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Frendyl Krune and the Blood of the Sun (The Amuli Chronicles: Frendyl Krune – 1)

by Kira McFadden

Frendyl Krune wants to be a knight, to serve his family and his people and never fear what may come for him. His goal, however, slips from his grasp when rumors spread that his father possesses a rare and powerful gem. It doesn’t take long for someone to break into his family’s estate, determined to steal the gem.

As Frendyl winds through the Catacombs in search of the would-be thief, he discovers the intruder broke down the magical barrier of the prison and used magic to sneak in and out of the Krune estate without being seen.

To make matters worse, Frendyl learns his father’s control over the city is failing. Talk of revolt scurries through the streets like vermin. If nothing is done, Frendyl’s father will be ousted from power.

To save his family and unite his people, Frendyl joins his Uncle Melroc’s quest for the long-lost gem—the Blood of the Sun. The stone has powerful magical properties, and Frendyl’s father wants to use its power to suppress the rising tension in the city—or so he claims. But, Frendyl’s father isn’t the only one who desires the gem. Others, including a thief on Frendyl’s voyage, will do anything to get their hands on the Blood of the Sun. Anything—including locking Frendyl in a vault of solid rock.

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Kira A. McFadden

Author’s Bio

I began telling stories before I could put pencil to paper. In the beginning, my tales revolved around princesses and knights, dragons, space ships, and epic battles. For over the last decade, however, my concentration has been solely on the creation and completion of The Soulbound Curse. Since beginning this massive project, I’ve filled notebooks, sketchbooks, and hard drives with pictures, notes, languages, and pages upon pages of drafts for the Amüli Chronicles, which I expect to someday surpass the 20-book mark.

At the moment, I’m working on the sequel to The Soulbound Curse, to be called The Soulless King, in which new characters will appear, old ones will return, and the story of Clae, Marik, Eti, and Lothar will continue. I’m also hard at work on the first of my Middle Grade Fantasy series, Frendyl Krune and the Blood of the Sun. Plans for more tales from Inrugia are scattered across my desk, such as the Young Adult Fantasy trilogy about Jartia and Christopher, Draemyn Pex’s notebook during the Transition, and the tale of Lothar and Marac in the Pre-Transition Era.

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My Review

5 stars

Frendly is a young Amuli and is just like a normal kid except he has large female mallard wings and the ability to use magic, when he is several years older. Since he is not the eldest of his family, the best he could hope for is to train to be a knight of another lord. That all changes the night when someone breaks out of the prison below his family’s house. It looks like it was someone with great power and that the only way to stop them is to use the Blood of the Sun, the problem is that it is lost and now has become a race to find it.

Frendyl is a great kid and decides to take matters into his own hands and help his uncle find the Blood of the Sun to stop whoever escaped the prison. He is off on a great magical ship that flies, meets some new and interesting people, and has lots of adventures in his quest. But it is clear that they are not the only people looking for the Blood of the Sun and those people would be willing to hurt and kill to get there first.

This is a great story filled with lots of action and adventure. It would be great for mid grade readers to adults. Plus there are some wonderful illustrations that make the story so much more real.

If you are looking for a great action adventure story for your kids or yourself, look no further. This book will become part of your library.

I received Frendyl Krune and the Blood of the Sun from Candid Book Reviews for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

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The Breedling and The City in the Garden by Kimberlee Ann Bastian

The Breedling and the City in the Garden (The Element Odysseys – 1)

by Kimberlee Ann Bastian

Absolute obedience, servitude, neutrality.

These were the laws that once governed Bartholomew, an immortal soulcatcher, until one ill-fated night when he was forced to make a choice: rebel against his masters or reveal an ancient, dangerous secret.

He chose defiance.

Imprisoned for centuries as punishment for his decision, Bartholomew wastes away—until he creates an opportunity to escape. By a stroke of chance, Bartholomew finds himself in the human world and soon learns that breaking his bonds does not come without a price. Cut off from the grace that once ruled him, he must discover a new magic in 1930s Chicago.

Armed with only a cryptic message to give him direction, Bartholomew desperately tries to resume the mission he had started so long ago. Relying on the unlikely guidance of the streetwise orphan Charlie Reese, Bartholomew must navigate the depressed streets of the City in the Garden. But in order to solve this riddle, he must first discover if choice and fate are one in the same.

