Sunday, February 14, 2016

REVIEW: Blackmyst Trilogy:Eyes of the Enemy, Green Dagger and The Third Power By Kelly Hess

When a rogue band of the dreaded Sorak attacks his village, 

twelve-year-old Beynn Firehand escapes into the darkness of 

BlackMyst Forest to find help. During his quest, Beynn 

discovers his own powerful magic abilities. The price of his 

newfound powers, however, may be higher than he ever 


Wonderfully well written novel. I loved the world that this 

author created. IT was different and new.

Beynn oh how young and romantic he is.What a sweet kid. I 

really felt for him through this book when his best friend 

got the girl he wanted to be with. It was so heart wrenching 

and sad.

Beynn's father is such a strong supportive character who sees 

both sides of the war that has gone on.He is wonderful.I 

really admire this character.

If you love the action packed with a lil romance type of 

fantasy story this is a must read for you.

Its full of twists and turns that will keep you guessing what 

is going to happen next.

4 stars

Tensions rise between Delvengard and Sorak as the Sorak queen 

demands the return of the Blade of Torrill. As Delvengard 

scrambles to locate the mythical weapon, many fear war is 


Fritz, who secretly possesses the dagger, is tormented by its 

evil. Eager to take control of its power, he journeys in 

search of a mysterious being who may be able to help. 

The Green Dagger, Book Two of the BlackMyst Trilogy, 

continues the adventure, five years after the events of Book 

One, Eyes of the Enemy.
There is  a big gap between this and book one but it is nice 

you meet fritz and he is matured and harboring a secret.

The struggles that go through with fritz are felt through the 

writers amazing descriptive abilities.

This has an old world feel to it that resembles the lord of 

the rings style of writing

If you enjoyed book one you will love this expansion to the 


4 stars

In the Trilogy’s third book, the struggle for the Dagger of 

Torrill has brought Delvengard and Sorak to war. But is there 

a mysterious third power that longs to bring destruction to 

both countries? Meanwhile, Beynn and Fritz learn the full 

extent of the dagger’s third power as they journey through 

BlackMyst and through time itself in this exciting final 

chapter of the BlackMyst Trilogy!
This was a great conclusion to this wonderfuully well written 


I loved how Beynn and Fritz were back working together in 

this final chapter.

If I had to decide which character i like more i think i 

wouldnt be able to do they both are so wonderfully well 

written and they have this amazing dynamic with eachother as 

they go through tough decisions and life choices.

It was amazing how the writer added some scifi to this 

fantasy story with the time traveling. I loved it.

4 stars
"Anonymous." She said the word again as she fingered the knot that secured the rope around the package. She reached down and unsheathed the knife strapped to her leg that she’d worn constantly since the chaotic events of the past week. Unpracticed with a blade, she awkwardly sawed against the rope secured around the package. At last the binding snapped and fell to the ground at her feet.
Cradling the bundle in one hand, she carefully unfolded the cloth with the other. It did appear to be some sort of cloak, but why would someone send her such a thing? She continued to unfold the fabric and felt the rigid weight of something concealed within its folds. She pulled at the cloth to reveal the hidden object. Finally, she cast off the last gathered layer of the cloak. Her breath caught in her throat, while her eyes reflected the shimmering green shine. Immediately, she knew who had sent the package.
“Time is like a river,” Etach said as they walked along the edge of a grassy pasture. “And like a river, with some knowledge and effort, one can move up and down its currents as one likes. However, the farther you move, the more effort is required.”
Fritz paused and leaned against a rock. Beynn and Etach stopped as well while Etach gave a brief explanation of time travel. “So I can go into the future too?” Fritz asked excitedly.
“It is possible to move forward in time, but it’s extremely difficult. Just like on our metaphorical river, you can expel a mountain of energy to move faster than the river is carrying you, but you still won’t get much farther than if you had used no energy at all. So in short, stepping into the future is not recommended.”
“How far back can you go?” Fritz asked.
“As far as you can withstand,” Etach said.
“Withstand?” asked Beynn, who was also listening to Etach with exceeding interest.
“Yes,” said Etach. “As I said, it takes lots of energy to step through time. As you are aware, Beynn, magic is tiring, and advanced magic can be exhausting. Well, time travel is about as advanced as it gets.”


