The Wizard of Crescent Moon Mountain by Oldman Brook

I thought stories about wizards, dragons, elves and other magical and mythical creatures were done and dusted, overwritten and that no other author could write something different and original. I take back that thought!

The Wizard of Crescent Moon Mountain was given to me as a review copy in paperback. When I saw the cover, I loved it. It was appealing and promised a good read;  I wasn’t disappointed. Although the book was lengthy to read – 431 pages to be exact, I didn’t find one page boring or tedious. I enjoyed every page!

Brook describes a fantastic world where men, wizards, elves, dwarfs, dragons and shape-shifters live, although not side by side but that is another story. These are the good guys. There are bad, powerful and ugly ones too – the goblins, ogres, pets and warrior – the dark wizard who wants to take over Everlast. The characters are the ‘story’ and we hear of legends, myths and time travel.

Greybeard is a wizard who travels through Everlast with his friends, the dwarfs, the shape shifters, the elves and a cowardice man called Perrywinkle. They travel far and wide to find help from other such creatures such as the Jotunn who are giants and the dragons who can speak. They join the army of man and go into battle with the abhorrent warrior. This warrior is disgusting, revolting and a frightening monster that uses a dead man’s face as a mask. He has an army too – of goblins, who are too horrible to comprehend. Oldman brings us nice things as well such as the feasts, the warm cozy beds provided by a lovely women and a little love interest.

Oldman writes very good descriptions of all his characters of which I applaud him for. He throws in serious discussions and a few jokes as well to hollow out the slow build up of tension as the story develops.

I have my favourites – Pengwellen the dragon, dear old Greybeard the wizard, Stryker and Forster who are shape shifters. Everyone will hate the goblins because they are meant to be disliked. It is clear the narrator has a very dim view of them too!

So if you love to read fantasy, about creatures and of different worlds and of course of adventure, then go and get this book. It’s not often I get to read a spectacular story as this one!

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Destiny of Angels by Wendy Steele

 Destiny of Angels is a book which wasn’t what I expected. From the title, I imagined the genre to be fantasy when in fact, it is fiction. The story revolves around three main characters, Angel, Aiden and Jenny. Angel and Aiden are witches who take part in pagan rituals and speak to the high powers of the Qabalah.

Angel practices high magic through the Qabalah which allows spiritual persuasion to enter the soul as it links with numerology, astrology and tarot amongst other things.

Their purpose in life is to bring contentment, peace and self belief to those they meet. One of them was Jenny who went through an ordeal with her husband which changed her life. Along the way, we meet many other characters. Some I understood why they were there and what the author was portraying about them but one or two puzzled me.

I have to admit it took me some time to get into the book and understand the storyline, which at times I found to be confusing but I wanted to know more about Jenny and Angel and as the story developed, I understood their position.

My favourite character is Jenny for her love for her children and her brave and powerful stance to make her life better, with the help of Angel.

Angel and Aiden’s story is also reviting and they sensual love for another is beautiful, yet powerful. They have a deep conncection between them that makes you want their lifestyle and the love they experience between them.

Wendy Steel writes without flaw. She describes scenes such as the pagan rituals and the sensuality between lovers beautifully and we get swept up in her dialogues.

For me, this book was very different and one I would not normally read but I am glad I did. Destiny of Angels is unique.