Hi, book lovers. Sher here with the Trail of Bones Blog Tour and giveaway. Read the blurb, the excerpt, and watch the trailer to decide whether you’ll like Chris Salisbury’s fantasy adventure for teens, young adults, and adults. Although its billed for “all ages,” I know from experience that the violence will scare younger children and some teens.
Ready for a new adventure? Are you a fan of fantasy, young adult, science fiction and action stories?
“No mercy, No rules – Welcome to the Trail of Bones!”
Run with Purpose – battle cry of the Shade Wolves
Magnus, the runt of a litter of Shade Wolves, wants nothing more than to be a loyal, strong member of the pack. But when an ancient enemy threatens his friends and family, he faces a choice that could tear him from all he’s known and loved.
Born in captivity, the giant panther Kelor knows nothing but suffering and loss. He struggles to find his place in this world of terror, and he battles to protect his family without succumbing to the darkness lurking inside him.
Falling captive to the evil Warden, the two are forced to fight in the battle of the beasts known as ‘The Trail of Bones’. How will Kelor and Magnus learn to work together? How will they escape a fate of despair and death? How will their choices affect their comrades? Their enemies? And the forgotten magic that could doom all life of their world?
Let the adventures begin!
A fun, exciting, clean read for teens, young adults, adults and readers of all ages. Pick up your copy of this fantasy adventure today!
Are you a fan of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Robert Jordan, Orson Scott Card, Jim Butcher and other fantasy and science fiction authors? You’ll feel right at home with Trail of Bones. This fantasy story offers a strong moral message, suspense, action, and mystery, in a world full of magic, unlikely heroes, and devious villains.
Salisbury is a rising star in genre fiction. This book makes a unique and exciting contribution in the fantasy realm. The first of great things to come. –Jake Black, “The Authorized Ender Companion” “Smallville” “Ender’s Game: Recruiting Valentine”
Conclusion: A fantasy adventure that features lots of action and intrigue that is geared to a YA audience. There are moments in this tale that are especially well done… story telling at a level that I’d be interested to see what this author would do with an adult orientated fantasy work. As a dedicated YA work… 5 Stars. ~ Ray Nicholson
The beginning of a great adventure! I thoroughly enjoyed reading the first book of the Trail of Bones series. It is an unpredictable adventure, with heartwrenching acts of love and friendship. The story ended before I was prepared to put my Kindle down, and now I will wait anxiously for the second book to be published. In the meantime, I think I’ll read it again with my eleven-year-old son; I’m sure he’ll love it as much as I do. Give it a read! ~ HRL
Enthralling story line that really pulls you in …The characters were some that I will not easily forget because he explains their background in a way that makes the reader really connect and believe they are real. He creates a world that I long to see. I really grew to both love and hate different characters. I think that is a sign of a really great author when they can make us feel so much emotion towards a character. ~ Janason
Now for the excerpt:
“My friends!” shouted the Warden. “My friends, the moment has come!” he yelled over the crowd.
His shouts were like whispers against the wind as the mob continued to jockey for position or place their last final wagers. The Warden was losing control of the crowd, if he ever had it, and chaos would ensue if something was not done to channel their attention. He looked at Korwin.
The Storm Elf put forth his hand and whispered a few elfin words. A spark of fire, followed by a loud clap of thunder shook the center of the pit. Magical embers rained down until disappearing at the feet of the Warden. It was a bit theatrical, but effective as every pair of eyes refocused on the Warden.
There was a hush as the human began to speak.
“My friends, the moment has come. The moment has come for justice!” he shouted.
The crowd responded with a loud cheer.
“Behold, the bane of Dravenclaw!” shouted the Warden as he pointed to one of the arena gates.
The rusty metal hinges groaned as the gate swung open and Kelor emerged from the darkness. Several servants led him to the center of the arena, each holding a long metal pole attached to the panther’s steel collar. They paraded him around the perimeter of the arena as the crowd booed, shouted, and rattled the fences as the cat walked by.
“He ended the lives of a dozen souls in one night of blood and terror!” Every word tossed to the crowd was consumed like chunks of bloody chum to hungry sharks. The Warden continued his introduction. “A night of horror. A creature of evil. On this night, you will all witness his punishment and justice will be yours!”
Another loud cheer from the crowd followed.
The last few rays of the sun vanished as the star sunk[sic] below the horizon. Lit torches cast an array of light and shadow upon the arena, the crowd, and Kelor. The cat’s dark, spotted fur enhanced the ominous mood as it seemed like he vanished and reappeared from one shadow to the next. His coat, still stained from the torture he experienced a few days earlier, only made the young panther look more menacing.
About Chris Salisbury
Chris Salisbury has been writing fantasy, science fiction, suspense, and action thrillers for years in independent films. Now he’s expanded his love of good movies, such as Gladiator, Counte of Monte Cristo, Saving Private Ryan, Braveheart, Star Trek, to the world of books. Trail of Bones is the first book in a planned four part fantasy, young adult series targeted at readers of all ages.
The father of four enjoys a wide range of interests from scuba diving to softball, coaching basketball to playing Battlefield 3 on his Xbox 360 or NCAA Football with his sons. He is also a big advocate for literacy and reading for young boys. There seem to be few titles that appeal to young boys and young men to hold their attention, trigger their imaginations and create a love of reading. Chris is out to change that.
In addition to the Trail of Bones series, he also has a number of other titles in development including historical fiction, action, suspense thrillers, and several science fiction properties. There’s a lot more on the horizon, so enjoy Trail of Bones but be sure to look for more captivating titles from Chris Salisbury in the near future.
Please leave a comment. Omniscient viewpoint (often called head-hopping because you read the thoughts of most, if not all, the characters) is out of style with agents and trade publishers. But so are adverbs, which I think work well in some cases. There aren’t enough strong verbs to convey all fine nuances. I think that’s why adverbs were invented. Likewise, Omniscient viewpoint lets the reader know things that would be difficult, if not impossible, for one or two main characters to know. And one of my favorite critique partners enjoys it. So, how do you feel about omniscient point of view?
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