Thursday, August 21, 2014

Cephrael's Hand Blog Tour and Giveaway with Melissa McPhail

Cephrael's Hand: A Pattern of Shadow & Light Book One
By Melissa McPhail
Publisher: Outskirts Press
Published: July 14th 2013

Amazon Synopsis:

“All things are composed of patterns...” And within the pattern of the realm of Alorin, three strands must cross: 

In Alorin...three hundred years after the genocidal Adept Wars, the realm is dying, and the blessed Adept race dies with it. One man holds the secret to reverting this decline: Bjorn van Gelderan, a dangerous and enigmatic man whose shocking betrayal three centuries past earned him a traitor’s brand. It is the Adept Vestal Raine D’Lacourte’s mission to learn what Bjorn knows in the hope of salvaging his race. But first he’ll have to find him... 

In the kingdom of Dannym...the young Prince Ean val Lorian faces a tenuous future as the last living heir to the coveted Eagle Throne. When his blood-brother is slain during a failed assassination, Ean embarks on a desperate hunt for the man responsible. Yet his 
advisors have their own agendas, and his quest for vengeance leads him ever deeper into a sinuous plot masterminded by a mysterious and powerful man, the one they call First Lord... 

In the Nadori desert...tormented by the missing pieces of his life, a soldier named Trell heads off to uncover the truth of his shadowed past. But when disaster places him in the debt of Wildlings sworn to the First Lord, Trell begins to suspect a deadlier, darker secret motivating them.

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My Thoughts:

I usually like to start my review with a short summation of what the novel I am reviewing is about. However, Cephrael's Hand had so much going on in it, that even after finishing it, I find it difficult to sum the book up in a few sentences to give potential readers a good synopsis of the story. I will tell you that this novel takes us on a journey through many different lands in this world where we meet many different creatures from sundragons to shadows to pirates and even]]]] shapeshifters. We follow the journey of a prince and a man who cannot remember his own history.

This was a complex novel full of detail and description. Quite a longish book it sometimes seemed like it was two books contained in one, yet the two were definitely intertwined. Both mystery and adventure, there is no lack of action and intrigue in this novel. Someone is trying to kill the prince, but who, and why?

I found parts of the book to be very engaging, holding my interest very nicely and making me want to keep reading, yet there were also sections where the story seemed to lag somewhat and lost my attention. There were a lot of characters to keep track of as well. The author did a fair job of developing the characters of the main ones so that I could keep track of them.

It was very obvious that a great deal of time and thought was put into the writing of this novel. The influence of other great fantasy writers shine through. I gave Cephrael's Hand 3 stars out of 5.

Thank you to the author for providing a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own.

About the Author:

Melissa McPhail is a classically trained pianist, violinist and composer, a Vinyasa yoga instructor, and an avid Fantasy reader. A long-time student of philosophy, she is passionate about the Fantasy genre because of its inherent philosophical explorations.
Ms. McPhail lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, their twin daughters and two very large cats.
Cephrael's Hand is the award-winning first novel in her series A Pattern of Shadow and Light.

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  1. Thank you for your interest in reviewing Cephrael's Hand, Kathryn. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

  2. I read this book last year and really enjoyed it. I actually like it that there were so many little stories that were interconnected, but I know what you mean about giving a good synopsis - it's not so easy with this one. :)

  3. I’ve not read much of the fantasy genre, but I think I’ll have to check this one out. It sounds great.

    Thank you so much for the post and giveaway! Fingers crossed. :-)

    Lindsey8907 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  4. While I do agree that some parts of this novel were a bit slow, I also think that it was totally fascinating! I'm glad you mentioned that it was very well thought out, because that's definitely true!

    Thanks for your thoughts!! : )

    1. This is one of those books that no matter how much you like or hate the book, you have to admit that the author put a huge amount of work into planning and thinking it through. A lot of work went into it.!