Book Review & Guest Post: Miles and the Soldier by G.J. Kemp

Miles and the Soldier

Synopsis:

The front door swung open. The icy blast of air hit Miles full in the face. For the first time in months, a smile played across his lips. Freedom.

Miles knows his life changed when the Lady’s sword cut deep into his back. He knows he’ll never achieve his lifelong dream.

Then a stab of joyous pain slices down his leg. With renewed hope, Miles leaves behind the shackles of Dr Viktor’s house and travels east, to the training grounds of the Queen’s Guard.

Will Miles get the chance to compete for a place? And will they accept him in the warrior’s holy ground of Battleacre?

​The Acre Story follows Miles’s journey through the eastern lands as our epic fantasy continues.

About the Author G. J. Kemp

A nomad at heart, GJ has lived in nine countries across Africa, Europe and the Middle East. His career has included working as a Divemaster in The Red Sea, a zookeeper in Israel, and a proofreader in Sweden.

Born with cerebral palsy, GJ has spent a lifetime trying to tie his shoelaces while standing up in the hope of not falling over. It is a constant challenge, but sometimes he occasionally succeeds.

​Finding the love for writing later in life, GJ spends most of his free time going for walks and dreaming of story ideas. He hopes to one day have a small place on the oceanfront where he can walk his dogs on the beach.

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Guest Post from G.J. Kemp

Describe your perfect book hero or heroine

Loyal and unwavering are my two key attributes I enjoy in a heroine or hero. A good example is Samwise in the Lord of the Rings. His unwavering support for Frodo is, to me, very heroic. Thanos, the anti-villain is another example of someone who did something bad but thought he was doing the right thing. 

I also enjoy heroine’s who lead through example. Going into battle I would prefer my hero to be front and centre rather than sitting at the back directing the troops.

One of the most enjoyable things about being an author is putting your hero’s through their paces. We sometimes have to be evil and throw our heroes into terrible situations so we can see how they react. Their reactions can really make or break a story.

In Juno and the Lady, I gave Juno a huge amount of quiet determination. It made her unwavering and strong. Every situation she faced, she tackled without complaint. After a while, the surrounding people recognised her as a formidable hero. Someone they could relate to and follow.

Chloe, another character in the Acre Series, leads through brave example. She is always front and centre and never bows down when she knows she is in the right.

Valen is a hero in his own right as he is fiercely loyal. He would lay down his life for his friends and family.

Ultimately, it boils down to each of us as individuals. What are the traits of a hero? Is it bravery? Loyalty? Leading from example? There are many attributes that can make a person a hero. They don’t always have to be the ones wearing capes.

My Thoughts on Miles and the Soldier

After finishing Juno and the Lady, Valen and the Beasts, and Petra and the Sewer Rats earlier last week I think G.J. Kemp has a unique storyline and writing style that flows easily. 

With reading the official book 2 in the Acre Series several new elements get added to the storyline, and the overarching storyline continues to grow. Leaving me not knowing what to expect.

And I am really liking how each book focuses on a different character!

Some things I liked in this book: 

  • How G.J. Kemp really showed the dreams Miles had and why he wanted to do certain things
  • The Danger and suspensefulness was even more present in this book vs. the last few
  • Getting to see how characters from the first few books were doing
  • G.J. Kemp’s immersive story details

Overall, I really enjoyed Miles and the Soldier and I loved the character dynamics in it.  

*I volunteered to read this book in return for my honest thoughts.

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