in the village. When the Guards finally come, Rustav does what he does best, runs away. Rustav didn’t count on Dantzel following him into the forest. They find a race of legendary forest dwellers, the Tuatha, who are both kind and sinister. Entrapped by the Tuatha until one Tuath tells him the truth, Rustav learns the truth about his heritage and inheritance. Now Rustav must decide whether to save the country or run away again.

Keywords:

Forest, Demons, Escape, Chased, Legend, Country, Leader, Corrupt King, Heir, Adventure, Identity, Past, Future, Friendship, Loyalty, Love, Brave, Resistance

My Review:

This is the story trope of the chosen one. Rustav doesn’t know he’s the fabled heir to the kingdom, chosen at birth because of his lineage. When he finds out his true identity, he must choose to follow his destiny or cast it aside. If he chooses to follow his set path in life, he will have a great many trials to face. Though this isn’t in any way a new story, I loved the author’s voice and the way she told the story. Rustav is an underdog that I immediately wanted to succeed. He had just enough resistance to his path to make his story interesting.

The pacing was great. The author focused in on each plot point perfectly and didn’t leave Rustav in any one place too long. Rustav was never stagnant on his adventure and even when he was caught up in one place for a lengthy period of time, it never felt like it dragged to the reader.

I loved both Rustav and Dantzel. They were not the stereotypical male/female pair. Rustav does not always confront things head on. He had to run away to stay alive, but when he had to make a stand and be brave, he did! Dantzel was not a damsel in distress. She follows Rustav because she’s tired of being complacent and she wants to find her father and have an adventure. She holds her own next to Rustav.

The fantasy elements were not overwhelming but perfectly tied into the story and the plot. The dialogue and action were relevant and well-written for this fantasy story.

This novel was published by Sweetwater Books on December 9th, 2014 and is available on Amazon here.

TL;DR Star Rating: 4.75

Links for more information:

Emily Bates’ Website and Blog

Goodreads

Twitter