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Tuesday, 16 May 2017

BLOG TOUR & REVIEWS - From The Shadows (Mortisalian Saga #2) by L.J. Stock

 Book: From the Shadows: Book 2 in the Mortisalian Saga
Author: L.J. Stock
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Romance 

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Life has changed dramatically for Cassandra Collier. She’s accepted her role as the Princess of Mortisali. She’s more in love with Damon than she could have ever imagined, and she has a life she desperately wants to live. The only problem? That pesky little prophecy that follows her around like a shadow.

The pressure to speed her life along isn’t quite as bad as she’d anticipated, but the antiquated laws she has to live by make it impossible to take matters into her own hands, especially when the love of her life is a man bound by morals and honor.

When duty pulls her away from the palace and Damon, Cass finds herself ambushed by the veneficus.

Locked away by a formidable enemy and surrounded by stone and hopelessness, Cass has no escape other than retreating into her own head. The trouble is, she’s not the same girl who was held in an asylum by complacency. She’s a princess, the princess of Mortisali, and all it takes is a hint of light to emerge from the shadows for everything to change...

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5 out of 5 (exceptional)

From the Shadows is the second instalment in the Mortisalian Saga and it is a welcome return to the land of Mortisali. Cass is as kick-ass as ever, Damon is as droolworthy as ever, and the rest of the relationships continue to delight. So what is new? Well, what is new is that Cass and Rasmus get kidnapped, there is a new nymph in town, plus a bad guy that is actually a good guy who pretends to be bad! Got that?

I adore L.J. Stock's way of writing! It is descriptive without being over the top. It is emotion-inducing whatever the emotion is supposed to be. There is a smooth rhythm to her writing that lulls you in, before your stomach drops down in reaction to something that has happened. I love it!

It does end on a cliffhanger, so I will be waiting for book 3 with enthusiasm. If you like Fantasy, you will LOVE this. Definitely recommended by me.

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *

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Other Books in the Series

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Parallel, Part 1 of the Mortisalian Saga is available now on Amazon


Cassandra Collier was only seventeen when her parents dumped her in a psychiatric ward. Seven years later, she still has no hope of leaving. Nothing’s changed. She still hears sounds that can’t possibly be real - sounds of war and brutal deaths that she can’t turn off. At least, not since his voice was silenced in her mind.

After a threat to her life becomes very real, Cassandra is torn from the only world she’s ever known and thrust into the very reality and truth that have been hidden from her since she was born, including the prophecy that is her birthright.

Unsure whether she has the strength to be the woman she needs to be, and more than aware that her decision controls the fate of a world that doesn’t know she exists, Cassandra has to choose between the love of a man who barely registers her existence and loyalty to a father she barely knows.

5 out of 5 (exceptional)

Parallel is the first book in the Mortisalian Saga, telling the story of Cass who is in a Psychiatric Hospital for what looks like the rest of her life. Cass hears noises when water is nearby, horrific sounds of war and people in torment. She has made the best of her life, but things are about to happen that change all that she has known, and all those she thought she could count on.

WOW! This is an amazing #Fantasy #Romance that is so much more! It is full of action, elements, danger, and yes, a dash of romance too. Cass is a brilliant character who is not always full of rainbow sparkles, but has lived through some amazing times. She readily admits to whinging at times, but can also be counted on to dig deep when it matters. She is prepared to make sacrifices to her own happiness, for the lives of others. This is not meant to be sappy in anyway, but a mere statement of truth. I wasn't even halfway through this book when I was wiping at my eyes due to them leaking!

Excellently written, with no editing or grammatical errors to disrupt the reading flow, this is a fast-paced story that is everything you could ask for. I highly recommend this book, and can't wait for book 2, From The Shadows.

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
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Meet the Author

From a young age L.J. Stock was led by her imagination. From the moment she could read she fell into worlds where trees could talk and little girls could move things with their minds.

In no hurry to grow up, she found stories all around her, in the forests of Plym Bridge, the moss covered hills of Dartmoor, then, as she grew older, the wide spread city of Houston, where she currently resides and works. A constant daydreamer, she hopes that one day, her passion can become something more than just a hobby for her.

Still led by her imagination, the worlds have slowly grown from childish adventures to urban fantasies and romances. With inspirational authors such as Enid Blyton, Roald Dahl, Judy Blume, John Grisham and Stephen King guiding her through her life so far, L.J. Stock has finally decided that it is time for her to go for gold and try land herself on someone else’s future list of favorites.

Putting words on paper is as essential as breathing to her, but on the rare occasions that she isn’t writing, she can be found with a video game remote in hand or curled up on the couch with her pup and a good book. Music is also such an important part of her life, it’s a wonder there isn’t a background soundtrack playing wherever she goes.

A good girl to most, a bad girl to a few, L.J. believes that every genre should be attempted and is more than likely to have tried to release three hundred series’ ranging from vampires and werewolves, to dystopian and even classic romance, before she reaches even middle age. At least, that’s the plan for now.


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