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The Roar of Smoke Reviews

The-Roar-of-Smoke-front-cover-for-webThe Roar of Smoke by Candace Carrabus is an exciting and original fantasy novel. Fans of the genre as well as horse lovers will enjoy reading this story about a land of magic where horses are majestic, revered creatures that play a significant role in the story.It’s a fantasy novel that touches on family, friendship, love, and discovering one’s true strength. The book is easy to read and fast-paced, and I find the concept of smoke spinning intriguing. Carrabus has created an exciting storyline and a great set of characters with a lot of potential for further development in the next installment of this series. It seems that this book is setting the scene for something big and I, for one, am interested in finding out what happens next. — Leah Gonzalez, Reader’s Favorite


The Roar of Smoke is a well-written, evocative tale, drawing in the details of a country crushed by despair and invaded by a ruthless army, seen from the point of view of a teenage girl. Tressida’s fear of her own power and her conflicts with authority figures will draw you back to your own teens, and her search for self-determination and a mentor she can trust is compelling subject matter. The story is fantasy at its best, with danger, magic, and fascinating allusions to the ancient Celtic mythology of the horse gods of fertility and protection. Carrabus’s vivid storytelling will keep you turning pages and dreaming right to the end. –J.C. Steel, Reader’s Favorite


The Roar of Smoke by Candace Carrabus is a great horse centered fantasy. You can definitely feel the author’s love of them with each description and page. I found that to be a really unique aspect in this coming of age fantasy story and not something found in many books. In the beginning, Tressida’s character spent most of the book confused and frightened – she had just discovered powers she had no idea how to use – but as the story progresses, she grows to be a little stronger and more determined. There are hints of a possible love triangle, but for the most part romance takes a backseat to the action and intrigue. –Kayti Nika Raet





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