Tempus Unbound by Janet & Chris Morris reviewed on Library of Erana

Review – Tempus Unbound #Fantasy – Janet Morris


Review for Tempus Unbound

5 stars

This particular Tempus/Sacred Band book is a little different – for a start, it’s all from Tempus’ point of view, and we have only Tempus himself, Cime and Askelon from the former books. Don’t let this put you off, there’s a host of worthies – not least Mano the mercenary from the future and bad guys to rival anyone in Sanctuary.

Called to Lemuria, a strange citadel between the worlds, and times it’s a chance to right wrongs if only you can work out WHICH wrongs. Tempus is lonely, alone save for his petulant and truculent god. Who is who, and who needs whom? That’s one of the questions asked as Tempus fights an old enemy in a new and unfamiliar world. The future is dark, and war will out. Strife is all and king of all. And so it was in his own time, and in this possible future. We see our hero struggle with technology he can barely imagine and his friends see power and courage they can barely comprehend. Gods, magic and tech fight as Tempus tries to save his sister, and save the world from his deadly sister. Choices are made, and regrets are put aside in the names of love and courage. Ideals are questioned, and truth is harsh.

As usual, the characters are supremely crafted, with a richness that brings emotion and a real sense of reality. In Morris’s world, anything is possible, and the reader believes it.  These aren’t easy reads, they have a high level of violence, sex and themes that require the reader to engage their brain. But this, and the other Sacred Band/Tempus books are worth the time, and the brainpower. Rarely does a reader find a world so rich, or characters so enchanting, or writing so lyrical.  The tempo of the book is a call to war, a call to stand for what is good, and a call to give all.

Heartily recommend this – even if you’re unfamiliar with the characters, and setting Tempus Unbound takes the reader on a journey from ancient times, to a future and it’s a thrilling journey and is a great intro to Tempus and his worlds.


Library of Erana reviews ‘Wind from the Abyss,’ #3 in Janet Morris’ Silistra Quartet


Review – Wind from the Abyss – #Fantasy #Scifi Janet Morris


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5 stars

Wind from the Abyss – Book 3 of the Silistra Quartet – Janet Morris





The third book of the Silistra series is, perhaps, the most passionate, the most evocative and the most enthralling. This is a book about power, amongst many other things. The power of biology, of technology and the problems it can bring, the power over another, and the power over oneself.  Silistra is a supremely crafted world, apart from ours but terrifyingly familiar in many ways. It is, a could be – a might be, and the denizens thereupon are reflections of humanity.

Estri – our protagonist – is a shadow of what she was, and beholden to a man who is demigod, ruler and profit. He shapes his world and brooks no competition or threat. Estri, now little more than a slave, must find herself, and her past and future and use them to save herself and her world. Does she do it? You’ll have to read to find out. I’ll just say it’s a long and difficult journey, filled with sacrifice.

You’ll quickly be entranced by the world and its characters, and although it helps to have read the earlier books, even without that it’s a tumultuous journey. This is not for the faint of heart, nor those who want an ‘easy’ read. It’s cerebral, lyrical and evocative. You have been warned.

Available in Kindle, Nook, e-pub, deluxe trade paper, and hardback from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and everywhere


Library of Erana’s review of The Carnelian Throne, capstone of Janet Morris’ Silistra Quartet.

Review Carnelian Throne – Janet Morris – #Sci-fi #fantasy #dystopian


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REVIEW #sci-fi #fantasy #dystopian #heroicfiction

Carnelian Throne

The fourth in Silistra Quartet does not disappoint. As ever the action starts immediately, with incredible creatures, fierce battles and searching of souls.  Our heroes are, by this time, ‘more than men (and women), and less than gods’ but in a land of largely bronze age people, ruled by creatures of ‘Wehrkind’ gods they appear.  And the locals aren’t impressed. In a quest for answers and revenge Sereth, Estri and Chayin must battle to free themselves from old rules, old beliefs, old prejudices and ghosts of their own pasts and emerge not only victorious but as rulers of this land. Ties of loyalty are truly tested, and the question of evolution, species selection and ranking is very much to the fore.

The Wehrdom creatures are fascinating – semi-telepathic creatures of all shapes and sizes, from eagle like creatures, to half man half beast, to those who just communicate with them. Led by a ‘dreaming’ king for a thousand years they wage war, they live, they die and they are manipulated in a kind of selective breeding or eugenic programme to remove the lesser (ie human) species and in ‘Wehr rage’ they are truly formidable.
As allies and enemies, these beings shape this story and this part of the world they inhabit. I found them worthy of pity (as pawns), frightening for their strangeness, enlightening for their intelligence and loyalty, and infinitely intriguing. They appealed to the mythic aspect I love so much in this author’s work.

