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A must have read

Posted in Book review with tags , , , on August 13, 2017 by Kate Jack


Shattered Lies is a story of love, hate, bigotry and reconciliation. S J Francis has drawn these multiple threads together, in a skilful and dynamic way. The characters are well rounded and evoke in the reader all the emotions of love, hate, tension and sympathy, which carry the story along to its conclusion.  Highly recommended

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First 5* review for “A Pocketful of Stories”

Posted in Book review with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 8, 2017 by Kate Jack

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Having read and thoroughly enjoyed the Silver Flute trilogy I looked forward to reading some short fiction by the same author. I was not disappointed. Katrina Jack delivers a collection of wonderful fantasy stories that have an immediate impact on the reader. It is not easy to write engaging short stories but she has brought together a very satisfying collection of quite different tales, some lighter, some quite dark. A personal favourite was A dream of thorn and bramble, and I found Starlight, starbright very moving.
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Magical books

Posted in Book review, Uncategorized with tags , , , on March 17, 2017 by Kate Jack

No, I’m not talking about spell books, or grimoires, but fiction books in general. They allow access to adventures, mysteries and places the reader has never seen or experienced; the possibilities are endless. Of course speculative fiction, such as I write, allows the use of magic to enhance a sense of wonder and enthralment not perhaps available in other genres. The bonus of urban fantasy is that it also allows a combination of the real and fantastical.

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 The Silver Flute Trilogy

An example of a mixture of the magical, mixed with realism, is one of the most unusual fantasy books I’ve ever read. Set in the 19th century this story is beautifully constructed, using a wonderful mixture of the author’s own characters and real, historical figures such as mad King George III and Lord Wellington.

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The story follows two English Magicians and their partnership as master and pupil, until a falling out sends them careening down divergent paths. The tale contains weird and wonderful creatures, from a world outside our own. There are elements of adventure, conflict, wickedness, tragedy, and reconciliation. To say that Susanna Clarke has produced a tale of wonder and enchantment, that completely draws the reader in, is an understatement. So it’s possible to combine genres successfully and satisfy readers who would not normally read historical fiction or fantasy.

The above illustrates that it’s perfectly possible to combine more than one genre and produce a book that will take readers’ breath away and send them spinning through a story that will immerse and engage with stunning effect.

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The End.

Posted in Book review with tags , , , on December 28, 2016 by Kate Jack

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Amazon review by Dee Harrison

Magical ending to a great dystopian trilogy. Author Katrina Jack brings Jeremiah Tully’s journey to a close (sadly) but leaves the reader eager to know more. AMZN UK AMZN US

The middle…

Posted in Book review with tags , , , , on December 27, 2016 by Kate Jack

Amazon review Through the Gloaming (The Silver Flute Trilogy Book 2 by Dee Harrison) eBook: Katrina Jack: 

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I was fortunate enough to win a copy of this, the sequel to Land of Midnight Days. Once more we meet Jeremiah Tully, the mute flute player and continue his exploits in a Dystopian future. This is just as well written and involving as the first book and we see the characters change and develop as they meet with fresh and disturbing adventures. Some sequels fail to live up to the promise of the first book, this does not.
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The beginning…

Posted in Book review with tags , , , on December 27, 2016 by Kate Jack

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Amazon Customer Reviews: Land of Midnight Days

(The Silver Flute Trilogy Book 1 by Nerdish Mum)

Oh my goodness this book sucks you right in and doesn’t let you out until its done! Land Of Midnight Days is fast paced and action packed. I genuinely couldn’t put this book down when I picked it up as I needed to know what happened next.

Jeremiah the main character is a half Elwyn/half human and a genius with the flute. He is an amazing character, he is broken but he refuses to give up. I think he is also the first mute character that I have come across and it was really interesting watching the struggle of trying to make himself understood when the other person couldn’t use sign language. I thought this was all handled extremely well and the author also highlighted the presumptions that people have about differently abled people. I think the description in the synopsis of Jeremiah is perfect, he knows how to survive, but not how to live.
The characters are all fleshed out really well and there isn’t a single character that I didn’t find interesting. The author has updated elves, ogres and demons in a really interesting way and in a way to make them work in an urban environment instead of rolling hills and valleys. Apart from Jeremiah, I really liked the characters of Joe, Big Fred and I thought Ezra’s character wasn’t nice but was interesting. As a parent I just couldn’t find anything redeeming in either Sylvan or Zeb as both of them let Jeremiah down in the worst way time and time again.The world described is one of violence and of people just trying to survive. It is a very bleak place and one that can be recognised as somewhere we could end up one day. You can feel the hopelessness of the population, though there are spots of light that are shining through the darkness and hopefully they will be the one to succeed by the end of the story.
I’m not sure why I have never heard of this series before or why more people aren’t talking about it. I would 100% recommend it to anyone who loves fantasy or urban fantasy. I will definitely be picking up the rest of the books in the series to find out what happens next to Jeremiah and the other characters.
Thank you to the author who provided a copy in exchange for an honest review.


A very unexpected adventure indeed!

Posted in Book review with tags , , , , on December 25, 2016 by Kate Jack


Just finished reading An Unexpected Adventure, by Josephine Montgomery, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Here’s my review of her work:

A very unexpected adventure indeed! This is not your typical historical fiction. Yes, there is a 16th century setting, along with some fascinating facts about life in that time. King Henry makes a guest appearance, along with his warship, the Mary Rose. But there’s no bodice ripping or be headings, just plenty of adventure, fantasy and above all pirates! This is a wonderful read for young and old alike, with twists and turns to leave the reader longing for more.

If you’re interested in purchasing this book, it can be found here:  Amzn US Amzn UK


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