My very Second review for "Ily's Dream" (www.roxybooks.com or www.bn.com):
Since no-one complained about my very First review, I thought I'd share
this. I hope it isn't pushing my luck. It is from Sandy Cummins, she gave
me 4 Stars, and it can be seen at
. Thanks Sandy.
"The author has an ingenious turn of phrase and paints the scenes well -
this book was a pleasure to read."
"...overall the book has interesting people and a lively story."
Rating - ****
Or read the whole review here:
By Edward Stack
ISBN 1-929 120-82-6
Published by Roxy Books (www.RoxyBooks.com)
Ily chose the wrong house to break into, and now her death is
assured. There was no outward sign that the house belonged to a
wizard. But it did, a powerful wizard - and now his demon was going
to tear her to shreds. He had given her one chance to survive: all
she had to do was destroy the orb he gave her.
Ily had become a thief from necessity, but inside she was a good
person and she could not destroy an orb that exuded such purity and
So now she faced her doom - trapped in an old abandoned temple...
The demon was about to deal the killing stroke - she had no weapons
left; in desperation she ducked behind a statue of a Goddess and
threw the orb at her attacker. In her haste and fear, she missed
and the orb hit the statue instead - smashing into pieces and
littering the area with glass shards.
As the blood from Ily's cuts and the essence inside the orb mixed
and soaked into the crystal statue, it came to life!
Ily was saved - her poor aim had returned the heart to the Goddess,
freeing her from a long imprisonment. In gratitude the Goddess
saved Ily's life and asked her to become her High Priestess.
Finally Ily had someone to love - a Mother Goddess called Shumba who
had originally created the world and often took the form of a
But being High Priestess was not going to be an easy road - in her
absence, Shumba's followers had been scattered or destroyed and
their faith was weak. Relying on the faith of her worshippers for
power, Shumba was no longer strong and needed assistance to usurp
the false god the people now worshipped.
The first thing needed was new worshippers - and Shumba told Ily
that she knew just who to start with. There were pirates repairing
their boat on the island and that was who Ily was to approach.
A lone woman braving a shipful of pirates was the first of many
dangerous tasks Ily would be required to perform for her new God.
It would not be easy, but Shumba needed her.
The author has an ingenious turn of phrase and paints the scenes
well - this book was a pleasure to read.
There are a few occasions where the heroine is helped out by people
suddenly "turning up" and who had no real reason to have been
there. But overall the book has interesting people and a lively
Rating - ****
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