#FridayBookShare Into Elurien (Skeleton Key) by Kate Sparkes @kate_sparkes @ShelleyWilson72

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This is my first time participating in Friday Book Share, created by Shelley Wilson.   Anyone can have a go – all you need to do is answer the following questions based on a book you are currently reading/finished reading this week and use the hashtag #FridayBookShare.  The rules are as follow:

First line of the book.

Recruit fans by adding the book blurb.

Introduce the main character using only three words.

Delightful design (add the cover image of the book).

Audience appeal (who would enjoy reading this book?)

Your favorite line/scene.

I’m reading Into Elurien (Skeleton Key) by Kate Sparkes

First line:  “It was a dark and stormy night….”  I’m not kidding.

Recruit fans by adding the book blurb:    When Hazel Walsh discovers a strange key in the attic of the Old Brook Inn, she doesn’t imagine the door it unlocks will lead anywhere special. Though superstitious, she’s never bought into the local stories of fairies, ghosts, and demons. But when she opens the door, she discovers just how wrong she was.

Hazel is dropped into a world in the midst of a revolution, where monsters have overthrown the humans who once enslaved them. All of the humans, that is, except for Verelle, the cruel sorceress who vanished at the moment of Hazel’s arrival. If Hazel wants any chance of surviving and making it back to her own world, she’ll have to join forces with the amalgus Zinian—horned, winged, and monstrously attractive—to unravel the mystery of Verelle’s disappearance. If they can’t, the fates of two worlds will be at stake.

Introduce the main character:  Determined, spirited, loyal

Delightful Design:

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Audience appeal:  Fantasy and fairy tale fans would love this!

Your favorite line/scene:  

“Tell me, were there fairies and monsters in this other world?”

“Yes,” I grumbled, and ducked out from under his hand.  “They’re the ones the humans ruled over.   There was a revolution.”

Mrs. Perry sank to the floor beside me.  “Hazel, my love.  Was there a big talking lion wandering -”

“No.  There was not.”

Into Elurien was released this week and can be found at Amazon US/UK and B&N.

At Any Cost (A Bound Trilogy prequel novella) by Kate Sparkes @kate_sparkes #bookreviews

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A powerful king with everything to lose.

An ill-fated love that would change their worlds forever.

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If you’re familiar with this series, you’ll be surprised to learn that Ulric has a softer, squishier side to him – almost a marshmallow of a guy – almost.  I’m not a fan of Ulric, but reading this allowed me to see a different side of him and understand some of his reasoning.  Knowing what happens beyond the scope of this novella makes it somewhat bittersweet, but if you’re a regular of this series, don’t miss this one.

Sworn (Bound Trilogy #3) by Kate Sparkes #bookreviews @kate_sparkes

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The plan was simple: Find Ulric, the lost king of Tyrea, then return him to Luid to reclaim his throne from the tyrant who stole it. But though Aren, Rowan, and Nox accomplished the first part of their task, the rest is proving to be more complicated than any of them imagined.

Severn won’t give up his throne without a fight. Worse, it seems Ulric did not fare as well during his years in captivity as he’s led everyone to believe—and Rowan may not have escaped unscathed, either.

If Nox doesn’t find a cure for the king’s mysterious ailment, Aren will be forced to challenge Severn for the crown. It’s a battle Aren has little hope of winning. And if he does, it will cost him the love and the freedom he’s fought so hard to gain. – Goodreads.com

Although I’m feeling a little melancholy about this series coming to an end, I’m also thinking Sworn is a satisfying ending to an enchanting, thrilling journey and I’m hoping the author returns to this world for future projects.

One of my favorite aspects of this trilogy is the character development, with each character a separate individual having their own backstories, personalities, mannerisms, and goals.  It’s always a pleasure to read a book in which the author has created three-dimensional characters that seem to take on a life of their own.

I know some readers don’t enjoy rotating POVs, in this case, Rowan, Aren, and Nox, but I’m usually a fan because of the broader scope it gives a story.  One of my favorite characters, Florizel, had some exciting moments and I was surprised to see a softer, gentler side to Ruby – you can never tell with dragons.

This book was full of adventure, magic (literally), and suspense with both heart-wrenching and heroic moments and I’d recommend this series to fantasy fans and readers who like to immerse themselves in a book that transports them to another world.

I received a digital ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Today is release day for Sworn!  

Buy links:

Amazon
Kobo
Amazon CA
Amazon UK
iBooks

Sworn will also be available through Barnes and Noble, but the link isn’t up yet.