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Author’s Bio

Kimberlee Ann Bastien

Kimberlee Ann Bastian has a unique love affair with American nostalgia, mythology, and endless possibilities. This melting pot of elements is what prompted the creation of her epic ELEMENT ODYSSEYS series, starting with the reboot of her debut novel now titled THE BREEDLING AND THE CITY IN THE GARDEN.

When she is not in her writer’s room, working her current “day job”, or consuming other literary worlds, she enjoys hiking and cycling around the bluffs of your Southeastern MN home and catching up on her favorite pop culture.

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My Review

4 stars

Bartholomew is a Breedling, an immortal being that guides spirits to the afterlife. He is also charged with finding the Creaters of the world. But when he finds one he doesn’t tell where they are at. For that, he has been imprisoned for centuries by the Fates. One day he finds a way to magically escape and finds himself in Chicago during the 1930’s. There he is a teenager, Buck, that is taken under the wing of a young orphan, Charlie Reese. Bartholomew/Buck needs to finish his original orders but he has do to so without letting the mortals realize that he is different. This is hard since the last time he was on Earth was 200 years earlier and really stands out.

This is an interesting joining of mythology and history. I liked the mix of mythology in Bartholomew’s world but I have to say that I felt like I was missing part of the story when I started the book. Chicago in 1934 is dirty, gritty and you can’t help but feeling for Charlie as he tries to protect Buck. I liked watching as Buck tried to protect Charlie while still trying to not tip Charlie off to the other world.

I liked the mixing of mythology and history. I admit that you have to suspend belief for parts of the story and not expect several things to be wrapped up at the end of the story. This is a first in a series and the ending leaves enough open for the second book to start.

I did like this story and I would like to see what happens in the next book.

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I received The Breedling and the City in the Garden from iRead Book Tours for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

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The Namesakes of Buck

A friend of mine asked me once why I didn’t nickname Bartholomew, Barty. It took me a moment to answer, forcing the thought of Barty Crouch out of my head before explaining that when he introduced himself, he did so as Buck. Then why two names? Why not just use Buck? Because, I said, the duel naming separates his old life from his new one. It was then my friend looked at me and asked her final question. Then where did they come from? I couldn’t tell her the origin behind Bartholomew’s name, but as for Buck, it had been a name stored away in my “name vault” after two particular encounters.

Now, one might think I first met him while reading Jack London’s Call of the Wild, about a dog named Buck during the 1890s Klondike Gold Rush. But, in a bizarre coincidence, I have never read Wild, which one day I will rectify by adding it to my lengthy list of classics to tackle one day.  No, I met Buck, the same way I met most characters during my K-12 years, on the screen.

My first encounter went by the name Buck Weaver, shortstop for the Chicago White Sox, played by John Cusack in the 1988 based on a true story film Eight Men Out, adapted from Eliot Asinof’s novel Eight Men Out: The Black Sox and the 1919 World Series. Of course, I was a too young for the theatrical viewing of the movie, but sometime later I saw it and was enamored by the story, for at the time, baseball to me was magical. It was the American past time, and to watch, be it Hollywood-nized, eight of the game’s greatest players of the time fall victim to skinflints and villains, it was heartbreaking and no one’s story hit me harder than that of Buck Weaver. The real Buck, born George Daniel Weaver, played for the Chicago White Sox from 1912 up until his disbarment from the game of major league baseball in 1920. Unlike, the other seven members, who history refers to as the Black Sox, including famed player Shoeless Joe Jackson, Buck Weaver denied any involvement in fixing the World Series and maintained his innocence while fighting for reinstatement until his death in 1956.

My second encounter with Buck came years later, again on the screen at first the in literary form. His name was Buck Williams, played by Kirk Cameron in the film adaptation of Left Behind, which after watching, I dove straight into the books to find out the rest of his story. As I read the books, I continued to picture Cameron, hearing his voice whenever Buck spoke and out of any of the other characters, besides the Nicolae Carpathia, Buck was my favorite. I mean, how could I not identify with the writer.

Although neither Buck had any influence on what makes Bartholomew “Buck” tick as a character, they do both lay claim to being his namesakes. One from the realm of history, the other from the realm of fiction.

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