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Amber Eyes ~ Review with Author Interview

Amber Eyes
Children of the Blood Moon #2
By S.D. Grimm

The time for the Children of the Blood Moon has come. The Mistress of Darkness is readying her forces for her escape. The Deliverers are the one obstacle to her escape but also the key to it. And she is having them hunted.

Logan, Jayden, Ryan, and Ethan follow their path of destiny one that will hopefully reveal the remaining Deliverers and their hidden locations. But each small victory comes with a price and some are more costly than others. Jayden and Ethan are struggling to control their new found talents - talents they fear will control them if they aren't careful. But their talents are what they need to fulfill their roles.

Ilda may be dead, defeated by Jayden but her son Franco is more than willing to take her place. And if possible he is even eviler than his mother. But there are forces moving against him that he is unaware of  - forces that have agendas of their own.

New characters come into play some pawns in this increasingly dangerous world while others drift through, their loyalties unknown. First, there is Quinn, a young woman who has been taken for reasons unknown to her. Her captors are convinced she is hiding a secret power, one that the Mistress needs in her path to freedom. And then there is Serena a healer who doesn't follow the rules handed down by the Circle. And her healing powers are beyond the norm. Twins Madison and Morgan are about to take their own unique places in this fight and it will not be what they are expecting.

The black island of Castlerock, a sick place that a monster calls home seems to be the destination that could change the world that they know. But are they prepared for the battle that is coming?

Amber Eyes is a fantastic sequel to the Scarlet Moon. The characters are growing into their new roles though not without a few bumps, bruises, and heartaches along the way. And the assassin sister pair of Thea and Kara is an interesting and unknown factor in this all.

A sorceress will come with power to destroy all the Creator has

She’ ll break the land and the people’s hearts and bring death to
those who’ d oppose her.
But hope will be found when the Deliverers rise through flame,
through ash, and heal the heart of the land.
Through blazing fire and torrent of rain, the Forest shall fall and
rise again.
Those who will deliver the land will summon the Creator’s power.
They will work as one, each having different talents: the heart
of one, soul of another, the mind of one, and strength of her brother.

The prophecy that this story is based upon is just as intriguing as the one from Lord of the Rings regarding the One Ring and from what I've read so far the villains are on a similar level of vile evilness.  As the story reaches its climax the reader will be completely caught up in this book. And just to prepare the reader there is more to come in the future! Which when a book is as good as this one was one is delighted to hear.

Fans of Speculative Fiction will be delighted in the many varied facets of this book. It is geared to a YA and adult audience who loves fantasy. I highly recommend this book but it is of utmost importance to read Scarlet Moon first or else you will be lost. And if you smell lavender beware for the Black Lions are about...

I was provided an advanced digital review copy of this book by the publisher (but have it on pre-order in paperback) with no expectations of a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

About Amber Eyes
Destiny can be cruel

Darkness retreated from the light of the scarlet moon, but has since grown even stronger. The Mistress of Shadows has found a new pawn—one that may be the key to unlocking the door to her underground prison. Now evil threatens to escape its shackles and destroy the land.

In the aftermath of loss and betrayal, Jayden’s fight with the enemy still isn’t over. But while she isn’t sure she can stop the Mistress alone, leaving her friends might be the only way to keep them from being consumed by the darkness.  

With lives hanging in the balance—and no time for error—can Jayden make the right choice?

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Interview with author S.D. Grimm:

1) What is your favorite method of book brainstorming? A random comment, a thought, a dream, or...?

Random comments, song lyrics, and thoughts can typically start a brainstorming session, but I get the
majority of my brainstorming done by being out in nature. The feelings I pick up there and the ideas
that pop into my head are amazing!

2) Did you always want to write Speculative Fiction or do you see a different future for yourself?

When I was a kid I either wanted to be a pro baseball player or mail carrier. But I was also writing
stories back then. When I starting writing, it was always spec. And when I started writing to pursue
publication, that didn’t change.

3) What is your go-to genre for your personal reading?

YA fantasy!! All the subgenres. ALL. OF. THEM.

4) Do you see yourself in certain characters that live within your books?

Absolutely. Every character is a piece of me. They can have my hopes, desires, fears, or they can be
things I detest or hate in the world or in people, or they can embody things I am afraid of, etc.
Sometimes they are a piece of me in that they resemble people I know or look up to. But there’s that
kernel of something that mirrors back to me somehow.

5) Do you wish you were more like a certain character that you have brought to life? And if so what
traits do you most admire in this character?

I mean, I wish I had magic or strength and speed and superior fighting skills or a photographic memory
like some of my heroes. ☺

6) Do you have more books in this series and if so how many? Or do you have another world that
you want to share with your fans instead?

There is one more book in this series. It comes out next January, and it’s written. *dances* It’s in the
editing phase now. I also have a stand-alone novel already published (Summoner) and another first in
a series that will come out in March of this year (Phoenix Fire). So yes and yes!

7) What is the one question you wish was asked during an interview and how would you answer it?

Wow. Hard one. Umm… Since the Feravolk in Scarlet Moon can bond to animals, thereby giving them
certain abilities that would be considered traits of those animals, I suppose I would like to be asked
which animal I would bond to. And today my answer would be a fox. A gray fox.

Thanks for taking time from your schedule to share time with my readers and your fans!

Thank you for having me!

About the Author
S. D. Grimm’s first love in writing is young adult fantasy and science fiction, which is to be expected from someone who looks up to heroes like Captain America and Wonder Woman, has been sorted into Gryffindor, and identifies as rebel scum. Her patronus is a red Voltron lion, her spirit animal is Toothless, and her favorite meal is second breakfast. She is represented by Julie Gwinn of the Seymour Agency, her office is anywhere she can curl up with her laptop and at least one large-sized dog, and you can learn more about her upcoming novels at

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Calling all book readers! Join author S.D. Grimm as we chat about her fantasy novel AMBER EYES on January 30th from 8 PM to 11 PM EST (6 PM CDT and 5 PM PST).

Grab your favorite drink and snack and be prepared for a fun time of chatting with SD, games, and giveaways.

Special guests Nadine Brandes, Lindsay A. Franklin, and Sara Baysinger will also be sharing their books and joining in the fun. 

Tour Schedule
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