Book Review: The Cracked Altar by Timothy J. R. Rains

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The Cracked AltarThe Cracked Altar by Timothy J. R. Rains
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Cracked Altar, a fantasy novel by Timothy J. R. Rains, first interested me because of its intriguing title. Would it have a religious theme? What dastardly action would happen, as when something says cracked, it usually has a clever twist. As soon as I dove in, Hinkle’s near-capture captivated me. I’m not typically a reader in this genre, but the more I sample some works, I find myself becoming a fan.

Hinkle’s family tree is complex. We immediately learn that her mother is gone. She’s been living with a grandmother in a world where her family has suffered. There’s an uncle who’s a mystery and aunt who’s either a pious nun or a nefarious witch. Which will it be? Hinkle is rescued by her own special brand of knight, and her grandmother engineers a solution that will benefit them all in the future. It’s a powerful scene and sets a fantastic tone for the book. We follow Hinkle’s path with her new protector only to learn nothing we’ve thought true is indeed accurate. In this world, what’s gray is more important than what’s black and white.

Rains builds a fascinating and well-developed world where the rich are rich, and the poor are poor. Part-fairy tale and part mystical quest, the novel will engage your visual senses as each scene and action are vividly described. The battle scenes were strong but not over-the-top. The secrets were revealed at timely moments. And the clues were in abundance. The story is gripping, and I’m hopeful there will be a sequel. Kudos to the author for gaining a new fan in the fantasy genre.

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8 thoughts on “Book Review: The Cracked Altar by Timothy J. R. Rains

    carhicks said:
    March 17, 2019 at 10:37 PM

    Great review Jay. Isn’t it funny that as we move out of our comfort zone, we find that we do enjoy certain books in different genres. I am finding that I like fantasy (just not vampires and werewolf stuff). This one sounds really good. I love when the descriptions allow me to close my eyes and picture the scene or the character. I think I might check this one out.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      March 18, 2019 at 8:41 AM

      Thank you so much! It was a lighter read than other ones I’ve read, but his writing style was very easy to absorb. 🙂

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    lghiggins said:
    March 18, 2019 at 6:30 AM

    Fantasy is really not my thing either, but this one sounds interesting.

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    Madam Mim said:
    March 18, 2019 at 6:36 AM

    This sounds epic!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      March 18, 2019 at 8:42 AM

      I believe it will have a sequel, so there will be more!

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        Madam Mim said:
        March 18, 2019 at 8:43 AM

        I’m definitely going to have to check this out!

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        March 18, 2019 at 8:45 AM

        🙂 It often comes up for free via Creativia, so definitely check for it. I’ll mention it if I see it.

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