Delcrit – the simple and lowly character we are introduced to early on – proves his worth and his destiny in a surprising twist.

The entire quartet brings forth questions on the wisdom of technology, the place in the world for the sexes, species, politics and laws. Biology is queen here, nature is queen, but the heroes must find their place among their own kind, and forge a future and protect their world from enemies many of which are of their own making.

The Silistra books are not simple, or easy to read but they are enthralling, exciting and thought-provoking. Silistra is dystopian – it is not Earth – but it COULD be. The characters are not us – but they COULD be.

As with all Morris’s work, the prose is very lyrical and very poetic. There is a beat to her work which pulls in the reader. No words are wasted, no scenes are out of place or unnecessary and thus it makes for a thrilling and evocative read.

There is treachery, love, bravery, intrigue, a lot of ‘fight or die’, complex characters and a supremely crafted world – everything one would expect in such a work.

Loose ends are firmly tied off, scores are settled and places allotted, and answers found.

5 stars.Layout 1

Joe Bonadonna reviews The Golden Sword by Janet Morris, 2nd volume in her classic Silistra Quartet



Joe Bonadonna’s Amazon review of The Golden Sword, #2 in the Silistra Quartet:

5.0 out of 5 stars A GROUND-BREAKING CLASSIC RETURNS!, March 27, 2017
This review is from: The Golden Sword (The Silistra Quartet) (Volume 2) (Paperback)
Call it what you like: science fiction, space opera, sword and planet or erotic fantasy . . . The Golden Sword is all these things, and so much more. A highly intelligent and sensual novel filled with ideas and revelations, this is a gripping story that explores human sexuality and the role it plays in politics. Although the memorable characters are bisexual, toss away all your preconceived notions, for there is a humanity, a strength of will and determination, a realism and depth of emotion to these characters that will have you thinking twice about all you know and all you think you know. This is a book for mature and discerning readers who like some meat on the bones of the books they read. Janet Morris led the way for all the science fiction authors, both male and female, who came after. This is the second book in her classic “Silistra Quartet” series, which continues on through two more volumes. In this epic, second novel, Estri, the heroine of “The High Couch of Silistra,” ventures further than she ever has before into her exotic world of sensuality and politics. This time out, she encounters Chayin, a prince of an alien culture, and discovers more about her fate . . . past, present and future. This is a powerful, exciting novel filled with passion and adventure, ideas and thought-provoking philosophies. Janet Morris truly smashed through barriers and broke new ground with her “Silistra” series, and is still breaking new ground in these new, “Author’s Cut” editions that delve further and deeper into Estri’s universe and into the grand vision the author had when she first set out to write this series. This is science fiction for thinking adults.
All four volumes of The Silistra Quartet, including High Couch of Silistra, The Golden Sword, and The Carnelian Throne, are now available as new, updated and definitive Author’s Cut Editions in e-book, deluxe trade paper, and collector’s hardback from Perseid Press on Amazon and wherever new books are sold.
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The 40-Minute War Review by J. Jonas

Review from Amazon:40minwar-audiobook5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent thriller, March 3, 2017
This review is from: THE FORTY-MINUTE WAR (Kindle Edition)

The Forty-Minute War is a novel that crosses genres, effortlessly incorporating elements of speculative fiction, spy thriller, black ops, romance and science fiction. The tale of jihadists setting off a nuclear bomb is as relevant in this updated book as it was when originally written in 1984. The story is timeless, apt for today, possibly even more than it was then.

The reader follows the fortunes of Marc Beck, a charismatic employee of the US State Department, Chris Patrick who is a newspaper journalist and Beck’s love interest, and Ashmead, a hardened CIA operative who leads a team of counter-terror black ops assassins. Together they weave in and out of a taut story and the tension makes the book hard to put down. There are twists and turns in this book that keep the reader gripped to the end. The characters live and breathe and I felt their pain, their tears, their love and their black humour.

The writing, as always regarding these authors, is excellent. As a devotee of novels by John Le Carre I never thought I would find authors writing in a similar genre who have the same wordsmith qualities as Le Carre, yet here they are. The depth, pace and quality of the book is certainly on equal terms. Underscoring the fast pace is the voice of authenticity and experience which lends credibility, giving fascinating insights into black ops in a Middle Eastern setting.

Highly recommended, and it deserves to be better known.

