Morgan Alreth has traveled all over the USA, north and south, city and country, and worked at more kinds of jobs than you might believe possible. Most of them the kind that nobody has heard of. Morgan currently lives in northern Ohio with a spouse, offspring, and a hyperactive terrier. Which is pretty much par for the course when it comes to terriers.
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Smashwords book reviews by Morgan Alreth
- Blood Will Tell
on Nov. 20, 2012
This is a fantasy story, so I can't really get away with calling it enchanting. But it is a plain fact that once I started reading it, I could not stop until I had finished the entire book in one evening.
I think balanced is a good word to use when describing this book. It presents a truly magical alternate reality, while keeping the characters who inhabit that magic realm realistic enough for the reader to identify with them. It's insidious. You are halfway through the fourth chapter before you realize that you can't get loose. The romance aspect is carried out in a touching manner, but without getting bogged down in mush.
on Nov. 21, 2012
A high-intensity suspense novel set in the late sixties. A rich and varied cast of characters fight and scheme their way across the pages, offering a look at both the noblest and the basest aspects of human nature. Well worth reading.
- Fire and Earth
on June 02, 2013
The lands in this book remind me of Europe after the fall of the Roman empire, where a patchwork of small kingdoms were beset by bands of mounted raiders from the east. It provides a way of grounding the story, a realistic setting that I can sink my teeth into.
I like the way this author uses small touches to flesh out the world and make it seem more real. Like the custom of needing donation money whenever you go into a church, and the regional variations in the details of belief.
The gods of this world walk, they speak to their worshipers, and they like to meddle in the lives of humans. Between divine intervention, and the rampaging destruction of the invaders, it's all the hero and heroine can do to steal time for an occasional kiss in the hallway. But they manage somehow.
Well worth reading.
- Blood Is Thicker
on Aug. 25, 2013
This book is the second in a series about gateways between earth and a magical world that provides the source for our fairytales and legends. While the premise is a bit worn, what the author does with it is emphatically not. The lead protagonists are a newlywed couple, a pair of shapshifting dragons (one of whom also happens to be part werewolf and part unicorn) who are trying to juggle the challenges of an unexpected pregnancy, the politics of two worlds, and dodge police investigations on earth related to the unheaval that happened in the previous book. Things are even more complex than that. They're dragons. The unexpected pregnancy consists of three huge eggs that momma laid while in dragon form. Now, she has to stay in dragon form whenever she is in the magical realm, both to tend her young and to pacify her mother-in-law. That's not enough? How about this? The geothermal vents that keep the hatching grounds warm have suddenly failed, and everyone's eggs are dying. Ever see a thirty foot long, fire breathing momma panic? It ain't pretty. This book, however, is beautiful. Buy it. You won't regret it.
- The Shaman's Curse
on July 13, 2014
Disclaimer. I requested a review copy of this book because I had enjoyed the author's previous work.
The protagonist in this story is a young man who belongs to a plains dwelling, nomadic people. At first glance they seem a bit primitive, but as the book progresses we realize that they are actually at about the same level of technological sophistication as the city-dwellers that they trade with. The story line unfolds smoothly, at a steady, even pace, and held my interest through the entire book without any real shocks. There was a lot of foreshadowing along the way, and it was done quite skillfully. Overall, you can see the storm front building up, and the next book should bring the lightning. I look forward to reading it. Highly recommended.