Today I am jumping on board the blog tour for the first book in the brilliant Limbo Island series by Simon Farrant. My thanks go to Simon, and to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours, for inviting me to take part and for providing me with a copy of the book.
Death can take you to the most unexpected places.
Damien Lennon finds himself on a mysterious island… and dead.
He has more questions than answers. Why? Where? How? What next?
In a place where forests hide secrets and a leader rules with an iron fist, can Damien change his destiny?
‘Too Early for Death’ starts a journey through the Limbo Island trilogy, a series that unravels a story of life after death, hierarchy, tragedy, jealousy and eternal love. A heartbreaking yet heartwarming adventure awaits.
You can order your copy of the book here.
I have been meaning to read one of Simon’s books for ages, so when the chance to take part in this tour popped up, I jumped at it.
Too Early For Death is made up of short chapters, making it a fast read, but also meaning that it is far too easy to fall into the, “Just one more chapter,” trap and end up reading all night. I am one sleepy blogger at the moment!
In this book, we see an idyllic family life torn apart when Damien is suddenly and unexpectedly taken from his wife and young son, vanishing without a trace. Whilst Damien seems, on the whole, strangely calm about this predicament, watching his family try to rebuild their lives without his presence definitely tugged at my heartstrings, and in all honesty at times had me shedding a tear or two.
The strange island with it’s mysterious forbidden areas, unpredictable passing of time, and the all-seeing Eloise lent a slightly surreal air to the entire book, and I think it is because of this that I was taken by surprise at how emotional it was, especially with the presence of the portals showing snapshots of Damien’s family.
Whilst all the characters and their relationships are well-developed, I found that I was particularly fond of the growing friendship between Damien and Hector as they explore their surroundings, pushing boundaries at every turn.
The entire premise of this book is like nothing I have ever read before, and I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
I am an emerging author, a submission to a short story anthology kicked it all off.
Black Cat is my first short story, and the hero isn’t maybe who you would assume.
Originally from Doncaster, South Yorkshire and now Corby in Northants. I’m in my forties, married with three children. We share our home with a Bengal cat and a Pink Tongued Skink.
I’ve been lucky enough to have had an interesting (well to me!) life. I have been a truck driver, university graduate and motorbike salesman amongst other things.
My two novellas, Newdon Killers series, The Crucifix and Famously Ordinary are out now! The third book, Death Dolls is coming soon estimated launch date 22 August.
Later this year a new series in a different genre Mystery / contemporary fantasy will be published.
I have a Facebook page, Simon Farrant Official, I’d be pleased to see you there.
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Don’t forget to check out the other blogs taking part in the tour.