In the Books featuring The Third Apprentice by Lana Axe

Good morning and welcome to a special release day edition of In the Books, featuring The Third Apprentice by Lana Axe.

I’d like to take a moment to offer my congratulations to Lana for her newest release and best of luck for many more.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review.

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In order for him to earn the rank of Master, a young apprentice mage is sent with two of his fellow apprentices to find an artifact capable of bestowing immortal life to the one that controls it. The catch? They have to follow a thousand year old map to a cursed region where one of the most powerful mage built her tomb.

Sounds simple right? If it was, it wouldn’t be a fun read and it was definitely that. I feel it’s only right to say I love Lana Axe’s writing. It’s a great mix of the epic fantasy style I love with a touch of YA that makes the story a fast read while delivering the goods you’d expect in an epic fantasy.

The characters were well written and enjoyable. Taran, the mage, is forced to overcome his naiveté and beliefs when he befriends a reptilian assassin named Zamna. Zamna was my favorite of the two by far for his sarcastic humor and way he carried himself. I’ve always enjoyed mysterious characters with an attitude, so I hope he makes another appearance at some point in the future.

I was confused at one point when Zamna knew what happened to Taran in The Barrans, but that could have just been me missing it. Aside from that, I thought the story flowed well and explained things well enough so it was easy to understand, but also kept a sense of mystery within the story. I look forward to future books from this author.

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About CP Bialois

Where do I begin? Well first I guess it's only fair to say that CP Bialois isn't my real name. It's a collaboration I made out of the three greatest pets anyone could ever want. My real name is Ed and I'm just an average person that has found a way to do what he loves. For as long back as I can remember I loved to pretend. Whether it was with my Transformers, GI Joe, or He-Man toys I loved to create intricate plots and have them fight it out. As a fan of horror, science fiction, action, and comedy I dare say my taste in movies are well rounded. Some of my favorites were Star Wars, Star Trek, martial arts, and anything with Swarzenegger in them. I'd write my own stories about the characters I saw in the theaters or TV or I'd just daydream about what I'd see myself as the hero of course. You can't have a daydream without beating the bad guys, getting the girl, etc. It's just not right to envision yourself as a flunky or sidekick. As far as books I loved Sherlock Holmes, Treasure Island, Dracula, and the normal assortment. My early love was the Star Trek novels, I'd read them or the Hardy Boys relentlessly. For a time I could tell you the plot of over a hundred books not to mention comics. I have to come clean and say that I learned to read because of comic books. I was bored, make that extremely bored when we started to read in school. Reading "the cat fell down" really didn't interest me. My dad, who continues to astound me with his insight to this day, figured comics would work. With that in mind he went to the newstand in town and bought issues of Donald Duck, Scrooge McDuck, Tales From the Crypt, and Spider-man. He patiently read through them with me until I picked it up. Whether it was him or the comics I learned to read in about two weeks and for a while few were as good as I was. For years after that whenever we'd go out he'd always spring for a couple of comic books for me. While it wasn't exactly the perfect beginning everything I've ever read or have seen has influenced me in some way and now is the time I'd like to share some of the ideas I've had over the years with all of you. I hope you enjoy my stories, they're always fun to write and I don't see myself stopping anytime soon.
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