Hi, all, it’s Sher today with a blog tour post for Deirdra Eden including a giveaway. The book alone isn’t why I was so excited to receive the announcement. If you check on my right sidebar, you’ll see my first blog award, the only one I chose to keep. It was made by Deirdra Eden Coppell, and when I found out this tour was for the same person, I wanted to jump for joy. So today I’m spreading the happiness. Please read on and join me.
The Watchers Book 1: Knight of Light
In England, 1270 A.D., Auriella (pronounced yurr-ee-ella) flees her village after being accused of witchcraft. Pursued by nightmarish creatures, she struggles to accept the truth about her humanity. Filled with fairies, dwarves, pixies, dragons, demons, and monsters, Knight of Light is an enthralling tale that will capture the imaginations of readers young and old.
The Watchers Series has been described as Braveheart meets Supernatural. The mythology for the series is based on many theological texts from dozens of sects with correlating themes. Ancient writings include The Dead Sea Scrolls, The Traditional Apocrypha, The Pearl of Great Price, and The Kabbalah. “The Watchers” are supernatural beings in human form whose duty it is to protect and guard mankind from the armies of darkness. Unfortunately, as the Book of Enoch mentions, some of these Watchers go bad. Although the mythology is based on these texts, Deirdra Eden’s The Watcher’s Series is written in a traditional fairytale style with a young girl’s discovery of incredible, but dangerous powers within herself, a cast of humorous side-kicks, a quest for greater self-discovery and purpose, and villains of epic proportions.
“KNIGHT OF LIGHT grabs hold from page one and never lets go.”
-Elena Johnson, Author of POSSESSION (Simon & Schuster, June 2011)
“Action, adventure, and a touch of romance-KNIGHT OF LIGHT has it all.”
-Angela Morrison, MFA, Author of SING ME TO SLEEP (Penguin/Razorbill, March 2010)
“Deirdra creates a believable fantasy world that is not only magical, but gritty and dark. KNIGHT OF LIGHT is an exciting read that’s tough to put down!” -Jeff Blackmer, Author of HIGHLAND KING
Now that you’ve read what some other people thought of Knight of Light, it’s time for my review.
Knight of Light was an interesting combination of history and fantasy adorned with religious trappings that left me wanting more. Knowing Eden’s penchant for fairy tales, I didn’t even read the blurb before deciding to read the book. So even though the history came as a surprise, the details of the medieval period along with the characters’ behavior felt authentic, making the fantastic elements more believable. There was more than enough fantasy to hold my interest, and the main character Auriella’s plight made it easy to identify with her.
The story starts just before she is falsely accused as a witch. At first, her blossoming powers aid her escape, but they’re nothing compared to the real witch’s powers or those of mankind’s enemy, the Shadow Lords. Eden’s best strength seems to be her ability to weave fiction, fact, and religion into a coat of many colors with hidden pockets of surprises. In one pocket, Eden mixes religious symbols from the old world and new. In another, she separates mankind’s spiritual and physical aspects to invent a new mythology. Neviahan history gives Erebus and the Shadow Lords roles similar to Satan and his followers.
I liked the interplay of Auriella with her magical friends. The humor lightened and leavened the parts where Auriella was mistreated and tortured. However, the clunky writing almost made me stop reading before I got hooked on the characters: sentence after sentence with similar structure. For the sake of flow, please turn around more sentences in future books. The other thing that pulled me out of the story was Auriella often mentioning her hair and/or skin color, even in situations where survival should have been uppermost in her mind. It came across as vain in a personality that seemed otherwise self-effacing.
Everything else was in place, even the weather. Along with the vivid settings, it’s remarkable to find a debut where natural phenomena affects the characters this much. The plot includes well-developed turning points and setbacks that kept me turning pages. I also appreciated the pacing as Auriella’s character went from timid orphan to strong and confident warrior with considerable adversity barring her way.
Overall, Knight of Light is a fairytale with enough depth for all ages. Well, maybe not men who consider women inferior. No content warnings other than violence: there were only one or two kisses and no swearing. I would have no qualms handing the book to a preteen with the emotional maturity to handle deaths of loved ones and the level of violence common in medieval times. 3 stars for an engaging debut. I was provided a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
About the Author
“My goal in writing is to saturate my books with intrigue, mystery, romance, and plot twists that will keep my readers in suspense. I want to see fingerprints on the front and back covers where readers have gripped the novel with white knuckles! Aside from writing, I enjoy jousting in arenas, planning invasions, horseback riding through open meadows, swimming in the ocean, hiking up mountains, camping in cool shady woods, climbing trees barefoot, and going on adventures.” -Deirdra Eden Find Deirdra Eden and The Watchers Series online on Amazon, Deirdra’s website, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Wattpad, and Pinterest. a Rafflecopter giveaway