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Blood Scroll of Antares (First Contact) (Warlords Book 3) by Brian K. Larson – Review

Next up on David’s Book blug is Blood Scroll of Antares by Brian K. Larson!

Here’s the blurb :-

Genre – Science Fiction

In this third installment in the Warlords Series, The Empress must seek the missing Blood Scroll of Antares. Rescued after her crash, she is brought to the under-lands of ancient Earth by a band of Sasquatch. Join them on this magical quest in search for the ancient texts and discover the mysteries of the Kron’Shulooka, or Blood Spirit.Their hope is that the ancient writings will hold the clues of what must be done.

Former Emperor Dumakas, thought to be killed, is returned from Revein’sev, the sacred place where all Antarians believe their ancient ancestors reside. Now seeking to return to power, Dumakas has a stronger fortitude and plans to invade Earth. However, there is strong opposition to him retaking his seat; those closest to the Emperor continue to hold the Empress’ song within their hearts.

Will Dumakas succeed with his invasion plans, or will the Empress return to Antares in time to stop him?

Review

Former Emperor Dumakas is out for revenge in the 3rd instalment in the Warlords series by Brian K. Larson.

The Antarians are an alien race controlled by blood lust and their target is humankind. After Dumakas was defeated there’s a chance for the bloodlust to cease but Dumakas is only injured.. he’s going to return to take back his place as Emperor.

Many years ago the Blood Scroll of Antares were written and the empress must seek the scroll in order to understand the blood spirit and to find the means to defeat Dumakas once as for all!

The empress along with her allies attempt to locate these scrolls on Earth and a well-known mystery/myth  in our own history is explored which gives the book a good link to real life which I quite enjoyed.

The Antarian race is caught up with internal turmoil as the Empresses blood song wains. Some are still loyal to the Empress but others are loyal to the former Emperor. Throw in some power struggles within the human race also and you’ve got quite some conflicts going on.

The Warlords series is a fast paced wild space ride full of gadgets & ancient myths mixing past and present and at times throwing things completely on their head.

Blood Scroll of Antares develops the series well and is a fun read. As always the author has his own style of storytelling.. it’s such a complex plot with multiple angles which means it could be easy to lose your place but the writing style makes it easy to keep up and enjoy. It’s not too technical but the author clearly has fun making up jump sequences etc which give it a punch. With the fast pace and quick chapters sometimes it needed the throttle off the pace to absorb events and these moments did that but also added a little suspense to the tale.

Brian K. Larson is a fun author for me..I always enjoy his books and the style of writing means it’s easy for me to enjoy without overloading me..it’s just and easy, fun and exciting read.

Word of warning, Brian K. Larson likes to weave a long tale..set some time aside so you can really enjoy the series 🙂

My Rating – 5/5 Stars

To find out more head to Amazon or Goodreads

10 Questions with…..Brian K. Larson

So since is started to really get into reading a few years ago i’ve become a big fan of Brian’s work. He has fun ideas and his storytelling has always kept me hooked. Today happens to be release day for his latest work Time Squared. Look out for my review in the not to distant future!

Happy release day Brian!

Now, Brain has very kindly answered a few questions. Sit back, enjoy and at the end of it i hope you’ll be tempted to give Brian’s work a try if you haven’t already

Let’s talk about your latest released book. Tell us a short blurb about the book, please?

Time Squared is a book about, well, time travel. Here’s the synopsis:

Jonas Arnell, Tipper Montgomery, and a crew of seven launches from Jupiter Station on the Aevus. They’re sent to investigate a mysterious signal coming from the star Gliese 667.

Nearly destroyed from a surprise attack to prevent the mission, they retire into cryogenic sleep for the nineteen month journey.

When they awaken, their world is turned upside down as they discover the origin of this mystery signal; their own ship. Only the crew and the ship’s skiff are missing.

Landing on the planet, they discover a time chamber where an accident has altered their time-line. Now they must travel through time to stop the paradox from occurring.

Where did your idea for the story come from and how long did it take to write?

This book was originally inspired by the 1960’s TV show, “Time Tunnel” that I watched as a kid. I was enthralled by the idea, or, possibility, that we could travel through time.

Time Squared was one of my easiest books to write with a completed manuscript in two months. I love science fiction and when you toss time travel in, well, it becomes even more awesome.

How did you come up with the title?

Time Squared has several been inspired by many different works. However, one comes to mind is an episode on Star Trek: The Next Generation called Time Squared where Captain Picard discovers his shuttlecraft floating in space. When they bring it onboard, Captain Picard is inside. It’s a wonderful time travel episode. However, the crew in this book finding themselves and the title are the only things you will find familiar. The story does take on its own life and after ready a couple of chapters, you will be hooked.

