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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite
"Man’s Best Friend: Book One – Binalto" by L.J. Stamm and R.J. Evanovich began with a flash of lightning, the beginning of a violent storm. Amos Kent was an experienced sailor and knew he was in trouble. Suddenly he felt a tingle, his body and boat seemed to glow, then nothing but blackness. The next thing he knew a dog named Grick was talking to him telepathically. Somehow Amos knew he wasn’t in “Kansas” any more. Grick told Amos about the other creatures in the realm including sorcerers. The ancient ones had provided for the realm by building the kark and a method to produce light and darkness although the source could not be seen. Grick and Amos found Lam, a Blue Ronel trapped in the metal teeth of a kark, and together they worked to free him. Returning with Lam to his village, Amos and Grick discovered the village served Mistress Balera, a powerful sorcerer that demanded one third of the harvest and hunt. The evil Balera could enter the minds of the villagers and cause them to hallucinate. She would send her evil soldiers to gather the harvest and to keep strict rule. She would not allow them to have weapons, nor allow their culture to advance. The evil Balera was searching for our two heroes. Could they escape the fate she had in store for them?
I absolutely love this book. It is entertaining and fun. The authors have skillfully woven threads of suspense, fantasy, science fiction, action and adventure together to form a tapestry where a battle of good vs evil is played out. The conclusion is open ended, leaving the promise of more good things to come from this series. Kudos goes to L.J. Stamm and R.J. Evanovich.