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From the Dark

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From the Dark (The Forensic File – 5) by KA Richardson

Who will save you when the monsters creep…

Antonia Baillie is a true Romani gypsy – she has the gift of foresight and uses this to help people.

When the ghosts of the past come calling, can she put her own fears aside and work with the police to help find who is torturing and killing young men?

Detective Sergeant Mark McKay has never had a need to solve a case using a psychic. He doesn’t believe in it – pure and simple.

But when Antonia tells him the name of a young man and gives him details specific to the case, he can’t help but change his view when a body matching what she says, is found in the vaults deep under the city.

Mark and Antonia race against a spree of monstrous crimes, long-standing grudges and the perils of the darkness in the vaults under Edinburgh to try and find a sadistic killer before time runs out.

Can they stop him before he strikes again?

Will they discover who is responsible?

And can they do it without becoming victims themselves?

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 K.A. Richardson

About the Author

KA Richardson is a crime writer based in North East England. She has worked for the police for around 8 years, both as a CSI (crime scene investigator) and also in alternate roles involving dealing with people in heightened states of emotion. She spends a lot of time in coffee shops, both writing and people watching. She began focussing on writing as a career in 2011 when she competed her MA Creative Writing, and focuses primarily on the crime/police procedural genre.

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My Review

5 stars

Antonia Baillie is a Romani gypsy and psychic. She has been using her abilities to help others when she has a vision of a young man brutally murdered and where the body is. DS Mark McKay doesn’t believe in psychics and initially brushed Antonia off until a young man is found brutally murdered and hidden, just like she said. Now they are going to have to work together to stop this killer.

Mark McKay is a battle scared detective that doesn’t have time of patience for fake psychic. But he can’t help believing when Toni talks about a young man and explains things that no one else could know without having been at the body. What they don’t know is that this is the start of a new serial killer and they are going to have their work cut out for them on this hunt,

I admit that I have not read any of the other books in this series but I had no problems figuring out what was going on. I’m sure if you read the prior books you would see a greater depth to this one. This book is full of brutal killings and a serial killer that seems to be one step ahead of Mark McKay and Toni. I was kept on my toes and the edge of my seat hoping they would catch the killer before he struck again.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

I would like to thank Bloodhound Books for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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Children of the Fifth Sun: Echelon

By Gareth Worthington

Genre: SciFi, Adventure, Action

***SEQUEL TO THE AWARD-WINNING CHILDREN OF THE FIFTH SUN***

SHE THOUGHT THERE WAS NOTHING STRONGER THAN A MOTHER’S BOND. SHE WAS WRONG.

Fifteen thousand years ago, the knowledge bringers—an amphibious, non-humanoid species known as the Huahuqui—came after a great global flood, gifting humans with math, science, and civility.

We killed them all.

Seventy years ago, we found one of their corpses preserved in ice and eventually created a clone named K’in. Our governments fought over the creature, and we killed it, too. Now, a sinkhole in Siberia has opened, revealing new secrets.

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Freya Nilsson spent the last five years trying to forget her role in the Huahuqui cloning program. She hid her son, KJ, from the regimes and agencies she believed would exploit him for the powers he acquired through his father’s bond with K’in.

An innocent trip to help KJ understand his abilities results in the conspiracy she fought to bury exploding back to life. Chased by new foes and hounded to put the world first, all Freya can think of is protecting KJ—at all costs.

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About the Author

Gareth Worthington BSc PhD is a trained marine biologist and also holds a doctorate in comparative endocrinology. Currently, Gareth works full time for the pharmaceutical industry helping to educate the world’s doctors on new cancer therapies. His debut novel, Children of the Fifth Sun, won in the Science Fiction category at the London Book Festival 2017. He has a number of passions, including: martial arts (he trained in Muay Thai at the prestigious EVOLVE MMA gym in Singapore), studying ancient history, and most of all writing fiction. Born in England, Gareth resides in Switzerland.

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BOOK EXCERPT:

Location: Somewhere on the Southern Indian Ocean

No one saw the attack coming.

The first blast tore a hole in the hull at 1:37 in the morning. By 2:15 the aft portion of the supply vessel, Marion Dufresne II, was pointing to the starless sky, while its nose was dipped below the frigid black ocean. A cutting wind battered the exposed keel and the remaining crew who managed to hold on to the outer railings.

Freya Nilsson clung to the thick frame of the eighteen-ton oceanographic crane, though it too was already slipping beneath the waves. She cried out, but her voice was drowned by the  howling Antarctic maelstrom and the ship’s three, huge, Wartsila diesel engines, now churning nothing but air. Freya shivered uncontrollably, her hair and clothes frozen to her skin. “KJ!” she

cried out, again.

Her son didn’t answer.

Freya sobbed, tears freezing halfway down her cheeks. “KJ, where are you?”

A flash of lightning illuminated the angry ocean and a thick layer of clouds covering the heavens, but the attacking vessel was nowhere in sight. A deafening clap of thunder filled the air

followed by a wave of needle-like raindrops that shattered across her face. The vessel reared up and the engines roared. A muffled explosion beneath the water cleaved the ship in two and the nose began to sink.

