Saturday, August 1, 2015

Book Review - Valamine, By Jane Stoker - BLOG TOUR

So I have slowly but surely been getting myself caught up on my reviews.  I have gotten a nice little system going that gets the reviews out and in between book I can read something not on my review lists.  It keeps me from getting burnt out.

This time around we have a blog tour book...


(Book One – Lover’s Rift series)
Jane Stoker

Book Title: Valamine
Author: Jane Stoker
Publishing Date: April 18, 2015
Page/Word Count: 188 pages


Valamine is a gifted healer, and her life studying with the herb witch, Elder-Sha Ameena, is peaceful. When her home is attacked and her elders slain, the fate of the land is thrust upon her with the dying breath of her mentor. Now she must leave everything she knows and journey to a far-off city to stop the forces of hell from overwhelming her world. But it isn't the daemons, hungry for her blood, making her nerves shatter and her heart pound like a tribesman’s drum, it's the two hundred and fifty pounds of lean, toned warrior sworn to keep her from harm.

Fighting is what Nyle lives for. He relishes the rush of battle, even with the odds against him and a horde of daemons bearing down on him. When he’s tasked with the latest mission, it is a seemingly simple one—protect the girl, save the world. Easy enough for a skilled warrior who prides himself on coolness under pressure. Something about the bold healer though is testing his restraint to beyond breaking, and he can’t keep his mind on the game. But if he fails and the daemons come, how can he face losing his bewitching Valamine

Pros: Excellent characters, great storyline
Cons: Felt like some pieces were missing
Overall rating: Very Recommended

Impressions: My first impressions of this book were that it was slow starting out for me.  There was something missing.


When I started this book I felt a little lost.  We started out in a battle.  I love when we get action right away, but I felt like we didn't get enough back story to really understand what was going on.  The bad guys were there and there were a lot of them. Yet later in the book, they are talking about a portal or rift being in the school. 

You don't get any idea on how they are getting out if the rift is still sealed.  I would think that they would have noticed Daemons coming through at the school so I really want to know where they were coming from. I feel like this is a hole in the story that was not explained.

I loved the book as whole though.  Once I let the whole not knowing where the Daemons were coming from I found that I really enjoyed the book.  The characters were well thought out.  I wish we could have had more back story to help us understand why they were the way they were.  I find that I can connect and relate better to characters when I know more about them.

I can't wait until the next book in this series.  I want to see what happens next.  I did find that once I got into the book I was hooked and couldn't get out. I read it all in one sitting.  It just took me a bit to get myself all engrossed in the book.

Stars: 4 out of 5

About the Author

Jane Stoker

Jane is the author of Valamine, the first instalment in a fantasy romance series based in a magical world on the verge of

When she is not teaching or sloping off to write fantasy romance, Jane devours TV drama box sets – the more

paranormal and post apocalyptic the better. She also like to walk the dog in the surrounding woodlands; a setting

Jane lives in Surrey with her husband and two sons.

Find Jane at:

Book Details: Novel

Genre: Historical Epic Fantasy Romance

198 pages – 66,300 words

e-book ISBN: 978-1-925296-04-4

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-925296-05-1


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