Sunday, 29 January 2017

Review: Demorn: Soul Fighter by David Finn

New City. New Terror. Maximum DEMORN!

Bay City is home to the Soul Fights and a welcome respite from the War. 

Demorn, exile and assassin, has journeyed across the Glass Desert to aid an old friend. But the conflict that is tearing apart Firethorn follows her to the city. As a catastrophic comet descends upon the Bay, Demorn fights to untangle a web of conspiracies surrounding her friends and enemies alike. As she uncovers past sins from those she trusts the most, Demorn is slowly drawn into a desperate, last-ditch plan to avoid the destruction of everything, never sure where her loyalties lie. 

Meanwhile, Demorn’s old friend is developing into something more…


I started reading Demorn with the first volume, Blade of Exile, a few months ago and though my inability to force order on the events persisted through the second book, City of Innocents, and into this third volume, Soul Fighter, I continued to find myself caught up in each and every chapter and sentence. I felt like I'd found myself dropped in the middle of an intense car chase. I didn't know who was chasing whom but the cars were beautiful, the drivers were intense and hilarious, the passing landscape and buildings made it impossible to keep my eyes on the road and the special effects were frickin out of this world.

Oh, and did I mention since Soul Fighter hits many other POV's than just Demorn's, her wisecracks take on an ultra layer of humour when heard through the lens of someone else.

... They say I'm not a werewolf, there's another name for it.'
[Demorn] rolled her eyes. 'I doubt it's going to be as cool as "a werewolf" is.'

I also loved how easy it is to picture Demorn and the other characters. They have a very superhero feel and don't change their outfits every second page. If I could draw anything more than stick figures ... well stick Demorn will have to suffice. This reliable imagery coupled with 'signature' expressions give the story a fun comic book/video game feel.

Couldn't resist. Demorn is awesome and Soul Fighter is intense and addicting. Get some of that gymnasts chalk, coat up your hands and hold on.

I received a mobi copy from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

WCBR Book of 2016, a Giveaway and Other Treasures!

Happy 2017!

This January brings a first for WCBR. Of all the great reads I enjoyed this year I have picked a favourite. I can be a choosy reader and don't have unlimited reading time (wishes I did!) so my year end tally ended at around 75 books read and of those I reviewed about a third. Thinking back to the one story which gave me the biggest feels and celebrated both an original and fantastic tale, my Book of 2016 is...

Dragon of Ash & Stars by H. Leighton Dickson

You are welcome to read my review here.

Wait, you said something about a giveaway?


I'm hosting a Canada/US giveaway of Dragon of Ash & Stars.
1st prize: A signed paperback copy
2nd prize: An copy

You can enter the giveaway here.

And something about Treasures?

You bet!

Check out my reviews for some of my other favourites this year. One of the reviews has an easter egg. (You'll know it when you see it.) Just comment on the review to say you found the easter egg for a chance to win a $10 gift card for Amazon, Kobo, Play Store or iTunes. There will be one winner for this giveaway and my hope is you'll take a couple of these books for a spin or be adventurous and check out a new to you author! (This giveaway closes at midnight PDT on January 28, 2017)

Thank you so much for entering and keeping up with me past year. Enjoy all your reads in 2017.