Book Review: Illusive Echoes (The Greatest Sin Book 4) by Lee French & Erik Kort

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Illusive Echoes (The Greatest Sin Book 4) by Lee French & Erik Kort

A Fantasy Novel published by Tangled Sky Press (06/28/16)

Summary:

“I do not require coddling.” He sighed and turned away from her. “You’re so difficult.” (Kindle Locations 2568-2569).

Chavali is tasked with finding the killer of her friend and recovering the cat statue he was supposed to deliver. Was Harris just a friend to Chavali? She will have to work out her feelings amidst the new mission that proves more complex than it at first seems.

Keywords:

Fantasy, Clan, Family, Loyalty, Prophesy, Seer, Close-Knit, Sacrifice, Strength, Evil, Friendship, Mystery, Thriller, Healing, Leadership, Illusions, Betrayal, Intrigue, Gangs, Connections

My Review:

Again and again in the Greatest Sin Series Lee French shows the reader an intriguing and wonderful character in Chavali. Chavali is wise, logical, skilled, stubborn, attuned to the nuances in human behavior, and just a little bit antisocial. She is a fascinating character.

The mystery in this fourth book, as in the previous three Greatest Sin books, was complex and multi-layered. I was not able to figure out all the twists and turns, but they kept me engaged in the story and the mystery.

Two characters were missing from most of this book. Harris showed up briefly only to be murdered and I really can’t wait to see more of him and his relationship with Chavali. Karias also had a minor role in this book and I really love his character and can’t wait to get more from him in future books as well. I’m waiting patiently for Colbi, Karias, and Chavali to have an in depth heart to heart.

Disclaimer: I was given a free copy of this story in exchange for my honest review.

This novel was published by Tangled Sky Press on June 28th, 2016 and is available on Amazon here.

 

TL;DR Star Rating: 4.50

 

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Book Review: Moon Shades: Crack the ice (The Greatest Sin Book 3) by Lee French & Erik Kort

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Moon Shades: Crack the ice (The Greatest Sin Book 3) by Lee French & Erik Kort

A Fantasy Novel published by Tangled Sky Press (05/16/15)

 

Summary:

 Chavali is back. The greater evil is still out there, but Moon Shades focusses on Chavali’s conflict with a fellow Fallen who is intent on learning her clan secrets. Chavali is so upset with him, Sean, that she starts a fight in the cafeteria. Within hours she is sent on a mission with him and Eliot so they can learn to get along. Nobody is happy with this arrangement, especially Eliot. The Courier Circuit is their mission, just making the rounds, but it is not surprising that what they find is a thickening plot surrounded in death and mystery that they must solve. The small village of Eagle Falls needs their help and it would be a routine investigation if not for the unwanted character that shows up, bringing the greater plot to their front doors yet again.

 

Keywords:

 Fantasy, Clan, Family, Loyalty, Prophesy, Seer, Close-Knit, Sacrifice, Strength, Evil, Friendship, Mystery, Thriller, werewolves, small town, hiding in plain sight, healing, leadership

 

My Review:

The opening scenes with the muffin is hilarious. Chavali is in no way a humorous character, but her situation is entirely laughable, even while you sympathize with what is going on. Who hasn’t been so angry that every little bad thing makes you fume even more, yet everybody she bumps into is willing to give her a hand (or a muffin). Despite being only close knit with her clan, Chavali has been accepted into the Fallen and their community and slowly has been accepting them back. She even wants to induct new members into her Blaukenev clan. This was surprising. I didn’t know Chavali would be willing to open up her clan to outsiders. I thought she meant for the clan to die with her and the three children she rescued in the previous books.

Chavali is shown, again and again, to be wondrously wise and extremely logical in the way she works through problems and solves mysteries. She has that Sherlock Holmes utterly unreal sense of logic and people-reading skills of using what’s in front of her from slight changes to human behavior (subtle posture shifts/facial tics) to figure out the truth.

Chavali’s take on life is fascinating. She’s logical and wise, but she still loves and grieves. She is a mystery to me and I want to figure her out. I want to understand her.

I liked how more was revealed about Eliot’s character. His story is becoming more and more complex, just like Chavali’s.

I’m a bit reticent to read books involving mages, magic, teleportation-like transportation, werewolves, etc., because I like books grounded in reality. However, Lee French’s fantasy elements are a part of her books and not the reason for them. I like this type of fantasy, where the book’s plot is not all about the fantastical elements, but more about the story and the characters.

Disclaimer: I was given a free copy of this story in exchange for my honest review.

This novel was published by Tangled Sky Press on May 16th, 20145 and is available on Amazon here.

