Blog Tour ~ Promo Post ~ The Amber Made by Christopher Bowden.

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The Amber Maze

While staying in a Dorset cottage, Hugh Mullion finds a mysterious key down the side of an antique chair. No one can say how long the key has been there or what it opens.
Hugh’s search for answers will unlock the secrets of the troubled life of a talented artist, destined to be hailed a neglected genius fifty years too late. And no secret is darker than that of The Amber Maze, from whose malign influence he never escaped.
The trail takes Hugh from Edwardian Oxfordshire to 1960s Camden Town, where the ghosts of the past are finally laid to rest.
Delicately crafted noir fiction at its best.

You can purchase The Amber Maze from AmazonUK, AmazonUS,  and Waterstones.

About the author 

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Christopher Bowden lives in south London. The Amber Maze is the sixth of his colour-themed novels, which have been praised variously by Andrew Marr, Julian Fellowes, Sir Derek Jacobi, and Shena Mackay.

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Review ~ Blog Tour ~Avian by Emma Pullar.

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CENTRAL IS LOSING ITS GRIP ON THE CITIZENS OF GALE CITY.

Megan Skyla, who refused to play by Central’s rules and become a surrogate for her masters, has thrown the city into chaos. Corrupting those around her, she and her friends are forced into hiding – hunted by Central, the evil rulers of Gale City. Skyla’s desperate attempts to keep everyone alive ends when they’re kidnapped by feuding gangs.

Skyla cuts a deal and then betrays both gangs. Now there is nowhere left to run. It’s the desert or die. Her best friend, Crow, thinks she still wants to find a way to cure the Morbian masters of their obesity and finish what she started.

But Skyla has other plans. She’s sure there are settlements in the desert, there must be something out there … and there is. Something terrible.

Skyla is about to find out there’s more than one way to bring about change but one truth remains … Central must be destroyed in order to ensure her survival. There is no other way.

Review

I would like to thank the author, Bloodhound Books and blog tour organiser Sarah Hardy for the ARC of Avian in return for an honest review.

Having read and enjoyed Skeletal I was thrilled to be asked to review its sequel Avian. I am very happy to report that it is a very enjoyable and accomplished sequel by a writer gaining in confidence.

Following on from Skeletal, for me Avian is best read as part of a series as it harks back to her story throughout and you understand the motivation for her actions better as a result; so I would recommend purchasing both as they are excellent reads.

What I loved about Avian is it gives the reader a strong and spirited heroine. Skyla is front and centre of this story and as a result she needs to be a well written, likeable character and she is. Not perfect, no one wants that. Like all readers, I want the main character to be fascinating and inspiring enough to keep me turning those pages and I promise those pages were being turned at a rate of knots! She has spirit, she is brave, resourceful and yet is at times foolish and capable of being self serving. This makes her human and fascinating. When reading a book as a child, I always wanted to be the strong female lead and I can pay Skyla no greater compliant than to say, I would want to be her, if I could step into this story from my world, into hers. What is great is that the supporting characters are just as absorbing, especially Crow that develops in Avian, into a warrior and Skyla’s equal. His dark and troubled past had me desperate for him to rage against those that misunderstood him and Emma Puller didn’t let me down in her writing of his continuing journey. I hope this is not the last we read of him? I would love to see him feature in own full length adventures!

The story is dark and gripping. From page one to the final word, Avian keeps you woven into the very fabric of the narrative. Emma Puller takes you on a dark and thrilling journey, through a world where the strong treat the weak as slaves and life for those living in the slums is precarious and dangerous. Yet it avoids the trap so many dystopian thrillers fall into, it pulls back from creating a world of unremitting totalitarian misery and nightmarish loss of all hope for change, which often leaves me too depressed to read another book. Here there is hope for revolution, the possibility of social change. Not too much hope, but just enough that reading is exciting and not oppressive. When reading around and trying to collect my thoughts together about Avian, I saw a mention of George Orwell’s 1984, set in a totalitarian world of those that have live in luxury and those that serve live in slums and that is what this book reminds me of, except it has modern thrilling twist to it.

I would recommend this book to all, but would say to get the best enjoyment from it, read Skeletal as well. It’s worth the price of purchasing them both, because they very enjoyable and thrilling reads.

You can purchase Avian from Amazon

About the author.

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Emma Pullar is a writer of dark fiction and Children’s books. Her picture book, Curly from Shirley, was a national bestseller and named best opening lines by NZ Post. Emma has also written several winning short horror/Sci-fi stories which have been published in four different anthologies. Emma’s latest picture book, Kitty Stuck, has been hugely popular and her novel, Skeletal, and the sequel, Avian, have been described as disturbing and not for the faint-hearted. She also writes articles for an online advice site called Bang2write and dabbles in screenwriting.

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