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The Fowler's Snare: A Novel of Ancient EgyptThe Fowler’s Snare: A Novel of Ancient Egypt by Claire Stibbe
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Fowler’s Snare is book #2 in this ancient Egyptian trilogy. Two sons, attempted to poison their father, King Ibada of Alodia, they escape to Egypt with a small army and plot to take over Thebes.

Pharoah Kheper-Re discovers that Kanjo and his men are more than mere merchants, he suspects they are Princes on the run and decides to test them in a dangerous challenge facing great hardships across the desert. A team lead by his commander Shenq will race Kanja and his selected men.

This period of history revolved very much around the gods, seers, prophets and dreaming with magic and omens believed at every turn. Many a priest or sorcerer lost their life if they didn’t predict the right outcome. In this book everyone’s lives revolve around the predictions.

There is a large cast of characters, twenty five helpfully named at the beginning of the book which is useful as many are hard to pronounce. I did struggle to keep them all separate as, for me, few had distinguishing dialogue which made them stand out.

I do like the book cover artwork and I enjoyed the first half of the book, the descriptions of the ancient world were very enjoyable. However I felt the race across the desert was too long and drawn out and lacking in connection back to the Pharaoh and the original story theme, it didn’t keep my interest in the storyline, instead it introduced yet more characters who diluted the race plot. A few times there was a bit of head hopping leaving me wondering who was talking and sometimes action seemed to jump in time from one paragraph to the next with no real page break in the storyline. It may have been just the formatting of the book I read, or it may need another check with editing.

All in all a good story premise, but a good trim of the number of characters allowing the reader time to form a relationship and empathy with the main ones, a check on the dialogue to make each person really stand out as an individual so that the reader can clearly picture them. And content, for instance, Pharaoh conveniently having Kanja’s army all slaughtered on the night of the race, with no fight, comebacks or survivors, and making sure every person or action takes the story forward at a good pace.

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Guest Author Cherie Reich

Today our guest is Cherie Reich author of yesterday’s book “Reborn” here is a link to the post if you missed my review


Let’s find out more about Cherie and her writing

1) Where is your home town?

I live in Southwest Virginia.

2) How long have you been writing?

With publication in mind, I have been writing for over five years, but I used to roleplay and write fanfiction from 1999 to 2009.

3) What was the idea which sparked off this book?

I had a character named Clarissa I created for a Harry Potter roleplaying game. She was stillborn, but revived by a god and her father. From that moment on, she had the gift of prophecy. When I thought of ideas to write a book, that premise leapt to my mind and wouldn’t leave me alone.

4) Can you tell the readers a bit about the God Apenth?

The God Apenth is the God of Prophecy, Wisdom, Healing, and Music. He is modeled a bit after Apollo from Greek mythology. Apenth fell in love with a mortal (Amora) he saved and had two children with her. This joining created the Royals in the Kingdom of Amora. Apenth would do anything to keep Amora’s prophecy of the Phoenix Prophetesses going, and he wishes to protect the kingdom from harm.

5) Yssa and Liam both have marks of the phoenix on them. Does it make their relationship stronger?

The phoenix marks denote that Apenth has chosen them. Because they are chosen puts them together a lot, but it is who they are as people that strengthens their relationship.

6) I loved the woodwose people. Will we see them again in a later book?

Yes. The woodwoses will make a special appearance in Reigned, a prequel novel set 500 years before Reborn, as well as Redestined, Book Three of The Fate Challenges.

7) How many books are you planning for the series? Can you give us a hint of what to anticipate?

Reborn is book one of a trilogy (The Fate Challenges), but there are more than three books to the series. The main three are Reborn, Reforged, and Redestined. Liam is getting a novella between Reborn and Reforged titled Remarked. There will also be two prequels set within The Fate Challenges’ world: Repledged (a novella and set 800 years before Reborn) and Reigned (a novel set 500 years before Reborn). After The Fate Challenges, I plan to write The God Challenges, which will include a prequel novel (set 2000 years after Reborn) and a trilogy (set 2500 years after Reborn). So there are many more books set within the same world coming.

