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Hall of Night – Emma Miles

Hall of Night, the brilliant sequel to Hall of Pillars, by Emma Miles is published today, and to help celebrate that, I am delighted to share with you all a conversation I had with one of the star players in both books, Feather the Brownie. We recently caught up for a stroll in the countryside, and this is what he had to say.

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You are known for your love of bread and honey, but what would your absolute favourite food be?

What could be better than bread and honey, my girl? They do make a lovely sweet in Ashgrove in the autumn. They slice up apple nice and thin, dip it in spices, then fry it in nut oil. That’s rather scrumptious. And then, of course, there’s chocolate which I discovered when visiting the mortal realm. It’s a shame we can’t import a bit of that from Astol!

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You have visited many places on your travels, but which of these is your favourite?

I think the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen is the Silent Valley. The views were stunning. Forests, mountains, waterfalls. It was a rather scary place to be at the time though. But the best place? Our little cottage in Briarton, my home.

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Is there anywhere that you haven’t visited yet that you would like to see?

Well Caelin’s tale got me quite intrigued about the land of the Horse Lords. I’ve never met a centaur. There are so many places to see though, especially when you can also sneak through into another realm. I hear the mortal realm is huge!

If you had a day free of danger, and didn’t have any chores to do, how would you spend the day?

It’s very hard for a brownie not to find chores to do! Mya and I do like to take walks and explore though – just as I’m doing right now! There are always new things to see and new friends to make. The wilds used to be terrifying for a little fellow like me, but I’ve come to love wandering the wilds. It’s much better with company though.

Do you have any hidden talents or party tricks you could share?

Well I can’t be showing you my magic now, my girl, it’s against all the brownie rules. I can stand in plain sight and not let you see me, I guess that’s a trick of sorts. I can make a piece of honeycomb disappear!

Ha ha. It was lovely to meet you, my girl, but it’s a long way back to Astol and the pass back to my Valley so I’d best be on my way. Safe travels to you.

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If you haven’t already pre-ordered your copy of Hall of Night, you can buy it here.

 

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Hall of Pillars – Exciting News

Hopefully you will all remember that when I revealed the cover for Hall of Night by Emma Miles, I said that there would be exciting news for anyone who hasn’t already read Hall of Pillars. Well, the time has come for me to share that news!

From now until Hall of Night releases on 18th November, the ebook of Hall of Pillars is free to order from Amazon!!!!

You can place your order here and believe me, you won’t want to miss out on this great book! Here is the blurb if you want more information.

Their only hope for survival is a heart poisoned by vengeance. 

For years humans have fought to survive in the Valley; enfolded by impassable mountains and protected by the Vallier and his loyal Spellwards. But the magical Ward which holds back the fey is failing and fear stalks through the great city of Ayresport. 

Like many, shy Mya has learned to survive on the edges of the wilds outside the protection of the Ward. As the time of her orphaned nephew’s coming of age draws close, Mya is filled with both pride and fear. There is every possibility Jack has the Gift of Magic like his mother, and Mya knows the Gift means death.

A chance meeting leads Mya to an unbreakable friendship that will sustain her soul through the hardest of times, but will courage be enough to keep her and Jack alive? 

When a traitor comes looking for Jack, there is only one choice. Flee, or die.

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Hall of Night – Cover Reveal

As you will know, I am a huge fan of Emma Miles, and as such I am delighted to be helping out with the cover reveal for her latest book, Hall of Night, Book 2 in the Valley of the Fey series.

Before you get to see the cover, here is the blurb:

It will take more than friendship, courage or love, to save them this time.

Feather and Mya had fought hard for their peaceful life, defeating a Dark Fey queen so the people of their valley could be free; so, they could put their feet up in their quiet cottage at the end of a day’s work…

Of course, things won’t stay that way long for Mya and her faithful brownie friend. When visiting the Beltane fair in the wondrous tree city of Ashgrove, they hear rumours of horns, rumours of hoofbeats, rumours of slaughter. The Gentry are coming.Once again Mya and Feather must team up with the Wild Fey and the surly knight, Caelin, to defend the home they love; whilst her nephew, Jack, struggles to bring unity and order to the human city of Ayresport who refuse to accept the fey.