Kelly Hess is the author of the BlackMyst Trilogy. His childhood love of reading science fiction and fantasy inspired him to write his own fantasy trilogy for young readers. He lives in Vacaville, California with his wife and son, and is working diligently on his next adventure.

Favorite Book:  Growing up, my favorite book was Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, and I’d have to say that even today, if I want to go back and read a tried and true favorite, Ender’s Game is my likely choice.

Favorite Movie:  I’ll admit it, Star Wars is still tops for me. The prequels may have dampened my enthusiasm a bit, but the original trilogy is still a guilty pleasure that I love. The Princess Bride and The Lord of the Rings trilogy are close seconds.

1. When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
I knew I wanted to be a writer just minutes after completing my first book. I wrote my first book as a gift to my son; something I knew he’d love to read, and at that point, I only knew I wanted to write a book. Upon completing that book, which became Eyes of the Enemy, the feeling of accomplishment was so strong and so wonderful that I knew that being a writer was what I wanted.
2. Do you write full time?
Along with being a house husband and a stay-at-home father, writing is my first job. I’d like to say I write whenever I have a free moment, but honestly, I tend to write in spurts. I’ll write non-stop for a week, then spend another week doing other things, but always thinking about what I wrote and what will come next.

3. How does this book differ from the others in your series?
The Third Power is the third book in the BlackMyst Trilogy. It’s a different book than the first two because Fritz has at last unlocked the full power of the green dagger and we get to see him wield that power. Also, Beynn has accepted who he is, and we get to see how he handles that.

4. Describe your main character?
Beynn Firehand is a boy who discovered at a young age that he is not the person he always believed he was. His world was turned upside down when he was only twelve and he struggled with accepting the burdens that came with his new life. In The Third Power, he’s grown a lot, and yet while he’s not who he thought he was, he manages to cling to his humanity and to his bonds of friendship with those he grew up with.

5. Who would you choose to play that character in the movie version?
Asa Butterfield – I think he’s a great actor and he’s pretty much how I imagine Beynn physically.

6. Who is your favorite author?
This is a hard question. I really don’t have a favorite author that I must read all their stuff. I guess I tend to “play the field” until I find a book I like. Sometimes it’s a bestseller, and sometimes it’s a first time writer. I will say that my favorite book is Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, and I’ve read most of the books in his Enderverse.

7. If you could speak to them, what’s the one question you would ask?
Orson, I love your books. Would you like to read mine?

8. Do you have any advice for other authors?
My main advice for aspiring authors is to write. Then write some more. Write, write, write. Then go back and edit. Don’t get caught up in editing until you’re done writing. It only slows you down and interrupts your writing groove.
9. Anything you’d like to say to your fans?
Thank you so much for reading my books. It’s an honor when anyone takes the time to read something I’ve written. I truly hope you enjoy it.

10. What’s next for Kelly Hess?
Now that I’m finished with the BlackMyst series, I’ve been working on a stand-alone novel, another YA Fantasy. It’s very different from BlackMyst, but still lots of fun. BlackMyst was filled with magic. This one is non-magical, and I know some people will argue that you can’t have Fantasy without magic, but that’s what I’m calling it: Non-Magical Fantasy. So, there.
11. If you could live anywhere, where would that be?
We’ve travelled quite a bit in Europe in recent years, and if I had to choose a place to live, I suppose I’d go with Tuscany, Italy. Absolutely the most beautiful place I’ve ever been.

12. If you could choose a super power, what would that be?
Time-travel. Is that a super power? I’ve always been fascinated by the consequences and paradoxes that can be created by going back in time, which might become apparent in this book.

We’ve travelled quite a bit in Europe in recent years, and if I had to choose a place to live, I suppose I’d go with Tuscany, Italy. Absolutely the most beautiful place I’ve ever been.

12. If you could choose a super power, what would that be?

Time-travel. Is that a super power? I’ve always been fascinated by the consequences and paradoxes that can be created by going back in time, which might become apparent in this book.

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