Monday, December 5, 2022

Fantasy Novel Review Spotlight: They Met in a Tavern by Elijah Menchaca

This morning, I have an adult fantasy novel in our book review spotlight! Check out They Met in a Tavern, read my thoughts on the book, learn about author Elijah Menchaca & be sure to enter for a chance to win a prize in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post.

Book TitleThey Met in a Tavern by Elijah Menchaca
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 +), 416 pages
Genre:  Fantasy
Publisher:  CamCat Books
Release date:   September 2022 (paperback); August 2021 (hardcover)
Content Rating:  PG-13. There are a lot of fighting scenes and some language, but nothing excessive or graphic. 
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About the Book

They used to be heroes . . . and it was all downhill from there.

The Starbreakers were your classic teenage heroes. Using their combined powers and skills, they were the most successful group of glintchasers in Corsar. But that all changed the day the city of Relgen died. The group went their separate ways, placing the blame on each other.

Brass carried on as a solo act. Snow found work as a notorious assassin. Church became a town’s spiritual leader. Angel was the owner of a bar and inn. And after overcoming his own guilt, Phoenix started a new life as a family man.

Seven years after their falling out, a hefty bounty is placed on their heads. Phoenix tries to reunite the Starbreakers before everything they have left is taken from them. But a lot can change in seven years. And if mending old wounds was easy, they would have done it a long time ago.
My Review


Menchaca Tells They Met in a Tavern in a Unique Way. The author does a lot of world-building and character development as this novel grows, but doesn't exactly begin this story at the beginning. He starts what feels like a new story following new developments and conflicts concerning a team of former heroes -the Starbreakers. While the author gives readers pieces of the past as his characters interact and the storylines grow, readers may feel like they missed the first book or two of a series until enough of the pieces of the past fall into place.  


A Large Cast of Characters Creates the Story. This novel brings several main characters and supporting characters into the scenes to create a fantasy world and plot. It takes a bit of work to keep the characters straight and organized. Much of the novel grows through side stories as the author sets his scenes and tells his characters' stories. The story flows well with engaging characters that entertain and interest the reader. It is hard to choose a favorite character as they each have their own quirks, issues, and strengths and have much to offer readers and the storyline.


Would I Recommend They Met in a Tavern by Elijah Menchaca? Fantasy fans of novels with misfit characters uniting to battle evil through magic and heroic efforts will find a lot to love in this novel. The author has an easy-to-read world-building style that is never boring and very engaging--even though, for a while, it feels that you are beginning the series in the middle! I enjoyed the characters and their stories and would definitely continue the series either with new adventures or prequel-style stories that feature the earlier days of the team.

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Meet the Author

Elijah Menchaca is a Puerto Rican author born and raised in Bakersfield, California, and has been writing and telling stories since he was five. He moved across the country to chase a few dreams and learn how to put his own pants on. So far, he's discovered a love for Dungeons & Dragons, graduated from the University of Louisville with a minor in creative writing, successfully tricked a brilliant scientist into marrying him, and in 2021 released his first novel in the Glintchasers series, They Met in a Tavern.

connect with the author: website ~ twitter ~ facebook ~ instagram ~ bookbub ~  goodreads

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