Reviews of Steve K Smy’s Published Works

The following are genuine reviews received for Steve K Smy’s various published works.


To Sail The Dark Sea

Philip Benge on Oct. 22, 2012 : starstarstar
This short story gives a slightly different slant on travelling through space and is worth a read. (Smashwords & Goodreads)

Feb 16, 2013 Glynn S. rated it starstarstarstar

“Anonymous” Posted January 15, 2013: starstarstarstar
Good storyline. Interesting characters. Plot flows nicely. Worth the read. (Barnes & Noble)

“Anonymous” Posted December 4, 2012 : starstarstarstar
Good story.  Worth reading. Look forward to more.(Barnes & Noble)

In Night’s Shadows

Oct 24, 2012 Tania rated it starstarstarstar (Goodreads)

Thief (Thief, #1)

Review by: David H. Keith on Feb. 07, 2013 : starstarstarstarstar
Now, this is what a story should be: intelligent, well-written and formatted, compelling, and with an ending that left me nodding in agreement. Well done, Mr. Smy. Well done.
The story line itself has been used for millennia, I’m sure, but it never grows old when told right. Mr. Smy told it just spot on. I highly recommend this.
David H. Keith

Magda rated it starstarstarstar
Even though it’s a short story it’s well written, tells you everything you need to know and at the end – leaves you wanting for more 🙂

Review by: Chris The Story Reading Ape on Oct. 06, 2013 : starstarstarstarstar
The start of what promises to be a great series under the ‘Thief’ banner, this short but rivetting story, introduces Tirnam, a successful young thief living under the cruel rule of the all conquering Parr (see the prequel Gabrin: The Avatar).


Gabrin: The Avatar (Thief, #2)

Magda rated it starstarstarstar
This is a very good addition to the first story. We found out who Gabrin really is and where did he came from. From last minute escape from his father’s claws till the action ending the first book.

Review by: Chris The Story Reading Ape on July 01, 2013 : starstarstarstarstar
A great introduction to the character, Gabrin, son of the fiercesome Parrite Hordes Chief who has a deep, dark secret which could endanger his son. More please.(Smashwords)

Ur’gavan (Thief, #3)

Magda rated it starstarstar
This story is something of a connector between what happened in first two books and the next. It shows how out heroes deal with “leftovers” of Parrin’s army and citizens of Ur’gavan. Something that needs to be known before you’ll start reading the next story.

Review by: Chris The Story Reading Ape on Oct. 06, 2013 : starstarstarstarstar
Having successfully taken control of the City from the Parr in the previous story ‘Thief’, Tirnam, Gabrin and a few hundred survivors, face ferocious and bloodthirsty enemies who number thousands in this sequel.

But that is not the ONLY danger…..


Intruder (Thief, #4)

Magda rated it starstarstarstar
Another part of the story, this time we’ve got some magic action. Maybe not the spectacular “throw spells at each other” type, but it really fits to this world. And we’ve got few new interesting characters. All in all another nice read in series.

Review by: Chris The Story Reading Ape on Oct. 06, 2013 : starstarstarstarstar
This exciting series continues with a tale that sees Tirnam & Co face another danger, but this time it is an insidious evil entity that threatens.

I have to admit to being on the edge of my seat while reading it and refused to do anything else until I reached the story’s last words.

To say I’m looking forward to the next book in this series would be an understatement.

The Guild (Thief, #5)

Mar 12, 2013 Kelli rated it starstarstarstar

Magda rated it starstarstarstar
This time our heroes found out that becoming noble isn’t enough to escape from the past. Thief’s guild tries to get Tirnam back in it’s ranks. But what are friends and all of the guards for? In short – another interesting story.
I’m curious to read what’s going to happen next.

Shade of Evil (G1: The Guardians, #1)

juliesbookreview Posted May 5, 2013 starstarstarstar
Harry Plummer was in his 40’s with no wife or children, his parents have died and sisters and brothers have all moved away on getting on their lives. He had was an office janitor and lived day to day with a simple life. Unlike his brother tom he was the one that stowed away dark and bad memories it took over his life putting him into a deep depression. He lived in a blockhouse that was built where an old chemical factory was once housed. Health issues was plagued by all 30 residents on the ground floor. Everyone knew it was from the old chemical building but the higher ups would not acknowledge or speak of it. While working one evening harry was struck with excruciating pain and darkness overwhelming him until he loses consciousness. Dr. Pattinson comes to his aid and tries to find out exactly what has happened. In the days of recovering harry has dreams of a monster…. Dr. Pattinson soon puts the puzzle together and talking about the “shades” they infect people, feeding on every dark emotion…..
(Goodreads, Amazon and Barnes & Noble)

Christoph Fischer’s review May 31, 2013 starstarstarstarstar

“Shade of Evil” by Steve K Smy is a fairly short novel / novella about a simple man whose underprivileged existence seems to gnaw away at him. Living in a tiny flat with lots of other people in the same building across a former chemical plant, getting depressed and finally collapsing he is more than a little recipient for some shade of evil that approaches his soul and humanity.
After a breakdown he is helped by a generous benefactor but nightmares warn of a coming evil for which he will need professional help.In parts a psychologically intriguing fable on modern life, in others a great paranormal action story this book combines depth with gripping entertainment. I loved the way the author slowly shows us the terrible living conditions of Harry and the misery of his existence, then contrasts this with the great place of his recovery with Dr. Pattinson, yet, before it gets too dreary we get thrown into the action side of the book that brings the situation to a climax and a swift solution.Steve Smy is a promising writer whose future work I will be watching out for.
(Goodreads and Amazon)

Chris Graham’s review August 5, 2013 starstarstarstarstar

Intensely gripping start to a series
In a world where a series of political and financial decisions have driven the USA and Europe apart, the world as we know it has changed dramatically, making the divide between the Haves and Have Nots greater than ever before.

