Today I’m excited to participate in the Blog Tour of ‘The Empyrean Key’ by J.L. Tomlinson. This is an epic fantasy novel and the first book in the Ardentia series.
For more tour stop please visit the tour page.
About the Book:
The first book in a new epic fantasy series…
Jahna Mornglow is a thief, a liar and an unassuming misfit, a half-breed of the loathed and ostracized Narcean race, born with the abilities of prophecy and telepathy.
The dull monotony of her beachside home is eased by nights in the outer villages, scamming unsuspecting fishermen out of their hard earned coin. It is the most fun and profit Jahna and her friends, a brawling barmaid and a bullied bookworm, can expect from their lower class lives.
The land of Ardentia is vast and magical, carved by the Celestial gods and ruled by their mortal descendants. With a once great king now mysteriously ill, a hundred years war raging in the east and whispers of the return of an ancient evil, Ardentia’s fate balances on the tip of a blade.
The ghosts of Jahna’s past will call upon her, revealing hidden enemies, precious secrets and a fragmented artifact that will breath new life into the myths of old.
Can Jahna keep safe a world that has shunned and discarded her?
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When I first read about ‘The Empyrean Key’ I wasn’t so sure this book would be something for me. The book description just didn’t really spark my interest. But the cover looked very nice and somehow I got the feeling that I really should give this book a try. And so I signed up for the blog tour.
In ‘The Empyrean Key’ we meet Jahra, a young girl who gambles to make some extra money together with her two best friends. Jahra is good in gambling, especially since she is also really good in cheating due to the gift she inherited.
Jahra has a lot of questions about who her father is, and why her mom never wants to talk about her past. Since her mom never tells her anything about that, their relationship is not so good and Jahra feels frustrated a lot. One day her life changes forever when she sees someone deliver a package to her mom. Soon Jahra finds out what her mom kept a secret for a very long time. Unfortunately there is no time for Jahra to get used to what she now knows, her land and everyone she loves is in danger.
I was a little surprised when I started reading this book and immediately found myself really enjoying it. The writing is very easy to follow. The author created a whole new world, and she was really able to make it interesting to read. Most times when I read about a new world I find the most parts a little boring because it takes so much time from the ‘real’ story. In this book that wasn’t an issue at all. The introduction into the new world was nicely blend into the story.
The characters were also very enjoyable. Jahra was easy to love. The way she gambled and how she spend her days.. I really liked her. And her two best friends Silko and Lilac were also very enjoyable to read about. I especially loved reading about their weird and very interesting friendship. I don’t think this book would be half as good without this friendship, it definitely made this book for me.
This book had a nice blend of action and ‘slow’ scenes. It was fun to read and definitely kept me interested until the very last page. I’ll definitely recommend this book to fantasy lovers.
About the Author:
She’s never had problems dreaming up people and their stories. It’s the getting it all down on paper part that was always a downer.
But at long last she has penned her debut novel, The Empyrean Key, which is the first installment of the Ardentia series.
Now the floodgates have been opened and her musings will wash over humanity like a tingly, tidal wave of words and emotion that will make you go, “Ah. Now that’s tingly.”
J.L. Tomlinson lives in bliss in Auckland, New Zealand with her husband, two children and amazing bluehaired sister . She enjoys video games, terrible movies and also eavesdropping on people who argue in malls. She loves to write science fiction and fantasy of all sub genres.
For more information about J.L. Tomlinson please visit her website, Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.