Blog Tour (Book Review) – The End of Dreams (The Gifted and the Cursed) – Marcus Lee

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Today is my stop on the blog tour for ‘The End of Dreams’ by Marcus Lee organised by Storytellers on Tour. This is the final book in the Gifted and the Cursed Trilogy, which has been one of my favourite series since I read the first book, and this has been the first series that I have discovered and followed through to completion through these tours.

If you want the opportunity to leave into this fantastic series for yourself, then the first book Kings & Daemons will be FREE on amazon from tomorrow (Wednesday 3rd) for five days. I can’t recommend this series highly enough, and this is an amazing chance to experience this story for yourself.

I hope that you will check out the book and the author, and enjoy the rest of the tour with the schedule in the banner below or (HERE).

*Disclaimer: ‘I was given a copy this book in exchange for an honest review, all views are my own.’*

Book Summary:

As Daleth the Witch-King and his horde ready themselves for the final battle, a small alliance prepares for a desperate last stand.

However, the alliance is weak and fractured, led by a king interested only in retaining his wealth and a lord commander consumed by his thirst for revenge. With a seemingly unbeatable army before them, invisible foes amongst them, and broken hearts between them, the alliance appears destined to fall.

Yet in these dark times, her light almost extinguished, a peasant huntress is soon to be queen. But if she can find what was lost, she might prove to be more powerful than two kings combined.

This war will bring about the end of dreams, but for whom, the gods have yet to decide.

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Blog Tour (Book Review): The Ventifact Colossus (The Heroes of Spira #1) – Dorian Hart

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Today is my stop on the blog tour for ‘The Ventifact Colossus’ by Dorian Hart organised by Storytellers on Tour, which is the first book in the Heroes of Spira. The fourth and final book in the series – The Infinite Tower – is out later this year and can be pre-ordered now (Amazon UK | Amazon US) .

I hope that you will check out the book and the author, and enjoy the rest of the tour with the schedule in the banner below or (HERE). The Ventifact Colossus will be on sale for $0.99 on Amazon during the week of the tour, and there is an opportunity to win yourself a bundle of the first three books in this series in paperback at the end of this post (US/CA Only).

*Disclaimer: ‘I was given a copy this book in exchange for an honest review, all views are my own.’*

Book Summary:

Banished to an otherworldly prison for centuries, the monstrous Emperor Naradawk is about to break free and wreak havoc upon the world of Spira. The archmage Abernathy can no longer keep the monster at bay, and has summoned a collection of would-be heroes to help set things right.

Surely he made a mistake. These *can’t* be the right people.

Dranko is priest-turned-pickpocket, expelled from his church for his antics. Kibilhathur is a painfully shy craftsman who speaks to stones. Aravia is a wizard’s apprentice whose intellect is eclipsed only by her arrogance. Ernest is a terrified baker’s son. Morningstar is a priestess forbidden from daylight. Tor is a young nobleman with attention issues. Ysabel is an elderly farm woman. Grey Wolf is a hard-bitten mercenary.

None of them are qualified to save the world, but they’ll have to do. Even Abernathy himself seems uncertain as to why he chose them.

What starts with a simple scouting mission soon spirals into something more far-reaching and sinister. The heroes will contest with dream warriors, evil cultists, sentient gemstones, and a devious yet infuriatingly polite gentleman with a perfect mustache, on their way to a desperate encounter with the unstoppable: The Ventifact Colossus.

The Ventifact Colossus is Book One of the Heroes of Spira.

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Blog Tour (Book Review): The Last Empath of Doctsland – Leah Putz

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Today is my stop on the blog tour for ‘The Last Empath of Doctsland’ by Leah Putz, organised by Damppebbles Blog Tours. It was a pleasure to read this fantasy debut, and I hope that you will check out the other blogs on the tour (see the banner below) as well as the book and author.

Disclaimer: ‘I was given a copy this book in exchange for an honest review.’

Book Summary:

A kingdom in danger. A royal family divided by greed. A warrior combining strength with magic.

Lisalya Manyeo is the only known empath left in the small seafaring country of Doctsland, so when they are threatened by their much stronger neighbor, Prince Viktor recruits her help. On their way, he trains her to fight.

Working together despite their very obvious differences, they go behind enemy lines to stir up a rebellion against his step-brother’s tyrannical rule. After initial success in recruiting people to join them, they are captured. Lisalya is gravely injured during interrogation, but Viktor nurses her back to life.

A final battle will determine who will rule, but sacrifices have to be made to defeat the enemy.

Will Lisalya and Viktor be able to overcome the odds stacked against them to save their country from certain destruction?

