Kasper J. Beaumont was born and raised in Australia and lives a quiet life with the family in a seaside town. Kasper has combined a love of fantasy and a penchant for travel in this trilogy. Kasper started to write on the urging of friends and family and enjoys watching readers become immersed in the magical world of Reloria. If you enjoyed Elven Jewel, please read Hunters' Quest and Dragon's Revenge which will be out soon. Check the website for details. www.huntersofreloria.weebly.com.
What do you read for pleasure?
I enjoy a wide variety of books from fantasy, supernatural and sci-fi to adventure, cooking, and the odd biography. I don't tend to read too many serious books, except for work or uni.
Magical Reloria is beset by hordes of invading enemy ships carrying giants with ocular laser beams. People and creatures from across the land band together against the invasion, while our group of heroes, the Hunters of Reloria, seek to restore the defensive shield to their borders. Epic battles with dragons and giants ensue, leading to a thrilling climax.
Scaly Vergai invaders have captured the Elven Jewel from Reloria.
Halfling friends, Randir and Fendi,their bond-fairies, men, dwarves, an elf and a dragon are a group of brave hunters on a quest to recover the stolen Elven Jewel. They must search for a mage who can make a portal to Vergash to rescue the princess and restore the protective forcefield.
The peaceful continent of Reloria is threatened by cruel invaders from the wastelands of Vergash. Halflings Randir and Fendi leave their peaceful farm village with their bond-fairies and race against time to stop the invaders. They join forces with dwarves, elves, men and a mysterious dragon, on a quest to rescue the stolen Elven Jewel.
Book one of the trilogy.
Wonderful storytelling with surprising twists and action aplenty.
Bloodline is Katie Thornton-K's debut novel and follows the story of a young girl named Braelyn who is kidnapped and sold into slavery. Determined to earn her freedom, the girl spends many years learning to be a Gladiator. Now a young woman, Braelyn is taken to a tournament where the price of failure is death.
Just when I thought I knew where the storyline was going, there was a huge plot twist and I was thrown into a world looking to regain its magic, with all the wonderful fantastical elements I love. Braelyn discovers that she alone can restore magic to their dying lands and embarks on a new quest with her loyal friends.
I found the storyline really engaging and it grew more exciting as it went along. The first half was entertaining and I enjoyed the descriptions of the gladiator fights, the second half I found much more exciting, though I won't give away any spoilers. Braelyn reminds me of a younger version of Brienne of Tarth from Game of Thrones. She is a great fighter, although I would have liked a little more depth and exploration of her feminine side. I'll hope for a love interest later in the series.
The cover and maps were very well done. Unfortunately my little black and white Kindle didn't do the maps justice and the font was too small to read. In that instance, I would recommend reading a paperback version, because I love to flip back to the maps to see where we are.
The formatting was well done and the editing was alright, although there were a couple of little issues.
This novel can be read as a stand-alone, although I'm sure that you will agree that you can't wait to hear more from this talented new author.
Well done to Katie Thornton-K on her debut novel. I look forward to reading the second installment.
I was provided a free copy to read, but this has not influenced my opinions or review. I rate this book 4 and a half stars.