Thursday, July 15, 2021

Review and Giveaway: The Sword in His Hand by J.J. Fischer


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The Sword in His Hand
(The Darcentaria Duology #1)
By J.J. Fischer
Christian Historical Fantasy
Paperback & ebook, 496 Pages
February 9, 2021 by Ambassador International

“One is an opportunity. Two is a threat. Three is an invasion.”

For hundreds of years, strange things have been washing up on the shores of Darcentaria. But when a young foreign woman named El is found unconscious on the beach amidst the burning wreckage of a strange metal craft, the villagers of Odessa are immediately suspicious—is she an agent of the Dalriadan Empire, their cruel oppressors for as long as they can remember? Or does she come from the Outside, the vast and legendary lands beyond their borders from which no man or woman alive has ever returned?

Torsten Eiselher, a talented young swordsman, has spent the last nine years of his life wrongfully imprisoned by his uncle, the Empire’s ruler. Betrayed and deceived at every turn, Torsten has survived by keeping a firm grip on his sword—and by staying well away from anything to do with the Outside. But when his young sister is murdered, Torsten finds himself irrevocably drawn to El despite her Outsider heritage—and he begins to question everything he has been told about her world.

Intrigued by the existence of a powerful and dangerously advanced world within his reach, the Empire’s ruler, Jurien Arminius, launches a hunt for El and the two Outsiders that arrived with her—the ones who could help him win his war against Torsten and the rebellion that threatens to topple his Empire.

Suddenly, Torsten is forced to choose between defeating his long-term enemy or saving the woman he has come to love . . .

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Other Books in the Series

The Secret of Fire
(The Darcentaria Duology #2)
By J.J. Fischer
Christian Historical Fantasy
Paperback & ebook, 352 Pages
July 13, 2021 by Ambassador International

Only one can save them.

The Rebellion has fallen.

The door to the Outside has been opened.

And the one who opened it—Jurien Arminius—is now the most powerful man in Darcentaria.

But everything they have known is about to change forever.

Separated by Arminius but fighting to get back to each other, El and Torsten encounter unlikely allies that reveal stunning truths about each other, the Outside, and the very beginnings of Darcentaria itself.

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My Thoughts:

This book really took me on an adventure. I am not a big fantasy fan but I was up for something different. And this story surprised me in how it captured my attention with it's gripping violent world and the characters that I was so hoping would survive and find one another again.

So as the story begins, we have five people on the plane. The pilot, co-pilot, El, her brother Jonathan, and Emery. The very first line starts out with "Mayday...", so yeah this book was intense from the first word on as the these five must jump from the plane as it falls from the sky. 

As we continue the story, somehow El has landed, grievously hurt, into another world. A world she is not familiar with and does not fit on our geography. It is backwards, almost medieval, and she is being tried for a crime she did not commit. This was pretty intense.

Anyway, this is a violent world with countries who neither trust nor like one another. Throw in the 'Outsiders' and worse things happen. All El knows is she is facing some major trials in wanting to know if the others survived and where are they?

I was dealing with a lot of questions myself. And apparently El was keeping a few close to her. This story pulled me in as I really wanted to know what was going on. Where and what was this fantasy land and what was happening on the earth before the plane crash. There was a lot of surprises and I am not sure how I feel about where this story is going. This is the first of a duology so not all questions are answered. I look forward to the next.

I was provided a copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.

About the Author

Jasmine (J.J. Fischer) is living proof that it is possible to be addicted to tea and coffee simultaneously. Both made it possible for her to complete her Bachelor degree in English Literature and Creative Writing in 2012.

Jasmine is married to David, and together they are the proud owner-parents of five warring pet chickens who tolerate each others' existence—most days. When tempted away from the keyboard, she enjoys reading, thinking about lasagna almost as often as Garfield the cat, and working towards her black belt in karate. She vows to one day write the perfect fight scene. Jasmine makes her home near Sydney, Australia, where most animals want to kill you and drop bears enforce a daily reign of terror. If you're reading this, please send help.

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One winner will receive print copies of The Sword in His Hand and The Secret Fire, a $10 Barnes and Noble gift card and a $5 discount code to Ambassador International's store (US only)

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