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Blog Tour (Book Spotlight): How LJ and Rom Saved Heavy Metal – S.D. Mckinley

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Today is my stop on the blog tour for ‘How LJ and Rom Saved Heavy Metal’ by S.D. McKinley organised by Storytellers on Tour, and I’m delighted to share an extract with you. I hope that you will check out the book and the author, and enjoy the rest of the tour with the schedule in the banner below or (HERE). There is also an opportunity – open internationally – to win a copy of this fantastic book for yourself!

Book Summary:

Ride along with LJ and Rom as they travel the US to stop the death of their friend Dom, a legendary heavy metal guitarist. What unravels before their eyes is a trippy conspiracy against them and technological warfare on the dreams of not only Dom, but humankind alike. Action packed with fast cars, guns, monsters, magic and an ending like no other.

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“This book is a whimsical ride, easy read and a thrilling piece of literature.”

“I especially enjoyed the authors sense of humor.”

“You’ll love the pop cultural references and dialog.”

“In most logical circumstances everything in this story shouldn’t work, but it does and the style of writing just flows and works flawlessly in what is one of the most original books I have ever come across. It’s clear that the imagination of S.D. McKinley is one of a gifted story teller with an original voice.”

***** *****

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Blog Tour (Book Review): Rising Shadows (The Pillar of Creation #1) – Phillip Blackwater

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Today is my stop on the blog tour for ‘Rising shadows’ by Phillip Blackwater organised by Storytellers on Tour, which is the first in the Pillar of Creation series. I hope that you will check out the book and the author, and enjoy the rest of the tour with the schedule in the banner below or (HERE). There is also a chance to win a copy for yourself at the bottom of the post!

*Disclaimer: ‘I was given a copy this book in exchange for an honest review, all views are my own.’*

Book Summary:

As tension rises between the southern and northern nations of the small continent of Exitium in the world of Anteris, the Elves turn to their eastern neighbors, the Humans, for help. They wish to learn the ways of combat, which they are not accustomed to, for they have always wielded a power far greater than forged steel. The Shards of Creation, mystical artifacts of great and virtually infinite power, have always been their prized weapon, but times have changed. They now face the same threat as the Humans: the southern nation known as the Ethula.

Wariel Ritch, general of the Human army, will take upon his shoulders this burden. But when a shadow of a past long forgotten threatens what little stability is left in the world, he will have to leave everything behind to stop it. Medregal Tergrast, an Ethulan king, dead for a thousand years, plans his return to the world of the living to gain back his former glory and finally fulfill his destiny by gaining control of the Shards of Creation. But is he really the threat people make him out to be?

In the meantime, in the bowels of the Human Kingdom, the reign of Dana Crystaloak is put into jeopardy when people around her start questioning her decisions. If she falls, war could break out across all lands.

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Book Review: Lore & Lust (Lore & Lust #1) – Karla Nikole

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After a very unproductive week due to being laid low with a lovely Sinus Infection, I am glad to be back in the reviewing seat and starting off my catch-up with a review of Lore & Lust by Karla Nikole. This was one I discovered via Jake (is reading) and between the beautiful cover and his review, I was curious and decided to give it a go and wound up enjoying it immensely.

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Book Summary:

The slow burn vampire romance you didn’t know you needed…

Haruka Hirano is alive, but not quite living. Surviving but not thriving. As an elite purebred vampire in the twenty-first century, he is broken. Content in his subpar existence.

He is done with life. But life is not finished with him.

When he receives a formal request to oversee an antiquated vampire ritual at Hertsmonceux Castle, Haruka grudgingly leaves his home to meet another purebred. The vampire is not what he expects. Truly, he is unlike any vampire Haruka has ever encountered: cautious, innocent and with the warmth and gravitational pull of the sun.

Lore and Lust is an exploration of cultures, contemporary society and romance. It puts a whimsical spin on traditional vampire lore, while also creating a vivid new world where love is love. No questions asked.

Mature sexual content.

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Book Blitz (Spotlight): A Sea of Pearls & Leaves – Rosalyn Briar

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Today I am delighted to be part of the Storytellers on Tour Bookl Blitz for ‘A Sea of Peals & Leaves’ by Rosalyn Briar. I will be reviewing the book later this week, as unfortunately I have been unwell the last few days and I am a little behind and I want to do the book justice rather than cobbling together a hasty review. So here is a spotlight and a chance (US only) to win yourself a copy of this beautiful book (just look at that cover!).

Book Summary:

Princess Ingrid of Norella Isle does not want to get married. So, her priestess girlfriend, Lilura, devises a wicked plot to deter suitors with a nearly impossible marriage contract: should Ingrid die first, her husband must be buried at sea beside her.

The plan backfires when all seven suitors agree, and the king announces a competition for Ingrid’s hand. Ingrid must keep her head above water as she deals with the suitors, a jealous girlfriend, and the news of two murdered priestesses.

As the suitors are eliminated, one man stands out: the quirky and anxious Prince Soren who charms both Ingrid and Lilura.

