Attention all fantasy book lovers! Are you on the hunt for your next literary adventure? Look no further than the latest and greatest fantasy book releases of April 2023. Whether you’re seeking tales of daring heroes and mythical creatures, intricate world-building, or heart-pumping action, this month’s lineup is sure to satisfy. From epic high fantasy to dark urban magic, we’ve scoured the pages of the newest releases to bring you the most captivating and enchanting stories. So, prepare to be whisked away to far-off lands, battle terrifying foes, and uncover ancient secrets with our April 2023 Fantasy Book Reviews.
Review of The Ashes and the Star-Cursed King (Crowns of Nyaxia Book 2) by Carissa Broadbent
Excellent story with vampires, love-hate relationship, and lots of profanity/curse words (f-, c-words, etc.). This book is only for adult audiences.
The prologue starts strong with a king that realizes that his greatest love will be his downfall in the form of a young human woman who is competing in a brutal contest. The king makes a deal with a prince to save the woman’s life, which ultimately results in his own death. The king and the woman have a complex relationship, with the king admiring her beauty and strength, and the woman eventually realizing that the king has been manipulating her. In the end, the king dies at the woman’s hand, believing that she is the only one worthy of killing him.
After that, each chapter presents the life through the eyes of either Oraya or Raihn, the man Oraya hates because he was the one who overthrew her kingdom, imprisoned her, and killed her father. Despite this, she can see that he genuinely cares for her.
Review of Defiance of the Fall 9: A LitRPG Adventure by TheFirstDefier; JF Brink
I like this book. It starts with Zac being in a cave at the bottom of a chasm in the Twilight Ocean, looking for the Splinter of Oblivion. However, it has been stolen by a vindictive vampire, Uona, who has set herself up as the gatekeeper to his quest. If Zac doesn’t retrieve the splinter, the System will confiscate one of his Daos. Zac decides to leave the cave and encounters an odd flickering of light that he recognizes as the energy of stars. He investigates and finds a small mote of Ventus’s Dao Branch, which leads him to a small box containing a hologram recording of Ventus.
The writing style is super descriptive and immersive! It’s like you’re transported right into the world of Zac and his adventures in the Twilight Ocean. The author uses tons of juicy details to paint a picture in your mind and keep you on the edge of your seat. They’re not shy about using all sorts of cool fantasy and adventure words and phrases too, which really adds to the excitement! It’s a totally engaging and well-crafted writing style that’ll have you hooked from start to finish.
Review of Bewitched by Laura Thalassa
This book is written in a descriptive and immersive style that puts the reader right in the shoes of the protagonist, Selene Bowers. It’s like you’re experiencing everything she is seeing and feeling, from the nervousness she feels before her interview to the magic in the air when she enters the witch-owned land of the Henbane Coven. The writing style is very visual and paints a vivid picture of the setting, with details about the sprawling Gothic buildings, the coastal forest, and the circle of witches sitting on the lawn. The author also uses sensory descriptions to convey the magical atmosphere, such as the plumes of magic thickening the air around the witches and the gentle hum of magic in the air. Overall, it’s a really engaging writing style that draws the reader in and makes them feel like they’re right there in the story with Selene.
Review of Heir of Uncertain Magic (Whimbrel House) by Charlie N. Holmberg
Merritt cannot sleep at night because he hears voices of animals and plants speaking to him, a side effect of the communion spell. He tries to shut them out but cannot. He punches the glass and hurts his knuckles, but this does not stop the voices. Hulda comes in and sees him struggling. Merritt is unable to speak because the spell has robbed him of his voice, so they communicate using a notebook. They have had similar conversations before. Merritt is sorry, but he cannot help the voices.
The writing style is pretty chill and easy to read. It’s not too formal or academic, but it’s not super slang-y (or full of emojis either). It’s like reading a conversation between friends, with a good balance of description and dialogue.
Review of the book “Fused” (Legacy of Magic Book 6) by Lindsay Buroker
The protagonist is riding on a dragon named Zavryd with their friend Val, who suggests designing a mailbox shaped like a sword for the protagonist’s house. They discuss the mailbox’s design and aesthetics. They also talk about Val’s house, which has dragon-shaped topiaries guarding the perimeter, a hot-tub/sauna/steam-room that a clan of goblins gave them as a wedding present, and a man cave in the attic. They discuss searching for the organization that has kidnapped the protagonist’s parents, and the protagonist suggests searching the Olympic Mountains.
The writing style is descriptive and conversational, with a focus on character interactions and their surroundings. The author uses a mixture of dialogue, internal thoughts, and descriptive language to immerse the reader in the story’s fantasy setting. The tone is light and humorous, with playful banter between the characters, and the author often employs exaggeration and colorful language to create vivid images of the world and its inhabitants. Overall, the style is engaging and enjoyable, making for an entertaining read.
These were my book reviews for the freshest fantasy book releases of April 2023.
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