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Elemental Cascade: A Review

This is the third book in the Fuel to the Fire series by David Staniforth and I was given a copy in return for my review. I also reviewed both the first and second books in the series.

Elemental CascadeThis one didn’t start off quite where the previous one finished and it took me a moment to remember who everyone was and how they’d all got to where they were. I could only really remember the main character, Davran, which was probably more my fault for leaving it so long between reading book 2 and 3, but after a few chapters I had caught up with everything.

I was looking forward to finding out a few things in this book that appeared to be glossed over at first but most of my questions were satisfied by the end of the book so no complaints there. After all, every good series has some questions left unanswered.

Writing and plot wise I think this was by far the strongest of the three books. I just loved it and found it very hard to put the book down. The author had progressed through the series and really made this book work, especially all the ending stuff. The last few chapters were wonderfully woven together and not at all what I expected.

Like the first two there’s plenty of standard fantasy stuff, with dragons, creatures, different races and a bad guy. With a perfectly amazing ending that still had me feeling surprised even though it wasn’t an uncommon ending to this sort of book, I felt very satisfied by the time I’d finished.

Possibly one of my favourite books so far this year.

Fuel to the Fire: A Review

I was given a copy of this book by the author David Staniforth a few months back for me to review, and I’m so glad he did.

This is one very awesome story. I loved how description and world details were fed through piece at a time and how it kept the pace nice and high. Very occasionally I wanted more info, especially on the appearances of the characters but that was rare.

The ideas were fantastic and the characters were very believable, with little things hinting at stuff and plenty to keep me turning the pages. If you like fantasy you’re going to like this book.

In the whole book the only thing I didn’t like was where it ended. I can appreciate that the author was trying to keep the book from getting too long but I think a little bit more could be done to make it feel like the first stage of the story was complete. I felt that at least the first few pages of Chapter 1 of the next book would have been better off at the end of this one and Mayne one more chapter from Darven’s father’s pov would have helped it to be less of a cut off. If you don’t like cliff hangers or unfinished stories then you are definitely going to want to wait for the rest of the books before reading this.

This is a proper gem among  indie books. Please go buy it at Amazon.com, or Amazon.co.uk