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Wednesday, 1 August 2018

RELEASE BLITZ & REVIEW - Fire in the Rain (Wraidd Elfennol #4) by Morgan Sheppard

Epic, Fantasy, Myth and Magic

Fire in the Rain finds trouble once more in the island of Wraidd Elfennol.
One of the Water Partners has told of a problem with the water ways, which could affect the land and folk for generations to come if a solution is not found.

Afon and Necia, together with their Partners Meinwen and Dai, are called as Chosen. With friends and mentors on hand to help them, they need to find the inner confidence in themselves, and their Element, to win the day.

Will the Chosen of Fire and Water succeed? Or is the Island of Wraidd Elfennol doomed to live forever beneath the shadows of Cysgod?

Full of myth and magic, with a strong Welsh theme, Fire in the Rain brings to a close the Fantasy series set in the imaginary world of Wraidd Elfennol.

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 When Afon awoke the following morning, the side of the bed where Necia had lain was already cold, so he knew she had been gone for a while. He dressed quickly and went downstairs to find her. In the kitchen area, he found everyone gathered around, munching on some bacon sandwiches.
“I can’t believe you didn’t wake me for these,” said Afon, lifting a sandwich at the same time he kissed his wife’s cheek.
“I thought the smell would wake you fast enough,” Necia smiled.
“Couldn’t smell a thing up there,” Afon complained.
Briallan laughed at him. “That would be insulation that Rhosyn and Opal insisted on. It still works, although we have added to it as time has gone by.”
“It works perfectly,” admired Afon. “Can’t hear anyone, can’t smell anything. Actually, that might not be a good thing if I can’t smell bacon sandwiches.”
Briallan chuckled at him, “Oh, Afon, you are crazy. As if Necia would let you miss out on them. She was just about to bring some up to you.”
“And that’s just one of the many reasons I love this woman,” he said, squeezing his wife and making her squeal with delight.
“Put her down, Afon,” rumbled a deep voice from behind them.
Now it was Briallan’s turn to smile as she embraced Kegan. They kissed quickly before Kegan pulled out a chair and seated himself down.
Kegan’s face looked grey and his shoulders drooped with exhaustion. His salt-and-pepper hair was dishevelled, and his pale blue eyes were weary. Nevertheless, he had a ready smile for those sat around the table, and gave them all a smile in greeting.
“Did you walk back through the night?” asked Briallan as she bustled around to make him a drink. “No, don’t answer that. You must have done to get back at this time.”
“I did,” answered Kegan anyway, taking the mug gratefully from his wife. “Demi and I decided it was important enough to return as quickly as we could.”
“Where’s Demi now?” asked Necia, looking around for the Tiger Salamander that was Kegan’s Life Partner.
“She’s retired to her burrow,” said Kegan, rubbing the back of his neck.
“And you’ll be heading for yours, once you’ve had something to eat,” said Briallan firmly. “You’re no good to anyone when you’re this tired.”
“I will, I promise,” said Kegan, smiling at Briallan. “Have you heard back from anyone else yet?”
“Not yet, but we haven’t long been awake,” said Briallan, squeezing his shoulder. “Don’t you worry about it, love. You need to get some sleep so that your mind can work properly again.”
“I don’t think we should wait,” said Kegan, looking around at his friends. “This is serious, and it needs acting on. I need to sleep, I know, but I really think that we should gather the Elders, anyone who’s in Charon, and meet up this evening.”
“It’s that bad?” asked Briallan, her words a whisper in the quiet room.
Kegan looked at her, and reached up to take her hand. “Yes, Briallan, it is. I’ve never seen the like, and I don’t really know what we should do.”

5 out of 5 (exceptional)

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I will start out saying I enjoyed this book. I really did. I enjoyed the characters and I enjoyed the story line. I enjoyed getting more to learn about Wraidd Elfennol. I enjoyed the detail that the author puts into her stories and the relationships that the characters experience. I really enjoyed this book asa whole.
It didn’t seem to be as long as the others, but it did take me a lot longer to read, so maybe that’s why. I wasn’t able to read this book as quickly as I would have liked as life just kept getting in the way. I want to point out that I think it would benefit the story and benefit you as a reader if you can read this faster than time allowed me to. There is so much going on in this story and so many characters, it is so easy to forget about something important or forget some of the character’s names if you have to stop reading for a few days just because your schedule doesn’t allow. So please, when you start reading this book, clear your schedule. I promise, you’ll thank me.
There is a heart stopping moment in this story; prepare yourself. Be ready to be mad at the author. Be ready to want to curse her. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. It was well worth it in the end. It was such a great moment, incredibly well written.
The two chosen in this story have such a great little romance going on.  If you’ve read any of Morgan’s other stories, you’ll know that romance doesn’t happen often and isn’t detailed.  The scenes aren’t detailed in this story either, but I think the way that she wrote the lave between these two was magical. I caught myself smiling or sighing or thinking of those little moments I have with my own spouse. The love and admiration and respect between these two characters is what relationships should be based on. It’s the little touch when you’re going to another room, a knowing smile, a kiss on the forehead. It’s that feeling of longing when you’re away from them. It’s the feeling of absolute devastation when they are lost. I applaud the author on her writing skills for these two characters. I couldn’t have been happier.
All in all, it was a great read. It had a great story line and the characters were even better than book one, which happens to be my favorite. These two hold a special place in my heart but this book and the characters and their bond are it for me. Please take some time and give it a read. You won’t be sorry. 

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

5 out of 5 (exceptional)

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Wow what a roller coaster! This took us once again into the magical world of Wraidd Elfennol to conclude the series. 

Knowing this would be the end of this world I’ve grown so fond of had mixed feelings. Would it match up as many sequels fail to? Could it make me care as I did for original characters? 

It did so, and more on both accounts! 

This showed two new characters Necia and Afon. Both chosen but also life partners too. They perfectly complimented one another as polar opposites. 
Their struggles through the trials of their trip, mixed with heartbreak, bravery, fear and happiness made me weep, get angry and root for them both constantly. 

The very last part of the book had a very good plot twist which I understood the reason but still didn’t want to happen from the point of view of the others it affected. 

I couldn’t have enjoyed the closure of this story more and it was written with passion and a real sense of wanting to make the story work, without looking for dramatic twists that some fantasy stories use needlessly. 

Bravo Morgan Sheppard. You made me feel every emotion known in one sitting, as I devoured the book without a break. Thank you. I’d recommend this to any lovers of fantasy and YA fantasy. 

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

Originally from the United Kingdom, Morgan Sheppard now resides in Germany, although she freely admits to having left part of her heart in Wales. Morgan is the author of the fantasy series, World of Wraidd Elfennol, and also the contemporary, women’s fiction novella, Disjointed Lives.

Whilst a writer mainly in the fantasy genre, Morgan is more than happy to share her love of reading amongst the many different genres out there, and can always be found with a book close by.

As well as reading and writing, Morgan spends her time looking after her family and trying to learn German. Unfortunately, a natural aptitude for languages doesn’t appear to be one of her strong points. However, stubbornness is, so she continues to persevere. So far, Morgan is confident enough to order a beer and a pretzel.

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