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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Blog Tour: KEEPER OF REIGN by EMMA RIGHT with book review, excerpt, AND giveaway!

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keeperKeeper of Reign

Books written in blood. Most are lost, their Keepers with them. A curse that befell a people. A Kingdom with no King. Life couldn’t get more harrowing for the Elfies, a blend of Elves and Fairies. Or for sixteen-year-old Jules Blaze. Or could it?
For Jules, the heir of a Keeper, no less, suspects his family hides a forgotten secret. It was bad enough that his people, the Elfies of Reign, triggered a curse which reduced the entire inhabitants to a mere inch centuries ago. All because of one Keeper who failed his purpose. Even the King’s Ancient Books, did not help ward off that anathema.
Now, Gehzurolle, the evil lord, and his armies of Scorpents, seem bent on destroying Jules and his family. Why? Gehzurolle’s agents hunt for Jules as he journeys into enemy land to find the truth. Truth that could save him and his family, and possibly even reverse the age-long curse. Provided Jules doesn't get himself killed first.





A_TiffyFit's Review: The beginning of this book immediately grips your attention ---a king is being admonished by his manservant that he is "almost out of blood." It quickly becomes apparent that the king is penning books, using his own blood as ink and that something devastating is coming.
This prologue got me so excited for this book, all these questions start to whirl in your head and you just cannot wait to turn the page. From there, we jump to our main character, Jules Blaze and his family.
The Blazes are Elfies, half-fairies half-Elves, who, like all Elfies, were cursed generations ago by one misdeed and are now shrunken to barely an inch tall. Falling acorns would be devastating to them, instantly killing them as well as other concerns in such a large world: bugs, birds, gophers, etc. The Blazes are a Keeper family, a secret they guard closely as it could bring them harm if it were common knowledge. Keepers protect an Ancient book, each family of keepers has one.
The story was fast-paced and heavily impresses the importance of loyal friendships and family. I thought Jules was wonderfully naive, brave, and trusting. His sisters are younger than his 16 years, but at times their voices sound so much older so I kept losing track of how old they are supposed to be! This is a cute story that I think will appeal to younger children as well as middle grade children. This is book one in the series. I hope to have more answers as the series progresses as I feel a little lost to the backstory, the history of the Keepers, etc. This was an adventure that rollicked along with lots of movement and action and a focus on friendships. 



emmaAuthor Emma Right

Emma Right is a happy wife and homeschool mother of five living in the Pacific West Coast of the USA. Besides running a busy home, and looking after their five pets, which includes two cats, two bunnies and a Long-haired dachshund, she also writes stories for her children. She loves the Lord and His Word deeply, and when she doesn't have her nose in a book, she is telling her kids to get theirs in one.

Right worked as a copywriter for two major advertising agencies and won several awards, including the prestigious Clio Award for her ads, before she settled down to have children.

EXCERPT


JULES SLID UNCONTROLLABLY, deeper and deeper down the tunnel, gripping Tippy in one arm. He hoped the others were close behind him but he wasn’t sure. It was dark and he was falling too fast. Screams from Bitha and Tst Tst echoed around him. Were they okay? Mustn’t let go of the lantern, he reminded himself.

The bottom eventually came. Ralston smashed into Jules’s back, somersaulted and landed with a thump into the side of the burrow, followed by Bitha and Tst Tst. Puffs of dust clouded the air and everyone choked and spluttered. Between hackings Jules said, “Stay put. Let the dust settle. Here, drink water.” He passed Ralston a water pouch.

“I still can’t see.”

“Stop fidgeting and just blink,” Jules said.


The burrow they stood in was large and, even though the air seemed cool, Jules didn’t think they could stay down there indefinitely. Especially if gophers lived nearby.


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