Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Blog Tour/Review: Jack Templar and the Lord of the Demons by Jeff Gunhus


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Jack Templar and the Lord of the Demons, by Jeff Gunhus
2015, 193p, Middle-Grade Fantasy
My Rating=4 Stars
Source: Received a copy for an honest review



With two of the Jerusalem Stones in hand, Jack and his friends must race the clock to find the remaining Stones as Ren Lucre’s Creach forces gather strength. With two of their group now with Creach blood flowing in their veins, the team will be tested as never before. They must unite together if they have any hope of surviving their journey to the Underworld and their battle with the vicious Lord of the Demons. The fate of the entire world hangs in the balance.

This is the fifth book in this series and it's best to read them in order so you will understand what's going on. The author gives a warning at the beginning of each book to read these at your own peril, and they're getting shorter, which is nice. Because at this point, I'm all in and ready to just get started!

In this book, Jack and his friends need to go to the Underworld to get the next stone. It's a daunting task and is the scariest place they need to go so far, but they are willing to risk their lives for the cause. The group needs to continue to trust each other and that can be difficult at times since Eva and Daniel aren't human. That also gives them the desire to push forward and complete their mission.

As usual, this book moves at a fast pace and there was lots of action. What I loved about the last book was that there was more story and not as much action so this book fell a little short to me since I have lots of questions and didn't feel like there were any huge revelations like there have been in previous books. There were some things of interest, though, like meeting Bella and the Talib (see excerpt below), learning more about the Templar Ring and Eva's question that will stay with Jack forever. 

Like the other books, this is fun to read and has humor, danger and plot twists. It's a must-read in this series and I'm excited for the next one!!

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Excerpt:

The woman cackled loudly, a laugh full of phlegm deep in her throat. “The old ways. Oh, how I do love them,” she said, crossing the room toward the fire.

She walked hunched over and with the shuffle of a very old woman. Dressed in a black robe, she was hard to see in much detail except for long hair that trailed behind her, reaching all the way to the ground. As she reached the fire, more than one of us sucked in a quick breath in shock. She wasn’t an old woman at all, but a beautiful girl, maybe just over twenty. Her skin was smooth and reflected the color of the flames that burned in the hearth. When she smiled, perfectly white teeth glistened behind full, red lips.

“Hello there,” Daniel said, sounding every bit like the wolf in his blood.

“Oh please,” Eva muttered.

“If we are intruding, we can certainly just be on our way,” I said maybe a little too hopefully.

“A werewolf, a vampire, and four human boys,” she said. “What an odd group to be traveling together, if you’ll excuse me for saying. And speaking like members of the Black Guard no less. Curious indeed.”

“We are all friends,” I said. “We are bonded together.”

“If you think you’re going to be able to add some heads to your wall, you’re mistaken,” Eva said.

“Eva,” I hissed. Diplomacy wasn’t her finest quality, but I was crazy to think I could stop her.

“What we need you to do,” Eva continued, “is call off your pack of weird dwarf-children out there so we can get back on the road and away from this nuthouse.”

The words were out so quickly I couldn’t stop her. We all turned to the woman with the crooked old body and the beautiful face to see how she would react. Part of me thought she might attack us. I thought the six of us could take her if it came to that. But I didn’t think we could hack our way through the Talib gathered outside, especially since the longbow appeared to be their weapon of choice, meaning they could strike us from a distance.

The fire behind the woman rose up in height as if a wind blew up. The wood crackled and spit sparks up into the chimney. She turned to us, her face transformed into a snarl. Her hands came up from the folds of her robe, twisted and deformed, more like claws than anything else.

“Dwarf-children?” she bellowed. “You dare mock me? You dare mock my pain and suffering?”

“No,” I said. “We’re not mocking you. We’re just a little scared is all. Sorry.” I punched Eva in the arm. “Eva, say you’re sorry.”

Eva stared the woman down and said nothing.

“Okay, I’m sorry on her behalf,” I said. “But really, it looks like we’ve come here in error. If we could be on our way, we promise not to disturb you again.”

The woman lowered her hands and slid them back under her robe. Her face relaxed and the snarl disappeared, replaced once again with the beauty that had been there before. “I’m sorry; it’s too late for that,” she said ominously. “I am Bella of the Woods, and you may not leave without accepting the hospitality you asked for.”

The way she hissed out the word hospitality caused gooseflesh to appear up and down my arms. I had a bad feeling her idea of hospitality wasn’t a pot of tea and some cucumber sandwiches. The way the others shifted uncomfortably behind me made me think I wasn’t the only one who picked up on it.

“I hope those things on the wall weren’t given her hospitality too,” T-Rex said under his breath.

Author Jeff Gunhus

Jeff Gunhus is the author of the Amazon bestselling supernatural thriller, Night Chill, and the Middle Grade/YA series, The Templar Chronicles. The first book of the series, Jack Templar Monster Hunter, was written in an effort to get his reluctant reader eleven-year old son excited about reading. It worked and a new series was born. His book Reaching Your Reluctant Reader has helped hundreds of parents create avid readers. Killer Within is his second novel for adults. As a father of five, he and his wife Nicole spend most of their time chasing kids and taking advantage of living in the great state of Maryland. In rare moments of quiet, he can be found in the back of the City Dock Cafe in Annapolis working on his next novel. If you see him there, sit down and have a cup of coffee with him. You just might end up in his next novel.
















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1 comments:

Sherry Fundin said...

I fell way behind in this series, but they look like so much fun. Happy reading.

sherry @ fundinmental

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