Wednesday Words – Summer Storm review

Welcome back to the final day of Elizabeth Baxter’s Bite Sized Blog Tour…
Reading Summer Storm reminded me of listening to Vanessa Mae’s interpretation of Tempo Impetuoso d’Estate’ on her album Storm.
From the sinister, muffled start where Black Seza looms, through the wild, erratic violin playing of the unexpected storm, to the spiky tempo of court intrigue, Summer Storm delivers a tightly knit plot that leaves the reader wanting more.
The central character is Falen, heir to the throne of Variss. The only thing is, she is more interested in her scientific experiments (which would actually benefit her people) than she is in her royal duties. Her relationship with her father is difficult, made worse by his inability to forget that her mother has died.
The priest Nashir initially comes across as harmless; an intelligent man recovering from being half-drowned whose gods seem benign. But as the story progresses, his character introduces sinister undercurrents.
The tale is comic and suspenseful by turn. There is almost no room to breathe as storms (both physical and mental) come and go.
I really like the character of Falen. She rings true; an intelligent woman trapped in a role unsuited to her mentality. Her emotions are easy to identify with even if the reader is not au fait with scientific phrases.
If you enjoyed Circle Spinner and Other Tales, you’ll enjoy this. And I can’t wait now for Everwinter to come out so I can find out what happens to Falen.
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STOP PRESS! Elizabeth’s novel, Everwinter is now available on Kindle at Amazon For more information please visit Everwinter
© Freya Pickard 2012
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4 Comments on “Wednesday Words – Summer Storm review”


  1. […] clouds were gathering to the north, obscuring the mountains above the city, the holy mountain, Thyr, looked benignly down he’d been washed down from Black Seza, a place no sane man would go his tattered robe was gone, to be replaced by a thickly brocaded robe of red and gold he looked up and smiled, showing a row of gleaming white teeth today Nashir, the stranger and a monk of foreign gods walked sedately by the king’s side no words were said but her father’s eyes suddenly widened quicksilver is named demon’s blood because it sends people mad there is enough knowledge here in Variss to keep a man sated for life support me, or you will be married to Malwyn Sigard © Freya Pickard 2013 If you would like to read this novella by Elizabeth Baxter, please visit Summer Storm To find out more about Elizabeth Baxter please visit Small Blonde Hippy You can read my review at Clippings […]

  2. Libby Says:

    I have to agree with Freya. This is a well-written book and a wonderful read – can’t wait to find out more of Falen’s story.


  3. sounds like an intriguing story.


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