Galdrilene’s Dragonriders are back and so are the Shadow Riders. The conflict heats up in this second book of the Dragon’s Call series by A.D. Trosper. The scope of the story blossoms from just the first eight riders to a brewing world war, as the riders must go to back to their homes to convince the nations that not all dragons are black and magic does not cause insanity. Game of Thrones in its scope, Tears of War shows us more about the world the riders must deal with and the kind of enemies they have. I cringe at the power of the Shadow Riders and found myself seriously worried for a few of my favorite characters. With a name like Tears of War, you know bad things are going to happen and if your eyes are dry at the end, you must have skipped a few chapters. A great read, and I eagerly look forward to the next one in the series.
A.D. Trosper “unveils” another engrossing and delightful story. (See what I did there.)
I have enjoyed other books by this author and I am always struck by the ease with which Ms. Trosper creates her worlds. Her language is unadorned and straightforward. The prose itself quickly slips into the background as the setting she creates fills your imagination. The world-within-worlds reality of Unveiled is truly fascinating and I can’t wait to see what further lands are explored in the sequel(s) to this book.
Moreover, Trosper manages to put us smack dab inside the heroine’s head and never lets it slip. Jo, short for Josephine, is an ordinary if extremely stubborn young woman who has never suspected anything supernatural about her life. But when her mother dies, she discovers just how wrong she was. From her unusual parentage to her decision to join the ranks of Reapers (guides who help souls to the appropriate afterlife), she has to embrace a new worldview which she does with a only a smidge of kicking and a good dollop of sarcastic snark. She is tough and vulnerable at the same time; you can’t help but love her. As for her counterpart and reluctant partner-in-crime Caius, he has a Darcy-like haughtiness that just begs for a comeuppance. The two mains play well off each other, with a great deal of enjoyable spark. I bet their relationship will bear further watching.
Trosper’s mix of angels, demons, and older gods is fun and fresh. If you love paranormal romances with a strong sense of snark and humanity, Unveiled should definitely be on your TBR list.
The audiobook of Quest of the Dreamwalker has been approved and is waiting for Audible’s go-ahead! And I’m beside myself. Squee! This has been the most exciting part of the journey I’ve taken with this book. Hearing someone else’s voice bring my characters to life made it new again for me. I’m over the moon – IT’S A FREAKING AUDIOBOOK!
In case you hadn’t noticed, I love audiobooks.
Let me clarify that. I LUUUUUUVV audiobooks.
In fact, there are days when I wish I had a distant destination just so I can enjoy the feeling of getting lost on the road. Anxious days or sad can always benefit from a long drive and good story.
I remember when I discovered audiobooks, or “books on tape” as they were called (cuz, yeah, they used to be cassettes. Back before CDs! And yes, dinosaurs liked ’em too.) Continue reading “Dreamwalker audiobook to release soon!”