Victoria Chvatal

Smashwords book reviews by Victoria Chvatal

  • Flash Gold on Jan. 29, 2012

    Great book. Although short, the novella has a fast-moving plot, a good team of protagonists whose strengths complement each other, and enough details to create a sense of the universe where the action takes place. The heroine, Kali, is a strong, smart woman without being too perfect. I'm getting the sequel.
  • Encrypted on Feb. 21, 2012

    Another excellent read, this novel is set in the Emperor's Edge world but is a stand-alone book. Most of the characters are different from those in The Emperor's Edge series (the book is set around 15-20 yearsbefore the series), although we get to see a much younger Sicarius. Once again, there's lots of acton, many plot twists and fun, likeable protagonists - and at least one eminently hateable villain. If Buroker decides to write a sequel, Tikaya and Rias will make a cool pair of steampunk Indiana Joneses.
  • Dark Currents (The Emperor's Edge Book 2) on Feb. 21, 2012

    A great sequel to The Emperor's Edge. I enjoyed it even more than the original. There's lots of action, some new monsters, character development, and Books gets to be the hero.
  • Hunted (The Flash Gold Chronicles, #2) on Feb. 21, 2012

    Another terrific instalment in the Flash Gold series - my favourite series of Lindsay Buroker's. Although Hunted, like Flash Gold, is a novella rather than a full-length novel, it's full of action,character development and atmosphere. Kali and Cedar deserve a full-length novel, or several, of their own. I hope to see Kali build her airship in the end - and what she does with it once she's got it. Oh yes, the book cover is great, too.
  • Deadly Games (The Emperor's Edge Book 3) on Feb. 21, 2012

    Another great read from the Emperor's Edge series. This time the spotlight is on Basilard, and he's got a difficult moral dilemma. There are more exotic monsters to battle, and a villain from the first novel reappears (I really hoped he'd died!), although in new company. One of the things I like about the series is that the characters develop and grow in each subsequent novel. Looks like the team is finally making headway in getting into the Empoor good books, although their task is far from complete.
  • Forged in Blood I (The Emperor's Edge Book 6) on June 25, 2013

    This book is darker than most in the series, but just as enjoyable. The only frustrating thing about it is the cliffhanger ending (VERY frustrating - and this is the only reason I took a star off). I very much look forward to seeing how the series ends, and whether Sicarius is capable of being starstruck when he finally meets Starcrest again. :)
  • Republic on Aug. 26, 2014

    I gulped the book down despite its somewhat intimidating length, and greatly enjoyed it. Some of the things I've liked about the book: - Fortunately for the readers - but perhaps more unfortunately for the characters - there's no 'happily ever after' following the big victory at the end of Forged in Blood II. Quite apart from the usual dastardly plots and deadly creatures who just won't give up, peacetime brings its own problems, and characters have to work hard to earn their happy ending... at least until the next book. - As always, happy that the characters keep growing and developing in a natural way, not turning into perfect specimens of humanity over a hundred pages. - There's continuity between books: events happen as a result of characters' previous actions, whether intended or not. - Finally, for the sake of all of Turgonia I'm very glad the protagonists haven't chosen to follow the old Australian way of dealing with weeds, pests and the like, ie introducing another species to combat them that ends up being a bigger problem than the original one... although I'm sure it would have made for some entertaining sequels.
  • Matt Archer: Omnibus (Books 1-3) on Dec. 29, 2014

    Although I'm as far from being a teenage boy (the books' target audience) as can be, I gulped down this omnibus & couldn't put it down. Apart from the fun & the fast-paced action, the 'emotional' side is realistic, and I like that any 'superpowers' and 'magic' have a cost, both physically and mentally/ emotionally, and Matt's moral compass (ie knowing the difference between Good and good). The adversaries present a worthwhile challenge (although defeating them seemed way too easy in the 1st book, things have heated up considerably). I'll definitely buy the remaining books to follow Matt's story to the end.
  • The Chains of Honor Prequels (The Swords and Salt Collection, Tales 1-3) on Dec. 29, 2014

    The only drawback of this book is that it's too short. I very much look forward to full-length novels with further adventures of Yanko, Dak, etc.
  • Balanced on the Blade's Edge (Dragon Blood, Book 1) on Dec. 29, 2014

    Reading this book has made me realise that I much prefer adventure to romance as a genre. Fortunately, there's enough adventure here. However, the romance develops too quickly for my taste; I preferred relationships developing at a more 'natural' pace in the Emperor's Edge and Flash Gold series. As for the sex scene... let's just say it would be extremely uncomfortable in RL, no matter how much the protagonists lust after each other.