Phyllis Laatsch


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Smashwords book reviews by Phyllis Laatsch

  • The Source of Magic: A Fantasy Romance (Alaia Chronicles) on June 02, 2011
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    I really liked this book. It fell slightly short of LOVING it, but not by far. The worldbuilding is wonderful, though I'd like to get a clearer picture of the castle and the town it's in and so on. The back and forth to the mountains and to Earth and back to the bad guy's court got overly convoluted. But I loved Jilian and her vulnerabilities. Alvarr jumped to conclusions and I didn't feel as clear on all his motivations for distrusting Jilian and flipping out all the time. I also never felt like I could forgive Jilian's Earth father for never seeing her again after her parents split up. Jilian came to some sort of peace over it, but I wasn't really clear on why. I wanted to at least have the mother explain why they split up.
  • Kismet's Kiss: A Fantasy Romance (Alaia Chronicles) on June 02, 2011
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    Varene is a female magical healer who gets sent to stop the outbreak of disease in the Sultanate of Kad - where sexism and racism (against the country Varene is from) and anti-magic-ism run rampant. She is wildly attracted to Kuramos, the sultan, even though he has five wives (and Varene could only accept exclusivity) and is arrogant. And yet, it's his refusal to kick his wives and children out (and render them illegitimate) that is part and parcel of his noble intentions toward his family and his people. It's a beautiful love story with Arabian Nights overtones.