“Rating: 4 ½ stars
Kyle is married to Rebecca and he’s given her an interesting gift for their anniversary. It’s not something I would ever think of but it shows how thoughtful he is. He comes up with something that his wife would like to do. From there, Lynn has her characters going to an alternate universe.
I’m a reader of all things romance but I don’t feel that is a major part of this story. The fantasy and science fiction are more prevalent. But I actually think that this is a good thing. I’m a speed reader but I found that this was a book that I wanted to take my time to read. I haven’t felt like that about a book in a long while. It holds your attention from beginning to end. I loved seeing how strong of a character Rebecca is. It’s not all about the male taking care of the “little woman”.
I found it interesting that as I read about Rebecca and her group, I could relate this story to some of the things that I’ve seen in the news lately – some people are very good about hiding their true nature until it’s too late to get them any type of help. Lynn also has illustrations within the book which you don’t see too often. The only disappointment I had was that my Kindle is black and white – I would have loved to have seen the illustrations in color.
Lynn has me wondering if her story will ever be our reality in the future. And will I ever see that in my lifetime. You will have to read her book in order to find out what a great imagination she has. It must
have taken a lot of time and hard work to develop. It will also have you looking forward to reading book two. I look forward to seeing what else Lynn has in store for her readers.
Received from BTS Tours in exchange for an honest review.
“The author of this book has a vivid imagination and is very creative as she transports the reader into the world of gaming. A husband and wife attend a convention and choose their characters. The wife becomes Archmage Reba and joins a team of misfits who become a force to be reckoned with as they travel the "other world" that is now their reality. Full of great writing and excitement, this is a book you won't want to put down!”L.Leander, Author of Fearless Fiction wrote this review Monday, September 17, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“"In a blinding flash of light, five nondescript strangers are yanked from this world and thrust into a land of sorcery as they are granted the looks and abilities of the people they were playing. This band of wannabe heroes soon discovers that having the powers they have always dreamed of, does not make life a dream come true. The Crusaders of the Light struggle to form a cohesive band as they blend twentieth century technology with the supernatural powers of this new world, fighting to liberate the Kingdom of Cuthburan from the evil horde threatening humanity.
Battle is also raged within Reba, an ordinary housewife who has become the most powerful mage on the planet, as she struggles to remain true to her wedding vows. Drawn against her will to the arms of Prince Alexandros, Reba must choose between marriage to a handsome prince in a magical world, or returning to the husband she left behind." (excerpt from back cover)
In the novel, Prophecy of the Flame, written by Lynn Hardy my attention was immediately drawn into this wonderful storytelling of sorcery and magic!
I connected most definitely with the main character, Archmage Reba who has suddenly become the one the prophecy has described to save the Kingdom of Cuthburan and even possibly the human race on this planet. She is also caught between the prophecy claiming that the "flamed one" should marry the oldest royal prince, or has this prophecy been somehow manipulated over time to portray something more than what it is. Reba, Charles, Allinon, Jerik and Jamison are the main characters in the story who have been transported from their world to this new magical land with each having magical powers of their own to learn and master. Reba has been told of the coming war between another evil sorcerer and the demons he has unleashed into this land. Will the Prophecy hold true? Will the Crusaders of the Light triumph over evil and save the lands, nay the world? Then purchase The Prophecy of the Flame and read for yourself!
I was very pleased when I got into the first few chapters to have such a strong character development, plot and well written storyline. I cannot wait for the second book to come so I can read more of this series. Lynn Hardy has a great way of just plain old-fashioned good storytelling without having to over write, use long winded words, or over-dramatize the story. I like this kind of simple, yet powerful writing style that just gets you started on a journey you wish you could be in and not want to finish reading the last page.
I rate this book a 5 out of 5 stars and would recommend this one to any and all Sci-Fi, mythology, magic and medieval lovers who want to be thrust into a great story that will keep them entertained for days.
Thank you Lynn Hardy for writing such a mesmerizing book!
I received this book compliments of Pump Up Your Book Tours and Lynn Hardy with the express intent of my personal review only without any monetary gain or profit whatsoever.”
“I must say that I had a tough time getting into the book at first. It is a very different type of book than I have been reading lately. However, I was definitely intrigued right away because the story idea is something I can relate to very well. The team of adventurers starts the book in a Dungeons and Dragons LARP (Live Action Role Play) scenario. I am not a LARPer, but rather have had many a late night sitting around a gaming table doing traditional table top role playing. I actually love it when the scenario is right and my character is effective. I won't go into my characters because you aren't here for a "Let me tell you about my character" story. If you are a role player, you know exactly what I mean by that. In my history of role playing, let me say that I have been the solitary female probably 90% of the time. When a woman sits at a gaming table, she is looked upon if a handful of ways. She's either the hot chick if for no other reason than she likes geek stuff or she couldn't possibly have any clue how to play because she's a woman. The second mentality is one I love to tear apart. In many ways, I play characters like Archmage Reba in this story. At first she is a novelty to the group and thought to have not a lot of use, especially since this is her first LARP session. Due to a prophecy, the group must accept her as someone who is important. She then shows them that she actually knows what she is doing. This is typically me in the games I play. I hate to lead, but that's the role I end up in. I am a fairly creative and quick thinker, therefore I solve problems before anyone else even has a clue. I am not downgrading my gaming group, mind you. They will freely admit that I move stories along. That is Reba in this book. I love how she makes use of her knowledge from the real world to fuel her spells and in turn attempt to save this realm she has been transported to.
As for the love interests in the story. Due to her situation where she has been ripped from her husband into this alternate realm, she finds a struggle to maintain her real identity while playing her role. She finds herself physically attracted to man that she loathes in personality. There's good reason for this that is explained in the book that I don't want to spoil. It is an interesting turmoil. Also, being that she created her character to be rather attractive and her outgoing personality is such an oddity in this new place, she finds herself confronted with multiple suitors that she has to "deal" with. She doesn't end up with anyone in this book. The love turmoil is left hanging for you to be interested in the next book in the series. I must say that at this time I feel like a little more should be added in that department, but that's coming from someone who just finished a book that would make my husband blush from the scenes in it. I would say I am definitely skewed on that topic.
It was a great read. After about the first 70 pages, I couldn't put it down. I finished it in four days while also taking care of a toddler that barely sleeps. Pretty good if I do say so.”