Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Book Feature: Once We Were Kings by Ian Alexander

Once We Were Kings by Ian Alexander
Genre:Adult, YA, Fantasy, Thriller
Publisher: Dawn Treader Press
Publication Date: April 1, 2011
Pages: 490 

**My Review will be coming at a later date, I just started the book and so far I am enjoying it very much**

About the Book:
Two kingdoms, five centuries, one destiny

In a world where the Sojourners, a nearly extinct race with preternatural abilities struggle to preserve their faith and heritage, destiny thrusts two youths from opposing nations into the heart of a centuries-old conflict. Render, an orphan from the outskirts of the culturally enlightened Kingdom of Valdshire Tor, escapes slavery and seeks the truth about his true identity only to discover a web of conspiracies. This quest leads to the revelation of his uncanny ability to wield the destructive forces of nature.

Ahndien, sole survivor of a heinous raid on her peaceful village in the Eastern Kingdom of Tian Kuo, embarks on a journey to find her father, now a captive of Torian troops. What she uncovers surpasses anything she can imagine as she masters the ability to manipulate fire.

Guided by shape-shifting spirits, Render and Ahndien's fates collide when first they meet as mortal enemies. However, to save their people from annihilation, they must unite both kingdoms against a terrifying enemy that threatens to destroy both realms. But how can a young slave and a peasant bring sworn enemies of half a millennium together?

ONCE WE WERE KINGS: The first book in a saga of destiny and redemption, in a world of dying hope.

About the Author:
When Ian Alexander’s debut epic fantasy novel ONCE WE WERE KINGS first launched in ebook format in May 2011, it instantly hit three bestseller lists on and Barnes & Noble. Mr. Alexander first wrote in the fantasy genre because of a commission by a very important and influential person: His 6-year old son.

ONCE WE WERE KINGS (#1 Bestseller in multiple categories) is the legacy left to Mr. Alexander’s children and the first in a series of epic fantasy novels which appeals to readers ages 8 through 98.

Connect with Ian:
Tour Participants: 
March 20:Review+Guest Post-Paula@ Book Lover Stop
March 29:Guest Post-Jo@ Writers And Authors
April 2: Guest Post-Hywela@ Hywela Lyn
April 3: Review+Guest Post-Ryder@ Ryder Islington, Blog
April 18:Review-Crystal@ My Reading Room 
April 19:Interview-Kate@ Read 2 Review
April 23:Guest Post-Shandy@ Mama Knows Books
April 24:Review+Guest Post-Cheryl@ A Good Day To Read
April 26:Guest Post-Kate@ Read 2 Review
April 27:Review-Joel@ Joel M. Andre, Author
April 30: Review+Guest Post-Melissa@ Keeping Up With The Rheinlanders
May 1:Review+Guest Post-Stephanie@ Curling Up By The Fire
May 3:Review-Bri@ Kindle Catching Fire
May 4: Review + Interview- Shayna@ Shayna Gier
May 5: Review-Heather@ Proud Book Nerd
May 7: Guest Post-Mayra@ The Dark Phantom

***I received through Partners in Crime Book Tours for an honest review.  I was not compensated in any other way except receiving the book for free.  ***

Waiting On Wednesday (22)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

I saw this last week on WoW and it was compared to the love story in Matched by Ally Condie with the jungle themes in "Lost".  I read that and didn't need to read any more. Okay I read the description too and I was completely sold.  What do you think?

Origin by Jessica Khoury
Razorbill, September 4, 2012
Hardcover, 272 pages
ISBN-10: 1595145958
ISBN-13: 978-1595145956
Young Adult
An electrifying action-romance that's as thoughtful as it is tragic

Pia has grown up in a secret laboratory hidden deep in the Amazon rain forest. She was raised by a team of scientists who have created her to be the start of a new immortal race. But on the night of her seventeenth birthday, Pia discovers a hole in the electric fence that surrounds her sterile home--and sneaks outside the compound for the first time in her life.

Free in the jungle, Pia meets Eio, a boy from a nearby village. Together, they embark on a race against time to discover the truth about Pia's origin--a truth with deadly consequences that will change their lives forever.

Origin is a beautifully told, shocking new way to look at an age-old desire: to live forever, no matter the cost. This is a supremely compelling debut novel that blends the awakening romance of Matched with the mystery and jungle conspiracy of Lost.
So what are you waiting on this week?