In the Books featuring Calasade: Sanguinem Isle: Illustrated Fantasy by Mark Stone

Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of In the Books, featuring Calasade: Sanguinem Isle: Illustrated Fantasy by Mark Stone.


About the book: Getting the woman can return him the past. Saving the girl stolen could grant him a future. Choosing one will cost the other everything.

Caderyn Fortis has been many things—loyal husband, soldier, war veteran, public servant. Now he is a fallen nobilis and gambling addict, an alcoholic who never got over the murder of his wife. He has descended to his darkest place when an opportunity comes that can help him recover his self-worth and make up for the mistakes that cost him his wife. All he has to do is discover who kidnapped a young woman and where they took her, then rescue her. He must do this while not alienating his best suspect (his employer) or falling in love with the woman helping him.

My Review: This was an unexpected treat. I’ve often thought of a Mystery and Epic Fantasy mix, and this is the first one I’ve come across. The flow of the story is smooth and engaging as we’re moved along at a good pace. It was a cool experience in not only experiencing a new world, but also to see the process of detection Caderyn uses to locate the girl while battling his own demons.

The only issue I had, and this is more of getting used to a new story than not, was the different terms for various items, people, and acts. It was a little distracting at first, but once I got into the story it wasn’t a problem.

As for the characters, I thought they were well done. Each of them had a life of their own and brought something more to the story. Caderyn captured the tortured hero that’s a staple in Epic Fantasy and the old crime/mystery novels I loved to read as a kid. There were a couple of points I wanted to reach into the book and smack him upside the head, but the other characters tended to do that for me. lol

I am curious as to what happened during the time jump at the end to a few of them, but I won’t go into greater detail due to spoilers and a possible sequel (Hint hint. 🙂 ).

Overall, I really enjoyed this and look forward to more books in the series and other works by the author.


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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