Book Excerpt: "Stay calm, her father’s words echoed in her head. When you find yourself in danger, above all, stay calm. Aerbrin took a deep, steady breath and leaned down, reaching for her bow. one of the Forest Dwellers charged. It collided with her and knocked her to the floor. Raising a knotted fist, he bashed her head.
Sparks exploded across her vision. She tried to raise an arm, tried to call out. Her body wouldn’t respond. The Forest Dwellers grunted again. The creature above her raised its fist again. She looked up. This was the end, she knew. When these monsters attacked, they killed everything. Animals, plants, and particularly humans. No one survived.
Closing her eyes, Aerbrin forced her body to relax. This time, there was no pain."
My review: Wow, there really is a lot going on in this book! It starts out with Aerbrin and her father, they know they're going to be attacked by forest dwellers and as her father is dying he tries to protect Aerbrin up to his very last breath. But Aerbrin must be severely cursed, as she's on her way to the capitol in a carriage she picked because it's guarded, they are attacked and robbed. I liked Aerbrin, she is a great character, very down to earth and not high maintenance. I loved that through the course of the book she was able to grow and discover her own strength as well as the strength of the Zaad stone her father left her with.
Her cousin, Hilfawn, is kind of the opposite of Aerbrin, she is a big flirt, always trying to get her own way. But I loved the way that she was able to grow throughout the book.
The plot of this book is busy, there are tons of characters trying to attack Aerbrin and Hilfawn through the whole thing. They have to watch out for the scary forest dwellers, demons, orchals, and Hilfawn's own father sadly.
I liked the plot for the most part, but there were a few places where so much was happening that I got a little bit confused. I also have to say that the ending of this one did not really seem like an ending. Hopefully that means that there will be more of the story in the form of another book.
I was sent an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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About the author: L. G. Rollins grew up in a far off land fighting dragons, stealing talismans, and traveling with dwarfs and elves. She is especially skilled at bribing giants with sweets. Currently, her husband and four kids live in Utah so that is where she spends most of her time. She may, or may not, have a Zaad Stone. To learn more about L. G. Rollins and her books visit LGRollins.com.
Shadows of Angels comes out December 8th and is the beginning of the Zaad Stone trilogy. Check out L.G. Rollins' website.