Friday, July 22, 2011

"Relics of Nanthara: Book 1: Secrets Revealed" by Nick G. Giannaras Book Review


Genre: Christian Fantasy
Recommendation: Good

Originality – 3/5
Writing Style – 5/5
Plot – 5/5
Characters – 5/5
Aesthetics – 3/5

A thoroughly enjoyable read!

Imagine J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth, but with more humor. That’s as close as I can come to describing Nick Giannara’s Nanthara. Nick takes full advantage of almost every classic fantasy element and makes it his own. From dwarves (Dwergens), mages, elves (Alkani}, and crusading knights; to riddles, magical items, quests, split personalities, holy water, and budding love; to traitors, assassins, Opanocs (Orcs), and zombie Dark Heralds (Ringwraiths), this book has it all! And it is humorous. Some of the scenes and turns of phrase had me laughing out loud.

But don’t get me wrong, it’s not all laughs. The fate of the world is at stake and our party of heroes is playing for keeps. Some of them may not even make it to the end. Long ago, the God, Sovereign, created four royal items of immense power – the Crown of Sovereign, the Scepter of the Elders, The Cloak of the Alkani, and the Ring of Life – to bless His people. But being too powerful to risk them falling into the wrong hands, these items have wisely been hidden. Until now. The Dark One is rising and has found clues to each of the items’ locations. Now our heroes must race to search for and recover the relics before the Dark One’s forces. Will they be successful? And at what cost?

Secrets Revealed is a great kick-off novel to the epic tale that Relics of Nanthara promises to be.

Nick’s world is rich, his characters colorful, and his writing a combination of magical story-telling and natural humor.

If you’re a fan of classic fantasy with a twist, I encourage to pick this one up. I’m giving it a recommendation of Good and will look forward to reading the next chapter in the story, Relics of Nanthara: Book 2: Sacrifice of Heroes.

Relics of Nanthara: Book 1: Secrets Revealed is available as an e-book from MuseItUp Publishing.


The Relics of Nanthara: Book 2: Sacrifice of Heroes by Nick Giannaras Book Review

Genre: Christian Fantasy
Recommendation: Excellent

Originality – 5/5
Writing Style – 5/5
Plot – 5/5
Characters – 5/5
Aesthetics – 3/5

Giannaras doesn’t pull any punches!
Most sequels don’t rise to the quality of their predecessors, but Sacrifice of Heroes is the exception. Book 1, Secrets Revealed, definitely had a lot going for it and Sacrifice of Heroes capitalizes on that and takes the storytelling to next level.

With the Crown of Sovereign successfully in hand, our mixed party of heroes must now make it safely back to their allies without the Dark One intercepting their prize. Along the way, they’ll hazard adventure after adventure, meeting interesting and dangerous people and maybe even finding more clues on who the Dark One is and how to defeat him.

With trolls, savage beasts, skeleton zombies, and evil sorcerers standing in their way, who will make it home alive? What new allies will they gain along the way? And who will still be standing at the end of the Dark One’s attack?

Besides the epic and action-filled plot, the interaction between Giannaras’ characters continues to be a high point. Whereas there’s not as much humor in this one, you’ll still enjoy the love-hate relationship between many of the party members.

I’m giving Nick Giannaras’ The Relics of Nanthara: Book 2: Sacrifice of Heroes a recommendation of Excellent. If you haven’t read Secrets Revealed, pick it up and then hurry on Sacrifice of Heroes. I’m sure you’ll enjoy the ride.
 
Sacrifice of Heroes is available as an e-book from MuseItUp Publishing.


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