Review: “The Wanderer” by Rowan McAllister

TITLE: The Wanderer
AUTHOR: Rowan McAllister
SERIES: Chronicles of the Riftlands
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Stef Masciandaro
GENRE: High Fantasy
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 1, 2018
PRICE: 6.99 e-book / $14.99-paperback


After centuries of traveling the continent of Kita and fighting the extradimensional monsters known as Riftspawn, mage Lyuc is tired and ready to back away from the concerns of humanity.
But the world isn’t done with him yet.
While traveling with a merchant caravan, Lyuc encounters Yan, an Unnamed, the lowest caste in society. Though Yan has nothing but his determination and spirit, he reminds Lyuc what passion and desire feel like. While wild magic, a snarky, shapeshifting, genderfluid companion, and the plots of men and monsters seem determined to keep Lyuc from laying down his burden, only Yan’s inimitable spirit tempts him to hang on for another lifetime or so.
All Yan wants is to earn the sponsorship of a guild so he can rise above his station, claim a place in society, and build the family he never had.
After hundreds of years of self-imposed penance, all Lyuc wants is Yan.
If they can survive prejudice, bandits, mercenaries, monsters, and nature itself, they might both get their wish… and maybe even their happily ever after.

Lyuc is a mage who travels the continent of Kita and fights the extradimensional monsters named Riftspaw. Lyuc is old, a thousand years-old-ish. He’s tired and only wishes to finish his mission and rest in peace.

During his travels with a merchant caravan, Lyuc meets Yan, a young man, an Unnamed. Despite being an Unnamed, Yan is strong and proud.
Lyuc and Yan will travel together, and the more time they spend together, the more they know each other. Despite the bandits, the mercenaries, the monsters, and the society ready to ban them, they want their own happy ending.

The Wanderer is the first book of Chronicles of the Riftlands series. I really liked this book; it was a beautiful story.
Lyuc is super old, a little bit grumpy, and always argues with his horse, Brin, (who isn’t really a horse by the way). When he meets Yan, at first, his first thought was to help the young man, but the more he interacted with him, the more he feels alive. I love Lyuc. He’s kind, powerful, romantic and protective. He’s also lonely and tired and wants to die finally, but Yan will change this.

Yan might be an unnamed, but he’s strong, proud, with a high temper. He’s also very smart. The only thing he wants is a family, his own family. When he meets Lyuc at first, he’s suspicious, but the more he starts to know him, the more he wants him. Yan reminds Lyuc what life is, how it can be not to be alone forever.

I love how Yan put life back into Lyuc’s old tired body and how Lyuc gives Yan everything he has.
I really liked this book. The characters are lovable, and the story was good. The plot was around Lyuc and Yan but not only focused on them, as we also learn the background of their universe and where and how their world and rules is situated.

I like how the author wrote his story, well described without being to boring, with a little something that I can’t pinpoint, it was like reading a tale, a May-December tale with hot sex scenes, a little bit of angst, and a lot of love. Yes, a beautiful tale!
It’s definitely a series that I’ll follow, and I recommend it to you.

It’s 4 OptimuMMs for The Mage, The Horse and The Unnamed

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “A Wish Upon the Stars” by TJ Klune

TITLE: A Wish Upon the Stars
SERIES: Tales From Verania
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Paul Richmond
GENRE: High Fantasy
LENGTH: 450 pages
RELEASE DATE: March 27, 2018
PRICE: $6.99 e-book / $17.99 -paperback


Nearly a year ago, blinded by grief and betrayal, Sam of Wilds made a desperate decision to follow the Great White into the Dark Woods. Now, he emerges to a world changed.
The City of Lockes is a prison. The King has been locked away in the dungeons. The Kingdom of Verania has fallen, and the Dark wizard Myrin sits on the throne.
But soon after his return, Sam learns of a resistance fighting in his name led by a courageous knight, a defiant prince, a pissed-off unicorn, and a half-giant who wants to smash everything in sight. If he has any hope of defeating the villains who have taken their home, Sam must face the consequences of his choices—and the friends he left behind.

As everything, the story of Sam of Wilds must come to an end … and now here we are saying goodbye to Sam and his gang (or not …?).

I remember when I discovered TJ Klune. It was with his Wolfsong, the best book I’ve ever read. I was awestricken, speechless of that book. I hunted down all his books, and I consumed them one after another. Then I started the Tales From Verania series. I was captured from the very first sentence of the story!

Sam of Wilds has his own Destiny (it’s capitalized so you know it’s true!), and we all know he is not happy about it. After numerous adventures, he had his cornerstone Knight Commander Ryan Foxheart aka Knight Commander Delicious Face. But the story has evolved, more adventure more betrayal more people in Sam’s life.

But he is not alone in his journey. He has the most amazing hornless unicorn known to mankind, Garry (and if you don’t agree with me you are brave, because you know Garry will bring the pain) and the sweetest half-giant Tiggy (He smash! He smash Hard!). Then he has Morgan of Shadows, his mentor, his friend…who we all know was taken from him. Well that’s what led Sam to leave everybody behind and follow the Great White in the Dark Forest , to fulfill his Destiny.

After almost a year, Sam is back with Kevin, fearing the reaction of those who he left behind. The world he’s coming back to is not the same.

Verania is under Myrin’s dark hands. He captured the King, and he is keeping him in the City of Lockes using him as a pawn to control the people of Verania. But there is Resistance, a group of rebels who retreated to Camp HaveHeart.

Finally, when he reached the camp (all badass and bellowing) he finds people there that he wasn’t expecting, and the reaction he gets, how they whisper his name…

The final (?!) sequel of this series will not disappoint us. Garry is as sassy as ever, if not, even more so, Tiggy is sweet as he ever been, Ryan is angry, Justin is grown up (ish) and Sam, Sam is changed, he is not Sam of Wilds, he becomes Sam of …

I wish I could say more, but you know spoilers (for those reviewers who think to spoil a book in reviews is cool, lemme tell you this dude, it’s not!) but there is laughter and tears … TJ brings his magic as always!

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis