Monday, 12 June 2017

Book Review: Bellanok - A fantasy novel by Ralene Burke



General Information


Publisher: Self-published
Date of publication: October 24, 2016
Number of chapters: 36
Author: Ralene Burke

Plot summary: (blurb)


A haven for myths and legends . . . until evil discovers a way in.

With evil darkening the mountains to the north, the fairy queen, Fauna, must journey from the island realm of Bellanok to the modern world to find the man the Creator appointed to save their kingdom. A man she has been dreaming of her whole life.

Brian is a down-on-his-luck pastor on the verge of giving up on God. He's tired and frustrated--a failure. No sooner does he make a decision that jeopardizes his career than an unusual blonde woman shows up and tries to convince him he is some kind of savior.

Fauna must open Brian's eyes to a different reality, and Brian needs to embrace the haven's secrets. If neither of them succeeds, Bellanok will succumb to evil and the world will lose all trace of innocence.


Positive points


This was a great fantasy adventure aimed at the Christian fiction market. I loved the realistic characters that really brought the story to life. The story was filled with all kinds of mythical creatures brought together in a battle between good and evil having to fight against impossible odds. I really enjoyed the story never knowing where the story would go in the many twists and turns. A great book by a great author!

Negative points


I wasn't quite sure of what age group this story was aimed at. It read similar to a children's fiction story, but with adult main characters. Not that that is actually a negative point, but the only negative thing I could come up with.

What makes this book unique


For me it was the first time I have read a fantasy aimed at Christian fiction market so this was unique for me.

Overall impression


If you are a lover of fantasy but don't like in-depth descriptions of blood and gore then this will be perfect for you! A great adult fantasy.

My rating


As I don't have anything really negative to say about this story, it has to be five shiny stars!



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Meet the author



BIO:


On the day I was born, the doctor’s told my parents I probably wouldn’t live. I had a large tumor in my neck, and it was growing by the hour. When they finally removed this man-fist-sized tumor, the experts said I would be mentally and physically handicapped for the rest of my life, unable to care for myself.

Boy, did we prove them wrong!

Today, I not only take care of myself, I balance a husband, 3 kids, a career, and homeschooling. Granted, there’s often plenty of dirty dishes in the sink and toys on the floor, but who cares? I’m wrangling Spiderman, teaching princesses to sing, and pursuing my passions—what’s better than that?

I became a Christian when I was young. The miracle surrounding my survival pretty much sealed the deal. And, except for a few rebellious years, I’ve spent my life pursuing His calling—to change lives with the written word.

This calling started out in fiction novels, where I spin fast-paced tales of angels and demons, fantasy worlds, and the broader calling of every human being.

But the passion didn’t stop there!

The deeper I delved into the publishing world, the more I realized that I loved critiquing and editing—and I was pretty good at it. So, I took some classes, joined a couple of organizations, and committed part of my career to making other writers’ work SHINE!

Finally, there was only one natural outlet for my addiction to social media—get paid for it! So, I’ve been studying up on the various platforms and the mental marketing tactics in an effort to help other writers and publishing-related organizations grow their social media platforms. It’s a lot of fun.

So, join me on this crazy journey we call life, business, and the pursuit of happiness! Don’t be afraid to ask questions, weigh in with your opinions, or share your knowledge. I love hearing from people! (There’s a lot of love, as you can see.)


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