However, this is the least of humanities problems.This short but intensely gripping story starting The Guardian series introduces us to one of those problems and the people who stand between us and unimaginable horrors.

I look forward to reading more from this Author

(Goodreads and Amazon)

Evil Under The Circle (G1: The Guardians, #2)

KandyKS on Barnes & Noble, Posted July 31, 2013 starstarstarstarstar

This is an absolutely amazing story. It has all the great elements, unknown monsters, mystery, special sources, wiccans, druids and dragons. Who could ask for anything more.? I love the way the Special Forces are really special with special powers. Even though they work for the government and have all resources at their disposal, it takes the ancient druid and his baby dragon to help them out. The evil is unknown and is about to break out of his prison of many years. I won’t ruin the story for anyone else, but the druid and the Wiccan are a force to be dealt with. This story starts out nicely and ramps up quite quickly. The characters are well developed and described. It gives you a head start on the series that looks truly fascinating by from the beginning. The guardians are some forces that need to be checked out. This is a book that will appeal to people who like action stories, sci fi stories, or stories of the supernatural. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

Chris Graham’s review August 5, 2013 starstarstarstarstar

A tasty treat for SFF/Horror fans
The Guardians (G1 Team) introduced in the first book of this series (The Shade of Evil) are faced with an even more powerful foe.
Older than mankind, trapped underground for millenia, evil minded and hungry, very, very hungry.
The Story grabbed me in the first few lines and refused to let go until I finished every last tasty word of it.
(Goodreads and Amazon)

Chris Graham’s review August 10, 2013 starstarstarstarstar

Another gripping story from Steve Smy

The sorely depleted, but not yet defeated, Guardians G1 Team meet another enemy who wants to destroy or rule humanity.

With the most experienced members of the team too badly injured, or dead, from the last battle, can Kate and the remaining Guardians survive another battle?

And another thing, how did the mysterious stranger get past all the guards at their secret facility?

I’m not going to tell you.

Another gripping story from Steve Smy.
(Goodreads and Amazon)


A Darkness in Amazonia (G1: The Guardians, #4)

Chris Graham’s review September 20, 2013 starstarstarstarstar

A Terrific Read More Please

Although this book, like the previous three, can be read as a very enjoyable stand alone, it is my recommendation that The Shade of Evil, Evil under the Circle & The Sigil of Ahriman stories be read first, in order to get a feel for the characters, as well as the work undertaken by the Guardians G1 Force.

I further recommend going to the authors website and reading about the perfectly feasible political state of the world he has created and in which the G1 series is set, plus, get some history behind the main characters. It will enrich the experience of reading each and all the books, but especially this one.

Especially this one because it is a terrific read, full of tension, bursts of action, unexpected twists and some preternatural / mythological entities thrown in for good measure.

I await the next book in this series with the anticipation of more developments and excitement.
(Goodreads and Amazon)

Art Mcgillem‘s review September 28, 201starstarstarstar

Steve K Smy is the author. Science Fiction category, Strong characterization and a fast paced read. A paramilitary force (G:1) is sent to Amazonia to investigate an archeological site. They are prepared for a difficult mission and it was worse than expected. The adversaries predated human-like activities in the region. Where did they come from and how did they build the local pyramid? G:1 is armed with sophisticated weaponry that includes: Psychs (mind readers)and Seekers (see beyond normal vision). The plot is interesting and engaging. In all a fun read. I do recommend it to others. I finished the book in about five hours, including interruptions.
jjspina “Author of children’s books, Louey the Lazy Elephant and Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon, copy editor.”An Incredible Adventure! October 1, 2013 starstarstarstarstarSteve Smy knows how to grip the reader from the first paragraph of his books. If you are going to read this series read all of them in order but if you choose to read this new book first it will stand alone. It is a fantastic adventure that will have you turning pages quickly as your heart races and your mind tries to fathom what is happening. If you like sci-fi fantasy and like surprises this is the book for you.

I have read other books by Steve Smy and have never been disappointed by his creativity and talented style of writing. He is a consummate writer and author who is a rising start in YA fantasy.
(Goodreads and Amazon)


For the Sake of Mercy

Great imagination 2 Jun 2013 By diebus
Kindle Edition starstarstarstar

“For the Sake of Mercy” is a entertaining futuristic science fiction story featuring Captain Henry Duschelle and his star ship Persephone.
In this story the ship’s engineer Dufresne receives bad news about his son, whose liver has been infected and needs an organ transplant, but the saving liver is 4 weeks travel away.
The crew all agree to start the journey against time. The ship uses cosmis and solar winds, a great environmentalist twist in my view.
On the journey they encounter several challenges, such as a flotilla of pirate vessels blocking their path, and they meet other species.
A little bit like a re-vamped Star Trek story the book has a variety of interesting characters which will hopefully stay with us for the rest of the series.

The author once more proves himself a man of vision and of original imagination and I hope this will do well.


Review By Chris The Story Reading Ape, 12 Jun 2013
ebook  starstarstarstarstar

A great little tale for children, there are flying, Dragons, battles in the skies between them, the hero is a young Dragon who learns a lesson about lying


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