BEA'S BOOK NOOK "I can't imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once." C. S. Lewis “If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.” ― Oscar Wilde

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Bea Reviews Grief by Krista D. Ball

Publisher: Krista D. Ball
Series: Tales of Tranquility #2
Source: gift from the author
Release Date: April 21, 2014
Challenges: Finishing the Series
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Blurb from goodreads:

As the bodies of her father and her sister burned, Bethany refused to say good-bye. She would say it only when she saw the release of their spirits and the burning of every person connected to their deaths.

Only then would they rest in peace.

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Thousands are dead. Lady Champion Bethany's tainted sister is slain. Her home lost forever. And Magic yet survives. Bethany thought she'd given everything in the fight against Magic. She was wrong. When the deaths of those closest to her shake her already crumbled world, she doesn't wilt and die. She still has one thing left to gain even now: revenge.

Prophecy or no, half-goddess or not, Bethany vows to bring order back to the world with the edge of her blade. No matter who she must defy. No matter what stands in her way. No matter who must die.

For what they've done to her, all will pay.


Book 2 of the Tales of Tranquility Series.

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Bea's Thoughts:

Ms. Ball is a favorite author of mine while epic fantasy is not a favorite genre (though there was a time when I devoured it). But, since I like her writing so much, I tried out the first book in this series, and liked it. It was her first book, and that showed in the writing. In between that book and this one she wrote many others and I could see her growth as a writer. The pacing is smoother, the plot is more believable and story overall flows better.

Grief lives up to it's name- there's death in this story plus all the deaths that occurred in the first book, there's grief at the loss of relationships, grief at the changes in her life, etc. It's really not a book to read if you are grieving yourself, although it could be cathartic. Just don't expect a happy book or a happy ending. The ending is open but presumably continues in the next book, which is waiting its turn on my Kindle. :)

Characters are a strength of Ball's and this book was no exception. Even side characters are developed and a few from the first book who weren't fully realized are further developed here. Oh, and if you think fantasy heroes have to be male or be human, yea, this book's not for you. Men, women, elves, humans, all are capable of being good or evil, of being weak or strong, and our heroine Bethany kicks butt! She's a fierce and skilled warrior who prides herself on keeping safe those she loves and  those under her protection. She's not so good at expressing her emotions but she as them in spades. Ball puts her through the wringer and I was tearing up at times.

But, not to worry, it's not all emotions. There's lots of action, and some gore (well, there is a war), to go with the character development and lots of political machinations. There's romance too! Yep, the book has everything and while occasionally it felt overstuffed, Ball reeled me in and kept me reading. It was another late night reading, darn the woman. :D

"Grief" and the Tranquility (really, where does that name come from?! There's no tranquility yet. ETA: It likely has to do with the temple where Bethany lives and works.) series are reminding me of why I enjoyed epic fantasy in the first place - romance, stories of the Other, fantastic quests, family dysfunction, and adventure galore. Grab your hankies and grab a copy of "Grief"!

12 comments:

  1. I thought the author's name was familiar, I have one of her books on my Kindle :) I liked what you said about the characters development, I'm adding this series to my list, great review ;)

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    1. Oh, I hope you like her. Which book do you have?

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  2. Sounds like a tough read! I don't know that I'd want to go through that! lol

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    1. Yeah, I had to be in the right head space to read it but it's a good read, worth it.

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  3. I'm not a big fantasy reader but this does sound like a good if difficult read. I love when authors just kind of click with us. It always makes the books extra fun to read. This does sound like a series I need to have all of before I start though!

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    1. Yeah, it might be frustrating having to wait. There are 4 books and an anthology with 3 or 4 short stories. I;m going to do the anthology before book three as it's set in between the two books.

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  4. I love books that'll cause me pain and suffering. lol. Seriously. I just put the first book on my wishlist for when I'm in the mood for the genre. I'll keep in mind that the writing improved, though.

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    1. LOL You like pain and suffering? Well, you're in for a treat. :D And yes, the first is weak in the writing department but it does get better, much better!

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  5. Are you this far behind!?! Waaaa.... I'm surprised. lol. Now you just need to keep on going. ;D

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    1. *hangs head* Yes I am. :( I have Interlude and Fury, need Schemes.

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  6. That's cool that your love of the author kept you open minded to reading a genre you don't normally gravitate towards! And you made through the series!! Must be pretty great, then!!! Great review!!

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    1. I'm only halfway through but I'm enjoying it so far. :)

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