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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Book Review: Sentinel (The Light Mage Wars 0.5) by Nancy Northcott

Sentinel (The Light Mage Wars 0.5)
By: Nancy Northcott

Kindle Edition, 156 pages
Published March 25th 2014 by Rickety Bookshelf Press

He’s on a Quest for Justice
Her Secrets are his Only Hope

When mage investigative reporter Rick Moore gets the unexpected chance to clear his father’s name, it looks like a dream come true. But there’s a price. He must first uncover the truth about the mage world’s most wanted fugitive.

Caroline Dare knows her beloved brother had a reason for killing a member of the mages’ governing council. Real heroes don’t go rogue on a whim. Burned by shady reporters, she pours her devastating worry for him into her fabric art career and maintains stony silence about him. But when her art is panned as a fraud because she’s blind, she’s forced to seek help from Rick, a man she knows only as a sexy arts writer.

Helping beautiful, determined Caroline prove her art is her own gets Rick inside her well tended walls. But as he wins her trust, he finds he’s losing his heart. Now he has a choice–give up his dream or betray the woman he loves.

Caroline is blind but that doesn't stop her from doing whatever she wants to do. Yes, she grew up with well to do parents but that doesn't mean she wants everything handed to her now. She learned how to defend herself from the ghouls, thanks to her brother and now she makes hand woven tapestries. The only thing that could make her life better is if her brother's name was cleared.

Rick wants nothing more than to clear his dad's name and he is offered a way to do that but it means getting the scoop on a well known and sought after fugitive. In order to find out more about the man on the run, he'll have to get close to his sister and he doesn't see anything wrong with that until he falls for the woman.

With equal parts Paranormal and Urban Fantasy, this story takes you on an adventure into a world where ghouls and mages fight for dominance. Where a blind woman felt the need to learn how to fight paranormal monsters just in case she was even confronted and having a heroine who can kick ass when she needs to, is always a nice change of pace from the shrinking violets who sit in the corner cowering waiting for some man to come to her rescue.

The only complaint I have is that this story starts out a bit slow but by the end of the second chapter things pick right up and the storyline flows smoothly until the end.

I really liked this story and liked how the interaction between Rick and Caroline was so great. They really clicked and I could totally see these two together. They were just good for each other even though they were total opposites. Sometimes opposites really do attract but because Rick lies to her and she finds out, Caroline puts the brakes on their relationship when she thinks he's betrayed her. Do they get their HEA? What do ghouls smell like when they're killed? Is Caroline's brother still alive? All of these questions and more will be answered but you have to read the book in order to get them.

Do you like action, ghouls, mages and a a great love story? Then this might be the book for you.

4 Sheep

Mary Kirkland
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About the Author:
I still love comic books, fantasy and science fiction, though I don’t read comics as much as I once did. I try to get to Dragon*Con every year. I’m also a lifelong history geek and Anglophile, passions born when I was in second grade and watched a television drama about the Tudors. By the time I reached college and learned just how inaccurate that story was, it was too late. I was hooked! I majored in history and spent a fabulous summer studying Tudor and Stuart Britain at Oxford University (as well as learning to drive on the left side and observe local customs in pubs). These experiences left me with serious geek tendencies, which I indulge by reading a lot of history. My college classes mostly covered who fought whom, when, why, and how, and I’ve been delighted to discover how much material is available about the ways people of different eras lived.

I've traveled extensively in Britain with my husband and our son, collecting numerous tomes, weighty and not, on my passion. My husband, a children’s literature professor who understands the “book thing,” graciously carried home the ones I didn't have time to entrust to the Royal Mail. His help put a whole new spin on the “carry my books” bit and helped make possible the Writer Resources section of this site, where I share some of my best finds.


  1. Oh this sounds good, thank you for sharing your thoughts. Definitely hopping over to check it out :)

  2. Great review Mary, I do hope to read this series one day.

    1. Thank you. When I have the time I'll probably read more of the series too.