The Dragon of Time 2, Dragon Slayer by Aaron Dennis

The Dragon of Time Two, Dragon Slayer By Aaron Dennis
The Dragon of Time Two, Dragon Slayer
By Aaron Dennis

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Genre- Fiction, Fantasy, Action/Adventure

Blurb- With the death of Kulshedra, Dragon of Truth, it has been revealed that Scar, the mercenary, is in fact Sarkany, the Dragon Slayer, a creature fashioned for the sole purpose of purging the Dragons from the world of Tiamhaal, yet such a thing is not so simple. Kings and queens yet war amongst one another. They, too, lie, connive, and coerce, and so, Scar and his friends must find a way to persuade those few, benevolent rulers to band together. In the midst of peace talks and dead Dragons, those still in the worship of the beasts grow more powerful. Some of them even doubly praise their oppressor in an effort to wield more magic. Now, united with his friends, Scar sets his gaze upon a hopeful horizon, but is strength in numbers sufficient to keep the Dragons from completing their machinations?

Review- Best book ever written ever.

Dragon Slayer picks up right after Gods and Dragons. If you havent read Gods and Dragons just take my word for it. It’s awesome. Go read it. Now, I’m going to talk about Dragon Slayer, so if you don’t want me to spoil Gods and Dragons stop reading this review.

Scar, who now knows he is Sarkany, the Dragon Slayer, has just killed the dragon Kulshedra, so Artimis flies him back to Usaj where he fights and kills Zoltek. Since Scar is on a quest for Eternus, the Dragon of Time, to gather the souls of the dragons, he has to kill the kings of every country in orrder to take their dragon gems. Well, after he kills Zoltek, he kills Zmaj, and of course the Zmajans lose their powers, but as it turns out, when the dragons die, and poeple lose their powers, the other living dragons get stronger, and their worshipers do too, so now the paladins of Inhogupta the Perseverants help Scar to try and bring the world to order, but there’s all kind of chaos because Scar is a good guy and he wants the kings and queens to hand over the gems without bloodshed, but some of them are bad, and they’re conspiring with each other.
There’s so much more intrigue and espionage in this story than I ever expected, and it is a bit difficult to keep up with the states of the nations, but in the end, it’s like background information that really brings the world to life without requiring you to memorize whatever is going on. The short version is that Scar is on his mission to gather all the souls of each dragon, but since the dragons get stronger as the others die, it’s harder for him to kill them, but then he learns how to use their powers. It’s so freakin amazing. How is this story not on the tip of everyone’s tongue? I don’t know. This guy is like the best writer ever and everyone’s off reading Harry Potter.

I just hope the next Dragon of Time comes out soon. In the meantime, I’ll be reading whatever else Dennis releases.

The Dragon of Time Two, Dragon Slayer By Aaron Dennis
The Dragon of Time Two, Dragon Slayer
By Aaron Dennis

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Otherside by Aaron Dennis

Otherside By Aaron Dennis
Otherside
By Aaron Dennis

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Genre- Fiction, Metaphysical, Spiritual, Occult

Blurb- A man witnesses a murder. The deceased speaks in riddles. Vertigo settles in….
Adja wakes to learn he’s got the mojo. The old woman teaches him the ways of Voodoo. He must stand alone, under the guidance of Bear, against Snake, a villain, a murderer, an innate force, but there are other forces amidst the crack between the worlds.
Are you brave enough to journey…to the otherside?

Review- Played out in the Creole world of New Orleans, this book is bone-chillingly dark and mysterious. Adja, an impressionable young man, finds himself transformed into the Shadowman, in a voodoo ceremony. As Adja is met with otherworldly beings in a fight to protect the natural world, he must show is abilities, courage and strength to defeat them. Every battle he incurs is intense and exciting, building the anticipation. Written with great detail, the author paints a haunting picture of a dark, taboo culture and lifestyle that readers will lose themselves in and love.

