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Reviewed by F. Kenneth Taylor for Readers' Favorite
Stacey Rourke nailed it on the head when she wrote “Sacrifice”. Fantasy fans will love and applaud it. Step aside Neo, there is a new ‘Chosen One’ in town; her name is Celeste, and she is one tough cookie! With her and her family marked for death by evil minions from the Spirit Plane, Celeste struggles to deal with giving up the simplest luxuries of life. She quickly realizes it is pretty difficult to be the average 20-something while saving the world at the same time. Fortunately for her, she has an equally tough supporting cast of friends and family to help her out because she is going to need them when she finds out what lies ahead of her.
Written primarily in first-person, this story is told beautifully, and includes a little something for everyone. “Sacrifice” is a page-turner that flows smoothly with a fast pace and rejuvenates the fantasy genre. It is hard for one to put it down. The author writes with great imagery, impressive narrative techniques and visuals that easily place the reader within the story. This story has it all: action, humor, sorrow, revenge, romance, a supernatural element, and even a Gnome—yes, a Gnome. It is obvious that great thought, time, and effort were taken during the writing process. Stacey Rourke is an excellent writer, with a great career ahead of her. She has just gained a new fan. I look forward to reading more works from her.