So excited to be a part of relaunching these epic books by
Claire M. Banschbach.
Below you can find my fangirly reviews and all the links to the promotions and giveaways the lovely Claire is running.
Before boring you with my short but sweet reviews, here is the gorgeous synopsis about the first book in the series.
The Rise of Aredor
Lost in a foreign land and separated from his family, Corin does his best to survive as a slave in the household of a Calorin lord. With newfound friends he fights for survival in ambushes and wars. For one act of bravery, he is awarded his freedom and returns to a home that has been invaded and ravaged by the Calorin armies. When Corin sets foot on Aredor's shores, he has one goal in mind: find his family. He is driven into the forest, where he is reunited with childhood friends. From the shelter of the woods, they begin a spirited rebellion against Corin's former cruel master, who now holds sway over Aredor. Follow Corin's path in his quest to free his imprisoned brother, find a father who has vanished, and ultimately free his country in The Rise of Aredor.
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The Rise of Aredor is a hugely ambitious tale that spans the years and leaves you with the hunger to learn more about a tough stolen prince.
The amount of world-building is perfectly balanced with humour and bucket loads of action. The research is phenomenal, and there is no doubt the author could organise and assemble a fearsome pack of wise-cracking warriors to lay siege to a castle if need be.
The first half was intriguing, but it wasn’t until the second part I connected with the characters, felt their struggles and grew to love them.
This is an epic read regarding scale and size with a heavy emphasis on training, fighting and battle scenes which, as an action and weapons junkie suited me perfectly.
The research is first-rate, the camaraderie between the main characters hilarious at times, and the ending is fraught with enough danger to keep you holding your breath.
I received this copy in exchange for an honest review; this review reflects my personal opinion that this is an epic book of manly awesomeness.
And the synopsis for the fabulous sequel!
The Wildcat of Braeton
His term of service to Lord Rishdah now complete, Aiden returns to his home in Braeton. As he travels he hears rumors that trouble plagues Braeton. Clan Canich is being attacked from within. He arrives, determined to save his father, his brothers, and his Clan from the treachery of one man.
A year has passed since the Calorins were driven from Aredor and Corin is struggling to rebuild his country. Despite the peace, a fear haunts him that the Calorins aren’t far away. The Hawk Flight takes to the forest again to defend the borders against a possible attack from the neighboring country of Durna and its Calorin ally.
As Aiden and Corin struggle to adapt to their new lives they know one thing for certain - war is coming to the North!
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And my review.....
With the first book in the series tucked under my belt, I dove into this sequel expecting a huge amount of fighting, battle scenes and more masculinity that you can shake a fist at.
What I got was more warrior women, *cheers* romance, *cheers again* more depth, tighter writing, and layers to the characters we’d come to love in Rise of Aredor.
Aiden grew to be my favourite lad, his charm and grit, most definitely swoon-worthy. His playful banter with a certain female warrior, sweet, endearing and funny.
The battle scenes were filled with extraordinary feats, powerful warriors, epic struggles and ruthless underhanded villains. Brilliant!
This book will steal your heart, squeeze, then crush it, leaving you a pile of fangirly blubbery mess.
Prepare yourself to come away shaking your fist, sobbing, laughing, and with a deep desire for more of Claire’s writing.
If you are like me, you’ll probably want to re-watch Braveheart in tribute to the Braeton clans.
I received this copy in exchange for an honest review, this review reflects my personal opinion that this sequel is worthy of fangirling and extreme author related irritation.
Now to the fabulous giveaways and freebies!
Claire has written some great short stories based on the amazing characters in the books, which you can find here.
And the exciting rafflecopter link!
Thanks for joining me on this stop of the blog tour! Happy reading!
Claire M. Banschbach is a native West Texan. She discovered a deep and abiding love for fantasy and science fiction at a young age, prompting her to begin exploring worlds armed only with an overactive imagination and a pen while obtaining degrees in Kinesiology from Texas A&M and Physical Therapy from Texas Tech University.
She talks to fictional characters more than she should while struggling to find time for all their stories. She currently resides in Arlington, TX where she works as a Pediatric Physical Therapist.
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We all long to be loved. And we are. Truly, madly, deeply by the one who designed the universe and knew us before we were born. Jeremiah 1:5
What would happen if were to use God's commands about love to measure our relationships?
In our culture, love is romanticized at best, twisted at worst. We see movie after movie, book after book, portraying love as lust with violence against women meshed into one slick package.
Maybe we should be asking ourselves what we are being sold? Maybe we should be asking ourselves why it became normal to lower our standards?
If someone really cares about you, wouldn’t they want what is best for you?
Wouldn’t they challenge themselves daily to be the best they can be? Wouldn’t they cherish you and uphold your faith all while leaving your virtue intact?
Love is not shallow. It is not dependent on feelings that pass, it’s not dependent on how we look, it is a living breathing choice we make each day.
Real love is doing the messy, dirty, nasty things for someone for no reward when no one is looking. Love means putting another’s needs ahead of your own. It means sacrificing your wants which is the opposite of what the world sells.
When someone loves you, they know you. They know your flaws, your faults, and they choose to overlook them. They are there when you are at rock bottom, and they stay.
If we are striving for perfection and not authenticity, how can we ever experience deep intimacy?
How can we know we are loved for who we are and not just the image we project?
Christ knows our flaws, and still loves us unconditionally. I believe this is the standard we should adopt. If someone truly loves you, they won’t ask you to compromise, they won’t cajole, or ridicule. They won’t force, or manipulate. That is not loving. That is controlling.
When you are at your lowest, when you can’t pretend to be perfect any longer, that’s when they will show you who they are through their actions.
If love is patient and love is kind, then doesn’t that mean he should wait, and be kind to you?
Aren’t we worth the wait? Aren’t we deserving of kindness?
I say yes, more importantly, God says yes.
1 Corinthians 13:4-5: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs."
So sorry, having cover issues, so please bear with me the covers are updated on Amazon & Goodreads etc.
Kindness. Something we all need more of. Something the world lacks. Something Christians are called to exhibit but often don’t.
As Christians, shouldn’t we be building people up and not tearing them down?
What kind of a message does it send when Christians are overly critical or pick apart others publicly?
We live in a culture that gives a multitude of voices to the already privileged while silencing those who have none. Why not use your voice to speak kindness and love instead of tearing down?
Let me make myself clear, I’m not perfect, I’ve made mistakes, and I’ve lacked wisdom and been impulsive on Social Media sites before. This is why I speak words of caution.
Christians, we represent Christ when we speak. When we hit publish, the world sees our words, and it judges not just us, but it collectively judges Jesus.
I’m not saying we shouldn’t have an opinion, I’m suggesting that before we post that comment, or write that review, we consider who we say we follow.
It takes seconds to build someone up or to tear them down. In a hurting world, we have a God given responsibility to care for each other.
Social Media can be a great tool to reach people. If, we use our voices wisely. Let's show the world we live our faith through our words and our actions. Let's be thoughtful when we post or write a review.
Our words either make or break those we interact with. This world is broken enough already, surely we don't need to add to it?
Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.