Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Kindle Ninja Review: RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB Edition #2

Kindle Ninja Review Edition #2  featuring Titanian Chronicles and The Coming of the Storm.


5 / 5 ★★★★
Titanian Chronicles: Journey of Destiny melds elements of Tolkienian fantasy with Potterian whimsicality. Is this a good thing? Absolutely! Whilst it is clearly a derivative (what isn’t?) of legendary tales of adventure, its unpredictability pulls you in to a fantasy world so vividly imagined, where sprightly creatures and beastly hybrids lurk and spring to action.

The world-building is epic! It's almost cinematic in depth and detail. Author Leisl Kaberry has created an immersive fantasy world that veered away from the familiar. My only gripe (albeit a minor one) is that it’s quite a struggle to remember names and places. But then that’s what the glossary of terms at the end of the book is for.

The main characters have distinct voices and it’s commendable that the author did not fall into the trap of creating characters that talk, act, and feel the same way. Authors have to really be in character while writing to pull this one off. I felt that Lenna’s character is more developed than Afeclin’s but a little understated.

Overall, Titanian Chronicles offered something new to the realm of fantasy – something that’s hard to come by in a genre replete with ‘more of the same’ stories.

Leisl Kaberry is the Hospitality Director of Rave Reviews Book Club

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4 / 5 ★★★★

The Coming of the Storm by Matt Kruze starts out as a light reading with laidback style of narrative writing. It almost has this calming effect of a feel-good movie. Then just as you are getting comfortable with how the story is progressing, he drops the bomb. There’s a serial killer on the loose in Cresta Crove and one of the victims is Anastacia Gunsmith’s mother. 

The suspects appear to be incapable of the deed with three of them in a state of near senility.

The conversations reveal bits and pieces, but never a straight answer. This keeps the reader in a constant state of anticipation.


A massive cliffhanger of an ending is a bit of a letdown since there’s no book 2 in sight (at least none yet as of this writing). It ends so abruptly, making me feel I was left out in the cold, wanting more. Nevertheless, the story is intriguing and compelling enough to warrant a book 2 purchase. 

Matt Kruze is a member of the Rave Reviews Book Club.

3 comments:

  1. I have "Titanian Chronicles" in my Kindle. I need to pick up "The Coming of the Storm. Great reviews - got me wanting to get started on them asap.

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  2. Kathryn, they are enjoyable reads :)

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  3. As I told Liesl I was surprised at how much I enjoyed her book Titanian Chronicles, since I normally don't read that genre. She is an amazing writer. Can't wait to get the next edition. Go Liesl!!

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