Reedsy showcased my reviews again!

Spotlight on Reedsy Discovery featuring one of my reviews

Two of my Reedsy Discovery reviews got featured in the last month. In fact, when I pulled up the Discovery home page just now, I found one right there at the top in their “spotlight” box. How cool is that?

The spotlighted review is of Keepers of Time by M. N. Kinch. My four-star “loved it” rating is accurate, but I will point out that it’s a little spicy. One person’s ghost pepper is another’s jalapeño, but I will NOT be handing this one to my 14yo daughter. This one belongs more in the “new adult” category.

A riveting new adult fantasy novel blending a mystery about lost Time with a wondrous account of found family.

🌶️ Spice warning: Open door

Also it ends abruptly. Series lovers will develop an instant love-hate relationship with this book, as they will have to wait an unknown amount of time for the sequel.

Then there is The Guild Master’s Daughter, by Geneva Price. The most impressive thing about that one is its true-to-facts portrayal of real historical figures. Of course it is set in a fantasy version of history, in which a mystical Ink can imbue works of art with something of the artist’s soul—and thus a viewer of those works can gain an extrasensory experience beyond visual beauty.

The Ink, as the reader learns within the first third of the book, was discovered by none other than Leonardo da Vinci, who had the foresight to realize such a potent substance would become a real problem if it fell into the wrong hands. Thus he established the original Guild to make sure the Ink passed only to those trained to use it responsibly. What can we say? The man was ahead of his times in so many ways. Yet you can probably imagine how what began as an intelligent safeguard eventually became weaponized into a means of control.

A unique blend of history, art and fantasy in which a willful young woman triumphs over restrictive social mores.

I had mixed feelings about the conclusion, as I mention in the review. What I did not say in my original Reedsy post (mostly to keep the word count within limits) was that by the end, I felt the protagonist had been made into an archetype to drive home the author’s point.

This seemed less about Faith finding the right ending to her story, and more about all women—and creative artists—everywhere, in every era, triumphing over the stifling restrictions of social and religious restraint. While I can support the message, the combination of pointed quotes from William Blake’s The Marriage of Heaven and Hell and Faith’s dramatic, 12th-hour speech in front of the Guild oddly made me feel almost preached at—as if, like Blake, Price’s true intent was to turn conventional morality and religion on its ear.

This, however, is a minor irritation. Ultimately, the book is an artful rewrite of history, as well as a compelling fantasy adventure. While I personally found the drama of the ending to be over the top, I think many readers would find it gratifying.

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