Selkies' Skins

Selkies' Skins
Current book in series Temple and Skinquest. Enjoy Castle and Well from Amazon, B&N and Smashwords while waiting for that and the prequel's audiobook "Pearls of Sea and Stone: Book of Seals".

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Guest Book and review: Confronting the Demon by Ciara Ballintyne

A copy of this story was given to me for an unbiased review. It got released early before I could finish and post a review (which I did last night). The book is already available so be certain to go grab a copy if it interests you. I'll post the synopsis from the author, and then I'll post my GoodReads review below that. I'm trying to get everything set up for school, and I still have Marantha Jenelle's "Ihmayran Chronicles" editing progress to check for her, so I won't be getting to read as often as I'd like. I am open to hosting interviews and spots for books in the interim while I catch up.

Without further ado:


Confronting the Demon

The gates to hell are thrown wide when Alloran is betrayed by his best friend, Ladanyon, and framed for forbidden magic. He is hunted by the guards and the wizards both, tormented by the gruesome murder of his friends and loved ones, and crippled by fear for the living. Now Alloran must face his demons, or damn the woman he loves.

Including bonus short story A Magical Melody

When a lethal spell is stolen from a locked and warded room, Avram must hunt down the thief before the song of power buries a city of innocents beneath a thousand tons of ice.

Book Information

Confronting the Demon by Ciara Ballintyne
Date of Publication – 1 October 2013
ISBN-13: 978-0-9923466-0-7 (print)
ISBN-13: 978-0-9923466-1-4 (ebook)

Where to find
Contact Kriss - for the buy links after its release.
About Ciara Ballintyne
Ciara Ballintyne was born in 1981 in Sydney, Australia, where she lives with her husband, two daughters, one masochistic cat, and one cat with a god complex. She holds degrees in law and accounting, and has been a practising financial services lawyer since 2004. She is both an idealist and a cynic.
She started reading epic fantasy at the age of nine, when she kidnapped Castle of Wizardry by David Eddings from her father. Another two years passed before she began her first attempts at the craft of writing. Confronting the Demon is her debut book.
She enjoys horse-riding, and speculation about taking over the world. If she could choose to be anything it would be a dragon, but instead she shares more in common with Dr. Gregory House of House. M.D.
Social Media Links


Confronting the Demon is due to be released 1 October 2013, and I’ll be signing copies at the IndieVengeance Day Book Signing in Dallas, Saturday, October 12, 2013 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (CDT). Register for free here if you’re interested to come along -

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And now MY commentary

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was offered the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review. Since this is in my usual reading genre I very happily applied. I had been hearing good things about the story, so I was excited.

Part of me wishes this book were longer and part of me thinks that the length is about right for the story. I really liked the way that fantasy/magic adventure was combined with mystery. I thought that it brought some fresh air to the mage subgenre. I also felt that description was well used for the surrounding, such as for the lead female character's "starlight staircase" to the wizard's castle.

The character depth was also very well done for such a short book.

The second piece in the book is short, but within just a very few pages we are painted the story of two musician-mages and the complexity of love, loss, betrayal...

I am not certain which story that I like better: the main story that is the one that gives the book the name, or the extra treat story at the end.

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1 comment:

Unknown said...

Thank you SO MUCH for reviewing the book! What a lovely response to this read.