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Tuesday, 27 September 2016

VIRTUAL TOUR, EXCERPT, & REVIEW - Truthsight (The Outcast Mage #1) by Miriam Greystone

Title: Truthsight

Author: Miriam Greystone
Publisher: City Owl Press
Pages: 286
Genre: Urban Fantasy

Doctor Amy spends her nights running a secret clinic for supernatural creatures. When she is forced to use her magic to save the lives of a centaur infant and its mother, she vows never to regret her decision, no matter the consequences. Not even when the Mages capture her, beat her, and condemn her to die.

Before the sentence can be carried out, Amy is abducted by a mysterious being named Rowan, who demands she use her healing abilities to save his father. But when Amy fails to save the ailing man, her actions unintentionally force Rowan into an exile that will soon turn into a death sentence.

Now Rowan and Amy must join forces with the creatures who were once her patients and fight to uncover the one secret that may be powerful enough to save them all.

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4 out of 5 (very good)

Truthsight tells a wonderful story about Clan Mages, Rebel Mages, Satyrs, Centaurs, Pixies and Leshies! Miriam Greystone gives us a new twist in the Fantasy genre, with 'creatures' that we don't hear much about! Dr Amy is hiding... something, someone, you're not sure to begin with, but one thing is for sure. If they find her, it's game over. The more you read, the more you become aware of the why's and wherefore's of her situation, and the reasoning behind it. 

This is a well-written story, with a smooth pace, and character development. It is a good start to a new series, and I look forward to reading more in The Outcast Mage series. One thing that I'm sure has been mentioned before, is the cover. In my opinion, it doesn't 'do' anything for the story. Truthsight is a brilliant story, and I hate to think that some people may pass it by because of the cover. Definitely recommended by me.

* I received this book from Pump Up Your Book! in return for a fair and honest review. *

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The pixie was very close to shooting me. 
I took a deep breath and tried to sound calm.
“If he moves while I'm working, the damage could get much worse.” I explained. “It can be you, or it can be Jason. But we need to do this fast, and someone is going to have to hold the boy down.”
 Not much taller than the length of my hand, Grenalda crouched on the exam table in front of her son's crumpled body. Her chest heaved from the effort it had taken to carry him here in her arms.  Blood smeared the colorful bits of woven bird feathers she wore as clothing and her eyes were wide and panic stricken. She kept her right hand up, poised over her shoulder, stretching her fingers towards the dart-blower strapped across her back. We were humans, and though she might have no choice but to come to us for help, she made it perfectly clear that she didn't fully trust us.
“Why can't you just bandage him up?”
“His head wound is simple—we'll wrap it and it will heal just fine. But his leg is broken. If we don't fix it correctly, the bone will heal crooked. He'll limp for the rest of his life.” 
My chest burned and I still wore my scrubs from my shift in the ER.  I hadn't eaten since breakfast, which I vaguely remembered choking down while driving to work at around 5:00am. Now dark had nearly fallen, and the chill early evening air streamed in through the thrown open doors of the converted barn that sat on the edge of my property. Usually, I had a break between a shift in the county ER and the arrival of the first patient to my night clinic. But Grenalda's boy couldn't wait for treatment. I blinked and tried to focus on the small creature glaring up at me.

Debut author Miriam Greystone writes urban fantasy stories filled with magic, romance and the occasional centaur. She fuels her creativity with an insatiable appetite for reading and frequent episodes of Doctor Who. She lives just outside of Washington DC with her husband and children, and when she isn’t hunched over her laptop, she can often be found baking or going on long hikes with her family.

Her latest book is the urban fantasy, Truthsight.
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