Book Review - The Tower Of Bones

by Frank P. Ryan (Jo Fletcher Books) ISBN: 978-1-78087-740-2


The Tower of Bones is book 2 in the Three Powers Series. I have not read the previous book, and although I found the story difficult to follow initially, the author’s knack for  description and character development kept my interest. I was soon able to work out what had happened in the previous book. This is a measure of an author’s skill, the ability to link the storyline seamlessly.

Four friends; Kate, Alan, Mark and Mo, are in an enchanted world that has been ravaged by the Great Witch, Olc. She is hungry for power and intends to resurrect the demi god Fangorath. Olc has kidnapped Kate and is luring the powerful Alan into a trap. Alan has to use his powers wisely in order to rescue Kate from the clutches. Kate is only just learning about her purpose in the war-ravaged world of Tir. Then we have Mo and Mark who have yet to discover their role in the enchanted land.

The descriptions are rich and I was absorbed by the otherworldly descriptions of this book – so different and yet believable. It has all the elements of a fantasy story: dragons, mortals with powers, winged bat-like creatures, an evil witch, dark places, and suspense. This is a book I would love to see in film.

4/5

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Demi–Monde: Spring

by Rod Rees (Jo Fletcher Books) ISBN: 978 1 84916 503 7

 

Science Fiction is not for everyone, but Rod Rees manages to introduce a fresh angle to this genre.

 

The novel is based on the concept of the Demi-Monde which is a virtual reality in which a person can be fully immersed. This artificial reality was designed to train military personnel. It has various political parties factored into the programming which resemble traditional history figures and countries.

 

It is a complex book with strange concepts and difficult terminology that is often tough to grasp. It may be that the first book of the series, Demi–Monde: Winter explains many of the concepts and history of the story.

 

However, without this back-story it made the book difficult to read. Despite this, the author has a strong writing ability that still caught my attention.

 

Michele van Eck

3/5

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