Another disappointing read The writing here was a real problem it lacked clarity and was all over the place you often didn t know which characters were in a scene or who was talking The action jumped all over the place both in time as in events happened out of sync and in place The world building was poorly executed and the romance element was lacking any kind of tension or passion. Not for me Not sure what I made of it really Well, Goodreads just ate my review I ll be doing an in depth one on my blog. Either way strongly recommended for readers of high fantasy, particularly if you like the grand sweeping epic feel of the DragonLance series. I done wroted it DAnd it s been nominated for an EPIC award Destroyed A Continent Dethroned A God Now Her Love Will Destroy HimOathcursed, Book OneHilde Is Shunned For Her Strange Looks And Ability To Dream The Future, Both Unwelcome Gifts Of The Half Kyrbodan Blood That Flows In Her Veins One Of Those Dreams Summons The Legendary Mage, Ilfayne Beneath His Cynicism And Penchant For Melting Eyeballs, She Discovers A Tortured Man Driven By Demons As Cruel As Her Own And The Only Man Who Doesn T Recoil From HerCondemned To Four ✓ Ilfayne's Bane Î Download by Ä Julia Knight Thousand Years Of Loneliness And Regret, Ilfayne Finds A Rare Thing In Hilde A Friend For That, He Will Do Anything To Keep Her Safe Just As He Gathers The Courage To Reveal The Tender Feelings He Thought He D Lost, Her Kyrbodan Blood Forces Her To Bond With A Man Of Her Own Race To Deny The Bond Means She Could Die Either Way, She Is Lost To HimNow Llfayne S Oldest Enemy Has Resurfaced, A Sorcerer Who Will Stop At Nothing To Destroy Him Including Targeting Their Greatest Vulnerabilities Ilfayne S Hidden Love For Hilde, And Hilde S Guilt Wracked ConscienceWhen The Sorcerer Makes His Move, Hilde Holds The Lives Of Two Men In Her Hands And Faces A Terrible And Deadly Choice Loyalty Or Love
Ilfayne s Bane pulled me in from the start The story behind the heroine s ancestry and circumstances is very intriguing and it s easy to get on board with her adventure The story is fast paced from the off yet does a very good job of building up a fully fledged fantasy world, full of sorcery, wizards and plenty of dark magic I also enjoyed the introduction of her key secondary characters, especially Hunter, who seemed a very genuine human guy in what for me was quite a high fantasy world Julia Knight does a very good job at displaying action sequences too, involving lots of sorcery, that s clear to visualise In the second half of the book my interest waned, though There s a tragic love element for the heroine about halfway through that I felt was too long drawn out and her melancholy slows down the pace and takes up much of the characters conversations I also found there were one too m ☆ Ilfayne's Bane ☆ I have rarely come across heroes like Ilfayne and Hilde The series that comes to mind is Nobel Dead by Barb and JC Hendee I also am reminded of Marie Brennan s Warrior and Witch books Each of these books are clearly dark fantasy and not romance or romance wannabe I am always pleasantly surprised when story material is so well refined and is done by a woman Way to go ladies Was it perfect No But it did not need to be The story delivered in every aspect, just stronger in some while weaker in a few others The weakness that stood out throughout the story was deliberate and not an absence of detail I did not know at the time that the mystery of Ifayne needed to be drug out to the very last page Throughout the book, his description was always incomplete I found that I did not understand Hilde either They were tw There s a really good story hiding in here The writing lacks depth and clarity I found myself wondering if maybe the book had been over edited Every once in a while, something of what I hope is the author s true voice shines through I ll also admit to a couple of times wanting to give Hilde and Ilfayne a good shaking and tell them to snap out of it this is usually what makes me give up on a book, but I wanted to see how this one ended The epilogue was satisfying, and I m planning to read some of the author s later work in hopes it will grab me . Review forwarded to GUD Magazine for publishing on their site.
About The Author
Oooh let s see Um, loved fantasy since that first King Arthur book when I was about 8 I love all fantasy but particularly Epic, and I like a strong romance element too which is probably why that s what I write I love Pratchett, Cherryh, Gaimen to name but a few, but heck I ll give anyone a go.