Review of Sad Wings of Destiny by Thom Brannan

sadwingsofdestiny4/5 Stars If superhero movies, with all their nitty-gritty reboots nowadays could have half the story SWoD has, they'd be a lot better off. It doesn't follow the formula most superhero novels/movies does, it's its own world, in that the superheroes, something I'm even hesitant to call them, operate, especially Spring-Heeled Jack, on this precarious border between what's morally sound, and what isn't. It did take me quite a bit of time to finish it, but it wasn't for lack of enjoyment. Life got in the way, yet I would always find my mind returning to SWoD and what would be coming next. Toward the end of the novel, it became apparent to me that a hero, unlike the ones we see in our media today, are not so easily defined, and I have not read a superhero novel that fully explores this, and so fully, as Sad Wings of Destiny has.

Not to spoil the plot or anything, some choices, some events cannot be avoided, and the way things must come to an end, unfortunately, or fortunately for some, involve sacrifice. It takes a great person, super powered or no, to recognize this and commit to it fully, even if it means becoming the very thing they fought for years, as it often does. Thom Brannan has crafted a thought-provoking read, any fan of superheroes, anti-heroes, and their villains would greatly enjoy.

Links to the Author's Things:

Thom Brannan | Get Sad Wings of Destiny!

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Thom's Website | Permuted Press

As for me, I'm swamped in papers to do for classes, and still want to find time to tackle my own book.

But I just want to sleep. Ah well, that seems to be how it goes.

Keep your bite,

bite

scparris

My Review of Animosity by James Newman | Other Reads: Sad Wings of Destiny & Tentyrian Legacy

Image I recently finished Animosity by James Newman. I wrote up a review on Goodreads.

But I will post it here for your viewing pleasure:

AnimosityAnimosity by James Newman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The horror that exists when those you once said 'hello' to turn on you.

It's even worse when you understand that they don't care why they've turned on you.

Anger, revenge...they turn the nicest people into monsters that are worse than anything our minds can conjure up. For one, they're real.

And that's the scariest thing of all.

Andrew Holland is the protagonist in this unsettling tale, and he's a best selling horror author - a profession his neighbors deem 'unsavory,' though they don't let him know this until he finds a dead girl's body in a construction site one morning.

The rest, as they say, is rather uncomfortable history.

Deception, death, and Andrew's own paranoia are pushed to their limits in this 'right-next-door' horror novel.

It's a solid tale of what could happen if humans feel justified in their anger - and decide they can act on it. It's the blindness of rage, of grief, and what it can propel us to if closure is never found.

It's a sad tale, a horrible tale (in the best sense), and it's horror in a terrible-pit-of-your-gut feeling - it's ANIMOSITY. It's by James Newman.

And it's damn good.

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I'm currently reading Sad Wings of Destiny by Thom Brannan.

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There comes a time for a superhero when just punching a bad guy in the face just isn't enough. 

Spring-Heeled Jack has reached that point. Not that he doesn't enjoy the way his nanotech-enhanced fists have made their mark on the underworld, but he knows he could do so much more. His partner, the Archon, knows Jack means well, but he doesn't have the answers he needs to make a decision, and the archangel Uriel, to whom he is bound, has been silent on the matter. 

Their boundaries are stretched to the limit when a new supervillain appears on the scene and changes the way the game is played. Some bad guys want to be rich, some want to rule the world... the Tyrant wants to bring an end to everything... and he's got the means to do it. 

Spring-Heeled Jack and the Archon will save the day, of that there is no question. But what will be the cost? Ideals and people will be cast to the side, and when the time comes, a terrifying choice must be made. This is what happens when the abyss gazes back. 

A review is to come once I'm done - (and who knows when that'll be as I'm swamped with my own writing).

Oh, and I'm also reading an ARC of Tentyrian Legacy by Elise Walters to be completed (hopefully) before it releases July 15th!

tentyrian legacy

The legacy begins in the sands of Egypt in a time when an ancient city called Tentyris flourished. Its secretive people, ruled by the Council of the Zodiac, lived peacefully alongside humanity. That time was 53 B.C. More than two millennia later, the power of the Tentyrian people has been all but forgotten. The remnants of memory that live on have been turned into twisted folklore about vampires and astrology.

One girl on the cusp of womanhood is about to discover just how real that folklore is.

With telepathic powers that made her parents send her to a mental institution, Arianna Parker always knew she was different but she never thought a job interview would lead to the discovery of her being a prophesied descendent of an ancient Egyptian vampire race. Nor for that matter did she think she would fall in love with Maximos Vasilliadis, a 2,225 year old vampire. Maximos is the creator of the Tentyrian Brotherhood a secret order of warriors, pledged to prevent a catastrophic event predicted to wipe out Earth.

Maximos believes Arianna is a descendent of his kind the Tentyrian vampires and she has been destined to lead their cause in saving the world. With her 25th birthday approaching, an event that will change her forever, Arianna finds herself caught in the middle of warring vampires some of whom intend to use her and her power of telepathy for evil.

From the manicured lawns of Connecticut, to the streets of New York City and an exotic island in the Ionian Sea, Arianna must learn to trust Maximos and her heart if she is to save the world, herself, and the Tentyrian legacy.

That's my update, and that's all for now! I need to get back to writing!

Keep your bite!

-S.C. Parris