When Lilura goes missing, Ingrid and Soren must piece together who has murdered the priestesses and why before it’s too late.

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Blog Tour (Book Review): Ten Years of Darkness (Vaal’bara Historical Society #0) – Kristen M. Chambers and Viktor H. Strangewaves

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A belated post as apparently I can’t read dates to save my life and had this down for tomorrow, but today is my stop on the blog tour for ‘Ten Years of Darkness’ by Kristen M. Chambers and Viktor H. Strangewaves organised by Storytellers on Tour. I hope that you will check out the book and the author, and enjoy the rest of the tour with the schedule in the banner below or (HERE). There is also a chance to win a copy for yourself at the bottom of the post!

*Disclaimer: ‘I was given a copy this book in exchange for an honest review, all views are my own.’*

Book Summary:

Kristen Chambers was just an average girl.

Kristen tossed her pencil down. “Great, now they’ll think this is another angsty teenage vampire novel.” She rose and left the room, returning shortly thereafter with a blackened, crooked quill pen. Silently she cradled it in her hands for a moment before sitting down. In truth, she hated to use it. Its nib was distorted, and it left splotches of oily black on whatever it touched. But her hesitation went beyond the physical, bringing forth a sense of regret and guilt. Yet she knew the quill remained a part of her, even after its power had long been expended.

Pressing the instrument to the page, she started again.

Laurence, by his own admission, was a failure. An aspiring magician by trade, he had spent his days attempting to recreate something he knew in his heart must exist, but for some reason did not. His life was miserable, and he knew he would never amount to anything. In that regard, Kristen and Laurence had something in common, even though they had never met – or so they thought. Together, they both stood on the face of a coin, forever tumbling through time, unable to gain their bearings, always ignorant of what existed on the other side.

However, after the appearance of a dangerous stranger, their lives began to change, and many things that once seemed impossible, quite suddenly became all too real. Before long, powerful artifacts were being hunted down, demons had clashed with plague-bearing bats, and the remnants of races long since buried had crawled up to the surface. Their lives had taken a turn in a direction neither could have predicted, and one they were certainly not prepared for.

With potential horrors looming on the horizon, and access to Magical resources having been intentionally obstructed, many questions still remain: Have they chosen to support the right factions? Are their goals worth more than those they are fighting against? And worst of all, have they gone through this entire process before?

From the group who founded the Vaal’bara Historical Society, Ten Years of Darkness takes place in an unsettling time before many events transpired, yet is simultaneously affected by their outcome. It follows characters both new and familiar, bringing as yet untold details to light while also exploring others from a unique perspective. Those seeking to learn the true mission of the Society may very well choose to start here, while other heroes who have already traveled the timeways at their side will find many clues to further their journey as they look toward the future.

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Book Review: The Lost War (Eidyn #1) – Justin Lee Anderson

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Today I am delighted to be sharing my review for The Lost War by Justin Lee Anderson, a finalist in SPFBO 6. This is the first book in the Eidyn series, which I spent yesterday devouring.

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Book Summary:

The war is over, but something is rotten in the state of Eidyn.

With a ragged peace in place, demons burn farmlands, violent Reivers roam the wilds and plague has spread beyond the Black Meadows. The country is on its knees.

In a society that fears and shuns him, Aranok is the first magically-skilled draoidh to be named King’s Envoy.

Now, charged with restoring an exiled foreign queen to her throne, he leads a group of strangers across the ravaged country. But at every step, a new mystery complicates their mission.

As bodies drop around them, new threats emerge and lies are revealed, can Aranok bring his companions together and uncover the conspiracy that threatens the kingdom?

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Cover Reveal: The Place Below (Maer Cycle #3) – Dan Fitzgerald

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Today I am delighted to be part of the Storytellers on Tour Cover Reveal Blitz for ‘The Place Below’ the third book in the Maer Cycle series by Dan Fitzgerald, which is due to be released by Shadow Spark Publishing on March 4th 2021. I’ve just picked up the first two in the trilogy, so I am looking forward to this one being released!

Book Summary:

It’s been twenty-five years since the Battle for the Archive. Peace reigns over the Silver Hills, and humans and Maer are preparing to sign their first trade agreement. Even warring tribes of the Free Maer have set aside old quarrels.

Sasha is a young scholar of mixed Maer and human parentage, traveling throughout the Maer lands collecting stories of the Ka-lar, the buried Forever Kings. She finds a reference in the Archive to a Ka-lar named Kuun, a scholar in life, who was laid down in an ancient brightstone mine, beneath a mountain said to be the home of the fabled Skin Maer. The lure of the tale is too strong to resist. Joined by some old friends, Sasha sets out to uncover secrets that have lain buried for over a thousand years.

In The Place Below, the Maer Cycle comes to a close as the darkest mysteries of the Maer are at last brought into the light.

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