🛕A Middle-East Epic Paranormal #Fantasy🛕 Jenni reviews The Seal of Sulayman by @LayaVSmith and @Kyro_Dean @EightMoonsPub

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Jenny has been reading The Seal of Sulayman by Laya V. Smith & Kyro Dean

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The Seal Of Sulayman by Kyro Dean and Laya V. Smith

Return to the moon-steeped lands of djinn and magic in Kyro Dean and Laya V. Smith’s second entry into The Fires of Qaf series with The Seal of Sulayman. Following the first novel, Prince Jahamil and his human bride, Ayelet have married for love, breaking the societal mores of djinn culture in the process. This may be all very well and good to the heir to Shihala’s throne and his one-day queen, but the other courts of Qaf, including the tempestuous Queen Qadira, Jahmil’s former fiancée, need to be pacified. Enter Sezan, Jahmil’s sister, and Bakr, a half human djinn, and Jahmil’s most trusted adviser. As ambassador and her escort respectively, Sezan and Bakr are dispatched to Qadira’s court, ostensibly to smooth ruffled feathers and maintain diplomatic ties between two of the most powerful countries in all of Qaf.

Appearances are not all they seem though. Sezan and Bakr have a tumultuous history all their own, full of betrayals, secrets, skeletons, and demons – both literal and figurative. Deals have been struck on all sides and nothing can be certain in love and magic as the pair struggle to protect each other, and themselves, when the sum of their myriad mystical debts comes due.

Written with the same lush texture as The Covenant of Shihala, but with fresh characters and new corners of Qaf, its histories and mysteries to explore, The Seal of Sulayman feels like Smith and Dean are “growing up” within this world they have created. The sweeping, breathless romance of the first entry to this series was excellent, but now readers are given a glimpse into the consequences of marrying for love in a society ruled by precedent and the stratification of the royal court. Where do a woman who wants to be more than a political pawn in a marriage game, and a half-human half-djinn warrior fit into a society that wasn’t built for either of them? How can they contribute to their country and protect their friends? And most importantly, how does their inability to stay away from each other (or in their clothes when they’re alone together) throw a wrench into even the best laid plans?

Satisfying in ways that I was not expecting, and just as deliciously twisty as the first, the second Fires of Qaf introduces readers to two, fantastic new personalities to follow and fall in love with in The Seal of Sulayman.  

5/5

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Book description

Rekindling a broken romance is hard when love burns hot and words ruin everything.

A half-human living in Qaf, the world of djinn and magic fire, General Bakr has always felt like an outsider with everyone but his first love. After two grueling years fighting a war that tore him away from his true love, Bakr is anxious to return to Earth and bask in the sunlight among his own kind.

But when he is reunited with his young love, Sheikha Sezan, he realizes his feelings for her still burn hot. But Bakr returned from the war with more than scars. A lilith demon has made him her pet and the last thing she wants is to see him rekindle romance with his old flame.

Sheikha Sezan, dis-enamored by her first love’s abrupt departure and equally sudden return, is forced to come to terms with the terrible deal she made with the demon to keep him alive while at war. The demon, having kept up her side of the bargain, comes for Sezan’s magic djinn fire as payment, but soon makes it clear she had no intention of giving up her love affair with Bakr.

Determined to save herself and Bakr from torment, Sezan sets out to find the Seal of Sulayman, a magical talisman that controls all magic in both the human and djinn worlds.

The demon torments Bakr and Sezan in the meantime, weaving a web of deception to keep their wild love apart. With rival courtiers, love triangles, mystical monsters, a clever sphinx, the flaming Rukh bird of legend, and both of Allah’s worlds working against them, only trust can rescue Bakr and Sezan from the demon’s caprice.

But communicating enough to trust each other is a difficult task when words ruin everything.

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Rosie’s #Bookreview Of #ParanormalFantasy AND THE CREEK DON’T RISE by R.M. Gilmore

And The Creek Don't RiseAnd The Creek Don’t Rise by R.M. Gilmore

3.5 stars

And The Creek Don’t Rise is a paranormal fantasy set mainly in Arkansas. 

Filled with Southern American charm, the story opens with the celebration of Lynnie Russell’s twentieth birthday. However, when Lynnie awakes the next morning, she is covered in blood and her life has changed forever. 

Mixing Southern legend and Irish Myth with glimpses of otherworldly beings, this is the story of a warrior; her struggle to understand what she is, why she was chosen and how she lived with it while protecting the ones she loved. 

I thought the opening chapters were spot on. I loved the mannerisms and style of the dialogue. The small town of Havana (Arkansas not Cuba!) came alive in front of my eyes, with the thick humidity, dust and backwoods. In fact, the parts set in Havana were my favourite each time the story returned to them.  

The fantasy element was intriguing and raised lots of questions in my mind, but the answers always felt just out of reach, most likely because the book will become a series. This is a fast-paced tale, but I yearned for more detail about the creature which Lynnie became as well as the other fae characters. One of them popped right out of Shakespeare and although he was charming, I had a hard time accepting him in the Arkansas setting. A later episode in Ireland left me with even more questions, and the two distinct settings needed a little more magical glue to make me believe in the impossible. 

Overall, I thought the strongest parts were in Arkansas (which made me want more), while the Irish part was too stereotypical for my liking. I would definitely read more if the series stayed mainly in the Southern States as clearly this author knows it so well. 

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Book description

On her twentieth birthday, Lynnie Russell—just a little ol’ thing from down in Havana, Arkansas—falls in love under a full silver moon.

When she wakes up the next morning naked and caked in blood, Lynnie is faced with a horrifying truth. She’s death incarnate.

In a race to unearth what she’s become, Lynnie must hide her beastly thing from those she loves most. If only to keep them alive.

When an unexpected ally offers help, how can she refuse?

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