Book Review: Edge of Death (Book #2 Admiralty Archives)

Title: Edge of Death: Book Two of the Admiralty Archives
Author: Joni Parker
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Rating: 5 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

In this second installment of The Admiralty Archives, the warrior Lady Alexin, the Keeper of the Keys for the Elf realm of Eledon, finds herself exiled to the harsh world of near-future London. Rendered little more than a political pawn by the Elfin Council of Elders to avoid a war with the Rock Elves, she has little choice but to struggle to find her way in this strange new land. Taken under the protection of kindly mentors, Vice Admiral Malcolm Teller of the British Royal Navy and his wife, Alex brings all her skills to the fore as she uncovers a series of deadly plots.

Murder is on everyone’s mind as an underground White Supremacist organization takes aim at Admiral Teller while two wizards, resurrected from death, must kill Alex in order to survive. To make matters worse, the Rock Elves dispatch a hundred assassins from Eledon with their sole mission to bring Lady Alexin to the very… Edge of Death.

I read and reviewed some of Joni Parker’s other books before: The Blue Witch, Gossamer and Noble Magic, all part of the Chronicles of Eledon series. In the Admiralty Archives series, I already read and reviewed the first book, Curse of the Sea, so you can say I’m definitely a fan of this author and the magical worlds she creates, with most of my ratings being either 4 or 4,5 stars. I mean, fantasy, elves, wizards, what’s not to like?

Needless to say I had some pretty high expectations when starting the second book in the Admiralty Archives,  Edge of Death, but the sequel certainly didn’t dissapoint. The reader is once again following Lady Alexin, who by now has really become one of my favorite characters in fantasy books throughout. What I really enjoy about this series is how well it mixes fantasy and reality, and how well-crafted the fantasy world is, reminding me of the worlds created by Raymond E. Feist and Robin Hobb, and that I could spend hour hiding away in during my childhood and early teens. It’s a rare gift to be able to create a world that is so different yet so relatable that people can imagine themselves there, and to be able to come up with characters who despite being relatable, can still surprise the reader – especially after so many books.

In this book, Alexin is forced into exile to the London of the near future, a terrible, sullen place. Not only does she have to get used to this new, strange world, but she also becomes a target in a complicated assassination plot, and she’ll need all her skills, wit and some good old-fashioned luck to survive.

I don’t want to give out too many spoilers for readers new to the series, but this book had me on the edge of my seat again. Memorable characters, a vast, extraordinary setting, excellent writing and a mercilessly fast pace, this is one book no fan of the genre should miss out on.

 

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Author Interview Edge of Death Book Tour

  • How long have you been writing?

My first attempt at writing a novel was eleven years ago. I’d come up with a character who came with a lot of stories, so I wrote them down. It turned out to be my first series.

  • What is your favorite genre to write?

Fantasy. It gives me the most freedom and I can mix genres if I want to.

  • Which genre have you never tried before, but would you like to try out?

Historical fiction. But I’m not sure I have the discipline to stick to the facts.

  • Please tell us about your book.

The name of my book is the “Edge of Death” and it’s the second book in the Admiralty Archives trilogy. My main character, Alex, who is part Elf, has been exiled to Earth and is trying to make the best of it. She even gets a job but finds her life is threatened by Rock Elves, wizards, and even a white supremacist group that brings her to the very Edge of Death.

  • Which character was your favorite, and why? Which character was your least favorite, and why?

My new favorite in this book was Hades, god of the Underworld. He’s coordinating all the threats against Alex but she doesn’t know it. My least favorite character is nobody. I really enjoy them all, If I didn’t, I wouldn’t include them in this story.

  • What was the hardest part about writing your book?

Since this was the second book in the series, I wasn’t sure what direction it should go. The first one was easy because Alex arrives in the mortal world (London), but in the second one, she’s here and she can’t go anywhere. She had to learn how to survive in this world so she could go home again sometime in the future.

  • What is your writing routine? Are there things you absolutely need to start writing?

I exercise first thing in the morning and then I sit down at the computer. I have to clear my emails and social media first. Then, I can begin writing with a clear mind. It doesn’t always work out that way and sometimes, I have to get writing early, just to get it out of my head. I’ve even written well into the night but that upsets my sleep pattern a lot.

  • How long did it take you to write your book from start to finish?

It’s hard for me to answer this question because I don’t write a single novel. Generally, I write a series at one time and I don’t keep track of when I started to when I finished each book. And just because a first draft is done, doesn’t mean the book is done. It will go through many edits.

  • Can you tell us about your editing process?

I’ll give you an example. Since ‘Edge of Death’ was just published, I start on the draft my next novel. I read it over and edit it myself before I send it out to a professional editor. She takes anywhere from six to eight weeks on it and sends it back for my review. I make corrections and send it back to her for another edit as well as send it out for comments from beta readers and my writing group. After I get all the comments together, I go over it again. Hopefully, it’s good to go, but sometimes, I have another re-read by my editor. When I think it’s done, I send it back to my editor, who is also the publisher of my ebook. She has my manuscript formatted for print and a cover is designed. She does the blurb for me and I publish the print version.

  • Is this book part of a series? If so, how many installments do you have planned?