 

 

 

Do you stick to one genre or do you dabble in others, too?

I mainly write Science Fiction. However, my last 3 book series titled ‘Warlords,’ mixed science fiction and fantasy. I had one review state that he loved the books and I didn’t trip over one genre over the other, it was blended nicely.

What are you currently working on?

Currently, I’m working on volume 2 in the ‘Time’ series titled, ‘Time Fractured.’

Which manuscript did you have the most fun working on?

By far, the manuscript I had the most fun writing was the third book in the ‘Warlords Series’ titled ‘Blood Scroll of Antares.’ The words flowed onto the page, and I had a clear understanding of every aspect of the story. I found my groove on this one for sure.

 

Let’s talk about you, the author, now. What do you do when you aren’t writing?

If I’m not sitting behind my keyboard writing my next best seller, I tend to binge watch Netflix series. My favorite one is newest ‘Battlestar Galactica,’ followed by ‘Fringe.’ Currently, I’m just starting season 3 of ‘Lost.’

 

 

Tell us about your favorite cause.

I support the International Dyslexia Foundation. They help others recognize and deal with Dyslexia.

 

Are you coffee or tea?

Most definitely a coffee person, but I do like tea as well.

And lastly, what is the one thing you wish people who DON’T write would understand about writing?

Writing is NOT an easy profession. Sure, the story ideas come fairly easy. However, it takes a lot of planning such as world building and creating unique character that reader will love. Lastly, it’s not all about writing. When you’re an independent, or Indi author, my job’s not done when the manuscript is done. Revisions, editing, doing the book layout, as well as all the marketing fall to author. Having some experience in business with project management does help a great deal.

Author Bio:

Brian was born and raised in Seattle in 1959. He grew up in the town of Mount Lake Terrace, a small suburb north of the city. Brian, being the youngest, had two siblings, his eldest brother, Mike and sister, Pam. School was challenging, as Brian suffers with Dyslexia, a learning disability that affects 1 in 15 Americans. That didn’t stop Brian. He was named “bookworm” in school because he always had his nose in a book.

Brian received his MBA in 2010 in Business, now writes for fun, living his lifelong dream of writing science fiction books. He enjoys his off time, with his seventh grade sweetheart, Diana Rose now for going on sixteen years. She has been by his side and continues to supports his writing. Brian says that without her encouragement, his dream would never have become a reality. They now live in Marysville, Washington, and enjoy three wonderful kids and eight grandchildren. They range from newborn to thirteen, and he says they are so special and great to have around.

It is Brian’s hope that through his writing he will fill hearts with joy to readers all over the world, sparking their imaginations.

Links:

Amazon: www.amazon.com/author/bklarson

Time Squared link US: https://amzn.com/B01F6A9I2Y

Time Squared link UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01F6A9I2Y/

Personal: www.secretofthecrystal.com

Empress of Antares by Brian K. Larson – Review

Title –  Empress of Antares (Warlords 2)
Author – Brian K. Larson
Genre –  Science Fiction
Length –   380 Pages
Publication – Nov 2015
My Rating – 4/5 Stars

Synopsis

The ancient Antarian scrolls spoke of legends regarding a female warrior from an unknown house. In this second installment, the life blood from the Beast of the Valley of Trenches can bring fortitude to the new Empress of Antares.

“Know that there will be two paths to take. One path will bring your own destruction, the other, the annihilation of Earth.”

The Empress must choose the right path blindly, because of the missing scrolls. Will she choose the right direction, or will time run out on saving humanity from the Warlords? Join Admiral Jedediah Fitz and Major Race Jennings as they prepare for the invasion.

Review

Empress is the second book in the Warlord series by Brian K. Larson. You can check out my review for The Warlords of Anatres here..

If you’ve read the first book you won’t be disappointed. It’s written in Brian’s classic style of easy reading but one hell of a fast paced ride.

The twist and turns come at you so fast in this book it’s got so much going on but that’s what makes it fun to read.. you don’t have time to get bored

There are a lot of characters mentioned at times in quick bursts so it does take a little while to get used to the characters but once you do it’s a great story.

