PUBLISHED! Elegy: The Black Diamond by Martha Gilstrap Master gemsman Shay Bladen had a perfect life until betrayal forced him away from the remains of his home. He flees with nothing but an heirloom battleaxe created from single black diamond. With nothing but a cryptic note, he searches for answers among the bloodstone pillars […]
Archive | February, 2013
Elegy has it all. Shay Bladen, a master gem smith, is a well-rounded character with strengths and weaknesses. I was especially intrigued by his affinity for the stones he works with. The magic of Gilstrap's alternate world is unique in that magic is an anomaly, with no rhyme nor reason, and it might be useful, or not. Elegy has surprising twists and turns with high action-adventure scenes. Gilstrap's 18 years in Rhu-Te Karate, attaining a 5th level black belt status, allows her to write fight scenes that have believability and realism. Against the action and magic in this story, we have well-drawn characters with compelling stories.