Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Book Review: 'No Rest for the Wicked' by M.L. Sparrow

British author M L Sparrow is a relatively new author, this being her third book (previous books are the initial THE DEMON INSIDE, followed by GHETTO). She is an extensive traveler (Sri Lanka, Mexico, and Japan) and is currently working in childcare. Her writing is fresh and covers a broad spectrum of topics. A writer with a fine imagination, she should soon find her niche with audiences who appreciate romance and adventure with a flavor of fantasy and science fiction.

The synopsis, while brief, touches on the main points of this strange tale: ‘When a rich gentleman finds a beautiful young woman lying in the snow, on the brink of death, he takes her back to his house and, when she has recovered, employs her as a maid. Immediately Elira realizes that Anthony Luther is no ordinary man and nothing about the house she now lives in is as it seems, for Anthony is a powerful wizard. Inexplicably drawn together, they begin a tentative romance, but it’s not just Elira’s uncertainties and the rules of upper-class society which drive a wedge between them; rivalries and a precious family heirloom, a priceless necklace of unforeseen power handed down through generations, threaten not only the couple’s happiness, but also their lives and the safety of the people around them.’

M L Sparrow has found that delicate line that separates credible romance with the realm of the bizarre and in both her language and the pacing of the story she manages to pull us in to this odd world and make us part of it while reading her book. It is a fine trait for new authors and bodes well for her future. Grady Harp, December 15

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