Music to read this book by, free to listen:  https://soundcloud.com/christopher-morris/no-mans-land

Walter Rhein: Author in the Spotlight: Speaking Spanish in America Goes Viral

The Viral Article Experience


Walter Rhein




The Eau Claire Leader-Telegram just announced that my article, “Speaking Spanish in America,” was their most read article in 2016. I feel a substantial amount of pride in having written something that connected with such a large number of people both in the US and Latin America. According to the statistics published in their year end review, the article was viewed 242,000 times. The review states, “It’s an astounding amount of views when considering the No. 2 most-read story on LeaderTelegram.com got 43,265 views.” Curiously, the Leader-Telegram declined to publish my follow-up to the article, although Volume One magazine did publish it here.

It’s a strange and random experience when something you write happens to get caught up in a social-media whirlwind. The popularity of the “Spanish” article, lead to a spike in book sales of Reckless Traveler, and my publisher, Janet Morris, sent me a message stating, “Whatever you’re doing, keep doing it!”

I have to say that the two week period when this article was causing a frenzy was a hectic time. I was inundated by messages and friend requests on Facebook, and did my best to answer the comments posted directly on the article. I felt a real urgency to harness and organize the people who were moved by the words, but social media platforms don’t make that easy. After a day spent replying to comments, Facebook’s algorithm blocked me from leaving further messages and the moment slipped away. Still, a month on, I still keep in contact with many people I met during those weeks.

There is always an inclination to attempt to recapture the magic of a viral article, but it’s very difficult to do. I think several factors contributed to the popularity of “Speaking Spanish in America.” As a nation, we were in the early stages of coming to grips with the imminent Trump presidency, and I think collectively we were scrambling and vulnerable.

My original title was “Speaking Spanish in Trump’s America,” but the editors at the Leader-Telegram elected to shorten it. Whether that eventually helped or hurt the article is up for debate, but one of the quirks of the internet is that people are more inclined to click on an article title that makes them angry. I do believe that many people clicked on “Spanish” expecting to read something that would make them mad, and were relieved to stumble upon a reasonable argument.

I personally did very little to promote this article, instead relying on the Leader-Telegram platform (the article also appeared in the print version of the paper). I didn’t even know the article had been printed until I saw one of my friends share it on Facebook. At that point, I shared the article with the Facebook group “Pantsuit Nation” but I never had confirmation as to whether or not they promoted it.

Virality is a strange beast to quest after. Many of the articles that you see cycling through your Facebook feed are heavily sponsored, so it’s tough to break through with something that goes legitimately viral. When “Spanish” hit 500 shares I already considered it a great success (it sits at 86,000 at this writing).

I am fortunate to be part of a wonderful community of writers, and that is a huge help for breathing some life into essays and articles. A great, inexpensive way to support your favorite writers is to leave comments on articles, share them on your Facebook page, and also click the like buttons on the page where the article is published. You can even share articles to the walls of friends who might be interested in reading them. There is no law against sharing these articles on multiple platforms, and as the old saying goes, “A rising tide lifts all boats.” Of all of these things, I think the comments are the most important. There is nothing more gratifying as a writer than to see strings of dialogue organically spring into existence on something you have written. I learn a lot about writing, and myself, from these comments, so please keep them coming!

I will continue to publish developments on the “Spanish” article and other projects on my web page Streets Of Lima. If you haven’t already, please sign up for my monthly newsletter there. I will be reviewing Tom Barczak’s novel Mouth of the Dragon, very soon as well as I, the Sun by Janet Morris. I’ve also been contributing regularly to Silent Sports magazine, so check out their web page and subscribe to the magazine if you have the means (letters to the editor saying how great I am don’t hurt either). Silent Sports recently set me up for an interview on Wisconsin Public Radio and you can listen to that (for free) here. Lastly, if anyone’s curious what my prediction is as to what 4 years will be like under President Trump, look no further than my dystopian fantasy novel “The Reader of Acheron.”  In many ways, I think that book is all too close to the world we currently inhabit.


 Reader of Acheron is a cautionary novel of a dystopia in which truths are hoarded and reading is illegal.  Set in a future which could very well become our future, Reader of Acheron shows us how easily the dreams of some become the nightmares of others.

Thanks, everyone, and best of luck to you in 2017!


Walter Rhein’s incomparable Reckless Traveler is the book about adventuring in Peru and other South American destinations.  Half guide-book, half memoir, it’s available in trade and digital formats from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other book stores everywhere, or from Perseid Press at theperseidpress.com

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