Ivan Amberlake is an urban/paranormal fantasy writer, member of Breakwater Harbor Books. In December 2009 he began writing his first novel "The Beholder" and in November 2011 it was selected for review by HarperCollins on Authonomy.com.
Ivan Amberlake is in the process of writing Book Two of The Beholder Series called "Path of the Heretic" and a Young Adult Horror/Fantasy called "Diary of the Gone".
I'm not an avid reader of religious fiction, but LAZARUS, MAN is such a compelling book! I really enjoyed it. The author paints evocative images, tells his story in exquisite language, his flawless manner of writing making it even more entertaining. Well, it was definitely worth taking a look at, and I ended up just wanting for more after I got to the last page.
I really enjoyed Hearts of Avon. There are so many obstacles in the way of the main characters' love that it's difficult to say if their feelings for each other will be able to overcome all these obstacles.
There are twists and turns, and you never know what will happen in the next chapter. It's an extremely enjoyable book.
The Ark of Humanity is a stunning novel, exploring the idea of how people managed to survive the Great Flood by mutating and living underwater. The plot line Scott J. Toney has created is really engaging.
The characters are believable and easy to relate to, and what’s really important – I did care about them when they found themselves in trouble.
It is a remarkable book. You won’t get disappointed.
"The Book of the Forsaken" by Yannis Karatsioris is the first book in "The Game" Series. From the very beginning this manuscript stands out with its unique voice that can rarely be found in fantasy books. This is the voice of an omniscient narrator who traps three puppets in his web, in order to get hold of a special sought-after artifact, the Book of the Forsaken, that holds the knowledge of the Forsaken races and of the mystical Game that takes place once every five centuries on the dark side of the moon.
Daniel, Cassidy and Igor are the three puppets. I enjoyed reading the characters' introductions. All of them are very different, yet brought together to fulfill the storyteller's task. I really enjoyed reading about them separately, and loved the chapters where they are together just as much.
The action takes place in a variety of locales that are all well-described, therefore easy to visualize. I commend the author's choice of the settings. My favorite chapter would probably be Chapter 5 "The Occident Express" where there are twists and turns that I never expected to find in this book and that made me read the rest literally non-stop. After the character's introductions the action keeps coming, faster and faster, make The Book of the Forsaken a rollercoaster of a read.
I love the author's use of footnotes and also the way Yannis Karatsioris combines epic and modern fantasy concepts. I was glad to find that the author refrained from following the modern take on the myth of vampires and werewolves, but rather preferred to present a different one that really appealed to me. This is without a doubt an evocative read that will stay with you long after you've finished it.
If you are looking for a highly captivating read, you may stop here and try out NovaForge by Scott Toney. It’s Book 1 of the Nova Trilogy, set in the distant future on Solaris, a planet that suffers a fall of a meteor that brings dead souls with it and scatters them all over the planet to scar people’s bodies and enslave their minds.
And there’s one man, Samuel, who has the power to manipulate the souls. Julieth, Riad, Ivanus, and Bayne are the only ones who can stop Samuel.
I was very impressed by the novel on many levels. First, the world-building. Scott Toney has done a great job inventing a new world with creatures you’ve never read about. The author paints vivid pictures of the world where the story takes place and of the monsters this world is teeming with. Well done!
Second, the pace of the novel. You’ll never get bored reading NovaForge. From the opening scene you get right into the action that’s going to make your heart thump wildly. There are parts where the main characters are given a break from action, and these parts give us a chance to get to know the characters better.
NovaForge is a well-structured, captivating novel with twists and turns. It ends that made me want for more. I look forward to reading Book 2 of the series.