Something stood out for me with this book, that being character development which I’m a big fan of.. if you are reading a series of books you need them to develop at a decent pace and I think the author did a great job with building on the characters from the last book. I would have liked more from Race in this book if you read the book you can tell why he’s overshadowed in this one.. it’s not his tale this time.. I hopeful for more from him in book 3 which I’ve already downloaded and I’m looking forward to getting to grips with it

All in all this is another solid book from Brian, if you enjoy his work you’ll love this one. The why I describe his work is simply fast paced science fiction made simple.. Brian gives you just the info you need.. doesn’t over complicate things and lets you enjoy the ride

As with the author’s previous work it’s perfectly suited for an adult to read or a young adult, his writing style makes it so easy to read so even if you aren’t the most confident reader you’ll be fine with this

To find out more head to Goodreads, Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

 

The Warlords of Antares (First Contact) by Brian K. Larson – Review

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Title – The Warlords of Antares (First Contact)
Author – Brian K. Larson
Genre –  Fantasy/Science Fiction
Length –  298 Pages
Publication – 10th April 2015
My Rating – 4/5 Stars

Synopsis

Betelgeuse star went supernova 640 years ago. The explosion opened an unstable wormhole to Earth. It took all those years for the corridor to stabilized. The Warlord’s Emperor sent a scout to investigate the newly discovered life forms, and to bring back specimens for their arena games. Their Antarian blood lust must be quenched…and the Antarian Boreshog beast they must face, has never been defeated.

The benevolent Eridonians’ mission is to prepare the people of Earth for the coming onslaught. Join Navy Captain Jedediah Fitz and USMC Major Race Jennings on their quest to fight Earth’s newest enemy.

Prepare yourselves, the Warlords are coming.

Review

I must admit combining genres like Science Fiction and Fantasy work well for me.

The story is pretty straight forward, good guys & bad guys with added aliens, wormholes, nukes and blood. Pretty good mix if you ask me.

So to start with we learn about two races of aliens the warlord Antarians and the Eridonians. The Eridonians don’t like what the warlords do and want to stop Earth from being invaded.

A wormhole the Eridonians have been monitoring is now stable enough for the warlords to traverse and it leads straight to Earth!

Now the Eridonians have been watching us for some time and now they show themselves to us and enlist the help of the Earths forces to defend the planet from invasion

Things never go to plan and our heroes end up traveling through the wormhole to rescue some crew members who’ve been taken hostage.

We learn a lot more about the alien races at this point and learn about the bloodlust of the Antarians and the games they hold in their arena.

I don’t want to give the whole plot away but there’s an interesting tale being told with the bloodlust and the challenges our heroes face.

I’m a fan of Brian’s work anyway. His books suit adults and young adults as well. I think this is mainly due to his writing style as all his books flow well with a decent chapter length and you don’t get bogged down in too much detail.

The author manages to give the main characters some depth throughout the story and you may find out you like someone you initially thought you wouldn’t.

Now if you want me to be picky I felt the jump sequence used to travel space was a bit long. You hear it used throughout the book so i would have probably shortened it but that’s just me.

I guess my only complaint about the book which really isn’t a complaint is that it left me wondering what happened next.. I felt the ending of the book was good but i wanted more. Am i being greedy??

Overall i really enjoyed the book and i hope you do as well. Do i think the book is worth the money? yes definitely. Keep em coming Brian and i’ll keep buying!

Upcoming Releases I’m Getting Excited About

I love the feeling when you pre-order a kindle book and you forget about it… Then you turn your kindle on one day and bam!

At the moment I have 3 books pre-ordered that i’m really looking forward to reading. Let me know what you think and if you know of any upcoming releases you think I should be reading.

1.Spartacus III: The Pharaoh’s Blade (The Spartacus Chronicles Book 3) by Robert Southworth – Release date 12th April 2015

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This is the third book in the Spartacus series. I’ve loved both of the previous books and Robert’s other work Wrath of the Furies. Robert has taken one of my favorite characters and given him a new lease of life. As we know Spartacus was a real person.. but do we know for certain when/where/how he died? no we don’t… Robert seized on this and has come up with some exciting adventures for him. I started reading the first book in the series after watching the tv series made by Starz Network and i wasn’t disappointed one bit

Click the picture above to head to Goodreads to find out more about this book.

2.The Warlords of Antares (First Contact) by Brian K. Larson. – Release date 10th April 2015

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Brian has wrote a number of books which I’ve read so i’m excited to see what he has come up with this time. His writing flows well so If you struggle with your reading like i do Brian’s works would be an excellent choice for you to read. The author himself suffers with dyslexia and i feel this comes across in his writing which is why the books are so easy to read

Click the picture above to head to Goodreads to find out more about this book.

3.The Invasion of the Tearling by  Erica Johansen – Release date 16th July 2015

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This is the follow up book to The Queen of the Tearling which followed Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn who was raised in exile as she reclaims the throne that is rightfully hers

I won’t lie. I really enjoyed the first book. I know some people didn’t but i think that was more to do with the hype of a potential movie starring Emma Watson and the fact the book hadn’t been release yet

The author signed a 7 book deal with the publishers so i’m hoping this series will grow and become something great.

I wouldn’t mind watching the movie with Emma Watson in too I might add 😛

Click the picture above to head to Goodreads to find out more about this book.