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Review- Otherside by Aaron Dennis is the story of a young man’s unexpected entry into the world of Voodoo and spirits. This is a fantasy novel with mystical elements that exhibit the frailty and power of the human spirit

While on vacation with a friend in New Orleans, Adja leaves their room to buy liquor. He finds himself in an alley where he witnesses a murder. He blacks out then wakes up in the home of an old woman with his body bloody and bandaged. As the old woman cares for Adja’s, she explains that his wounds can be healed with black magic. She tells him that the man who was killed in the alley was a Shadowman, capable of entering the world of humans and the “Otherside” where spirits exist. Because Adja received power from the Shadowman, he is in the man’s debt.

Adja learns about Voodoo from the old woman as he makes several journeys to the Otherside to fulfill the requests of the Shadowleader, Bear. He is exposed to acacia leaf, mojo bags and rituals that open him up to communicate with spirits. After two weeks with the old woman, Adja contacts his friend, J, who left New Orleans after Adja failed to return to the room they were renting. J helps Adja get money when he decides to remain in New Orleans.

Adja survives several missions as a Shadowman, each time gaining more control of his new powers. He learns to move from the human side to the Otherside with ease. Adja fights other Shadowbeings, including Snake and Rat, whose forms in the spirit world are the same as their names. Adja’s connection to the Shadowleader, Bear, enables him to exist on the Otherside in the form of that animal. Adja is charged with destroying dangerous spirits, rescuing a Shadowleader, and fighting for his own life when attacked by a vicious spirit.

This book is fantasy at its most imaginative: Spirits and humans co-existing with a good measure of black magic thrown into the mix. Dennis’ use of detail brings the story to life with vivid descriptions of the contrasts between the human side and the Otherside. Adja is an eager, likeable character with a mischievous streak. He dives willingly into his new life among the Shadowpeople. Even when fearful of the outcome, Adja is always open to the next challenge the spirits throw at him. What the story lacks is background information about Adja before he becomes one of the Shadowpeople.
Otherside is an exciting read with fast moving parts that will capture the reader’s attention from beginning to end.

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Kink Erotica, A Collection of Sexy Stories By Aaron Dennis

 Kink Erotica, A Collection of Sexy Stories By Aaron Dennis

Kink Erotica, A Collection of Sexy Stories
By Aaron Dennis

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Genre- Fiction, Erotic, Literary Pornography

Blurb- Kink Erotica contains 7 sexy chapters. From Asian lesbians banging on a train, to interracial acts, golden showers, smoking, bondage, and furries and faeries, there’s a fetish for everyone. Kink Erotica is not romance. These short stories are all scenes containing explicit sexual acts.

Review- As is stated in the blurb, and even in the book, these stories are a collection of sex scenes, not romance. Every story includes graphic sex acts. There is very little in the way of story or dialogue, but the writing is still great.

Each of the stories in Kink Erotica revolve around different sex acts, and some even include mythological or fictional creatures. This is a collection of fetishes.

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Short Stories from the Mind of Aaron Dennis By Aaron Dennis

Short Stories from the Mind of Aaron Dennis By Aaron Dennis
Short Stories from the Mind of Aaron Dennis
By Aaron Dennis

Blurb- 9 short stories. The Tuurngait, a mind bending horror tale. My first, a horrible tale from a psycho’s point of view. The Potato Clock, a silly story, Hunting, the mind of a survivor killing zombies. Losing Human, a mad scientist loses his humanity. Eudora, a young girl used to be something quite different. Expedition, a fantasy. Raising Dead, a fantasy. A Night in Hartford, a zombie horror.

Genre- Fiction, Multi-genre, Compilation

Review- Initially I was excited to buy this book. It’s a bunch of short stories all by Dennis, and his other short stories were pretty good, but then I realized that some of the stories in this book were the same ones I got for free. That said, there a bunch of original short stories including The Tuurngait and A Night in Hartford. You can probably buy the book just for those two stories. Both of them are horror shorts. Tuurngait is about weird monster or alien or something that takes over peoples minds. Hartford is your classis zombie horror but with a much more reasonable ending. As usual, Dennis maganes to work some conspiracy theories into Hartford.
All in all I liked reading through this one.

