Blood Haven

Magic Has Awoken

Fiction - Fantasy - Urban
304 Pages
Reviewed on 08/21/2015
Buy on Amazon

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.

Author Biography

Anthony L. Smith was born in the Philippines, went to elementary school in Washington, middle school in North Carolina, and High School in Texas. After a rather dull year at college, he joined the U.S. Air Force, and has been traveling the Pacific ever since. Blood Haven is his first novel. When he isn't fixing airplanes, he enjoys exploring the island and searching for his next big adventure.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Blood Haven: Magic Has Awoken is an urban fantasy written by Anthony L. Smith. The date, December 21, 2012, was anticipated with fear by those who took credence in its significance in the Mayan calendar, but Jerry Fox wasn’t one of them. He had weathered the rising hysteria in the months and days before the millennium, and he figured that this would be no different. His mind was also on more immediate matters -- his upcoming promotion. He’d been in a holding pattern for the last three years after a promised promotion went to a lesser qualified, to his mind at least, candidate. Now, at last, there was another chance, and he figured it had to be his; he was the most qualified with both experience and educational achievements that no one else working there could beat. But when he got to the office, early, of course, as was his wont, he noticed that Mr. Eckhart was in his office already, and he’s usually the last one to arrive. When Jerry saw the email from Mr. Eckhart asking that he see him immediately upon his arrival, he began to feel uneasy. Mr. Eckhart seemed distraught, rumpled and disheveled and not at all the dapper, polished professional he normally appeared to be, and he had the worst possible news to tell Jerry. Jerry’s reaction was immediate; his brain felt like it would explode at the unfairness of it all, and his hands began to feel warmer and warmer.

Anthony L. Smith’s urban paranormal fantasy, Blood Haven: Magic Has Awoken, is an original and thrilling story about a world that changed forever in the space of one day. The author’s plot thoughtfully envisions the response of countries and their citizens to the sudden flowering of magical abilities in a small section of the population, and the chaos that ensues makes for an exciting and action-packed fantasy tale. Killian, the returning elemental, is looking for someone different in a partner from Stamp, the friend who ended up stealing his girlfriend, but he’s not all that sure about Loop, the young woman Skye has recommended. After all, clearing out nests of vampires, werewolves and ghouls is no easy matter and, indeed, cost Spin, Killian’s mentor and friend, his life. Watching as Loop, Killian and their small army seek to protect a gifted child from the forces who want to abduct him is great fun. Smith’s Blood Haven is a fascinating, if dangerous, place for readers to explore, and there are any number of stolid companions available to go adventuring with. Even fantasy readers who have been feeling jaded by the preponderance of paranormal adventures out there will find time spent with Killian and company a refreshingly vibrant and authentically different experience. Blood Haven: Magic Has Awoken is highly recommended.