8) You’ve written lots of other books, can you briefly tell us about the Foxwick series?

The Foxwick Chronicles is a series of short stories set within a hundred or so years in and around the Kingdom of Foxwick, a Medieval-esque fantasy world I created. I am combining Women of Foxwick and Men of Foxwick with seven short stories about Foxwick’s neighbors in one collection later this year titled People of Foxwick and Their Neighbors. I hope to expand upon my Foxwick world in the years to come.

9) What are the Gravity and Nightmare series about?

Gravity is a collection of new adult space fantasy novellas set within the same universe. They revolve around couples (alien/alien and alien/Earthling) who somehow find a way to love each other despite the odds around them. They are coming of age tales, and they show a post-apocalyptic world where the Earthlings are often more fearsome than the aliens.

As for Nightmare, the three stories within the collection (a short story, a novelette, and a novella) revolve around one monster. Set within Southwest Virginia, this collection is loosely inspired by a real life event that happened to me and my friends, although we had a much better outcome than the people in this horror/thriller collection.

10) When can fans expect to see book 2 of the Fate Challenges series?

Reforged will likely be out around Summer 2015. Depending on how writing/edits go, it may be sooner or later.

To save a kingdom, a prophetess must challenge Fate.

On the day of Yssa’s death and rebirth, the god Apenth chose her as the Phoenix Prophetess.

Sea serpents and gods endanger the young prophetess’s journey and sour the omens. Yssa is cursed instead of blessed, and her duties at the Temple of Apenth prove it. She spends her days reading dusty scrolls, which does nothing to help her forget Tym, the boy back home. But the annoying yet gorgeous ferryman’s son Liam proves to be a distraction she can’t predict, even though he rarely leaves her alone for two sand grains.

Her boring temple life screeches to a halt when visions of her parents’ murders consume her. Yssa races across an ocean to stop the future. If she can’t change Fate, she’ll refuse to be the Phoenix Prophetess any longer. Fate, however, has other plans for her and the kingdom.

Yssa must either accept her destiny or fight to change Fate.



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A self-proclaimed bookworm, Cherie Reich is a speculative fiction writer and library assistant living in Virginia. Her short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies, and her books include the horror collection Nightmare, a space fantasy novella collection titled Gravity, and the fantasy series The Foxwick Chronicles and The Fate Challenges. Reborn is her debut novel. She is Vice President of Valley Writers and a member of the Virginia Writers Club and Untethered Realms. For more information, please visit her website.

The Osiriad by Sue Vincent

The Osiriad: Isis and Osiris, the Divine LoversThe Osiriad: Isis and Osiris, the Divine Lovers by Sue Vincent

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a delightful book which looks at the role of stories throughout history and their purpose in explaining day and night, the seasons and life and death. By looking at the Egyptian Gods, Sue retells the birth of the Egyptian world through the eyes of the God Isis. The Egyptians are known across the world and the stories of their Gods are echoed in many other religions. In fact Sue adds her own thoughts at the end of this book about the importance of stories and their use in explaining life through pictures and images. She draws together beliefs that we still learn from stories if we can engage with the writing and share the messages. In fact a story can be a many layered article depending on the reader. I really enjoyed my own lessons from the book, it was a delight to read about the Gods in a short easy to read style and then to think about the messages that the Egyptians were giving their people and handing down to future generations to come.
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The Gatekeeper’s Sons by Eva Pohler (Nov 6th)

The Gatekeeper's Sons (Gatekeeper's Trilogy, #1)The Gatekeeper’s Sons by Eva Pohler

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a YA novel which brings the world of the Greek Gods to the present day. A young girl finds she can control her actions in her dreams, and when tragedy strikes in her home life she finds she has won the heart of a God who vows to help her. Hades strikes a bargain with his son and a time limit for him to win the girl’s heart, whilst the Furies seek out the person behind the murder of Therese’s parents. The ever present conflict between the Greek God’s causes a twist in the tale and the adventures will continue in the next book.

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