Monday, January 24, 2022

Book Tour, Review & Giveaway: The Thief's Relic by Angela Knotts Morse

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

The Thief's Relic
(Son of Avaria #1)
By Angela Knotts Morse
Young Adult, Fantasy
Hardcover, Paperback & ebook, 394 Pages
December 4, 2021 by An Encouraging Thought Publishers

Eamonn never wanted to be a thief. 
So when a risky mission goes awry and he receives the chance of a lifetime, he leaves behind everything, even his newfound family in the Thieves’ Guild, to pursue an apprenticeship as an honest merchant. 
Traveling the country means he sees and hears everything. Civil unrest, rebellions against the monarchies, and rumors of a usurper bent on uniting the provinces under himself with a mythical form of magic. Few suspect he’s not chasing a dead end, including village girl Leyna, a believer in the magic of ancient histories. Eamonn’s skeptical heart is also swayed once he finds himself the tyrant’s target, unknowingly possessing the key to harness the dangerous power. 
To protect it, Eamonn's only choice is to flee. But now that it’s the mission of his former brothers in the Guild to hunt him down, keeping magic out of their hands might be harder than either Leyna or Eamonn thought possible. If they fall, though, their world does too.

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My Review
 4 stars / I really liked it

It’s been a while since I’ve read a fantasy book but I was quickly drawn into the world of kingdoms where Eamonn has grown up- neglected by his father, stealing necessities, and eventually leaving home to join a guild of teenage thieves. Eamonn values higher learning, and always has his goal of attending the university before him. He longs for the sense of family, belonging, and acceptance, but the guilt from stealing leads him to take the opportunity for an honest life when it is offered by merchant Dorlyss. I loved how Dorlyss and Eamonn’s relationship develops from mentorship to father and son. The world building was interesting as they travel the kingdoms with the caravan, discovering the political unrest and chaotic revolution. The story is told from Eamonn’s point of view initially, but as more characters enter, the author takes advantage of their perspectives as their influence in the plot necessitates. Although the story kept my interest, I didn’t connect with Eamonn’s emotions, being kept somewhat aloof. As Eamonn and his friends are drawn into the sphere of the evil usurper, the torture scenes turned my stomach and I found myself too sensitive for the descriptions. I was invested in how they would overcome and finished the book, glad that it did not end on a cliffhanger, but had an epilogue indicating the continuation of the story in the rest of the trilogy. 

Disclosure statement: A complimentary copy of this book was provided from a tour group, publisher, publicist, or author, including NetGalley, OR was borrowed from the library, including OverDrive, OR borrowed from Kindle Unlimited, OR purchased. A review was not required and all views and opinions expressed are unbiased and my own.

About the Author

Angela Morse has been writing since the fourth grade when a teacher wrote an encouraging note on one of her assignments. The note read, “I would not be surprised if I go to the library one day and pick up a book by Angela Knotts!” That simple note lit a fire within Angela and she developed a passion for writing stories. Though she has dabbled in a few genres, Angela’s favorite to write is Fantasy. Her audience is typically New Adult (NA) or sometimes Young Adult (YA), depending on the age and maturity of her characters and intended readers. Angela currently resides in Birmingham, Alabama with her husband, daughter, and cat.

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One winner will receive a signed paperback copy of The Thief's Relic by Angela Knotts Morse (US only)

Ends February 2, 2022

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