- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1946 KB
- Print Length: 452 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Amphibian Press; 1 edition (19 September 2015)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B014APUYFG
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 9 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #162,641 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Smoke and Rain (Blood of Titans: Reforged Book 1) Kindle Edition
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"Holmes’s writing style is somehow both lyrical and direct, and I was impressed with her patient attention to detail. If you’re looking for a fantasy series to invest yourself in, this is it!"
- Page Morgan, author of The Beautiful and the Cursed
"The beauty with which, V. S. Holmes weaves this epic tale is nothing short of remarkable. The words spring from the page painting a detailed picture in your mind."
- Cameron J. Quinn, author of The Starsboro Chronicles
"It's been a while since I've read a fantasy book that really engaged me. You know that gaping hole you're left with after you finish something like Harry Potter? Well, this came remarkably close to filling it...."
- Jaz Johnson, author of The Athena Universe
"I couldn’t put it down to save my life and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. The plot line was incredibly unique ... Holmes gave me a lot of the things I look for in a wonderful story and so much more."
- Cassandra Carpio, The Bookish Crypt
“The writing style, characterization, and world-building...was a surprisingly refreshing change.... The very first page hooked me with the simple yet elegant narrative, which I haven't seen from a new author in quite some time. The characters' dilemmas were revealed in perfect timing yet kept me wanting more, and Holmes didn't disappoint with dropping tidbits of emotion, character growth, and internal struggle among all the action and war-time maneuvers.”
- Kathrin Hutson, author of Gyenona’s Children and The Unclaimed Trilogy--This text refers to the paperback edition.
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As you are taken on a journey, you are exposed to a magical land, where the Gods play an important part in people’s lives. The minutest features were explained in detail and it has you feeling that you are there. The character’s backstories help you understand what the conflict the war had done to all their lives giving you an understanding of the importance of their beliefs. As more of their lives are revealed you are taken through their every emotion as they contemplate what part they are expected to play in the war.
The first 17% was a bit confusing but I am glad that I persevered as it explained the history of the land and introduced us to the important characters. After that point, I was invested in the story as I followed them on their journey. Watching Alea become a confident woman after suffering so much I wanted to see her succeed. The friendship between Arman, Wes (my favourite character) and Kam was as strong as brothers, supporting each other in their choices and reading about their antics broke up the intensity of the story. Whilst this did not end on a cliff-hanger, there is more to come as Lightening and Flame is already out.
This is the first book I have read by this author and it won’t be the last. If you enjoy reading Epic Fantasy then pick up this book.
The atmosphere surrounding this epic tale is intoxicatingly real, despite the knowledge that this is a fantasy fiction. And that quality – related in eloquent and imaginative prose – suffuses every aspect of this fine novel. Holmes has created a strikingly impressive central character in Alea, surrounds her with a cast of characters who become credible even in their fantasy-imposed origins, and introduces a memorably significant Elle, whose addition by the end of the story grows in importance. For an introductory volume of a series yet to be completed, Holmes has captured the imagination and commitment of her readers.
Opening with a calendar image from this ‘other place and time’ and maps of the fantasy world and of Vielrona and Ceir Athrolan, Holmes weaves a tapestry of the forthcoming events with the skill of a thaumaturge. ’Arman gathered bloody rags from the cots and tried to ignore the five figures by the door. Despite his mother’s care, half the refugees who arrived four days before had already passed. He dumped the rages in a basket in the corner, glancing back. Fire chased ice up his spine. It was unpleasant, but alluring, like the burn of alcohol down his throat. He forced himself to approach the women. Laen are never simply “women.” In his twenty-three years, he had never seen of the gods’ creators. Now half a dozen of them stood in his mother’s inn. Arman hastily patted a blood-stained hand over his curls and bowed. “Lady Liane?”
In that seductive opening few lines so much of the nidus of this fantasy tale is hinted. The quite condensed synopsis suggests the adventure ahead: ‘A mad king's genocide destroyed Alea's home and left her sanity in tatters. Caught in the crossfire between the gods and their creators, Alea realizes the darkness inside her is the only thing that can end the bloodshed. Across enemy lines, bastard lieutenant Brentemir Barrackborn is horrified by the blood on his hands. He must choose between the gods he worships and newfound family if he has any hope of redemption—or surviving the war. ‘
Wade deeply into these waters for a fine curtain raiser for REFORGED. V.S. Holmes quite simply demonstrates that she is an artist of significance. Very highly recommended. Grady Harp, March 20
I did receive this book for free from the author, with no strings attached. I have written this review of my volition.
In the depth of the story the information given was not a huge info dump thankfully. I would describe it as a small trickle from a sieve one wasn't sure if it was still flowing. This led to the aforementioned emotional and physical trials the characters were experiencing. Which I love in all stories, a chance for the reader to think ahead and wonder where, why and how the next plot line would fall into place. There are spots which Ms. Holmes gives wonderful descriptions of the surroundings and imagery that fulfills the scene spectacularly whether it is a small description of a simple meal or the opulence of the grand hall just before…. Well spoilers right?
Smoke and Rain is a wonderful journey that takes a well know path to discovery and evolvement of the characters but it fresh in its love for the characters and their path that Ms. Holmes lovingly takes. Definitely put Smoke and Rain on your TBR, you won’t be disappointed.
I found characters whom I loved, as well as ones I loved to hate. Holmes has certainly caught my attention. I look forward to more