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The Chronicles of Farro: The Sacred Messenger by MD Privratsky

4 stars.

(Excerpt from Amazon) Even with insurmountable odds, when should an uphill battle be fought? For a dear friend, for a loved one, or for the greater good? This is the main question behind The Chronicles of Farro, a gripping epic fantasy that pits the forces of love and compassion against an unrelenting darkness that will stop at nothing to destroy them.

On the eve of the Celebration of the Great Dragon, the land of Andora finds itself in deep turmoil as the evil Lord Jarden threatens to start a revolution and once again enforce his control. But while hope is waning across the land, not all is lost—the contents of a prophetic scroll may contain valuable information on a creature that can defeat the dark lord and release his control over Andora once and for all. Known only as Farro, the mysterious sphinx warrior of legend, whose kind was exterminated many years before.

An old Osarian Knight, Sala of Antioch, holds the sacred texts in safekeeping but not just anyone can read the prophetic contents within. The chosen one is a slave girl named Tahari of the Shandon, who is facing her own problems in a prison camp known as the Tomblock.

Despised by her masters and struggling to perform her daily duties, Tahari begins to experience reoccurring dreams—dreams that foretell the death of an elvin prince she feels strongly compelled to protect. But in order to fulfill this destiny and save the life of someone she has never even met, she will need to break all the rules of the camp, putting her life in grave danger at the hands of the guards and the other prisoners.

Embarking on a journey of faith, Tahari will need to make a dramatic choice—one that could lead to lifelong consequences for the determined young girl. And even with Sala and the elvin prince Leondros Goldendragon by her side, she will need to race against the clock to protect friends and loved ones while putting everything on the line.

The trio of unlikely heroes embodies many fundamental qualities that are desperately needed in the world today. While putting the needs of others before their own, they learn important lessons about love and compassion, acknowledging a higher power, and believing above all else that good will overcome.

So the description of the book sums everything up so I will just jump into what I though. This is a big book. It is an epic fantasy story and I was worried. Some epic fantasies are great and others are boring and hard to get through. At first I admit that I had a hard time getting into the story. There are a lot of characters and some that had names that sounded familiar so I had to write them down. I admit it, I was over whelmed.

But once the ground work was laid, the story took off like a wild fire. There was so much happening but in a way that was easy to follow along with once I get the basic information down. I liked how all of the characters meshed well. They truly cared about what was going on and doing their best for everyone and everything.

Once again, this is a big epic fantasy, but it’s one that you don’t want to miss. Take you time with it and you will find yourself up late wanting to know what happens next. This is one book that you don’t want to miss out on.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

For more information or to purchase Chronicles of Farro: The Sacred Messenger make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads.

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Dukkha: The Suffering by Loren Christensen

4 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) In the course of a single week, everything Detective Sam Reeves believed in, everything he knew, everyone he trusted, would be put on the line for a family he never knew he had. After 15 years, Sam is forced to take a life in the line of duty and despite the findings of “good shoot” he struggles to recuperate psychologically from the killing. With a series of interlocked events of violence: a revenge-seeking uncle, the destruction of his martial arts school, his new father’s connection to Vietnamese outlaws, Sam’s life spirals into a dreadful new direction. You’ll never complain about a hard week again.

Sam Reeves is a detective in Portland. While on the job he is forced to shoot someone and is having trouble psychologically trying to get over the shooting. After everything is over, it is deemed a good shot and he is allowed to return to the force. But Sam is a broken man. So when a stranger introduces himself as Sam’s father, who was supposed to have died in a Vietnam POW camp, Sam is reluctant to accept this information.

Sam tries to accept that Samuel, his father, survived and had another family. But things are not going to go smoothly for a family reunion. Samuel has connections to some Vietnam criminals that are hunting him down. Sam life is going to go from bad to worse. The question is if he is going to make it out the other side of this fight in one piece.

It is clear that Loren has a background in police work, martial arts, and as a Vietnam veteran. This is clear in the writing, there is no hokey fights, loose police procedures, and misinterpreted war stories. His writing is magnifying. I was sucked in right away and couldn’t wait to see what was going to happen next. I loved the black humor from Sam; it made the book feel real.

I can’t believe that it has taken me this long to read and review this book. The good part is that I won’t have to wait long to read the next books in this series. This is one book that covers so many genera’s that I think everyone will like it. It’s a one that you don’t want to miss.

To purchase Dukkha: The Suffering or other books in the series, be sure to check Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads.

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