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Rise of the Discordant: The Complete Five Book Series by [McMullen, Christina]Available at Amazon

Once again, I find myself reviewing a book by Christina McMullen. Or rather, I should say “books” as this is a box set. I’ve never done a review of a box set before and I’m still not sure exactly how that should be done but I’m going to give it my best shot.

Each book builds on the previous one and segues flawlessly into the next. For me, reading them this way was an enjoyable experience and it kept the magic going in this tale of good vs. evil. Or rather, it is a tale of order vs. disorder.

The story takes place in a small Midwestern town and is told in the first person using the POVs of different characters, a method for which I usually don’t care, but in this case, I felt it worked quite well because it afforded greater insight into the thoughts and motives of each individual.

As you might expect, some folk are given the task of fighting this, er, fight.

There are the agents of Order, chosen by the Creator to be such after they’ve met their demise in some violent way. There are psychics and witches fighting alongside them, and then there are what I would call some gray area folk who also join the brouhaha, including a decidedly different bartender in a bar that’s central to the story. They don’t always agree or get along and there was my occasional thought of, “This is a good guy?” but they’re determined to keep at bay the denizens of Chaos who are hell-bent on causing mayhap and mayhem, and major disruption in the world. Theirs is a tough job and all isn’t necessarily as it seems (wherein I had the occasional thought of, “This is a bad guy?”) and the outcome of the battle against the denizens of Chaos isn’t clear.

The take on the Creator of Everything is unique but I found myself nodding and thinking, “Yeah, that makes sense”. There is a dark thread that runs throughout (I mean, there are all sorts of dark creatures such as vampires, werewolves, etc. which means there’s bound to be some maiming and killing) but, after all, this wouldn’t be a proper McMullen tale without some chuckles and believe me, they’re there. Still, the story makes you stop and think.

And I stopped and thought – several times – and in the end, what I thought was I was sorry to get to the end! I wanted more of this never-ending story! Anybody that likes paranormal fantasy will love this!

Five stars because Christina McMullen has done her usual job of entertaining the heck out of me.

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Jack Warslow is a run-of-the-mill thief who considers himself to be quite competent – until he breaks into a house in an affluent neighborhood where he picks up a cat and finds himself in a situation he never could’ve imagined. He’s a long way from home, and now, his dilemma is to figure out how to get back without having to pay the price of overconfidence.

 

There are some situations for which you can’t prepare. When penny-ante thief Jack Warslow picks up a cat, he doesn’t have a clue of what he’s about to get into, and he discovers that there is a price to pay for overconfidence. Now he finds himself in a position of having to make a deal just to save his skin and get back home.

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Juri Turner, the human-born dragon, has to help fight insurrectionists trying to take over the government of Earth, help rescue humans being held captive by the aliens that invaded twenty-three years ago and help ensure the success of the mission when they go to the enemy’s home planet for a final showdown. It’s a big job for a small dragon. Will she accomplish all she was born to do?

The survival of Earth and even the welfare of other species in the galaxy hinges on the answer.

 

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Juri Turner, the human-born dragon, has to help fight insurrectionists trying to take over the government of Earth, help rescue humans being held captive by the aliens that invaded twenty-three years ago and help ensure the success of the mission when they go to the enemy’s home planet for a final showdown. It’s a big job for a small dragon. Will she accomplish all she was born to do?

The survival of Earth and even the welfare of other species in the galaxy hinges on the answer.

Short Reads for Shorter Days

Do you find yourself looking for a book you can finish because your day hasn’t got enough “day” in it and you’ve been so busy that by the time you sit down to read, you either hear a thud and snap awake to find the book on the floor, or, you find yourself wearing it on your face?

Or, did you sign up for the Goodreads Reading Challenge, and now it’s down to the crunch and you’re running out of time to reach that goal of thirty (or fifty, or twenty, or even ten) books you said you’d read?

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Enjoy!

Amanda Siegrist

 
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Jane Jago

 
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Bea Cannon

  
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Dwayne Fry

  

 

  
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Kathryn Meyer Griffith

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Lyra Shanti

  
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David M. Kelly

   
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Kimelene Carr

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C.B. Archer

  

 

  

 

  

 

 
Vambrace 99¢
Fallin 99¢
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Christina McMullen

  
Dissonant 99¢
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Bea’s Books

Boucher’s World series:

  Raven and C'elie: A Love Story - A Boucher's World prequel (novelette)   Moving Day - A Boucher's World prequel (short story)

Boucher's World: Emergent Book 1 of the Boucher's World trilogy  Boucher's World: Encounters - Book 3 of the Boucher's World trilogy

Cady and Sam werewolf series:

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Un-serialized books:

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Spaceships and Magic series:

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(All novels, novelettes, and novellas available as paperbacks; the first three books of the Cady and Sam werewolf series available in A Short Trilogy of Quiet as a paperback – see at Amazon, B&N, Createspace, etc.)

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