Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Blog Tour Review and Giveaway: Steven Montano's "Path of Bones"

Title: City of Scars
Author: Steven Montano
It’s been three decades since the Blood Queen led her legions on a brutal campaign of conquest and destruction, and the Empires are still struggling to rebuild. Now, in the distant aftermath of the war, the real battle is about to begin.

Haunted by the crimes of his past, fallen knight Azander Dane ekes out a mercenary existence as he drifts from one city to the next. His latest job is to hunt down Ijanna Taivorkan, a powerful outlaw witch desperate to escape her destiny. 
Dane and Ijanna find themselves in Ebonmark, the City of Scars, where deadly crime guilds and shadowy agents of the White Dragon Empire prepare for a brutal confrontation. Pursued by apocalypse cults, mad alchemists, exiled giants and werewolf gangs, Dane and Ijanna soon learn a deadly lesson – in Ebonmark, only the cruelest and most cunning can survive.

City of Scars is the first volume of The Skullborn Trilogy, an all new epic fantasy adventure from the author of BloodSkies .

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 My Review:

If you are a lover of Lord of the Rings, this book is for you!! City of Scars is packed full of adventure, intrigue and  iPad gripping excitement!! Steven's imaginative and detailed writing will draw you in and captivate you until the end.
The reader is transported into a war torn world with a desolate history, filled with a menagerie of races. Some get along and others don't but they each are unique and interesting.
City of Scars main focus is on a former Dawn Knight named Dane Azander. Determined to move beyond the ghosts of his past is a huge driving force for Dane. I really loved this character because I felt like he wasn't willing to use his past as an excuse, but rather as a lesson to change who he is into who he wants to become.
Then there is Ijanna  the Bloodspeaker She's on a mission to attempt something bad from happening while being hunted by two dangerous groups called the Phage and the Black Guild. Let me just say at first I wasn't sure I'd like Ijanna, she seemed very untouchable and mysterious.  The more I learned about her, the more I began to realize how truly amazing she is.
Ijanna is faced with some very difficult choices while Dane has much to reconcile with, which makes for a non stop adventure for these characters and an lively story for the reader!

What I Thought:

At first I was a little worried about all the names of the different races and their histories plus the different lands. I was pleasantly surprised by how Steven handled this.  I never felt bored or tired of hearing about a new creature or land. I was also able to keep all the different creatures separate in my head and didn't feel confused  (which is saying a lot for my ADHD self!) This really is a spine-tingling must read!!!

Title: Path of Bones ( book 2)
Author: Steven Montano
Return to the world of Malzaria in the highly anticipated sequel to the best-selling epic fantasy adventure City of Scars. 

Hunted by Empires and crime lords alike, Ijanna Taivorkan and the young warrior Kath Cardrezhej make their north through the dire Bonelands, a twisted wastelands populated by unnatural terrors.  Hoping to find the answers to her dark destiny and driven by a need to escape her fate, Ijanna won't rest until she locates the last of the Skullborn.

Azander Dane, fallen Dawn Knight, pursues Ijanna in order to help her as a way for making amends for the crimes of his past.  Aided by an exiled giant and gripped by a magical disease that is slowly driving him mad, Dane must brave the dangers of the Phage-controlled city of Kaldrak Iyresin order to reach the Dream Witch in time.

Beset at every turn by evil magic, powerful assassins and dark revelations, Dane and Ijanna will ultimately find themselves in the ruined city of Corinth, where ancient artifacts may hold the key to the world's salavation...or to its untimely doom.

Be sure to add  Path of Bones to Goodreads!
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About the Author:

Steven Montano is an author, accountant, and blogger, part human and part...well, we’re not entirely sure, but he sure does write a lot of books. 
Steven is the author of the Skullborn novels (City of Scars, Path of Bones), the Blood Skies series (Blood Skies, Black Scars, Soulrazor, Crown of Ash, The Witch’s Eye and Chain of Shadows), Tales of a Blood Earth 1 and 2, Crucifix Point, and something black.  He’s currently hard at work on Blood Angel Rising, a paranormal action/horror/thriller; Vampire Down, the next installment of the Blood Skies series; and The Black Tower, the conclusion to The Skullborn trilogy. 
He and his family live in Michigan, where even zombies fear to tread.
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