Today I’m excited to participate in the Blog Tour of ‘The Banished Craft’ by E.D.E. Bell. This is a fantasy novel and is written for adults but is also appropriate for mature young adult readers. This is the first book of the Shkode series and will be released on September 1, 2015.
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About the Book:
The Banished Craft is a genre-bending fantasy saga that follows the adventures of Cor, a woman caught in a dying world that does not accept her, and Atesh, a dragon scientist who’s been asked to violate his own ethics or put the lives of his family at risk. Follow their trials as they deal with a shattered world, mired in political upheaval, while they try to rediscover a lost magic. The Banished Craft begins the Shkode trilogy: a quirky and modern take on dragons and wizards, exploring themes of identity, prejudice, violence, compassion, and the ways we are all connected.
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From the moment I first saw the sign up for ‘The Banished Craft’ I was very interested in reading this book. That cover and the book description really spoke to me and I really couldn’t wait to start reading this book.
'The Banished Craft' is from the beginning a very interesting and wonderfully put together read. When I started reading I was a little afraid this book would be difficult to understand, but it wasn’t difficult at all. The writing immediately pulled me into it and its very original. Its written through different point of views which gave us inside to all the different characters and their worlds. It’s a book that could have failed just as easily, but due to E.D.E. Bell’s excellent writing this book was really awesome and really deserves to receive more notice.
A character I really liked was Cor. I loved how she kept fighting in a world where she wasn’t really appreciated, to find out the truth about her parents death. But most of all I loved the dragons. I really love dragons, and reading about them was so much fun.
Although this book moves between the different characters and their worlds a lot, I never lost interest or got confused. At times I did wish I could fast forward to another chapter because I just wanted to know more about another character, but that’s part of the charm of this book.
This is definitely a book you need to read for yourself to fully get the ‘magic’ of it. And I would really recommend this book to other fantasy lovers. It’s fun, different and exciting. Definitely a book worth reading.
[Jwala at home]
Jwala, a female dragon who is a Sergeant in the Imperial Forces, is enjoying a rare afternoon at home, waiting for her mate to return.
Jwala had not been enjoying work of late.
She had not grown up imagining herself working for the Imperial Forces. Initially it had been a temporary job while she explored training in other fields, but the job was secure and the benefits excellent. She had stayed, giving up on several other life ambitions that seemed irrelevant now.
It was a reasonable, steady job, and she couldn’t complain. Over the past several years, though, she felt that Imperial security practices had taken a turn for the worse. There were more arrests, and more enforcement of obscure policies that Jwala had not remembered existing. It felt less like protecting dragonkind these days and more like monitoring their every move.
Her commanding Colonel said the policies had always existed, but Jwala doubted this was the case. Every additional raid they conducted made Jwala less and less comfortable with the Empire’s role in gons’ lives. But now, nearly thirteen months into her gestation, didn’t seem like a time to introduce instability into her life. So each day she went to work, each day obeying her orders without complaint.
But they had never watched her like they did now. Having worked many years in security, she knew she was being tracked from within her own ranks. There was no reason for it. She had done nothing to draw attention. She was a loyal guard, who did her duty and—as she saw it—did it well.
Jwala let a small cough, enough to warm the cloth in her claw without singeing it. She ran it across the surfaces in the kitchen, scrubbing at an unidentifiable dry clump, one that she was certain was not the result of her own sloppiness. “Oh, Atesh,” she muttered. “Why do we need whelps in our home when I have you to keep me busy?”
Being past eighty now, Jwala was at the age most dragonessi were ready to move past whelp-bearing and on to the next phase in their lives. It had come as a most wonderful surprise when she first felt the life growing inside of her. Instinctively, she ran the inside of her forearm across her lower body, smiling and imagining the tiny gon growing under her white-blue scales.
She paused, her expression thoughtful. The movements within weren’t as she expected, but it was her first gestation and having nothing to compare it to, she didn’t want to panic. Everything was probably just fine.
Needing a distraction, Jwala set the cloth across the drying rack and stepped into the front yard. A creek ran down the middle of the double-slope, separating her yard from the other. Many gons found the lack of privacy a double-slope offered upsetting, but Jwala and Atesh had spent many years fixing it up with their older slopemates, Frospa and Londew. Between the cozy slope, the lovely view, and slopemates who had grown into treasured friends, she couldn’t imagine living anywhere else.
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About the Author:
Author E.D.E. Bell is a graduate of the University of Michigan with an MSE in Electrical Engineering, and works as an advisor in technical intelligence. A vegan and enthusiastic ignorer of gender rules, she feels strongly about issues related to human equality and animal compassion. Married with three children, she decided to pursue her dream of writing and is excited to share that vision with fans of epic fantasy.