Only if they unite, will they survive.

I am so excited about this book, and I can’t wait for you all to read it. In the meantime, here comes the fabulous cover!

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If you like the sound of this book you can pre-order it here. If you haven’t read Book 1, Hall of Pillars, yet, stay tuned for an announcement coming up in just a few days.

Book Review

The Raven Coven – Emma Miles

I have the perfect book to end the month on a high note today, as I am reviewing the latest offering from the fantastic Emma Miles, The Raven Coven. This is the sequel to the brilliant The Raven Tower, which you can read my review of here. Many thanks to Emma and to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to be a part of this blog tour, and for providing me with a copy of the book.

BLURB:

Kesta had left her heart across the sea. They were at peace, her people saved from slavery, and yet… her soul was uneasy.

Chem lies in chaos, its people suffering as a result of the death of the ruling sorcerers. Refugees flee the cursed Borrows, begging for help from those they had made their enemy. A Queen unknowingly makes a dark, deadly pact, and new powers rise to fill the seats left empty by the Dunham necromancers.

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REVIEW:

Well, where do I start? Whenever you pick up a sequel to a book that you have loved, there is always the fear that it won’t live up to expectations, or the author will take the characters in a direction which wasn’t how you viewed them at the end of the first book, but I am happy to say that from the first page I knew I had nothing to worry about with The Raven Coven. Everything that I had previously said about The Raven Tower applies to this book as well by the bucket load.

The character development that began in The Raven Tower continues beautifully, as we discover more about their backstories and see new sides to them as they react to the events unfolding around them. Characters that I had overlooked a little initially really grabbed my attention this time round and I found myself developing new favourites as I went along (although it has to be said that Azra remains my number one favourite).

The imagery created around the locations is wonderful, and I found myself totally immersed in the landscape of each of them, to the point where the real world simply melted away around me.

Throughout the book there is a mystery surrounding one of the characters that almost drove me insane. I found I was reading faster and faster just to find out the truth behind what was happening, all the time coming up with my own crazy theories.

The Raven Coven is full of excitement and intrigue, but at the same time it is a book that will, at times, rip your heart right out of your chest and then stomp on it.

I know at the end of The Raven Tower I was begging Emma Miles to hurry up and write book two, but now I have book two I just really, really want a book three. I know, there’s no pleasing some people is there!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

The Raven Coven AuthorI presently live in the stunning county of Dorset where I’m a cat slave to Wolfe and Piglitt. I spend as much time as I can outside in nature and love exploring and learning about new cultures and languages. I’ve visited Greece, Serbia, Transylvania, Sicily and Norway as well as making several road trips around our beautiful United Kingdom. I paint, sculpt, dabble in photography and do a little archery but most of all – whenever I get a chance – I write.

My writing started from a very young age when I often found myself being the one taking charge of and entertaining all my younger cousins. They loved to hear my stories and although they mostly called for ghost stories it was fantasy I fell in love with when I read The Lord of the Rings when I was ten. I went on to write stories and short ‘books’ for my friends through school and college; then one evening whilst I was waiting for my aunt and uncle to visit an image came to my mind of a boy sitting beneath a bridge. I didn’t know who he was or why he was there, but from exploring those questions ‘The Wind’s Children’ trilogy blossomed and grew with roots going back into his far history as well as stretching out to his future. The boy’s name was Tobias.

I have since left Tobias’s world of ‘Naris’ to explore the Valley with Feather in the ‘Hall of Pillars’ which is now available through Amazon. I am now presently finding my way through Elden, the beautiful Fulmer islands, the ravaged Borrows and haunted Chem with Kesta Silene; a shamaness of sorts with a big journey ahead of her. I hope you come along to share her story and join her adventure; she needs you and you won’t regret it.

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Book Review

The Raven Tower – Emma Miles

Boy, do I have a treat for you all today with the latest offering from the wonderful Emma Miles.

