Book Review: The Wayward Son by Connie J Jasperson

I know it’s been a while since I posted anything and I’m sorry if you thought I’d deserted you. In truth I’ve been busy writing a new book and am revising it before it goes to my editor. I’m hoping to get it published before Christmas, but with NaNoWriMo in November, it may be doubtful. I’ll share more about it another time. Anyway, enough about me for now. I’ve read an amazing book and wanted to tell you what I thought.

First off, here is the great cover:

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I hope you like it as much as I do! Here’s the blurb:

Deeds done in the heat of battle cast long shadows.

The most famous man in the history of the Temple, retired Commander John Farmer, has left the militia behind. War looms and John must answer the call to serve, but his terrible secret could destroy everything. A broken mage trying to rebuild his shattered life, he must somehow regain his abilities, or everyone and everything he loves will be lost.

John must face the crimes of the past to become the hero he never was.

I don’t know about you, but that really grabs me!

And here is my review:

The Wayward Son, a companion book to the fantastic Forbidden Road, part of the Tower of Bones series, follows the story of John Farmer, the father of our hero in the series, Edwin.

This book fills in some of the gaps from Forbidden Road as John remains in Aeoven while Edwin is fulfilling a task in the dangerous country of Mal Evol.

The characterisation of John is a work of art. Jasperson has crafted him to perfection so you almost feel what he does and go through the ups and downs, the happiness and sadness, the worry and the contentment with him. Having read the Tower of Bones series, I could even see some of John’s traits in his son. The supporting cast were just as realistic, especially Cane and Marya, whose emotions are every bit as powerful as John’s.

I was pleased to see how the plot revolved around John and his life in Neveyah, meeting his friends, and following his career. Of course this is what was expected, but so often companion books tend to bring in too much of the other book and I’m extremely happy Connie didn’t do this. Another good point in this book’s favour is that you see and experience events that were only alluded to in Forbidden Road. I particularly liked how a sub plot concerning one of his friends weaved its way back to John, like a spider constructing a complicated web around him without the reader knowing he was the prey.

The pacing was well timed throughout, never rushed and definitely not slow.

The world of Neveyah was expertly crafted by the author in the Tower of Bones series and she was true to it in this book. However, she does take you to different areas that hadn’t previously been mentioned and, in my opinion it gave the realm even more depth. She describes the surroundings just enough to leave the rest to the reader’s imagination.

This book was a page turner for me, as the previous books in this series have been, and I resented going to sleep as I wanted to continue reading.

The only downside I could find was that I would have liked the story to continue a bit further, up to a particular event in Forbidden Road. This is just my personal choice, but the book did finish at a satisfactory point.

I think this is Connie’s best book to date (and that’s saying something!) and if you haven’t read the Tower of Bones series, you need to get them and this. As epic fantasies go, this series is one of the best I’ve had the pleasure to sink into the world of and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend all the Neveyah books.

If I could I’d give The Wayward Son more than 5 stars!

Click the title to go straight to Amazon so you can buy this for yourself.

About the author

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Connie J Jasperson

Connie J. Jasperson lives in Olympia, Washington. A vegan, she and her husband share five children, a love of good food and great music. She is active in local writing groups, an editor, and is a writing coach. She is an active member of the both the Northwest Independent Writers Association and Pacific Northwest Writers Association, and is a founding member of Myrddin Publishing Group.  Music and food dominate her waking moments. When not writing or blogging she can be found with her Kindle, reading avidly.

You can find Connie on her blog, Life in the Realm of Fantasy

 

 

 

Darker Places by Shaun Allan

Every now and then you have the privilege of coming across an author whose writing style it so different yet imaginative that it makes your toes curl. One such author is Shaun Allan.

I read his book Sin and absolutely loved it. It wasn’t the sort of book I’d normally read, but I’d heard so many great things about it, I became curious and picked myself up a copy. I’ve been a huge fan of his work ever since. I’ve also met Shaun and he is genuinely one of the nicest guys I’ve ever known. He also likes my bacon sandwiches, a point which raises him in my estimation!

Today, Shaun launches his latest offering, Darker Places, a collection of thirteen stories and thirteen poems in the horror genre. I’m honoured to be able to reveal the cover here today. Look at this beauty and tell me what it says to you…

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And here’s the blurb:

What if you could steal the final moments from the dying? What if you had the darkest secret, but couldn’t think what it might be? What if you entered the forest in the deep of the night. Who is the melting man? And are your neighbours really whom they appear to be?

So many questions.

To find the answers, you must enter a darker place. Thirteen stories. Thirteen poems. Thirteen more doorways.

Well, if that doesn’t pique your interest, I don’t know what will! If it already has, here’s the buy link: Amazon UK and Amazon US

I’ve already got a copy of this book and can’t wait to read it. You can be sure that as soon as I have, there’ll be a review on here for you!

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Shaun Allan

A writer of many prize winning short stories and poems, Shaun Allan has written for more years than he would perhaps care to remember. Having once run an online poetry and prose magazine, he has appeared on Sky television to debate, against a major literary agent, the pros and cons of internet publishing as opposed to the more traditional method. Many of his personal experiences and memories are woven into Sin’s point of view and sense of humour although he can’t, at this point, teleport.

