I am intrigued about what book three will offer. I can't wait to find out!
I love his fast paced writing style and the flow was wonderful! I had never heard of R. Smith before, until a friend of mine mentioned him. But now that I have, I look forward to reading more books written by him in the future. He has found a fan in me! Although this book is not aimed at the Young Adult age group as such, I think that this book would appeal to readers aged 16 upwards who love dark urban fantasy.
I also highly recommend this book to adults who love horror, paranormal or dark urban fantasy genres. Jan 30, Tony rated it really liked it.
This is the second book in the Grenshall Manor Chronicles. This one is set a year after the first. I found the pace of this book a little unusual. The only way I can describe it is like a role-playing game. There is the expected gradual rise in tension and pace but it is a lot more spiky than in some books. I can see influences from lots of games in the world and the characters. I instantly felt at home in this book. It broke my Kindle. I was sitting ther This is the second book in the Grenshall Manor Chronicles.
I was sitting there reading it and the screen cracked to the point of uselessness before my eyes. It was bizarre and it took me a few weeks of owning my new one before I braved reading it again. Thankfully my new reader was more hardy to the powers within. All of the main characters in this book are vivid and interesting. I am still a bit hazy about how some of the world building stuff hangs together but I presume that will become clearer in the final part. There is no obvious romance in this series so far.
Instead there is the love the comes through shared experience and friendship. That is a very powerful driver in this book. This is a good fun read and I will be reading the third part. Nov 28, Alicia Wright rated it really liked it. An interesting sequel and I'm pleased to see there's more to come. One of the things I lamented last book was how little we learned about Jennifer - and now I see why.
This is very much so Jen's book. It would have been nice to learn a little more about her beforehand - the beginning was slow for me because I simply didn't know much about Jen, but as I learned, my interest picked up and so did the plot.
It was smooth sailing and happy hours curled up with book and tea then, just like the first o An interesting sequel and I'm pleased to see there's more to come. It was smooth sailing and happy hours curled up with book and tea then, just like the first one. A great expansion on the first book, widening the scope and introducing us to more fantastical worlds. I still love our power trio of Mary, Kara and Jen and it was just great to see them again.
We had some new mysteries to figure out, some new enemies to fight and there was some great call back to book one If I have a gripe it's that the action scenes are too long for me. This feels like a minor nitpick though - I often have to extend my own action scenes after being told they're too short, so it is likely personal preference, but there are a lot of them, so I feel I have to mention it.
Action fans will love it though. To make a long story short - I will be asking the author when the next one will be out at the earliest opportunity. Mar 03, Gavin Udall rated it it was amazing. I was looking forward to this book after reading the first volume in the series and am glad to say the wait was worth it. As before there is well thought out, deep, and believable characterisation and action abound.
It is all clearly well thought out, and while the plot does not hold as many surprises and convolution as the previous book, although there is still plenty, I expect some if this is simply because the exposition is not yet complete. The story as before as I believe will the next inst I was looking forward to this book after reading the first volume in the series and am glad to say the wait was worth it. The story as before as I believe will the next instalment focuses on the development of one protagonist, with the other major characters from the previous volume providing context and contrast.
Not that the other characters do not continue to develop, in fact some major changes do occur, it is just the primary focus is elsewhere. As well as writing, he enjoys a semi-regular presence on the Book Worm podcast on Fab Radio International. The victim of a brutal attack, Rose remembers one thing: Rose and Tally share fates intertwined.
Rose must discover how before the secrets of the past destroy her, her friends, and all of London. A dark and chilling paranormal mystery It was an exciting read with very interesting phenomena and paranormal elements that drew me in. Rewind to the past where we meet the adopted heir of the Grenshall legacy, Tally Grenshall.
Tally not only inherits considerable wealth but must contend with an incredibly evil enemy who is in the business of raising the dead. Then there is a brilliant sapphire necklace, said to have powerful magic that is the crux of the battle between the good and the evil, a necklace that has been the bane for Tally and now Rose who is tasked to find it. With the help of three women, Kara, Violet and Jennifer, Rose and Tally work together despite the time and dimension difference to bring down their common enemy.
The novel begins slowly, setting the stage, diagraming Tally's past and Rose's future straddled by the monster who kickstarts the story. The story clips at a steadier pace after the sixth chapter and progresses steadily as Rose tries to find the sapphire while trying to protect the city of London from the evil that strikes the unexpected humans while dealing with Tally. The best scenes are those heavy with action, descriptively strong and alive. The plot is well developed and structurally sound however, there were a lot of background questions that I would have loved answered regarding some of the ancillary characters.
The emotional facets of the final scenes between Rose and Tally were telling but needed a bit more dimension. There are a lot of plot twists and turns but the character development, though satisfactory could do with more dimension and weight. I gave Oblivion Storm 5-stars because for a debut novel, R. Smith does a phenomenal job of creating a riveting story that is a unique entry into what I suspect will be an entertaining series. I look forward to reading Primal Storm. Oblivion Storm is a must read!
Enjoy my reviews at The Author Visits Oct 29, Sarah-kate rated it liked it. Overall this is a fantastic read. For a first novel not only in the series but for the author it shows a hell of a lot of promise, and I am really looking forward to the next book being released! The story is gritty, the contrast between Victorian and modern London is refreshing and done in a very believable manner.
