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Gail Dayton

Gail DaytonGail Dayton has been a junior college history instructor, a newspaper editor, and a paralegal for a rural prosecutor. She has a husband, three children, and grandchildren. You can read excerpts of her novels at Gail Dayton’s website.

The Compass Rose: Poorly written romance-fantasy

The Compass Rose by Gail Dayton

I simply could not finish Gail Dayton's The Compass Rose (and have already donated it to my public library). It begins adequately and has decent world-building, but about halfway in (once the strong-yet-unremarkable protagonist, Kallista, and company start toward the capital city) it sinks into a nauseating quagmire of romantic pseudo-plots and issues. The scenes are poorly paced, and for no apparent reason (other than weak attempts at creating tension), chapters begin and end in the middle of the same scene. Most glaringly, the writing is at best pedestrian and, at its worst, contains some of the most awful sentences I can recall.

An example from p. 220: "[His] hips bucked, his tip just nudging her entrance, and they both hissed with the feel of it." (Note that neither character being described is a snake-person. Also, how could neither the author nor edit... Read More

New Blood: Did Not Finish

New Blood by Gail Dayton

The blood sorcerers have been exterminated; The last one was killed almost two centuries ago. Her magical servant has spent the intervening years looking for a successor, and finally finds her — a young woman wounded by the world around her — and now has the unlucky task of trying to convince her to take up the forbidden power. As they struggle to make sense of the crumbling world around them, they are forced to draw closer together, and they may find the most magical thing of all: love.

New Blood has an interesting premise and I enjoy paranormal romance novels when they are well written, but the prose just didn’t live up to the promise in this one. I was getting increasingly irritated with the odd writing style, but when I got to the line “The nape of his neck, exposed between his shirt collar and the slight wave of his hair, looked so vulnerable.” (p.17), my eyes liter... Read More

More fantasy by Gail Dayton

fantasy and science fiction book reviewsHeart of Stone — (2012) Publisher — The king’s champion, Harald Aldred’s Son, is sent to a strange and terrifying universe on a quest to save his world. Dragons are one thing; 18-wheelers are something else entirely. Shayna MacAvoy is trying to sort out her feelings about the sort-of proposal she’s recently received when a bleeding man in black chainmail falls at her feet. The first aid she provides him becomes only the first step on a journey that will take them deep into the mysteries of magic, love, and honor. Harald’s quest takes them across the farms, forests, mountains, and ancient lava flow deserts of Idaho on his search for the stolen Heart of Stone…


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