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Posted May 20, 2014
The wise cracking Tallent and Lowery return for their second adv
The wise cracking Tallent and Lowery return for their second adventure. And while their relationship has changed, the trouble they find has not. I love how the mystery of this book builds on the events of the first while setting up book number three. From the truth behind Shakespeare, to hidden secrets of the bible, the couple manages to uncover incredible hidden truths even while Leah searches for a decent cup of coffee.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 18, 2013
Lignor jumps right into the action from the very beginning of th
Lignor jumps right into the action from the very beginning of the story. She mixes religion, myth, symbolism, and the everyday together to create a suspenseful yet intelligent storyline. I appreciate how Lignor gives background information on the previous novel in the series and on the characters’ histories. There is enough for someone to start reading the series here but not so much recap as to bore those who have read it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Lignor employs extremely visual and captivating descriptions that leave an imprint in your mind. The symbolism worked into this novel is also astounding. It not only creates a picture for the audience but also helps to further the storyline, giving you hints and insights into the future.
I really appreciate the strong female lead in this story. She doesn’t take a backseat to others but at the same time doesn’t feel the need to do everything on her own. The two lead characters actually play the perfect counterpoint to each other. They complement and balance each other. Based on their interactions with each other you can really see how and why they fit together so well.
Lignor continues to develop the characters that we met in the first Tallent & Lowery novel. We now know them on multiple levels. She also introduces new characters who are quite well developed. The realistic interactions between the characters not only serve to add an extra element of realism to this story but also to give you more insight into the various characters and their relationships with each other. It leads to a very well rounded cast. I love the wide variety of character types that you come across in this novel. No two are alike yet you can see the intricacies of their relationships.
Overall, this novel is intellectually stimulating and creatively brilliant. I would easily recommend it to all.
Please note that I received this novel free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Posted December 7, 2013
Posted December 7, 2013
Posted March 6, 2013
As the story opens, we see Emmanuel Carrier, the boyfriend of Ga
As the story opens, we see Emmanuel Carrier, the boyfriend of Gareth’s sister Kathryn, somewhere deep within a rose-colored mountain, where he has discovered…a mighty weapon, an amazing artifact from long ago. But before Emmanuel can escape the cold clutches of the mountain, disaster strikes and he’s trapped, perhaps forever, with the artifact and the blazing, beautiful sapphires that surround him. That’s all we know of Emmanuel until later in the story…Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
As the reader re-unites with Leah and Gareth in the next chapter, they are about to start a truly terrifying adventure of their own – visiting Leah’s parents in Connecticut. While that visit goes pretty much as expected, it comes to an unexpectedly abrupt end when Gareth receives a call from his sister Kathryn telling him that Emmanuel has disappeared. Leah and Gareth immediately leave the winter chills of New England behind as they head for Los Angeles to meet with Kathryn.
When Leah and Gareth question Kathryn about Emmanuel’s whereabouts, the worried woman tells the pair about Emmanuel’s recent fascination with Francis Bacon, whether the famous English philosopher and scientist was really Shakespeare, and some odd connection to Athena, the mythical goddess of wisdom. Searching through Emmanuel’s journal, Leah and Gareth decide the best place to begin their search for the missing man is where Francis Bacon spent much of his time – Gray’s Inn in London.
While the pair, with Kathryn in tow, start their search for Emmanuel in London, it is only the first stop in the hunt for an extremely powerful, and in the wrong hands, incredibly dangerous, artifact. Without giving too much away, while boyfriend and artifact, the Sapphire Staff of Moses, are both found, that’s just the beginning of the quest that will have you speed-reading through the book to discover where the clues lead Leah and Gareth.
With just enough historical and biblical facts to back up the story, mixed with some really neat suppositions made, and proven, by the characters, the author has done a fantastic job of creating a believable, yet nail-biting adventure. Like the first book in the series, 13, the dialogue between characters, particularly Leah and Gareth, are one of the things that puts this book miles above others in this genre. It flows so naturally, and the banter between Leah and Gareth, a pair who have an odd love/hate/can’t-take-my-hands-off-you relationship, is so spot on and entertaining. At times they fight, other times they work in concert to solve the mystery at hand, and then there are the times when they, well…sizzle. It all fits together so perfectly and both Leah and Gareth come to life. And the best part? Just when we think all is resolved, the author gives us a peek at the next adventure. Stay tuned…
Quill says: Full of mystery, wrapped up in just enough historical fact to make it all seem so real, and with plenty of sizzle between the two main characters, The Sapphire Storm is a definite winner!