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The Dragon of Time Gods and Dragons by Aaron Dennis

The Dragon of Time: Gods and Dragons By Aaron Dennis
The Dragon of Time: Gods and Dragons
By Aaron Dennis

Blurb- Gods, Dragons, a mercenary with a blade and no memory of his past…. The world of Tiamhaal is alight in war. Men ruled by kings slay their opposition in the name of their God, but there are others who claim the Gods are little more than scorned Dragons of ages past. Scar has come to find the truth, but is the truth an absolute certainty, or is it just the skewed memory of a forgotten kingdom?

Genre- Fiction, Fantasy, Action/Adventure

Review- Scar is a complete mystery to everyone, including himself. He has no past that he can recall. He only knows that he woke up being attacked by a roving band of Dracs, hopelessly outnumbered, yet somehow managed to hack through all of them. His fighting prowess is amazing, and he has the ability to heal in moments anything but mortal wounds.

He finds himself a mercenary in the employ of Zoltek, leader of the Usaj, who has promised to request his god Zmaj reveal Scar’s past, and restore his memory. Double-crossed by Zoltek and left for dead, Scar finds himself catapulted into an epic struggle for truth between Dragons posing as gods and the gods they are replacing.

Wielding his gargantuan two-handed sword with its odd diamond-shaped holes, he carves a path through everyone blocking him from uncovering the truth about his past, his future, and the gods and dragons the people serve.

Gods and Dragons is an obviously large epic fantasy series launch, on the scale of The Wheel of Time. The world building is amazing, and there are more people groups, religions, magical ‘blessings’ and countries than you could possibly remember. The action in places is gripping, and the characters, especially Scar and Labolas, are well-defined and real. Scar reminds me of Conan, but with more brain. His hack-and-slay mentality however, has him rushing into any confrontation, confident in his ability to mow down the opposition faster than Link can cut the grass.

Content:
Violence:
PG-13 – In several places people are cut through, decapitated, or cleaved in two. There is a torture scene that is described, though not in great detail. The level of graphic violence is not greater than you would find in LOTR, so I left this at PG-13.

Language:
PG – The F-bomb isn’t found, the D-word is found 25 times.

Drug Content:
Drinking occurs to excess in a few places, and visits to inns with ale on tap is a sporadic occurrence. In one place a roller-derby queen woman challenges Scar to a drinking contest, if she wins she has him for the night.

Adult Content:
R – There is one sex scene in the book, it’s not graphic but goes into enough detail to edge the rating. As mentioned above, there is other adult content, none of it to that level.

Christian content:
The main thrust of the book is a struggle to prove that the gods each people group are worshipping, the ones that are giving them their characteristic ‘blessings’, are actually dragons. The real gods, the ones the paladins serve, are trying to gain their people back and expose the truth about the dragons. There is no biblical truth, no Christian content. However, it does drive home that an undesired truth is better than a well-established lie, and that if you speak the truth, you will receive persecution. There are many devout in their faith, whether following gods or dragons, and some that convert after learning the truth.

Final analysis:
This is a solid offering as a pilot to an epic fantasy series, the world building was extraordinary, the characters believable, and the action gripping, when it was there. The biggest issue I had with it was pacing, as there were places where action, intrigue, and plot happened, and this reader couldn’t put the book down. But they were separated by portions of slow action that could have been cut. I do look forward to future offerings in this series, as it was worth reading, and hopefully the following novels will only improve. Four Stars.

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Cayneian, A Man From Blood By Aaron Dennis

Cayneian, A Man From Blood By Aaron Dennis
Cayneian, A Man From Blood By Aaron Dennis

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Genre- Fiction, Horror, Fantasy, Action

Blurb- A man stands resolved. Dysart, clan Bloodhammer, has returned to the island of Volgunther to purge it of the evil called Salamandrus. He has given his tongue, so that he may speak no contracts. He has given his manhood, so that he may not know his power as a man. He has given his mind, so that no God may take pity upon him.
Wielding the forbidden power of Sang Daemanus, Dysart imbibes the blood of Daemons to cast his spells, to grow his strength, to fuel his powers, but will he be able to stave off the bloodlust before the evils upon the island claim him?

