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Monday, December 9, 2013

{Blog Tour} GODLSAND series by Brian Rathbone -- with free books, review, and giveaway!

Welcome to my stop on the Godsland series blog tour!  This is a YA epic/high fantasy adventure series by Brian Rathbone.  The tour consists of reviews of all of the books and the audiobook, as well as guest posts, interviews and more. Be sure to check out the tour page with all the tour information and additional tour stops.
The books in the Godsland series:
Call of the Herald (Book One) - FREE
Inherited Danger (Book Two)- FREE
Dragon Ore (Book Three)
You can also find it in one bind up called The Dawning of Power Trilogy Omnibus.

Find the full list of titles and links at http://brianrathbone.com/ As this is only the first trilogy in the World of Godsland series.

 I am reviewing the first book, CALL OF THE HERALD, today. I received a review copy from the author of the omnibus THE DAWNING OF POWER. This in no way affected my review; the following is completely honest.

This is one of those fantasy books that lull you in, slowly reaching for your attention as you are introduced to the characters. Small village, vast sea between the poor and the "Masters", a prophecy coming to pass, a young girl who seems to be the foretold Herald, a small-town mentality of "burn the witch" forcing Catrin to drop out of her lessons and avoid town, just in time for her to avoid the Zhjon invasion, invaders from the Greatland instructed to find and kill the Herald.

I found this story enchanting and yet a little frustrating. I loved watching Catrin discover her power, but didn't feel that I had a clear understanding of who the Herald is, what she's supposed to do, etc. Benjin as their guide, revealing that he is part of a secret society and his family has sworn to protect the Herald with their very lives. Great, but...what is she supposed to do besides destroy the Zhjon? What are her powers? I was a little frustrated as they traveled to not have all these answers at once. Perhaps I am impatient. Okay okay, I KNOW that I am impatient! :P

That being said, I enjoyed her band of friends as they journey towards getting Cat to the Greatland, finding allies to help her along the way. I admired and yet was annoyed with how easily Catrin decided she was the Herald and started issuing orders. It just didn't seem natural, but I was thankful not to have one of those story lines where she hems and haws for the entire first book. No, this girl believes in destiny and fate and knows to embrace it. I found that admirable and enjoyed watching her happy discoveries as she finds out what powers she has, what she can do, and her love and compassion for people, animals, and her determination to fulfill this prophecy as "The One."

Cat and Chase and Strom and Benjin and Vertook and the other cast of characters that band together to help the Herald are wonderful and supportive and steadfast. The action rolls fluidly as they are chased across the landscape towards the sea, the tension and anxiety about being caught palpable. I look forward to reading the rest in this series!


Godsland Book One - Call of the Herald
243 pages 
Echoes of the ancients' power are distant memories, tattered and faded by the passage of eons, but that is about to change. A new dawn has arrived. Latent abilities, harbored in mankind's deepest fibers, wait to be unleashed. Ancient evils awaken, and old fears ignite the fires of war. When a Catrin Volker, a teenage horse trainer, inadvertently fulfills the prophecy of the destroyer, she becomes the most feared and hunted person on all of Godsland. With the help of her friends, she must convince the world that she wants only peace.


Godsland Book Two -
Inherited Danger 
276 pages
Leaving her homeland behind, Catrin Volker goes in search of knowledge and peace, unaware that she will face the greatest evil her world has ever known.











Godsland Book Three- Dragon Ore

268 pages

Dragon Ore is the exciting conclusion of The Dawning of Power trilogy. Clinging to life, Catrin Volker struggles to regain her strength as her foes go in search of even greater power. Ancient enemies threaten and forgotten alliances emerge.









Books 1, 2, 3 - all nice and neat and all together! 





Brian Rathbone started out as a professional racehorse trainer, but he later transformed himself into a network engineer, programmer, and, more recently, rural broadband specialist. One thing that never changed
was Brian's love of reading fantasy fiction. For years he would think of story lines for his own stories as a way to keep from dreaming about writing code. When the time came that Brian could concentrate on writing, The World of Godsland became real.


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