Friday, October 26, 2012

Review of Color Mage by Anne Marie Lutz and Nine Halloween Giveaways!

Welcome!  We are less than a week away from the big day, when all the giveaways winners will be drawn.  If you haven't entered yet, there are links at the end of this post to all of them.

Today, I'm excited to introduce a brand new author to you!  Anne Marie Lutz's new novel, Color Mage, just came out last month.  We've had horror, urban fantasy, thrillers and paranormal romance so far, so I figured it's time to get a little fantasy magic into the mix.  Tomorrow, Anne Marie will be my guest blogger.

Color Mage creates a fascinating world, where lords of magic are "collared" and enslaved to their king.  The story centers on a young man of noble blood, but illegitimate birth, named Callo, and a young woman, just out of the healers' college, named Kirian.  They are swept up in intrigues and forced to flee their country for even more dangerous environs.  With the aid of Kirian and his faithful servant, Chiss, Callo struggles with the magic that is part of his heritage, but has not yet learned to control.  This potential power causes Callo to be both feared and a sought-after commodity.

Ms. Lutz's prose is beautifully written, easy to read and her characters live and breathe.  The multi-layered world provides a rich background for the characters to act upon and the magic is interesting and unusual.  The different cultures in the book are well thought out, adding to the complexity of the world and the story.  

I enjoyed the way that the main players interacted, the conflicts they faced and the growth of Callo and  Kirian's relationship throughout the novel.  Lutz's work displays a mature understanding of human nature that is satisfying to the reader hungry for strong inner conflicts and a story that is more than just a good adventure--which the author also ably supplies.

Adult and teen fantasy readers will enjoy this book.  I'm looking forward to the second in the series.

  • Publisher: Loconeal Publishing, LLC (September 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985081783
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985081782 

Halloween Giveaway Links

Paperback, The Hallowed Ones Laura Bickle 

Paperback book from Katrina Michaels and ebook of Annals of the Immortyls:

Ebooks by Vanessa Morgan: 

Ebook from Katie Salidas:

Ebook from Roy Hudson:

Two Paperbacks from A. J. Scudiere:

B. K. Walker Halloween Gift Basket:

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