Dingus Xavier hasn’t had it easy. Half elven, half human, Dingus has been tormented his whole life because of his blood. Sir Vandis Vail, a Knight of the Air, had for many years avoided taking on a squire, but his goddess insists he make Dingus his squire because she wants him. Against his own wishes, Vandis takes on Dingus as his squire, but he wasn’t prepared for how much he would care for Dingus. Along the way, Vandis acquires another squire, learns Dingus may be a Berserker, and discovers that a zealous religious brotherhood has decided to cleanse Muscoda of the Knights of the Air.
M.A. Ray’s characters pulled me in right from the start. I couldn’t help but love Dingus and Vandis. The reader goes through the torment with Dingus, and it’s easy to identify with him. The author weaves the real-life issue of intolerance into the story, which drew me in and kept me wanting to know what would happen next. M.A. Ray has a writing style that flows beautifully. The dialogue and character thoughts ensured that I would remain emotionally invested in the characters throughout the story. There were parts of the book where I was angry for the characters, parts where I chuckled, and parts where I whooped out loud. I read the book as quickly as my schedule would allow because I just couldn’t put it down. The book does end abruptly, and although it’s not a cliffhanger, I had to buy the next one right away so I could read the next section of the story. I enjoyed this story wholeheartedly, and I highly recommend reading it!
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Genre: Romance, General Fiction
Armor of Glass by R.M.A. Spears is a novel about the life of Brick, focusing mainly on his military experiences and love life. The novel is set during a train ride to work while Brick works through the memories of his life. Brick wants little more in life than to be a military man. However, the life he wants doesn’t come easily for him. He gets his dream of being in the military, but his marriage slowly falls to shambles. Brick is a fantastic father and he remains in the marriage for the children, but an affair with his high school girlfriend could destroy the things he loves the most.
Armor of Glass is written in first person narrative using a stream-of-consciousness technique. Those who are unfamiliar with this technique might find it a bit strange, but I think R.M.A. Spears chose perfectly for this novel. Spears’s prose is at times quite poetic. From the beginning, I found Brick to be a difficult character to like. He had qualities about him that I found anywhere from uncomfortable to downright offensive. However, the author did a wonderful job of not only making me sympathize with a character I didn’t particularly like but also making me understand him. By the end of the novel, I truly cared what happened to Brick, even though I still was unhappy with some of his behavior. I loved how the novel was very true to life. There wasn’t a perfectly wrapped package of an ending. I think this novel has a lot to offer, and I would say it’s worth the read.
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