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R.L. Kiser is the author of the Tales of the Crystal trilogy, The Prophecy of Tara (A Mystical Fantasy), the Educated Injun series, and Exile-A SciFi Adventure, which received a 5 star review and made the first cut in the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. (www.rlkiser.com) Born in Idaho, raised in Arizona, grew up in Los Angeles he's a Vietnam Veteran, been a musician, a Hollywood taxi driver, a computer programmer, a single parent, and ran his own Internet marketing business. He holds an associate's degree in computer science.
He currently resides in Sparks, Nevada with three computers, three bicycles, a recumbent trike, and an '02 Mercedes SUV (no, that does not stand for Small Ugly Vehicle). He's currently hiding from the ATF, CIA, DEA, DHS, DMV, DOD, DOT, HUD, ICE, IRS, ONI, SPD, and FBI, but the NSA knows where he is.
on July 24, 2014 :
Battles and long-lost love rekindled; along with witches, underworld creatures, magic, and warriors. R. L. Kiser’s Crystal Fire, possesses so much creativity. Kiser takes an interesting route by telling the expedition of several Crystal Warriors as they willing journey to war against an evil force. Each of the warriors experienced great adventures that were magically fascinating, but I found myself wondering, "What's missing?"
I enjoyed each of the characters, but found myself wanting to read and learn so much more about Naomi and Tarina. At times while reading the novel, the transitions from one place to another was confusing and made it difficult to finish. However, the battle scenes, the imaginative creatures, and the humor kept my interest. Kiser did an excellent job in describing and bringing to life the warrior’s battles and their abilities, but the story reads rushed.
Despite some of my issues with this book there was a sentence that I absolutely fell in love with, “I taught you all you know, I didn’t teach you all I know!” ~R. L. Kiser
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)
on July 10, 2013 :
This is a good story, full of magic and some very surprising characters and twists.
The Crystal is under attack and the call to action is sent out to the widely scattered crystal warriors, who took themselves to the far corners of the world after their traumatic victory at The Last Battle.
Rowan, the first recalled to Crystal City, drops everything when he learns his love, the Lady Ariel, desperately needs his help. The second warrior, Macon, wakes from a self-induced alcoholic haze when his crystal amulet lures him into the hold of a ship heading towards the City. And Tarina, going by the stage name Awiel, bids farewell to the handsome Arrat, master of the traveling band of entertainers with whom she performs as a dancer, when her own crystal beckons.
Each warrior is swept up into his or her own adventure in their quest to save the Crystal, and the action rarely stops especially when they all finally cross paths with each other.
Charming and mysterious characters, magical creatures, and not-so-perfect foes make this a fun read.
(reviewed the day of purchase)