Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Blog Tour ~ "The Valley of Decision" by Shannon McDermott + giveaway

A themed book tour through Prism Book Tours.

The Valley of DecisionThe Valley of Decision
by Shannon McDermott
Adult Fantasy
Paperback, 416 pages
May 31st 2014 by SALT Christian Press

“A solid fantasy that wears its spirituality lightly yet effectively.” 
~Kirkus Reviews (read the entire review here)

Where the Black Mountains pierce the sky, they divide the south from the north, Alamir from the kingdom of Belenus. Belenus, the undying master of the north, commanded Keiran – the Captain of the Hosts – to conquer Alamir. But the Captain is deep in conspiracy, and he has his own plans.

The Valley of Decision is a fantasy novel, a saga of slavery, freedom, and choices.

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The Fays

Belenus, the master of the North, does not often leave his glittering palace or his green hills. You are not likely, even if you roam his kingdom, to ever see him. You may be glad of that, and do not try to change it. Belenus is, you may be sure, a sight to fill your eyes, tall and regal with bright eyes like sapphires. Almost he appears human, if humans could be so beautiful. But he’s not safe.
            No one knows how many centuries, how many thousands of years Belenus has ruled the North. As far as we know, he has always ruled it, and as far as we can say, he always will. He is a Fay, you know, and Fays don’t die.
            A strange race, a powerful race, an immortal and beautiful race: These are the Fays. Some say that Fays are the fallen spirits of heaven, exiled here in the mortal world. Some say that they are the ancient children of the forests and hills, nourished by the sun and by the deep, cold waters that run in dark places.
            Some say that when the stars were young, one star shattered, and the shining pieces fell to the earth and became the Fays.
            Is there a true tale among these tales, lore among these stories? I do not know, and many strange adventures you will have before you meet someone who will tell you. No one who has met a Fay has ever dared to ask him what he is, or where he came from.

Shannon McDermott is a Christian author of speculative fiction, as well as a humorous detective series called "The Adventures of Christian Holmes". She has written both fantasy and science fiction, and has yet to decide on which one to like better.

She was born to Wisconsin, expatriates in California, grew up on the East Coast, and now lives in the Midwest. Her principal hobbies are politics, history, novels, and coffee.

Tour-Wide Giveaway

- INT Grand Prize: $25 Amazon gift card and ebooks of The Valley of Decision and The Sunrise Windows
- 2 print copies of The Valley of Decision (US only)

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Follow the Tour:

6/16 - Launch









My Devotional Thoughts
Christy's Cozy Corners

6/29 - Grand Finale

Want to read the prequel before the book?

The Sunrise WindowsThe Sunrise Windows by Shannon McDermott
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Fantasy

Book Description: Keiran, the Captain of the Hosts of Belenus, is carrying tribute home to his master, the immortal ruler of the North. But before Keiran reaches his master, his path will cross with another's. Through him, the Captain will see again the work of Belenus.

Like its companion novel The Valley of Decision, The Sunrise Windowsis a story of the Dochraitay people and their Fay master.

My thoughts: The Sunrise Windows is a short introduction toThe Valley of Decision. It introduces the characters and feelings behind the story. It's a prequel.

I haven't read The valley of Decision, but I think that the short introduction sets the feeling of unrest and depicts the corruption of the Fey rulers.

This was an interesting short story. It's well written and a quick introduction.

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  1. The more I read about this book, the more I want to read the actual thing! Thanks for sharing!


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