Penny Greenhorn’s HARBINGER is a Home Run!

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Destined to break an age-old curse, Claire Buchanan Duke is plunged into danger, and there’s only one person capable of saving her. Soon she finds herself entwined with the black sheep of the blood-drinking community, an ill-tempered assassin with little interest in protecting her. Can Claire escape her fate?

Summary (as on Goodreads):

Claire Buchanan Duke has a hankering for blood, but she’s different from those cursed creatures that drink it. Unsure of what she is or where she comes from, Claire tries to get by the best she can. But the visions don’t help, and her latest is the worst yet—a picture of her death. Destined to break an age-old curse, Claire is plunged into danger, and there’s only one person capable of saving her. Soon she finds herself entwined with the black sheep of the blood-drinking community, an ill-tempered assassin with little interest in protecting her. Can Claire escape her fate?
An urban fantasy with a twist of Celtic myth and romance, Harbinger is a stand-alone novel set in a world of the Cursed and Chimera.

AMAZON  |  SMASHWORDS

About the Author:

Penny Greenhorn sleeps by day and writes by night. She’s like an owl, no, a superhero! She even has a secret identity, concealing herself behind a pen name. Yup, totally a superhero. Minus the powers… and spandex, she never wears spandex. She doesn’t really save anyone either. Okay, maybe she’s more of an owl. Owls are cool.
Check out Penny’s work: the Empath Series, the Fiona Frost Trilogy, and her stand-alone urban fantasy, Harbinger.

**Adelaide Confused is the first book of my Empath series.  It is free online, as is Fledge, the first novel in my teen science fiction trilogy.

They can be found here:  AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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Interview with the Author
Penny Greenhorn:

  • What kinds of books do you like to read?
Definitely genre fiction.  Science fiction/fantasy, especially urban fantasy.  Right now I’m finishing up the last book of Kim Harrison’s Hollow Series and I’m pretty bummed about it.  It’s the end of an era.  😦
  • Is this your first work in fiction? and/or what other books have you written or are planning to write in fiction?
I’m currently working on the third book of my Adelaide Series.  It’s about a grumpy empath that lives on an island.  Also, I have a teen science fiction trilogy which is centered around Fiona Frost, a girl from a dusty faraway planet.
  • What advice is invaluable to a beginning author?
Stephen King said you should write a book each season, taking no longer than 3-4 months.  Therefore if you procrastinate, Stephen King will be mad at you.  Don’t procrastinate.
  • What is your biggest challenge with writing?
 Procrastination.
Thank you Penny for the short and sweet interview and sharing your wonderful work with me!
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My Review

Claire Buchanan is an anomaly in the in the cursed world. She displays abnormal strength, heightened smell and sight, craves the taste of blood, but surprisingly doesn’t need it to survive. Duncan, a half-cursed man, takes special interest in Claire and begins providing her with his blood. When he is called away by his Curse-Maker, he entrusts Claire’s well-being to Emile, the presiding Sealed of Harbinger.

Meanwhile, Claire’s abnormalities reach new heights as she begins having visions of the past and future, and ultimately foresees her death. Using her vision, she fends off an attack from a half-cursed and finds her frenemy, Veronica, has broken into her apartment begging for her help. Ultimately the two both need the same person. Emile. After creating a bit of trouble, Claire meets Emile and describes her attacks. He takes special interest and concludes her situation may be more than just a random occurrence and refers her to Arthur, a half-cursed with a chip on his shoulder. The mystery behind the attacks, the disappearance of Duncan and Claire’s family tree begin to unfold.

THIS BOOK IS AMAZING! Penny Greenhorn has taken what I had anticipated to be just another vampire novel and has made it unique and entertaining. Each character gives life and unique look into the world of paranormal blood sucking novels!

The story is told exclusively from Claire’s point of view. For me, first person can make a book flat and lacking in range, but the supernatural elements create an entirely different depth bringing thousands of years into one action filled story. It reminds me of the intricacies of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, except Penny Greenhorn does this in one book as opposed to Rowling’s series of seven.

While the plot was griping, the pacing and momentum of the story falter minutely in chapters 11 and 12 with Arthur’s interrogation of Claire and the third attack. In this part of the book the attack scene is superfluous and our introduction to Arthur was too long to have not warranted any new information. However, this scene being our first experience of Arthur was crucial to the development of his character. I would not have had the same love for Arthur if we met him first at Duncan’s apartment. So in my opinion, I’ll take the interrogation and leave the third attack.

Arthur and Claire are a pair of well developed characters and provide a refreshing and unique personalities. Claire is a stubborn, quick witted loner and Arthur is an equally stubborn and sarcastic independent Half-Cursed. Together they make a hilarious duo as they explore an entirely new world filled with goddesses and the chimera while they decipher the origin of Claire’s attacks.

While a couple of chapters may have lacked over all it was very enjoyable read. The characters are provided enough back story to be believable and sufficiently sate my need for explanation and progression in the plot. I was very impressed with Ms. Greenhorn’s first book and look forward to watching her writing career develop.

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