Wednesday, 10 July 2013

BEWITCHING TOURS: "Dysus Dreamer" by J A Garland -REVIEWED

Title:The Dysus Dreamer
Series: Book Two, The Halfling Chronicles
Author: JA Garland
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Release Date: July, 2013

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"A powerful half-demon is kidnapped, bloodthirsty werewolves are on the rise, and a planet is dying. A demon warrior and dark elf joining forces are the least of their worries."

Demon warrior, Slade Aesus, is determined to destroy the werewolves controlling his cousin. But a beautiful elf, consumed by her own vengeance, finds the wolves first. Botching her assassination attempt, Annwyn has the most powerful Packs in the world biting at her heels. Both fiercely independent, can the two join forces long enough to fulfill their missions and stay alive?

A solid assassination operation takes one part opportunity, two parts discipline, and three parts disposition. Having two out of three this chilly Seattle evening, Slade considered himself in abundance of good fortune.

Parked in front of a solitary office building, in the zone clearly marked “No Parking,” Slade cleared his mind of distractions consisting of the little here and there that could creep in and throw him off, just a hair, but enough to jeopardize his mission. Satisfied, he slid out of the rental car and re-tucked a stylish black golf shirt monogrammed with “Constantine Vineyards” into a pair of crisp, steel gray slacks. In this particular scenario, image was crucial.

Tonight, the element discipline presented itself by his waiting for the precise moment to strike. He made a living analyzing people and their habits, so he knew his targets relaxed around the holidays and were less likely to see the danger lurking behind his smiling fa├žade. The current festivity du jour was Christmas, and coupled with his gift, destined Slade a popular man. I'm counting on it.

He moved around to the trunk, where he heaved free a slatted, wooden case. It smelled of musky oak. 

The peaceful scent hinted at candlelit dinners shared with a long time lover. His jaw clenched. Not in my past and not in my future.

Slade lugged his precious cargo toward the sprawling metal office building. Immense, the structure stabbed farther into the heavens than any other in the area, yet fell short. Just like my target. Outwardly, Joe Larsen appeared a dedicated family man, a real pillar of the community whose flourishing internet and telecommunications business, ProCom, employed hundreds. In reality, the werewolf belonged to the Dirty Dozen, a group of the twelve most ruthless wolf Packs roaming the earth.

How ironic. I was once your target. A year ago, the Dozen kidnapped his cousin Amber, a half-demon, half-human. Able to keep a shifter from shifting, Amber's ability proved irresistible, since more times than not, the Dozen's meetings devolved into an unproductive, fur-flying brawl. We saved Amber, but left behind some unfinished business. Starting with Larsen, the wolves would learn a lesson...a demon’s memory rivals the most scorned woman, and paybacks were indeed a bitch.

Writing urban fantasy under the pen-name J.A. Garland, Jennifer is a professional firefighter in the state of California. Jennifer is married and has two children, both of whom are as different as night and day. A graduate of Cogswell Polytechnical with a degree in Fire Administration, Jennifer always knew she wanted to be an author. (Except for a brief two month period after watching the movie "Top Gun," when she wanted to be a fighter pilot). 

Jennifer admits she is an addicted trail runner, mostly because she is a devout consumer of all things cheese puff. If she misses you at the next mud run, you can come back here to see what's new in the world "where fantasy becomes reality."

a good second book in the series -  left open at the end for another one to continue on with the story.

We were first introduced to Slade in the first book "Instinct", and its him we follow in this book.
Slade is one of the elite trained fighters in a secret organisation.
The book opens onto the story immediately, so no building up, you're plunged right in, which is brilliant.

This book targets on the werewolves "Dirty Dozen" which are the top 12 packs that seem to have their fingers/paws in all things wrong and nasty.  The alpha of one of the packs kidnaps Amber and her husband Rory (who we followed in the first book) and Slade takes it upon himself to find her.

We also take more of a peek into the demon world, Tykol and the fact its being destroyed slowly and will leave the demons with no choice than to live on earth if they cannot figure out a way to save the world.
We meet the princess, who is you're typical spoilt rich bitch, playing people off each other, but something later in the book changes her and her outlook and total being.

A good instalment, another page turner that i loved to keep reading.  well written, new and old characters interacting to show where everyone fits in.  Plenty left to write at least one more!
I look forward to it!


  1. This is a new author for me and I have not read any of her books yet. I really love this genre though and liked the description of the book and the excerpt a lot so I will definitely be adding this book and the previous book to my to-read list. Thanks for the giveaway and introducing me to a new author :)

    Crystal Guidroz

  2. Drum roll please...Okay, so you already know who won. Congratulations to Catrina and Bobbye. I hope Catrina enjoys her $50.00 Amazon gift certificate, and Bobbye her big bag o’swag!
    Thank you to all the readers and writers who took the time to drop in. And to the wonderful hosts for allowing me to 'hijack' their operations. I had a wonderful time on the Dysus Dreamer Book Tour. I hope you had a good time too.


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