NB This post first appeared on the Blog Tour for ‘’The Lost Sentinel’ via Rachel’s Random Resources.
Forced to hide her magical powers from the ruling Assembly of Kalaya, Tei and her father are warned that they must flee to stay safe. Embarking on a journey to seek out other exiles, Tei’s father is mortally wounded. Leaving her in the care of the exiles, the young woman discovers that her new companions have high expectations of her. Agreeing to help the search for the new Sentinel, Tei is thrust into a world of masked riders, magic and adventure.
While I will say the audiobook is superbly narrated by George Ellington, I did wonder why the author (presumably) chose to include sound effects – they detract from the skill of the narrator and, for me at least, added nothing to the story. That aside, the story is well told, and the characters are an interesting lot, with vivid descriptions of the people and scenery. The usual issue I have with fantasy tales is the author’s tendency to stick to a fairly standard format – young person with magical powers finds him/herself thrown into a situation which they alone can resolve. The Lost Sentinel doesn’t break any new ground here and while Ms Rogerson is a very competent author, it would’ve been nice to see something different. Perhaps because fantasy isn’t one of my favourite genres, I expected too much, but having read a variety of imaginatively written fantasy stories (such as those by Ernesto San Giacomo and Jean Lee), it’s clearly not impossible to break the mould.
All whinges aside, this was an enjoyable book that held my attention well, albeit mainly due to the narrator’s skill in bringing the authors work to life.
Suzanne lives in Middlesex, England with her husband, two children and a crazy puppy.
Her writing journey began at the age of twelve when she completed her first novel. She discovered the fantasy genre in her late teens and has never looked back. Giving up work to raise a family gave Suzanne the impetus to take her attempts at novel writing beyond the first draft, and she is lucky enough to have a husband who supports her dream – even if he does occasionally hint that she might think about getting a proper job one day.
Now an author of four novels including the completed Silent Sea Chronicles trilogy Suzanne hopes the dreaded ‘W’ word will never rear its ugly head again!
She loves gardening and has a Hebe (shrub) fetish. She enjoys cooking with ingredients from the garden and regularly feeds unsuspecting guests vegetable-based cakes.
Suzanne collects books, is interested in history and enjoys wandering around castles and old ruins whilst being immersed in the past. She likes to combine her love of nature and photography on family walks, but most of all she loves to escape with a great film, binge watch TV shows, or soak in a hot bubble bath with an ice cream and a book.
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Narrator Bio – George Ellington
My name is George. Seoras, if you speak Gaelic. Born in the United States, German on my father’s side, a native of Bamberg, and a Stewart on my mother’s side from a wee parish outside Stirling. I am a keen learner, eager to travel the world around me, and an instructor of English with years of experience teaching in the US, Turkey, and Japan. In audiobook narration, I have discovered a perfect opportunity to perform and play with languages, dialects, characters, cultures. Essentially, my voice is my livelihood, and my spirit longs to explore.
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