About the Book : Beneath Erynn’s petite build, curly red hair and startling blue eyes, lies a deeply hidden secret. If the truth about her were revealed, her life would be in danger. Her dream to be a fighter pilot would tailspin, crash and burst into flames. Jaer’s wise brown eyes reflect his smoldering strength. An enigma, charismatic and moody, he is a physically powerful warrior who defends his world. When the presence of a marauding alien society is discovered on their planets, a struggle of life and death begins. Both Erynn and Jaer’s worlds face annihilation. A mysterious force plunges Erynn into Jaer’s cold, dangerous and beautiful world with its magical essence and living consciousness.
About the Author (In her words) : Before I wrote, I read. Voraciously. When I wasn’t able to read, I listened to audio books on tape or CD. Still do. Hi. My name is Robynn E Sheahan and I live and write from the Cascade Mountains of the Pacific Northwest. I started to dabble in writing while working as a Paramedic/Firefighter in Northern California. Trust me, it’s not like it appears on TV. There was plenty of time for books. Ideas from dreams follow me into warm sunny days or the quiet of falling snow. What ifs feed a vivid imagination. Even miss-typed phrases may lead to an aha moment. Brain storming sessions standing in windy, dark parking lots with fellow writers release thoughts that pry at the corners of my mind, grasping for purchase. Sometimes the ideas pursue me, with persistence. About three years ago the dabbling became serious when worlds and characters screamed for, no, demanded attention. So I wrote my first manuscript. Critiques and rewrites filled the next two years. I now had STORM OF ARRANON, the first book in the series.
My Say : Being not a big sci-fi fan, I wasn’t really sure about what to expect from Storm of Arranon. Well I love to read fantasy and this book has a pleasant mix for lovers of both genres. Erynn is a strong and admirable heroine with whom readers can relate easily. Suddenly kidnapped from her home; she’s thrust head on into a war on an unfamiliar planet with people who seem to know more about her than she does. She takes her fear and uses it, propelling her forward to do what needs to be done, learning who she is and what she is capable of.
I liked Jaer and his strong persona. He’s a bit of a mystery for me but his demanding presence is difficult to ignore. The romance between Erynn and Jaer felt forced to me and I thought it was a little rushed. I can understand instant physical attraction but Erynn’s feelings seemed to try to go deeper than that and it just wasn’t looking genuine.
The writing style is beautiful and very creative. I did sometimes feel overwhelmed in the surroundings to the point that I lost my grip of what was actually happening but I will definitely say that the author has a real talent for creating a fairy world and will grab your attention into the story with her completely different world. There were few errors which I couldn’t ignore. For example, At one point, Erynn is very cold. She lets her hair down and immediately feels warmer. There were few other unavoidable errors like this. Little errors like these emphasise the benefit of a good editor who can help pick up such things. While not exactly an adult book with adult action, it is definitely one that adults will enjoy reading as well as young adults. There is plenty of action and a developing plot, positioning the reader ready for the later instalments of the trilogy.
The book is a wealth of creativity and exposes readers to an electric new world in the fantasy genre. The plot is strong, as are the descriptions and world building but the dialogue is clumsy in places. Some of the conversations seem too overworked.
Overall it was an average read up. I would like to give 3 out of 5 stars to this book.
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