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Review- First, I have to state that this novel is loosely based on a Dennis short story called Expedition, but like really loosely based. Secondly, this is another fantasy, horror, slasher mix, and a wild one at that. There is a lot of action, and a ton of gore, there’s even a mildly intense sexual abuse scene, so beware.
The main character is Dysart, a member of the Cayne, the people that used live on the island of Volgunther, and oddly enough, he’s mute. His tongue was cut out before the story even started, but he can use magic to talk, but it isn’t really magic. it’s called branding and it’s all based on blood magic, something I’ve never heard of before.
Dysart is on a rather honorable quest though. He wants to kill the demon salamandrus who has not turned the island evil, he’s also the demon that gave Dysart the power of blood magic, so the whole story is really intense.
After Dysart crashes ashore, and all his men and gear are at the bottom of the sea, he meets an old ranger or scout, and learns that there used to be a town nearby, so Dysart goes off in search of the town because he needs blood and a plant to make a special magic, but when he gets to the town, it’s already destroyed, and there he meets my favorite character, the pyromancer Randall, who’s gay, no less, but that’s not really important.
Randall is looking for a gem or something, so the two become quick friends in order to travel safely to an abby, and there, they meet some knights that are trying to keep the isnald safe. Well, undead attack, there’s a theif there, that Randall believes stole his gem, and then they all work together to kill the undead. After that, Randall, Dysart, the theif Pattius, and a knight called Marcus travel together in search of the knight’s barracks, the order of the cross, or the ordo et crucis.
It seems like tehre’s a ton of latin involved because the knights are really just crusaders, and demon magic is called Sang Daemanus, or blood of demons, so it’s all very dark and sinister. I kept imagining something out of Spawn, really, like that real dark imagery. In fact, the sun never shines the entire time. It’s always night, but a new problem arises when Marcus leaves in fear for his sister, and then randall tries to kill Pattius, but Pattius ends up stabbing Randall and running off, so Dysart gets Randall to the barracks, and then when Randall gets healed, they journey by boat to make it to the plains where Dysart is supposed to be able to get the plant to make his magic. Of course a sea monster attacks, and they all get split up again.
Without trying to reveal too much, I have to say that while this was absolutley amazing story, one of the best I’ve ever read, there was a bit too much action and gore. Like every page there was fight scene, or almost every page. I think there were one or two chapters that didn’t have any action, but even so, the action is almost a neccesity because the island is evil and the demon unleashes a bunch of monsters to try to kill Dysart, so he has to fight his way to the castle where the demon is.
All in all, if your stomach isn’t too weak, this is a great book.

Cayneian, A Man From Blood By Aaron Dennis
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Apollo by Aaron Dennis

Apollo by Aaron Dennis

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Genre- Fiction, Science fiction, Hard sci-fi, Adventure

Blurb- John Lay is recruiting a new member for Phoenix crew. In order to educate her, he recounts the story regarding his first mission with The Bureau. It was then that he met with an exceptional group of people, and it was then that he first learned of aliens, and closed door political ties to piracy.
In joining The Bureau, Lay and crew infiltrate the Illuminati’s base of operations, witness the destructive properties of alien tech, and uncover the truth about Montrose’s involvement in alien pacts.
The mission takes a turn for the worse when the undercover crew is discovered, and worse, pirates start overtaking Apollo.

Review- Another Lokians short story, but completely different from any of the others. In this one, the admiral, John Lay is the main character and he’s telling a new recruit the story of what happened when he first met the Bureau.
The admiral, who’s a leutenant at the time, gets hired on by The Bureau to figure out where a weapons shipment is coming from because the weapons appear to be alien, and right now, no one knows about aliens, except The Bureau, I guess
Anyway, Lay teams up with other agents and some other military people, they try to stop the gun runners, who oddly enough call themselves the illuminati, so there’s a ton of consipiracies in Lokians, and then it turns out there are ties to the goverments of earth, who are somehow in league with space pirates.
It’s a crazy ride, but the admiral was so cool in the first Lokians novel that I really enjoyed reading about him fighting when he was young. Another great read by Dennis, who may be quickly becoming my favorite indie author.

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