Friday, March 27, 2015

Blog Tour Book Review: The Black Elf of Seaward Isle by Joni Parker

Title: The Black Elf of Seaward Isle
Author: Joni Parker
Publisher: Village Green Press, LLC
Pages: 330
Genre: Fantasy/Action Adventure
Format: Paperback/Kindle

On the mysterious Seaward Isle, Alex, the young daughter of Count Dumwalt, escapes Wizard Mylar's attack on her father's fortress with the help of two men, Hamlin and Tyrone, who take her to her brother in the village of Nyla. Disguised as a boy to stay at the Sword Academy with her brother, she learns of the death of her parents and vows to avenge their deaths. At the same time, a witch on the far side of the island predicts the rise of the Black Elf, the only person with the power to kill a wizard. Meanwhile, Alex's stay at the academy is cut short when the headmistress arranges her adoption by a Scinthian Scout, an Amazon warrior and her Dwarf companion. When her adoptive mother is killed in a pirate attack, Alex returns home to Nyla where Tyrone, now the Governor, takes her in as his ward as he accepts a cadre of Scinthian soldiers for training to restore their decimated Army. Since Alex can speak their language, she becomes a training liaison, leading to her selection as an elite soldier and assassin known as a tracker. Her first mission succeeds beyond all expectations and results in her selection as a training officer for the Scinthians, still involved in an extensive training program. Upon assignment to a remote border outpost, Alex discovers evidence of foul play-eight missing soldiers. As she attempts to uncover the mystery, she meets with resistance and skepticism, but she leads a mission to save them. As she basks in her glory, the wizard shows up to seek revenge on Governor Tyrone, forcing Alex to intervene.

My Thoughts: 

Did I hear what a mystery of as book, you got that right. Joni Parker has written once again to many readers a great book. Having to read Parkers book for the first time, I was so excited. To read an action pack adventure it reminded me of "King Kong". The danger, fun, and inquisitive things that was put into this book, just shows that there are some great authors out there. Going along with Alex was an adventure within an adventure. The plot was very gripping and unique. The writing style was great, but at first I was a bit lost with some of the pages I was just reading but not know what I was reading. However, I had high hopes for Parkers books, and I'm glad to say I was not disipointed. The book also reminded me of the famous "Harry Potter" series, because of the dangerous mission Harry encounters his 7 years at Hogwarts. If you enjoyed this author, series, anything, I must tell you to pick it up and get lost within the pages of writing.

The Author:

Joni Parker was born in Chicago, Illinois, but left the windy city at an early age when her family moved to Japan. Upon return to the United States, her family moved to Phoenix, Arizona where she graduated from Camelback High School and began college. However within months, Joni quit college and joined the Navy where she became a Photographer's Mate. After 3 years in the Navy, she returned to college and got married. She got a Bachelor's degree in Accounting and an MBA before she returned to the Navy. As a Commissioned Officer, Joni attended the US Army Command and General Staff College, completing a Master of Military Arts and Sciences Degree. She retired from the Navy with over 22 years of service and spent several years traveling the United States in a motorhome with her husband. When he died unexpectedly, Joni returned to work for the federal government in a civil service job. Five years ago, she started writing and retired once more to devote more time to her new passion. She currently lives in Texas.  


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