Thursday, October 4, 2018

Harbinger Book series by Jeff Wheeler (Storm Glass & Mirror Gate)

My first review(s) will be on Jeff Wheeler's new Harbinger Series, book 1 (Storm Glass) and book 2 (Mirror Gate). I have recently started reading Jeff's books and cannot speak highly enough about them. Beware, once you start this series, you will have a difficult time putting it down.

Book #1:

Brilliant book, everyone should be reading this one! 5 stars easily...   

What to say that others haven’t? Not sure, but I’ll give it a shot. Storm Glass (Harbinger Book 1) by Jeff Wheeler was phenomenal! For kept me wondering what would happen next and did surprise me several times (a rare thing in a book). Would recommend for those who love fantasy with some elements of steampunk and good life lessons.

There are two main characters with different stories that merge together, Cettie and Sera. Cettie is from the Fells (the ground, lower class), while Sera is from the upper class and born a princess (floating island). Both are destined to change their world. The supporting characters are fantastic (good and evil ones). There will be at least one character you can relate to in this book. It feels a bit steampunkish with certain elements (note it is not full steampunk).
Things to expect: life lessons, friendships, enemies, ghosts, science, mysteries, magic, and great world building.

Overall I would recommend this book and can’t wait for the second!

Audiobook was easy to listen to and would recommend it.

Parental advisory/trigger warnings: stabbing of two teenagers with knife, talk of marriages failing due to affairs, mistreatment/bullying of children (but the adults in charge do the right thing and help- good life lessons in the story). I do not recall any swearing or sex talk. I would have no problem letting my younger teen/tween read this book due to the life lessons involved (treat people right, do the right thing even if people tell you otherwise/look down on you for it, everyone has the ability to become/do something with their life).

*I read one review that said this book is like The Hunger Games- I disagree with this comment. Only thing close is there is an upper class and lower class.

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~ Where to purchase ~
Barnes & Noble

Book #2

Another fantastic book in the Harbinger Series- a must read for fantasy lovers!

Mirror Gate (Harbinger Book 2) by Jeff Wheeler is a phenomenal second book! This is one of those series you savor because you don’t want it to end.

So far this series has not disappointed. You can expect twists and turns (not all are predictable), great world building that brings you into the story, and not being able to put the book down.
Warning, minimal spoilers below…
Cettie and Sera are back, this time a friendship has formed while they are roommates at Muirwood Abbey. Each navigate their lives the best they can during the awkward teen years and what destiny has in store for them. There are big gains and losses this time around. New characters add mystique.
New weapons and magic create trouble. There is revealing of some of the mysteries, knowledge, and history related to the world (Yay!). Expect lots of action and more political moves.

While you read this, you will be reminded that anything is possible, we can be our own worst enemy at times, even when times are tough you must continue on, and similar life lessons. Read the author’s note at the end, you can see how it influenced this series.

This book is not meant to be a stand-alone, so start from the beginning or you will miss key details. The book switches between Cettie and Sera’s viewpoints, but it does not confuse the reader and is beautifully done.

I look forward to listening to the audiobook when released. Also looking forward to the third book being released this year (Iron Garland November 13, 2018). This is going to be a repeat read series for me, which is a rare thing.

I would recommend this series for those who love fantasy with elements of steampunk and good life lessons. If you enjoyed the first one, you will enjoy this one.

Parental advisory/trigger warnings: war, death from war or nefarious characters, weapons such as an arquebus, abductions or attempted abductions (can’t go into specifics without giving major spoilers away), demons/ghosts possessing bodies. The main characters are older teens in this book- there is some mild flirting/pursuing/interest of others. There is no swearing.
As with the first book, I would have no problem letting my younger teen/tween read this book due to the life lessons involved.

*I received an advanced copy of this book from 47North via NetGalley, in exchange for my honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review the book!

#MirrorGate #NetGalley #Fantasy #SciFi #Steampunk #Reading #LifeLessons #Books #JeffWheeler #MustRead #Magic #Teens #YoungAdult

~ Where to purchase ~
Barnes & Noble

Jeff's website

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