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Sword Sisters – A Red Reaper Novel by Tara Cardinal and Alex Bledsoe


sword sisters coverAella is the last of the Reapers—a race who are a hybrid of demon and human. All products of violence, Reapers stand together to protect humans from demons. Aella’s job, according to prophecy, will be to protect the new king. Only thing is, he hasn’t appeared yet! She spends her days in training, being chastised and bullied by the very people who should be nurturing her, the Reapers.

Growing up in the clutches of her demon father, Aella has known torture—both physical and emotional. Despite that, she is a good person with a strong sense of what’s right. Unfortunately, her definition of justice and righteousness doesn’t always jibe with the ideals of the Reapers.

Fed up with her lot, Aella leaves to find the one person who was ever kind to her—a human boy named Aaron. She finds the spot far from home, where he helped her. He isn’t there, but Aella finds far more than she bargained for.

Not only does Aella help a small village, she discovers she is more capable and skilled than she thought. She faces adversity, battles a god and learns the value of friendship.

Aella is a marvelously complex character. Her confidence and doubt constantly war within her. She wants desperately to be loved, but isn’t sure what to do with it when she finds it.

Cardinal and Bledsoe have woven a complex tapestry of a tale with Aella dashing about in the middle, alternately tearing it up and repairing it. She is a remarkable character and I can’t wait to read more about her.

For more about Aella, look for the movie, The Legend of the Red Reaper, written, directed by and starring Tara Cardinal. It’s an independent film with lots of action and swordplay.

I greatly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to anyone who likes a ripping good tale of sword wielding adventure.

Five Golden Acorns
© Dellani Oakes 2014

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Tobias and the Demon – by Janet Dooleage


Tobias & the Demon is a moderately paced novel for middle grade readers and up. Set in Biblical times, it chronicles the time when the city of Ninevah was occupied by Assyrians.

Tobias’ father, Tobit, has suffered severe punishment at the hands of the Assyrian rulers. Once well to do and influential, he is now sick, disgraced and poor.

Tobias has had run-ins with the Assyrian authorities – mostly because of a young woman. To protect him, but also for financial reasons, Tobit sends his son on a trip to retrieve money froom a family frined in a faraway city. He hires a stranger named Azarias to accompany his son. On the road, Tobias and Azarias have quite a few adventures. Azarias shows himself to be a man of great skill and knowledge. More than once, it’s his advice and care that saves Tobias.

The unusual thing about this story is that it’s told by Tag – Tobias’ dog, in first person. We see the world through Tag’s limited perspective and understanding. It took a little getting used to and I had to remind myself a few times, that the narrator is a dog. It does give the story a unique naivete that we wouldn’t see if Tobias narrated. However, it is limiting and some action couldn’t be shown because Tag didn’t see it.

Although this is an interesting look at ancient times, I found the dog’s perspective slightly disconcerting. This is a good story, but a little slow for my tastes.

Four Golden Acorns