Wednesday, April 22, 2015

{Blog Tour: Review} Stonehill Downs - By Sarah Remy

Author: Sarah Remy
Release Date: 12/30/2014 
Purchase Info: Amazon ~ B&N 
Malachi is the last of his kind--a magus who can communicate with the dead, and who relies on the help of spirits to keep his kingdom safe. When he's sent to investigate brutal murders in the isolated village of Stonehill Downs, he uncovers dangerous sorceries and unleashes a killer who strikes close to home.

Avani is an outsider living on the Downs, one of the few survivors from the Sunken Islands. She has innate magics of her own, and when she discovers the mutilated bodies of the first victims, she enters into a reluctant alliance with Malachi that takes her far from home.

But Mal is distracted by the suspicious death of his mentor and haunted by secrets from his past. And Avani discovers troubling truths about the magus through her visions. She could free Malachi, but first they must work together to save the kingdom from the lethal horror that has arisen.

My mind is boggled.....

I had a love hate relationship with this novel, there were points I LOVED, and then there were times I was scratching my head or feeling as though a good chuck at the wall would make what I just read go away.

Mal is a totally wicked Neocromancer who slightly reminds me of another famous Neocromancer (Anita Blake). With many tools in his arsenal he seems prepared for anything that happens....that is until he meets Avani. There's something different about her, he knows she's special, but the fact that she tries so hard to cut herself off from everything allows him to try and set a boundry for himself. The fact that they have to work together to solve a mass murder is great! Mal is so use to being in control of the situation, so it's interesting watching him work with someone else....because you can tell he's a control freak.

Avani was mysterious, I really, really wanted to know more about her. This is where I felt as though some of the back story was lacking. Though the pictures she painted for you were beautiful, when she spoke of her past I just wish there were a few more reasons as to why things happened.  Overall though I feel like Avani was able to add a great balance to this team. It was hard on Mal when he had to face the truths of his mentor....but without accusing him of betrayl Avani was able to help him get through that rough patch.

The ending.....lord....this is where I wanted to throw the book. Saying I say it coming, would be a lie. But to say I didn't see it coming wouldn't be the truth. There were a few things that surprised me, but overall it made me go, "DUH!", at when certin players in the plot were revealed.

With how the book left off I would imagine there will be more in this series....I am excited to see where the author takes it. There are a ton of avenues that still need to be explored within this world & I truly hope the rest of the series goes there!



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