BLURB:

What price will Kesta and the fire-walkers have to pay to keep their people from enslavement? The raids were more ferocious, more desperate and much earlier in the year. When Kesta sees in the flame who is really behind the attacks the Independent islands of the Fulmers seem doomed to fall. Their only hope is to cross the sea to seek the help of the King of Elden and his sorcerer, the Dark Man.

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PURCHASE LINKS:

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REVIEW:

One of the downsides about being lucky enough to get your hands on books to review before they are released is that occasionally a book comes along that you are desperate to discuss with a friend who has also read it, but of course, you can’t, because none of your friends have read it yet. The Raven Tower is one such book. Once I started reading, I just devoured it! Fortunately, I happened to open it up when I had the house to myself, because to be perfectly frank, I don’t think people would have got a lot of sense out of me while I was reading it – plenty of dirty looks if they dared to interrupt me, but not an awful lot else.

Having previously read another of Emma’s books, Hall of Pillars, I was reasonably confident that I would enjoy The Raven Tower, but it went so much further than that. It just had everything I want from a fantasy novel – foreign lands, ancient magic, and of course a mysterious but irresistible man to swoon over.

As I read, I found that parts of the book put me in mind of C.S. Lewis’s Prince Caspian and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (to my mind, the two best books from Narnia), although I must confess, I can’t quite put my finger on what it was. Maybe the oppression of magic in some, and the ability to communicate with animals in others, or maybe just the wonderful descriptions of the different landscapes encountered by the various characters. Whatever it was, this book gave me the warm feeling of returning to my reading roots.

There are so many things from The Raven Tower that I could tell you I loved, but honestly we would be here all day! There are just a couple though that I have to mention. Firstly, I was thrilled to see that for Kesta’s people, at least, women are equally as strong as the men, and in some cases even more powerful and important. As much as they might like to have a man around, they certainly don’t need one to save the day for them. Secondly, although I loved every character that we met and got to know, I wanted to tell you the names of my favourites – Merkis Tantony and Azra. That’s all I am saying on the matter, but pick up a copy of the book and I am sure you will see why.

A part of me feels that I should counter some of this gushing praise with some of the areas of the book that I liked less, but honestly, I can’t think of any. The only negative I can come up with is that there isn’t already a sequel for me to read! Hurry up Emma! Please write me a sequel because I have to know what happens next!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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I presently live in the stunning county of Dorset where I’m a cat slave to Wolfe and Piglitt I spend as much time as I can outside in nature and love exploring and learning about new cultures and languages. I’ve visited Greece, Serbia, Transylvania, Sicily and Norway as well as making several road trips around our beautiful United Kingdom. I paint, sculpt, dabble in photography and do a little archery but most of all – whenever I get a chance – I write.
My writing started from a very young age when I often found myself being the one taking charge of and entertaining all my younger cousins. They loved to hear my stories and although they mostly called for ghost stories it was fantasy I fell in love with when I read The Lord of the Rings when I was ten. I went on to write stories and short ‘books’ for my friends through school and college; then one evening whilst I was waiting for my aunt and uncle to visit an image came to my mind of a boy sitting beneath a bridge. I didn’t know who he was or why he was there, but from exploring those questions ‘The Wind’s Children’ trilogy blossomed and grew with roots going back into his far history as well as stretching out to his future. The boy’s name was Tobias.

I have since left Tobias’s world of ‘Naris’ to explore the Valley with Feather in the ‘Hall of Pillars’ which is now available through Amazon. I am now presently finding my way through Elden, the beautiful Fulmer islands, the ravaged Borrows and haunted Chem with Kesta Silene; a shamaness of sorts with a big journey ahead of her. I hope you come along to share her story and join her adventure; she needs you and you won’t regret it.

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GIVEAWAY:

Win 5 x Paperback copies of The Raven Tower (Open Internationally)

*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter link below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then I reserve the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time I will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

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Many thanks to Emma, and to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources, for inviting me to take part in this blog tour and for providing my copy of the book. Why not stop by the other blogs taking part to find out more about this fab book?

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