Sean Allen

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Smashwords book reviews by Sean Allen

  • Djinnx'd (The Tamar Black Saga #1) on March 29, 2010

    Tamar Black is a Djinn by accident and Denny Sanger is here to save her from the slavery of the bottle by finding the evil Djinn who trapped her there in his place 5000 years before. But first they have to find a powerful sorceress to help them and that is not going to be easy... I enjoyed this book. The characters Tamar and Denny are cool and engaging; not your typical hero and heroine at all. And the banter between them is excellent. And the story is well plotted with enough twists and turns to keep you interested without being so utterly confusing that you cease to care about the fate of the characters in an effort to follow the storyline - a common failing in this genre. It's basically a straightforward quest but you only find out at the end what should have been obvious from the beginning. Red herrings abound. Set partly in the real world and partly in the shadowy magical underworld that Tamar belongs to. These worlds blend so seamlessly that you find yourself wondering which world is actually the real one. And there are several witty explanations for the weird and inexplicable things that happen in the world starting right at the beginning with the description of the mainframe. The book is also sprinkled with odd characters with silly (but oddly appropriate) names in the finest tradition of Terry Pratchett. Although this is a stand alone story with a satisfactory ending there is a hint in the epilogue of a sequel to come. I hope there is. I wouldn't mind finding out what happens next to Tamar and Denny. If it's anything like what happens in this one, it should be interesting. In fact, it's possible that Tamar Black has cult possibilities - if she comes back enough times anyway. But whether she does or not, this is a good read all by itself.
  • The Day Before Tomorrow (The Tamar Black Saga #4) on April 19, 2010

    This book grabs you by the collar from the first page and drags you along relentlessly right up until the last. I literally couldn’t stop reading it. Having familiarised myself with the characters already in the previous books I was a little surprised… but I mustn’t give the plot away. Suffice it to say, the beginning is extremely enticing and comes at you right out of the left field. You continue to read because you just have to know what is going on and how it’s going to end. I love the way the characters are developing and consider that in this work Nicola Rhodes has really come into her own. Best one of a great series – by far.
  • The Shadow Worlds (The SCI'ON Trilogy #1) on June 02, 2010

    I have now read a number of ebooks from this and other "indie" sites but rarely, if ever, are they of such good quality as this one. A facinating story, well told and of sufficient duration. So many of these are too short to be called novels. I will be returning to this author again as she never disappoints. Worthy of a "proper" publisher. No offence to smashwords.