Yes. The first book in the Admiralty Archives trilogy is called ‘Curse of the Sea’ and this is the second one. There’s one more book coming and my working title is ‘Call from Home.”

  • Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Don’t be aspiring. Write!

  • Why should everyone read your book?

Because it’s fun and a nice place to get away from the turmoil in the real world.

  • If you could meet three authors, dead or alive, which authors would you choose?

I’d like to meet J.R.R. Tolkien, Alexander Dumas, and Rudyard Kipling.

  • What inspired you to write your book?

‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy, made into film by Peter Jackson.

  • Are you working on something at the moment? If so, can you tell us more about it?

My next book, ‘Call from Home,’ is currently with my editor. In this one, my main character, Alex, has resigned herself to her life in exile on Earth but she keeps running across reminders of her home in Eledon, the Elf world. Although she tries to ignore it, she can’s do it when she senses danger.

 

About the Book

Title: Edge of Death: Book Two of the Admiralty Archives

Author: Joni Parker

Genre: Urban Fantasy

In this second installment of The Admiralty Archives, the warrior Lady Alexin, the Keeper of the Keys for the Elf realm of Eledon, finds herself exiled to the harsh world of near-future London. Rendered little more than a political pawn by the Elfin Council of Elders to avoid a war with the Rock Elves, she has little choice but to struggle to find her way in this strange new land. Taken under the protection of kindly mentors, Vice Admiral Malcolm Teller of the British Royal Navy and his wife, Alex brings all her skills to the fore as she uncovers a series of deadly plots.

Murder is on everyone’s mind as an underground White Supremacist organization takes aim at Admiral Teller while two wizards, resurrected from death, must kill Alex in order to survive. To make matters worse, the Rock Elves dispatch a hundred assassins from Eledon with their sole mission to bring Lady Alexin to the very… Edge of Death.

Author Bio

Writing fantasy novels are Joni Parker’s passion. She’s completed two series so far: “The Seaward Isle Saga” and “The Chronicles of Eledon.” Her latest series, “The Admiralty Archives, is a three-book series that begins with the “Curse of the Sea.” The second book is called “Edge of Death” and the third will be finished next year. In addition to her novels, Joni enjoys writing short stories and has contributed two stories to the anthology, “Beyond Tucson: Adventures in the Multiverse” with her writing group. Joni retired from the U.S. Navy and the Department of Homeland Security and currently resides in Tucson, Arizona with her sister.

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Starter Day Party Edge of Death

I’m hosting the starter day party today for the book tour for urban fantasy “Edge of Death”. The tour runs from November 10 until December 10. Check out the tour stops below!

Tour Schedule

November 10th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

November 13th: Book Excerpt @ Just Books

November 15th: Book Excerpt @ Bright Street Books

November 17th: Promo Post @ Nesie’s Place

November 18th: Author Interview @ Majanka’s Blog

November 19th: Promo Post @ Lisa Queen of Random

November 21st:  Book Review @ Editor Charlene’s Blog

November 23rd: Promo Post @ Compelling Beasts Blog

November 25th: Author Interview @ I Heart Reading

November 26th: Book Review @ I Heart Reading

November 27th: Promo Post @ Dorky Girl

November 27th: Book Excerpt @ Nesie’s Place

November 29th: Book Excerpt @ Indy Book Fairy

December 1st: Book Review @ Renaissance Writer

December 2nd: Book Excerpt @ Bookish Madness

December 5th: Book Excerpt @ JB Bookworms

December 8th: Book Excerpt @ Nesie’s Place

December 9th: Author Interview @ Bedazzled Reading

December 10th: Promo Post @ Teatime and Books

About the Book

Title: Edge of Death: Book Two of the Admiralty Archives

Author: Joni Parker

Genre: Urban Fantasy

In this second installment of The Admiralty Archives, the warrior Lady Alexin, the Keeper of the Keys for the Elf realm of Eledon, finds herself exiled to the harsh world of near-future London. Rendered little more than a political pawn by the Elfin Council of Elders to avoid a war with the Rock Elves, she has little choice but to struggle to find her way in this strange new land. Taken under the protection of kindly mentors, Vice Admiral Malcolm Teller of the British Royal Navy and his wife, Alex brings all her skills to the fore as she uncovers a series of deadly plots.

Murder is on everyone’s mind as an underground White Supremacist organization takes aim at Admiral Teller while two wizards, resurrected from death, must kill Alex in order to survive. To make matters worse, the Rock Elves dispatch a hundred assassins from Eledon with their sole mission to bring Lady Alexin to the very… Edge of Death.

Author Bio

Writing fantasy novels are Joni Parker’s passion. She’s completed two series so far: “The Seaward Isle Saga” and “The Chronicles of Eledon.” Her latest series, “The Admiralty Archives, is a three-book series that begins with the “Curse of the Sea.” The second book is called “Edge of Death” and the third will be finished next year. In addition to her novels, Joni enjoys writing short stories and has contributed two stories to the anthology, “Beyond Tucson: Adventures in the Multiverse” with her writing group. Joni retired from the U.S. Navy and the Department of Homeland Security and currently resides in Tucson, Arizona with her sister.

Links

Amazon

Twitter

Facebook

Website

Goodreads

Amazon Author Profile