The Part that Doesn’t Burn is a fun romp filled with adventures . . . There are some definite twists and turns in this story, keeping the reader on her toes to keep up . . . I really enjoyed the world that Mr. Poling built for this story and would like to revisit it—there was a reveal at the end that came as a surprise to me and I really hope he has some other stories in mind. ~ Long and Short Reviews
• • •
This is a different type of storey than that which I normally read BUT, I LOVED it! You have to step out of your box sometimes SO, give it a try. This is well written and easy to follow. All sorts of things in this one. ~ Raewynn, Amazon
• • •
Alchemists, Witches and Geists
This book pulled me in from the first page. When this happens you know you are reading an awesome book. I enjoyed reading about soul hungry geists. Leaves you wanting to find out what happened next! Keep it up Sam Poling and I will keep reading!!! ~ CEB, Amazon
• • •
Witches, demons and love...
This was an interesting book. I enjoyed it . . . ~ Crystal Hool, Amazon
• • •
An Indie Publishing Gem
This debut fantasy novel was much better than I anticipated. It goes at a good pace, has plenty of action and drama, dark fantasy and horror elements, with some witty humor sprinkled in. It was also a good length - I appreciate that Mr. Poling gives his readers their moneys worth. A fun and engaging read with interesting characters. ~ WakaWaka, Amazon
• • •
This is a well written book. You could fell like you were in the book I had a hard time putting it down with all the twist and turns the book has a lot going on in it, never a dull moment.i like it I could not figure out what was going to happen next. I had a hard time putting it down. So if you want a good book to read that is not the normal, grab a copy and a cup of your favorite drink, turn off the world because you don't want to miss may thing. ~ djackx, Amazon
• • •
What a start for Sam...
Thank you Sam, this book has been a different read for me, but has kept me intrigued the whole way. I enjoyed it to the last page. I will definitely keep an eye out for more books from Sam Poling. ~ Adriana Miller, Amazon
• • •
An Intriguing Fantasy World
There is a little romance along with the fantasy. The author creates an interesting world where there are plenty of surprises and difficult choices to make. It is a very good read that hooks you in quickly and keeps your attention to the very end. I enjoyed it. ~ LLevine, Amazon
• • •
Loved Every Page!!
I was pleased to have come across Sam Poling, as I saw both the cover and blurb, and instantly thought this was going to be a book for me. I liked the dark and mysterious sound to it, blended with a brilliant fantasy feel. I jumped in and read the whole book, in only a couple sittings. I absolutely loved it! It is a darker fantasy read, with evil, witches, destruction and the possible end of it all, oh a a side of oh crap I fell for the guy I was meant to hate. However, the author doesn’t overwhelm the book with romance, which is great as it adds to the story, rather than taking away from the beautifully written background. The characters were created very well. Each was described so that it was more than easy to visualise them and here their voices, even imagine what they wear and their mannerisms. I think that is very important for more of an epic read, such as this. We get close to the characters, learning about their personalities and beliefs, which makes getting to see how the story unfolds even more exciting. I loved that there were twists and turns throughout this book. It really made it exciting to see what was going to happen next. I liked that I was able to read, get close to the story and make my own opinions, then the author may just throw a spanner in the works, and tip us on our heads. The pace was good. It had a certain flow throughout, very similar to a lot of the epic fantasies I have read, especially the pace of David Eddings, which meant we had a lot of detail put into everything, to really bring the story to life. Overall, I was very impressed with this book. I truly enjoyed reading and hope you love it as well. ~Natural Bri, Amazon
• • •
Quite a romp!
I picked this up somewhat by accident. I don't really know how I got it, but it was probably a wrong download somewhere. Because I'm not entirely sure I would have picked it up based on the description, which would have been quite a loss. At any rate, The Part That Doesn't Burn is quite a romp . . . Poling is a witty writer - the scenes play out comically enough that you can't help laughing, and yet it's dark enough because of what's at stake. Yes, it's a long book, but a thoroughly enjoyable one. ~Anna, Amazon
• • •
DarkFantasy with a touch of nightmare qualities
Do you like Dark Fantasy? Do you like that world on the cusp of distruction? Do you like knowing there is one that could make a difference and save it all? Then you may have just found a read that will keep you captivated and checked in to the world that has been created for your dark pleasures. I call this dark urban fantasy with a blooming romance mixed in there . . . There was action, a chase or two, spell casting, potion (proverbial) making, an ah-ha moment or two. This no tech and magic world give me fond memories of books from the past but this with more of a darker fantasy rich edge. To judge what is or is not dark is up to the reader but this has that edge of darkness that takes this fantasy to that line. Sam Poling what else do you have for me? ~ The Book Junkie Reads, Amazon