Reviewed by Scott Albert for Readers' Favorite
Tanner is the next novel by inspirational-turned-fantasy author, Mona Hanna. This is the second in her debut series, the sequel to Myriad. This 77-page novella follows Kalin and Regina as they try to figure out their path in life. But the dark witch, Lisandra, has other plans for them. She plans to use the most evil magic to destroy them and the inhabitants of Prentor. A small group gets together working to stop Lisandra’s evil plans. They might just save lives, not just their own, but Mark’s brother, Tanner as well. The author has written devotional books before this and now begins a series in the fantasy genre. Her writing ability will become obvious to any who read her work.
I like Sci-Fi/Fantasy genres. I’ve always enjoyed those stories that have a message or makes social commentary under a strong story line. Hanna is a creative, unique voice as she debuts into this genre. She has a subtle sense of humor that makes her story telling a pleasure to read. This story is short and because of the novella-sized installment, it is not able to strongly stand on its own. This would have been better combined with the first or at least read as a series. Its stand-alone ability is limited by length and the amount of time spent on the romantic dynamic of Mark, Sasha, Kalin, and Regina. Other than that, I enjoyed finding out why Prentor was faced with a future marred by a troubled past and a curse that calls warlocks and witches for a dark task. Add the dynamic between Tanner and Lisandra and you’ve got a nice fantasy fiction to read on a lazy afternoon.