Go Hunt a Relic

Torrent #1, Destiny Unchosen #1.5, Thornfall #2 Book Cover Torrent #1, Destiny Unchosen #1.5, Thornfall #2
Rust and Relics
Lindsay Buroker
urban fantasy
Kindle

When Delia chose to major in archaeology, she imagined herself as the female Indiana Jones of the Southwest. She didn’t imagine herself crawling through abandoned mine shafts, scrounging for rusty pickaxes and gold pans to sell on auction sites, but Indiana Jones didn’t have to make student loan payments.

Scouring the mountains of Arizona with Simon, her best friend and computer geek extraordinaire, Delia dreams of turning their scavenging enterprise into a legitimate business. More, she longs to earn the respect of peers who shun her for turning into a treasure hunter. What she doesn’t dream of is stumbling across a decapitated body in an old mine near Prescott.

Something dangerous has come to the mountains, and two Harley-riding strangers are the only ones who seem to have a clue. They speak a language Delia has never heard and carry mysterious artifacts she’s never seen. Investigating these strangers might lead her to discoveries that change the face of archaeology forever… or it might lead her and her best friend into a deadly monster’s lair.

One of the things I really like about compilation books is that you often find new authors with a style that you enjoy and read more of. With the best will in the world – and even with my reading speed of some 300 plus a year (!) – you just can’t read all the new authors (and old ones too) out there and so being led into a group of friends who write in a similar style is great.

So it was with the box set ‘Witches and Warriors’ which led me to Lindsay Buroker. A new author to me but one that has been writing Secondary World Sagas for about 7 years, and has managed to write some 6 different sets of novels in that time. All steam-punk and fantasy and is now a full-time author with her earnings.. but hasn’t she worked hard to get there?…

So I discovered Lindsay’s other series and was drawn to the new saga based on Earth – Rust and Relics .

A female Harrison Ford. Why not? A bull whip can be very handy it turns out for fighting, substituting for rope,useful in collecting items, and generally giving the wearer an air of menace!

A great collection of characters were all connected up into a fighting and relic hunting group with some amazing foes – and a strong hint that human behaviour is how these foes are created.

 

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What Chains are Made of….

Warrior Mage Book Cover Warrior Mage
Chains of Honour #1; Snake Heart #2
Lindsay Buroker
sword and sorcery, scifi and fantasy, epics
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
(1 May 2015)

His mother was one of the most powerful wizards in the Nurian Empire until she abandoned her people to become a notorious pirate. That choice doomed the family she left behind to a life of disgrace. Yanko White Fox doesn’t remember his mother, but as the only gifted child in the family, he is expected to erase the mark she left on them all. With an affinity for earth magic and communicating with animals, he’s not the most natural candidate to become a warrior mage, but it’s the only sure route back into the Great Chief’s good graces. He has resigned himself to training for that destiny, whether it matches his passions or not. Long before he’s ready for his first battle, insurrection comes to his distant corner of the empire. Rebels take over the salt mine his family manages and slay the only relative who ever supported Yanko. On the heels of the tragedy, a courier brings a message from the Great Chief’s son. Whether he is prepared or not, Yanko must undertake a quest, one that could save millions of lives… or fail utterly, leaving him dead, his family forgotten, and his people the victims of starvation and endless war.

Initially I thought that this was just another YA book with a teenage hero, but as I carried on reading Book 1 I grew very fond of the main characters, especially the ‘hero’.

He turns out to be cute, clumsy, unaware of his attractiveness, and hesitant over his magic.

Basically a big puppy you want to cuddle!

So I kept on reading to see if he grew up – and he didn’t really – just his magic grew.

So enjoyable books, nicely written, and whilst not books that keep you entranced, certainly books that you enjoy reading.

[PS: you don’t need to read the prequel 3 books, these stand alone]

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