Today marks my stop on the blog tour for the first book in an exciting new fantasy series. Many thanks to Heidi Catherine and to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part in the tour, and for providing me with my copy of the book.
When the King owns your words, who will own your heart?
Manipulated by a vicious King, Jeremiah is stripped of his identity and forced into a life of silent submission as a Whisperer. Allowed only to speak at the command of the King, one thousand Whisperers must line up in rows and chant their sadistic ruler’s darkest desires. As each evil wish comes true, the King’s power over his impoverished kingdom grows.
When Jeremiah’s fears for the family he left behind are confirmed, he turns in desperation to the most unlikely person for help—the King’s eldest daughter. But is Princess Rose as kind as she is beautiful, or will she lure him into a trap?
To save those dearest to him, Jeremiah has no choice but to put his trust in Rose, whose own life is threatened as her father prepares to clear the path to the throne for his newborn son. Together they embark on a bold plan to overthrow the King and set the Whisperers free.
As love blossoms in this most unlikely place, Jeremiah and Rose must discover how to use the power of the spoken word to conquer more than just the kingdom. They will need to conquer their hearts.
The first book in the spellbinding The Kingdoms of Evernow series, this is a must-read by award-winning author, Heidi Catherine.
In the Game of Thrones era of epic battles and powerful warriors, The Whisperers of Evernow stands out from the crowd in the fantasy genre, focusing instead on the power and importance of words. The army of Whisperers are not skilled sword fighters or even particularly physically strong. Their strength is in their combined voices sending wishes out into the world. This unusual premise caught my attention straightaway and I couldn’t wait to find out more – so much so that I actually read this book from cover to cover in one day.
Heidi Catherine creates the perfect bad guy that you will love to hate in the ruthless, chauvinistic King Virtus. From his control of the Whisperers through their total stripping of self, their name, their hair, their clothes, and even their voices unless he needed them, to the brutal treatment of his daughters, here is a character without a single redeeming feature and a true villain.
In stark contrast to the king, you have kind, loyal Jeremiah, a character who put me in mind of Katniss Everdeen as he sacrificed his own freedom to save his family. Alongside Jeremiah, I challenge you not to fall in love with impetuous, fearless Micah, and the young princess who is stronger than even she could realise.
Heidi Catherine has taken the old saying that the pen is mightier than the sword and turned it into a fantasy reader’s heaven, creating a world that just proves how important words are, and how they can be used to manipulate the world around you.
I don’t know about you, but I am off to find out more about book two in the series!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Heidi Catherine is an award-winning fantasy author and hopeless romantic.
Her debut novel, The Soulweaver, won Romance Writers of Australia’s Emerald Pro award and was published by Crooked Cat Books as the first book of a trilogy. After being named as a highly commended author in The Hope Prize, Heidi’s story, The Extra Piece, was published by Simon & Schuster in a collection of stories about disadvantage in our community. She was also a finalist in Romance Writers of Australia’s Little Gems competition four times.
She lives in Australia, not able to decide if she prefers Melbourne or the Mornington Peninsula, so shares her time between both places. She is similarly pulled in opposing directions by her two sons and two dogs, remaining thankful she only has one husband.
Don’t forget to stop by the other blogs taking part in the tour.