Thursday, April 29, 2021

Here at the Library: The Ancient Ones

 Here at the Library
    It's no secret that Urban Fantasy is my favorite genre. I wrote a whole post on it which you can read here, if you're interested. This doesn't mean I'm unwilling to venture into other areas (Nora Roberts is probably my favorite author) especially if the genre is related to my comfort zone Urban Fantasy.
    I'm always on the look-out for something new to read. I belong to several online groups and follow numerous authors. One day while scrolling, I stumbled upon Quill and Crow Publishing. Upon visiting the website and reading the description:

    "Quill and Crow Publishing House is a quaint and curious press dedicated to promoting the integrity of independent literature. Specializing in all things Gothic and macabre, we strive to preserve the upmarket prose while lifting up voices often unheard. We bid you welcome."

    Hmm...just my cup of tea. The website leads to available publications, information on the authors, books that can be purchased, and access to the Quill and Crow Blogs. At the bottom of the page is a link to fill out a form to become an ARC reader. ARC is short for advanced reader copy -a copy of a book, given free to select readers, usually given before a book is released. The purpose of an ARC is to have readers read and review a novel and publish that review to give potential readers insight, and help decide if the book is worth a read. As I mentioned before, this is just my cup of I signed up. 

    It wasn't very long until I received an email asking if I was still interested. I was. I happened to mention in my reply that I was a librarian and part of my position is administrator of our blog. Cassandra Thompson -founder of Quill and Crow, replied to me. She had recently completed her Masters in Library Science and has a soft spot for all things library. More than anything, she wants to get her book, The Ancient Ones, into more libraries. She asked if she could send us a copy to add to our collection. The answer, of course, was a resounding yes. 
    In addition to the copy for the library she sent me an ARC copy to keep, not asking for anything other than for me to read the book -which, happily, I did. While it's usually Linda who does book reviews for our blog -and in an effort to not steal a post from her, I'll give you my review of The Ancient Ones here in hopes you'll give it a try yourself.

    The Ancient ones is filled with lore, myth, and legend. The story is an articulate and impassioned blend of history, horror, and romance that I would compare to authors such as Anne Rice, or Bram Stoker, with a dash of Edgar Allen Poe.
    David's journey is fascinating. You are with him through it all as he recounts his life story to a dying stranger. This book has everything you could ask for, action, adventure, suspense, and a dash of romance. The story is a page turner, well written with complex character development and emotion that you can feel as you get sucked in deeper with every page. 
    I would recommend that any history lover, mythology lover, romance lover, fantasy lover, horror lover, any reader really...give this story a try! 

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