“What if you demanded a … hostage of sorts?”

Sadly, today is the last day of the Heart Search: Betrayal blog tour *wipes tear from eye*. I’ve had a great time and I hope you have too. I’m so grateful to everyone who has given up time and space on their blogs for me – I wouldn’t have got the word out about the book without you.

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So what have we got for you today? First there’s an interview I did with the lovely Sherry Fundin. I met Sherry through her sister, Laura, when I was launching the second book in the series, Heart Search: Found and she quickly became a fan of the books. We had fun on the interview so click here to read it.

Next up is Sherry’s sister, the wonderful Laura Thomas, who has written a review of Betrayal. Laura has been a staunch supporter of the series since my first blog tour for Heart Search: Lost. To read her review click here.

Thirdly, we have the fantastic Emma Biddulph. I’ve told you before about how I met Emma so I won’t bore you with the details again. Today she’s posting a great excerpt. Click here to read it.

Last, but certainly not least, is the fabulous Maria V A Johnson. She is my ‘partner in crime’ at Eagle Eye Editors and without her, this series might not have been written at all. I have so much to thank her for! Maria twisted my arm for a guest post, something I said I wouldn’t do this time around, but in all honesty, how could I say no? So check out ‘Saying Goodbye and Hello’ on her blog here.

You now have just under three hours to enter the giveaway, so you need to get your entries in NOW. It closes at midnight tonight GMT. Here’s the link again: a Rafflecopter giveaway

You still have time to enter the competition from yesterday’s blog for two eBooks of Heart Search: Betrayal. I’ll be accepting entries until midnight GMT on 28th February.

Good luck and may the odds be ever in your favour!

“Inspired and Bonkers”

Well, it’s the penultimate day of the Heart Search: Betrayal blog tour and have I got a treat for you!

Today, the fabulous Ross M Kitson, author of the Darkness Rising series and Infinity Bridge, and fellow member of Myrddin Publishing, has reviewed my novel. I feel really honoured that such an amazing writer would be interested in my work, but Ross has reviewed my two previous books and was intrigued by how I would finish the story. This is an awesome must read! Click here to see what he thinks.

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Ross M Kitson

Also, the lovely Tiffany Shand hosts an excerpt from the book. Tiffany will be launching her debut novel next month and I’ll be featuring on here. Anyway, to read about the hostage, click here.

As a special treat, I’m giving away not one, but two ebooks of Heart Search: Betrayal. All you have to do is tell me who made the fantastic jewellery for the giveaway. All correct answers will be put in a randomiser and the first two names drawn will win. How easy is that?

Speaking of the giveaway, you have one day left to enter, so get those entries in now!

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Good luck!

Twists, Turns, and Sucker Punches

I bet you’re wondering what the heck is going to be in this post with a title like that!

Today, Joy Keeney, who I met during a blogflash event about three years ago, has published her review of Heart Search: Betrayal on her blog. She’s been following the whole trilogy! The title comes from her review so to find out more, click here.

Also, my dear friend, Alison DeLuca, who is a fellow author at Myrddin Publishing, has a slightly racy excerpt on her blog. Click here to find out what’s going on.

With only a couple of days left of the blog tour and giveaway, the time is fast running out for you to enter. So here’s the link again for those of you who have left it until the last minute!

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“An Inventive And Novel Trilogy” plus Giveaway

Before I tell you what I’ve got for you today, let me just remind you that there’s only FOUR days left to enter the FREE giveaway I’m running to celebrate the launch of Heart Search: Betrayal. If you haven’t already entered, get over to Rafflecopter NOW! Here’s the link again:

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And here’s a little reminder of what you could win:

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Today we have a post from the lovely Emma Biddulph. I first met Emma in 2011 when I took part in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month where you try to write 50,000 words in 30 days). Emma was one of the organisers for the Essex region and in 2012 she became the Municipal Liaison for Essex, which basically means she runs NaNoWriMo for our county. As I’ve taken part in this competition every year since, I’ve got to know Emma and we’ve become friends. Anyway, Emma has been writing reviews for the whole series during this blog tour and today she has posted her review of Betrayal. If you missed her previous reviews, her one for Heart Search: Lost is here and the one for Heart Search: Found is here. So, to read her terrific review of Betrayal, which she’s posted today, click here.

And it’s 5-stars From Down Under

Today everything seems to be fine on the Heart Search: Betrayal blog tour. No technical problems so the gods are behaving themselves!

First up is the lovely Deborah Jay. She and I first met on Twitter and then in person at the Wold Fantasy Convention in Brighton, and again at FantasyCon in York, She has interviewed me so click here to read more.

We also have a review from my friend, the fabulous Rachel Tsoumbakos. You may remember she interviewed about a week ago and is a fellow author at Myrddin Publishing. I’m ecstatic over this review as Rachel is very discerning, Click here to read it.

Don’t forget, there’s still a week left to enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway. Click on the link below.

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