Have to jump, Freya thought. Can’t let them take KJ! She pushed off the crane and dropped into the icy ocean below. Despite already being frozen, the shock of the glacial water

stole the breath from her lungs. Before she could swim to the surface, Freya was sucked under. Tumbling down, down, down, she struggled to find her bearing. Her lungs burned, poisoned with

carbon-dioxide. Instinctively, she kicked and fought and pulled until somehow, as if pushed upward, she eventually broke the surface.

Freya took a massive gulp of life-giving salty air, only to be pulled beneath again as a piece of the ship crashed into the ocean beside her. The falling debris dragged her farther and farther into the deep. She jerked and thrashed, but it only served to steal the energy from her stiffened limbs. Blackness enveloped Freya’s mind, the cold claiming her will to fight. Yet, even as death stalked her, she couldn’t let go. KJ needed her. She couldn’t die. Refused to die. Freya summoned her last drop of power and kicked. Once. Twice. Three times. And then, she could breathe again. The wind whipped her jet-black hair about her face, and the rain stung her eyes. But she was alive.

The silhouette of the supply vessel bobbed in the distance, ass up, before gurgling down into its watery grave. Gone. Still the attackers were invisible. With only the lasting image of where the Marion Dufresne II had just sunk as a destination, Freya paddled forward. Fighting against the chop of the ocean, she inched along. The spray blinded her and the salt burned, but she had to find him.

“KJ where are you?” she called. “Answer me, baby. Please.”

My Review

5 stars

The Huahuqui are an alien race that has tried to help humans throughout time. But what do they get in return? They are hunted, experimented on, and killed. But they still show up to help us. Freya is back from the first book and has a five year old son; Kelly Jr. KJ is a special boy because of the exposure of his father to the Huahuqui. Freya has been on the run and keeping KJ safe from the testing the she knows the government will want to perform on him.

KJ might be five but he has the mind of a genius man. He has some special abilities and has been having visions of a bottomless pit in Siberia. Freya does whatever she can to get him to the pit. But they are not the only ones looking for it. It seems all the local kids in the area have disappeared into the pit. But when Freya get there, all the kids return along with a bonded Huahuqui. When KJ sees them he ends up bonded too.

I really enjoyed this sequel. It follows the first book perfectly and lets you hit the ground running. KJ is a special kid and I can understand Freya doing everything to protect him, especially after the Huahuqui that she was around was killed. Of course you are on the edge of your seat trying to figure out what was going on, who was doing what, and wondering who is lying to get their own advantage.

This is a great series and one I recommend checking out. Of course it has one heck of a cliff hanger ending and now I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

I would like to thank Sage’s Blog Tours for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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Dragonwatch: Wrath of the Dragon King (Dragonwatch – 2) by Brandon Mull

War has come to the dragon sanctuaries of the world and nowhere is the danger more intense than at Wyrmroost. After a humiliating defeat at the hands of Kendra and Seth, Celebrant, King of Dragons, prepares to unleash his fury and take control of his native preserve. Armed with information from a new ally Ronodin, the dark unicorn Celebrant seeks a legendary talisman the dominion stone.

However, the powerful stone is protected by a cursed castle. Upon entering the castle fortress, an unyielding power strips all magical beings of their power and forces Celebrant to take his human avatar form. Kendra and Seth must enter the cursed castle as well. The race is on. Will the two young caretakers rally enough support from the creatures of Wyrmroost against the greatest threat the magical community has faced in ages? Can they foil Celebrant’s plan and beat him to the mighty dominion stone? Or will all hope be shattered by the wrath of the Dragon King?

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About the Author

Brandon Mull resides in a happy little valley near the mouth of a canyon with his wife and three children. He spent two years living in the Atacama Desert of Northern Chile where he learned Spanish and juggling. He once won a pudding eating contest in the park behind his grandma’s house, earning a gold medal. Brandon is the author of the New York Times bestselling Fablehaven series and The Candy Shop War.

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My Review

5 stars

Celebrant, King of Dragons, has suffered a loss at the hands of Kendra and Seth. But he is not going to let that stop him. He heads to the Wyrmroost preserve and the cursed castle. He heard a rumor that there was a talisman called the dominion stone and he is determined to get it and end Kendra and Seth. But the kids are not about to let that happen. They head right into the castle and take up the challenges with a powerless Celebrant. It’s going to be up to their wit and friendships with the magical creatures to help them win the prize and stop Celebrant again.

I started reading the Fablehaven series years ago but admit that I didn’t finish reading them. But I couldn’t pass up the chance to read Dragonwatch. I didn’t realize that this was the second book in the series but that didn’t stop me from jumping right into the story and having no problem keeping up.

Kendra and Seth have grown up a little more but they find themselves in trouble and needing to protect both the sanctuaries and the world outside. Celebrant hates the refuges and wants to turn the world back to how it used to be. Since he was beaten previously he has decided t go after the dominion stone to make sure that he is not beaten a second time. But this is not going to be easy since all of his powers are neutralized when he steps into the castle. This puts him on a more even playing field with Kendra and Seth. But that doesn’t mean that they are simply going to swoop in and save the day. This is going to be a fight.

I loved this book and now I want to go back and re-read/finish the Fablehaven series and start with the first book in this series. This is a great series for all ages and is a great addition to my keep bookshelf.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

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I would like to thank Shadow Mountain Publishing for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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