I find it very difficult to connect with female characters, but this book has some very strong women in it and I'm really interested in getting to know them a little more! The opening Overall this is a fantastic read. The opening of the book is gripping enough for me to have continued reading it, but I found that Chapter Five was the breech for me - as soon as I got past that point I did not - could not - put this book down; that, for me, was the point where Smith's writing really came into itself. I think that this is definitely a book that will hold up to many re-reads; the depth of the story cannot be fully realised until you have read it through at least once, and I am greatly looking forward to having an excuse to step through the Gaate again!
Oct 10, Gavin Udall rated it it was amazing. It's not often that I recommend books to people probably because I read an awful lot of rubbish, but then I need something to do on the train but I cannot recommend this enough. The book centres around some very deep, believable and engaging characters, including one of the best developed villains I have come across in a long time.
The plot is convoluted but understandable and evolves in parallel with the characters, such that their actions, although unexpected feel inevitable. The first coupl It's not often that I recommend books to people probably because I read an awful lot of rubbish, but then I need something to do on the train but I cannot recommend this enough. The first couple of chapters are a little daunting and confusing, but then none of the protagonists really know what's going on either so I suppose it's only fair. Persevere, it's definitely worth it. Oct 29, Alex James rated it really liked it Shelves: Oblivion Storm is a paranormal fantasy that focuses on powerful emotionally driven female protagonists, and is set in multiple time-periods.
Now Tally Grenshall, she is granted a life of privilege as part of the family. However, through her nostalgic nightly adve Oblivion Storm is a paranormal fantasy that focuses on powerful emotionally driven female protagonists, and is set in multiple time-periods. However, through her nostalgic nightly adventures she witnesses black magic being perpetrated by the cruel Lady Raine A courageously bloody and desperate struggle ensues.
Just who is this monstrous assailant? A group of characters are introduced hereon. Imagine young women with super-powers, kicking ass and combating unflinching and possessed enemies. An element of paranormal mystery is added to unravel the secrets of the past and of the convoluted supernatural forces that have intertwined with the lives of these independent women. In present day, a whirlpool of shadowy evil has led to many unexplained deaths. I was captivated by her struggle to rescue Violet, the abused daughter of Lady Raine.
These were certainly my favorite parts. Though the supernatural forces left me in the dark, much was enlightening at the end of the story. Oblivion Storm is a complex story that tests perspective, crafted with jump-off the page dialogue and mystery revelation.
It makes a formidable and memorable snapshot into the paranormal genre, especially for those completely new to it, as I am. I bought this book without knowing a thing about it. Would I have bought this book otherwise? Probably not because a paranormal fantasy novel set partly in the Victorian era is not usually my thing.
In this instance it was good to read outside of my comfort zone. I read this book a lot more slowly than I would usually because I had to get my head around some of the concepts. The w I bought this book without knowing a thing about it. The way the story moved from one era to another was done really well and avoided too much confusion.
I sometimes find that when a male author writes a story where most of the main characters are female it can feel a little forced and a bit fake. For me all of the characters felt genuine.
Oblivion Storm (The Grenshall Manor Chronicles) (Volume 1) [R. A. Smith] on uzotoqadoh.tk *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Over a century past, a wily. Oblivion Storm (The Grenshall Manor Chronicles #1) . The book's pace is slower in the first half of the book as much of the world building is established but .
My particular favourite was Dr Kara Mellencourt. The way her driving is described in the book is just so perfect for a London driver. These characters really do drive the story. This story explores a slightly different take on ghosts than I am used to. I would over-simplify it by saying that there is a type of magic that is drawn from a parallel universe that directly overlays our own. It is the physical manifestations from this universe in our own that creates what we would call ghosts, but there are those that can harness the power of those no longer on this plane of existence. It is put a lot more eloquently than that and there is a lot more to it but it should give you a rough idea.
Overall this is a really interesting book that captives and entertains. Sep 09, Alicia Wright rated it really liked it. In Victorian London, Iris Brown, a poor child, wrangles her way into the home and the affections of the Grenshall family. But their legacy is more than the impressive Grenshall Manor and their money. There is a dark secret within the mansion, that ruthless enemies will do anything to get at. In our own time, a university student is brutally attacked after a night out and no-one, especially not 'Rose' herself, can work out why she isn't dead.
She also can't remember who she is or why the heck she' In Victorian London, Iris Brown, a poor child, wrangles her way into the home and the affections of the Grenshall family. She also can't remember who she is or why the heck she's being attacked. The answer is quite the surprise I have spent many an hour this week happily curled up with this book and a cup of tea.
There was plenty of action and mystery to be had, and I often read more than I intended the ol' 'just one more chapter' because I wanted to know what would happen next. It was not a chore to read, I enjoyed it a lot and I will be getting the next one, Primal Storm. I feel like this needed a couple of drafts more for polishing.
There were bits where it felt a little clunky, and while some of the main characters were well developed, others were not. When the plot is fast paced like this and the characters are focused on saving the the time they have to flesh themselves out is limited. I do feel like we could have had a little less action and a little more character development, but I understand that it can be hard in this kind of plot driven storyline.
The other thing that has regrettably dragged my score down is that I was a little confused at the end.. I feel like there are still some things that I am missing. Overall it was an enjoyable read, and I would encourage people to give it a go. Dec 11, D.