Book Review: Heart of Secrets by Ellen Mae Franklin

Heart of Secrets CoverHeart of Secrets is the second book in the Tarkeenia Series that follows The Unseen Promise, an epic tale of magic and greed. This is what’s gone before. The struggle between God and man, magic and indefinable evil is without recourse. Roedanth wants his brother back. Hasn’t he sold his soul with a promise to Drakite, the Dark God in a desperate attempt to raise his brother from the grave? Pellimac is mad having suffered at the hands of Father, the Speck. Will the skill of the Machobe Dwarves healers be her saviour? Ro’Breare, the hateful mage and the Murrdock Rhino, Boallag have made a deal. He wants the throne and the traitorous mage wants revenge. How could it get any better? Kahlu schemes as he fancies taking the High Councillors seat. Sometimes the most unlikely strangers can become friends. Prince Pec and his companion Guventher arrive at the Halls, it seems that the Murrdocks are not myths after all. Tarmet grieves as her husband, Taros, King of the Murrdocks lay dying. Everyone strives to make do in a world bubbling with wild magic, working to remain true to their Calling, as the lives of man and monster hang in the balance, subject to the whims of Gods. Can Tarkeenia survive the tug and pull of the very spoilt, and the very wicked? Can those lost to the dark find a way back to the light? Is it possible to forget, or to forgive and begin again? All these questions and more are answered as the reader walks Tarkeenia’s many paths.


I found Heart of Secrets hard to put down. The book is long, I will kid you not. But you will not notice the length of the novel as you get wrapped up in the threads woven by the Gods of Tarkeenia. Then, you get to see how desperate everyone gets when this world of Tarkeenia is on the edge of total chaos while brimming with war between multiple races. Ellen Mae Franklin keeps you on the edge of your seats as you wonder what will happen next for the Gods and people of Tarkeenia.

Most of the questions are not quite answered in this book. Yet, Ellen Mae Franklin weaves a tale that keeps you coming back for more. I love her work. She is a great author from down under. I cannot wait to finish book 3 and want to read book 4 which she is currently in the midst of writing.

Though I recommend the book if you love Epic Fantasy, I still found a few errors that distracted me. Must be my inner editor. Therefore, I give Heart of Secrets (Tarkeenia series Book 2) 4 of 5 dragon coins.



Book Review: The Unseen Promise by Ellen Mae Franklin

Unssen Proimse CoverSet on the world Tarkeenia, this story marks the struggle between god and man, magic and indefinable evil. Monsters walk the shadows and the tip of balance between dark and light, good and evil. Even on a good day, living is tenuous. Strangers become friends, uneasy alliances are tainted by betrayal and self gain. Unlikely heroes salvage what they can, in a world on the brink of chaos. Flesh eating Specks, turn the living to dust, Murrdocks and Dwarves, Benzines and Magi all strive to make do in a world bubbling with wild magic. Will Tarkeenia survive the tug and pull of the very spoilt and the very wicked? Will those lost to the dark, find a way back to the light? Is it possible to forget, or forgive and begin again? All these questions and more are answered in this first book, as the reader walks Tarkeenia’s many paths. Continue reading

Interview with Kasper Beaumont Part 2

This is the second part to the epic interview with Kasper Beaumont

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Kasper and a fan dressed as Sienna the Huntress

Any fun facts about you that we do not know?

I have grazed knees from bodyboarding in the surf. I love to ride the waves all the way into the shore and pay for it later. Surfer chick.

List your top ten memorable books.

1.2.3. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

4. The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay.

5.6.7. The River God trilogy by Wilbur Smith Continue reading

Book Spotlight: Elven Jewel by Kasper Beaumont

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Book 1 Hunters of Reloria

This fantasy adventure begins when the magical continent of Reloria is threatened by cruel, scaly invaders called Vergai from the wastelands of Vergash. These invaders are barbaric and are intent on destroying the protective elven forcefield and conquering peaceful Reloria. The Vergais’ plan is to steal the Elven Jewel which is the key to the Relorian defence system.

Halfling friends Randir and Fendi and their bond-fairies are the first to discover the invaders and they embark on a quest to save the Elven Jewel. They leave their peaceful farm village with their fairies and race against time to stop the invaders. They join forces with dwarves, elves, men and a mysterious dragon, and call themselves the Hunters of Reloria.

The quest is perilous, with numerous encounters with the ruthless Vergai, who are determined to fulfill their mission. The Elven Jewel is stolen and the quest becomes a race to the portal to retrieve the jewel before it can be taken to Vergash. A battle for Reloria ensues where the consequences for the Relorians is death, unless Vergai are stopped.


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