 

TL;DR Star Rating: 4.50

 

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Book Review: Harbinger (The Greatest Sin, #2) by Lee French with Erik Kort

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Harbinger (The Greatest Sin, #2) by Lee French with Erik Kort

A Fantasy Novel published by Tangled Sky Press (09/09/14)

 

Summary:

Harbinger focuses on the mystery behind one of the Fallen agent’s disappearance in Ket, a small coastal city in this second book of the Greatest Sin series. New agent, Chavali, who was introduced in the first Fallen book (The Greatest Sin #1) as a seer and no-nonsense woman of the clan of the Blaukenevs, is sent on the mission to find out what happened to the agent in Ket. Along with a man she saved from death (Harris), a morally stringent man who upholds honor and truth above all else (Colby), and another woman (Portia), as well as Colby’s strange and large horse (Karias), Chavali will have to use her skills and the help of these companions to figure out what is really amiss in Ket.

 

Keywords:

 Fantasy, Clan, Family, Loyalty, Prophesy, Seer, Close-Knit, Sacrifice, Strength, Evil, Friendship, Mystery, Thriller

 

My Review:

Lee French delivers again in the second book in this series, with Harbinger. Just like The Fallen, Harbinger was full of great quotes, quippy dialogue, fun and larger than life characters, and a female kick-butt main character who took no nonsense from anyone.

I like the way French weaves fantasy into her story and makes the reader wonder, what is the greatest sin?

French has a way with words and phrases that is mesmerizing. Her writing style is elegant and captivating. You can tell she is a professional and knows what she’s doing. She gives Chavali a bite to her words. I love the quick wit Chavali exhibits and the way she talks back without trying to usurp anyone or prove she’s better. Though anyone in her position would have an immense chip on their shoulder, Chavali is down to earth and confident in hereslf.

Chavali is more than just emotionally tough, she is shown to master the fight in Harbinger. She has been trained and now she uses these new skills to defend herself and other Fallen.

This novel was published by Tangled Sky Press on November 9th, 2014 and is available on Amazon here.

 

TL;DR Star Rating: 5.0

 

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Book Review: The Fallen (The Greatest Sin, #1) by Lee French with Erik Kort

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The Fallen (The Greatest Sin, #1) by Lee French with Erik Kort

A Fantasy Novel published by Tangled Sky Press (1/26/14)

 

Summary:

“So long as there is clan, there is hope.” (Page 174).

Chavali is the clan seer. When her wandering clan, the Blaukenevs, stop for a carnival, she is a fortune teller for the night, telling people what they want to hear. She may not be able to tell the future, but she has the ability read people, from their expressions to their very thoughts. At times she experiences accurate prophesies and is a limited telepath, though neither are under her control. She is held in high esteem, but also regarded as one apart from the bonded clan. When she is held at knife point, her guard must save her. When the clan is under attack, who will be there to save her?

 

Keywords:

 Fantasy, Clan, Family, Loyalty, Prophesy, Seer, Close-Knit, Sacrifice, Strength, Evil

 

My Review:

The Fallen is a novel that has been greatly imagined by the author. It is not just a world that Lee French built, but a culture and a people. French begins the story with the beginning and the Creator and then moves so far forward in time that the myth of the Creation is not thought of the same by all the inhabitants of the world. French makes her own Creation and interweaves the present day story throughout the trail left behind by the Creation. I really enjoyed the mythical adaptation feel that this story had and that French kept going back to it to create a tightly woven story that was intricate and fully fledged.

The concept of ‘Clan’ French created reminds me of the close-knit culture seen in the movie Brother Bear or the strong connection of a small town where everyone knows each other and they speak their own slang. French’s clan, the Blaukenevs, do in fact speak their own language known only to them. They have their own traditions and ways of life. These rituals were fascinating to read about and they were presented as part of the way of life, intriguing to the reader and not confusing in that they were foreign. It was like being privy to a new culture by being on the inside.

Chavali also presented the reader with an outsider’s perspective when she is in the outsider’s world, which I really appreciated because it was neat to see the outsider looking in perspective for an entirely different culture that French created in the Fallen society. The reader was able to get a complete picture of the new and interesting Outside world through Chavali’s eyes and it was refreshing. French described the new and different society in a way that kept my attention through every differing detail. Chavali was a fascinating character who maintained her mannerisms within her society of the Blaukenevs and throughout the Outside world. She was a no-nonsense character because she was born into an environment that allowed her to grow as a confident person. It’s neat to find a character who is strong without reason and she maintains her independence throughout a dependent clan culture as well as when she is thrust into the chaos of the Outside world.

This novel was published by Tangled Sky Press on January 26th, 2014 and is available on Amazon here.

 

TL;DR Star Rating: 5.0

 

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