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Venom and Song by WTB & CH

Hi all, wow…if my life has not been busy and hectic lately, I don’t what its been.

The week started out with my husband needing to go to the urgent care, I guess it was actually on friday,  but anyways, the cold he was fighting for 3 weeks was actually bronchitis. Things are looking up! He gets the meds, starts on those and then monday, ends up hurting his shoulder somehow, and we go to the ER late monday night, early Tuesday morning to get and EKG, chest x-ray and blood drawn because of his chest hurting from coughing and his shoulder hurting…thought maybe it could be his heart. He doesn’t have anything wrong with his heart, but he’s got a pulled muscle in his shoulder. ALSO as if that wasn’t enough, this week we are supposed to be doing a wedding…him as an usher and me and my sister are doing the reception for our business we are trying to start up. (that’s for another post!) Suffice it to say that sometimes “getting away” inside a good book has been a blessing at times, even if reading it took awhile as I also have a 9 month old baby so I get to read in about 15 minute increments unless I read it late at night.

With all that craziness going on, a book has to be really good for me to stay in tune with it, remember what is going on with the characters and remember the plotline and put them all together too.

Wayne Thomas Batson and Christopher Hopper have done it again in their second book “Venom and Song“, sequel to “The Curse of the Spider King”, part of the Berinfell Prophecies series.

In this book we find the seven elven Lords (Who are men AND women, I like that) trying to fight against the spider king and trying to use all their resources and draw on their talents that they have been given by the creator to fend against evil and all its henchmen.

This book has some good things going for it, adventure, drama, some teary moments (I couldn’t believe it when…. you didn’t really think I was going to tell you did you? You have to read the book for yourself!) as well as some moments that I just thought were hilarious and brought the elven Lords to life. I have a few friends that I saw the Lords in, and a few of the Lords that I could see myself in as well…

Something that I liked that WTB and CH did with this book was the bonus content that they had in the book. It didn’t draw away from the book,  but it did get my imagination going wondering what it was. Something else that they did that I really like, maybe it wasn’t the authors’ decision or choice, but I like it, was the hardback version of this book. The illustrations on the front and back of the book, along with sturdiness of the book, just enhanced the whole book reading experience. It could be that part of why I liked that part is because I have a 9 month old that tries to crush everything paper and having a book that has a hardback makes it just that much harder for her to do that!!! 🙂

I have to give props to Mr. Batson and Hopper, you wrote another great book that seemed to be even more seamlessly put together than your last book. Thanks for your efforts, you can pat yourself on the back, or do it for each other.

When my 17 and 14-year-old sisters saw the book and saw who wrote it, they drew in a breath and both asked in anticipation if they could borrow it when I was done because they read the first one and liked it.  🙂

Make sure to check out the websites of Wayne Thomas Batson and Christopher Hopper, as well as the website about the book series and dive into the prophecies of Berinfell. 🙂

Check out what these other people had to say about the book at these blogs and check out the book for yourself!

Also: In conjunction with the CSFF Blog Tour, I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. (thanks publisher!)

Angela
Brandon Barr
Keanan Brand
Amy Browning
Beckie Burnham
Morgan L. Busse
Melissa Carswell
Jeff Chapman
Valerie Comer
Amy Cruson
CSFF Blog Tour
D. G. D. Davidson
April Erwin
Tori Greene
Ryan Heart
Bruce Hennigan
Timothy Hicks
Becky Jesse
Cris Jesse
Jason Joyner
Julie
Carol Keen
Krystine Kercher
Dawn King
Leighton
Rebecca LuElla Miller
John W. Otte
Donita K. Paul
Chawna Schroeder
Tammy Shelnut
James Somers
Kathleen Smith
Rachel Starr Thomson
Robert Treskillard
Steve Trower
Fred Warren
Jason Waguespac
Dona Watson
Phyllis Wheeler
Jill Williamson

CSFFBT-Tuck

This months book was Tuck (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1595540873)   written by Stephen R. Lawhead (http://www.stephenlawhead.com/ ). It was a very interesting book, the 3rd in his series about King Raven, also known by a few other names, one of the more popular names is Rhi Bran the Hud, or in English what we would call Robin Hood.

In the front of the book is a pronunciation guide to aid in you the reading of some of the Celtic words. This came in very handy to me, and was also very interesting since I love different languages.

The story was pretty well written, and I loved the people and the characters in it. It gave a new look at Robin Hood and maid Merian, as well as little John and Friar Tuck (personally, my favorite character), just to name a few.

Tuck is my favorite because he seems to be quite human and not as stuffy as some of the Priests in the book seem to be, he has his faults, but he also relies on the grace of God to get him through. I love how he uses his staff to protect those he loves. I don’t enjoy his penchant for drinking, or the fact that the book seems to portray and promote the idea of Catholicism, but all in all, Tuck is a pretty interesting character.

I loved how throughout the book, there were times where Rhi Bran was made more human to me than just legend, by the choices he made, good and sometimes bad, and the consequences he had to deal with. There were a few times where I thought it was most fitting for Angharad, the eldest in the tribe (you’ll find out more about her in the book),  to bring Rhi Bran down a notch or two in his pride… and her tactics usually worked.

The book is about Bran’s people, the Welsh common folk, who were fighting for their King, King Raven, to be put back on his throne. The Welsh people, also called the Cymry, were a fierce, proud and loyal people for their King, and loving too. In this story are families, single men, and women, priests, abbots, marshalls, sheriffs, Kings, Lords, Ladies, good guys and of course, bad guys…it is a good book if you are looking for a fairy tale brought out of legend, more into real life.

For more information about the book, check out the following websites, and check out what other bloggers have to say about it. I think if you are interested in anything having to do with the Welsh people, or about Robin Hood and his men, you will enjoy this book.
*Featured book, Tuck http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1595540873  
 Stephen R. Lawhead’s Web site – http://www.stephenlawhead.com/

Participants’ Links:
Brandon Barr
Jim Black
Keanan Brand
Rachel Briard
Grace Bridges
Valerie Comer
Amy Cruson
CSFF Blog Tour
Stacey Dale
D. G. D. Davidson
Jeff Draper
April Erwin
Karina Fabian
Alex Field
Beth Goddard
Todd Michael Greene
Ryan Heart
Timothy Hicks
Christopher Hopper
Joleen Howell
Becky Jesse
Cris Jesse
Jason Joyner
Kait
Carol Keen
Krystine Kercher
Dawn King
Terri Main
Margaret
Melissa Meeks
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Caleb Newell
Eve Nielsen
Nissa
John W. Otte
John Ottinger
Epic Rat
Steve Rice
Crista Richey
Hanna Sandvig
Chawna Schroeder
James Somers
Robert Treskillard
Rachel Starr Thomson
Steve Trower
Speculative Faith
Fred Warren
Phyllis Wheeler
Jill Williamson