Thursday, September 27, 2012

Book Review: The Rival by Roland Yoemans

The legend of the dashing Victor Standish continues.

In a new chapter of Victor's story, we see our hero and Alice being tossed back in time to the 1830s.  Victor must use his knowledge from the future to 'step through the moments' and generally test the limits of his enemies and his friends.



The Rival cover, Roland Yoemans prop.


Sitting at the tomb of Marie Laveau in New Orleans, Victor discovers some of his hidden abilities, and his lack of knowledge about his mother's background.  This is also where and when he meets the Victorian ghoul, Alice Wentworth.  Alice belongs to the undead who haunt New Orleans. They share memories inadvertently as they sit on the tomb in the cemetery.   A bonding occurs when Victor promises to provide lunch to the hungry Alice, rather than be lunch. 


In the past, with his future knowledge, Alice and Victor meet a young Sam McCord and the lovely masked Meilori.  Most of the action takes place in the CASA, a transformed place out of time.  Hold onto your seats.  There's a bit of time travel. 


Before the end of this book, a bird is put into a cage, a war threatens, and Victor must prove his worth many times.  There's a bittersweet feel to certain parts, as if doom is omnipresent. Victor, as usual, leaves us hanging by a thread. . .

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The journey of Victor Standish continues in Three Spirit Knight. More information on ordering and art work can be found at Roland's website/blog.


Art work in The Rival is by Leonora Roy.  It's a very sumptuous style and appeals to me as a believable detailed translation of Roland's characters.  The illustrations in many of Roland's other works are also by Roy.


Have you read any of the Victor Standish books by Roland?  Have you read RIVAL? If not, Have you been to New Orleans?  Any favourite dishes or venues?
Please share in the comments.

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References: Roland's Blog

http://rolandyeomans.blogspot.ca/

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13 comments:

  1. The cover is stunning.

    I wish he'd branch out to Nook.

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    1. And Kobo, too, MPax. I've been reading Roland's books on the Kindle for PC.

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  2. I havn't read any of these yet, but I really should. I'm always so intrigued by the artwork and descriptions.

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    1. Yes, you should give one of his books a try, LG. I started with The Legend of Victor Standish. I've still got Burnt Offerings and A Ghost of a Chance coming up. It's an interesting universe.

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  3. Mary:
    You can read my books, like D.G., through the KINDLE FOR PC app that appears under the header on my blog. I am trying to get someone to format my books to SMASHWORDS but there seems to be a hitch in my Word documents.

    L.G.:
    I think you would enjoy Victor's adventures. He certainly does! :-) Especially his times with the Victorian ghoul, Alice Wentworth ... he will never hear of finger sandwiches and feel the same!

    D.G.:
    This is my night of being on 1st call after a full day of day work so this is my first chance to visit and say THANKS! You are a gem for doing this!! Victor blows you kiss and gives you a wink, making Alice absolutely furious! :-)

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  4. I should finish the Legend of Victor Standish very soon...

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  5. I enjoyed Legend -- Samuel McCord is now one of my favorite characters.

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    1. He's mine, too, Milo. How can we not like Big Sam from 'North to Alaska' by Johnny Horton? Thanks for dropping by, Milo!

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  6. This sounds scary, but I love time travel stories. I'll have to check it out!

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    1. Several of Roland's books would be suitable Halloween stories. Check out his blog and see the variety of ghosts that haunt his blog.

      Good luck with collecting those Halloween stories.

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