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Sanctum: Forests of Avalon (The World of Sanctum Book 2) by [C.S. Kading, Tony Fuentes, Lee Geller, Renee Ritchie]

Isolde duAvalonne, as she is formally known, is out of her element. She has found herself in a land in which she does not belong and in which she isn’t truly happy. She, however, is not fully aware of this fact. When Safar takes her aside and tells her as much, Isolde realizes that her journey is far from over. There is something she must do and, more importantly, someone she must find. Isolde will not be able to rest until she reunites with Father Tulok. There is a mission awaiting them, and their companionship may prove to be the remedy Avalon needs.

Sanctum: Forests of Avalon is the second in a series by C.S. Kading and Tony Fuentes and takes an extensive look into the adventures of Isolde duAvalonne, a wandering knight and her companion, the Radiant Priest Tulok. Having begun their journey together in book one, the pair reunites in this novel to take on the atrocities being committed in Avalon. Isolde’s dreams are an integral part of the plot of Kading and Fuentes’s novel and provide stunning visuals for readers. Fans of fantasy and science fiction will appreciate the amount of detail in the authors’ writing. As the second book in the series, the author’s take extra time and care to catch readers up on the essential parts from book one, seamlessly melding the two books.

Readers will be left speechless at the twists and turns from one chapter to the next. There is no downtime, and there are no long stretches of wordy narrative. Each of Kading and Fuentes’s characters is a fantastic stand alone entity, well-developed, and exudes his/her own captivating personality. From Isolde and Father Tulok to the Fae who inhabit Avalon, they are all memorable in their own right and truly make the novel all the more extraordinary. Readers will not want to miss the introduction, it catapults them into the story. In the six short pages preceding chapter one, the authors take readers on a journey like no other. Moving from zero to sixty in a matter of a few sentences, it will leave you breathless.

Sanctum: Forests of Avalon (The Word of Sanctum Book 2), by C.S. Kading and Tony Fuentes, is a riveting read for those that enjoy Mythology, legends, science fiction, and a fast paced action packed fantasy series.

Pages: 524 | ASIN: B09LBCTQBV

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Sanctum: Sands of Setesh by [C.S. Kading, Tony Fuentes, Todd Filek]

Isolde duAvalonne, Knight Wanderer, wakes up in the most strange of circumstances. Flashes of her childhood cross her mind as she begins to regain consciousness and take stock of her surroundings. She hears more than she can see and tries with all her might to take it all in. When she finally has her wits about her once more, she is introduced to Father Tulok, and the questions begin. Isolde is a Wanderer and was on a mission when she was discovered. Still apprehensive about her surroundings, she begins to tell the tale–a tale that begins with the Undead.

Sanctum: Sands of Setesh, by C.S. Kading and Tony Fuentes, is a uniquely spun fantasy that rivals any I have read in all of 2020. So accustomed to the typical fantasy with mythical beings and dialogue fraught with rich and, at times, over-the-top terminology, Kading and Fuentes’s work was a real breath of fresh air. It was simply refreshing to read exchanges between characters that contained more modern phrasing and interactions that felt more in tune with the 21st century. It’s a combination I wasn’t expecting but one for which I was thankful once I began delving into Isolde’s world.

Life has its humor, and I think fiction writing should always incorporate lighthearted moments and periodic banter between characters. Kading and Fuentes fit the bill with Sanctum: Sands of Setesh. The quips and jabs made throughout the book make the fantasy world more relatable and much more appealing. They have done with this book what so many other authors fail to do in fantasies–they bring the characters full circle.

I quickly became invested in the story unfolding before me. Isolde’s journey is one readers can easily follow, and they will find themselves caught up in the imagery that laces each chapter. I love that this quest is one more about the characters and less about violence and bloodshed. Fantasies can be predictable in that way, but the authors far surpass any of the usual measures of the fantasy genre and have created their own brand.

Sanctum: Sands of Setesh will give fans of the fantasy genre a new way of looking at their favorite genre. Cover to cover, this lengthy novel contains everything needed to hook readers, transport them to another world, and keep them coming back for more.

Pages: 478 | ASIN: B08GKBY5KP

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