Friday, February 13, 2015

Blog Tour: A Tangle of Fates by Leslie Ann Moore

Welcome to my tour stop for A Tangle of Fates by Leslie Ann Moore. This tour runs Feb. 2-13 with reviews, interviews, guest post & excerpts. Check out the tour page for more information.

About the Book:

tangle The fates of three women. The fates of two peoples. The fate of one planet.

On Nuetierra, four hundred years have passed since the Great War. A new society has arisen on the ashes of the old.

Deanna Hernaan, daughter of Eduard, the former Alcalde of Nue Bayona, spends her days attending university and caring for her mentally damaged sister, Ceilia. Six years ago, her stepmother Lourdessa deposed her father, and now, as Alcalde, rules the city through patronage and oppression. Deanna remains apolitical, fearing Lourdessa’s power. Threatened by Deanna’s popularity with the common people, the Alcalde arranges for her assassination. Deanna survives, but is cast adrift in a hostile wilderness. She is rescued by a band of diminutive hunters—the Tiqui—members of a slave race she has only read about in history books. The hunters bring Deanna to their village, where she meets the Tiqui chieftess Yellow Bird. A remarkable woman, the ithani possesses the shamanic gift of foresight. Her visions have revealed to her that a young woman of the tall folk would come, one whose fate is inextricably entwined with that of the Tiqui—one who would bring disaster or salvation for all of Nuetierra.

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Series: The Vox Machina Trilogy
431 p.
Publisher: Muse Harbor Publishing
Published: 08/11/14
Source: CBB Book Promotions for review
My thoughts:

 The world building in this book is not only captivating but my favorite part of the book. The author really puts you in the scene, the world and makes you a part of it. Even the strange animals seem to really come alive. The language used by the people in this book were not so different that it pulled you out of the story. It enhanced it enough and was familiar enough to really bring the population to life. It is through the worldbuilding I found myself caring for the characters within.

I did have a few problems with the characterization of the heroine. While most of the characters were well drawn out and believable, I found that I was not quite sold on parts of the story. One was Deanna's romance. We do miss most of her friendship and were just told that they were fast friends but I saw no romantic behavior from either of them to convince me that they would fall for each other. It didn't help that they had so little time together in this book. That problem could easily be remedied as the trilogy progresses. My other problem was with Deanna as some sort of savior. While the reasoning seemed sound, it still didn't feel as if she was the only one who could come forward to saving everyone. Perhaps those things will solidify as the story progresses.

While I did have a couple of problems with Deanna, I loved the secondary characters in this book. They really helped flesh out the world here and also helped the 400+ pages go by quickly. I therefore give this book 3 1/2 stars. I recommend it to those that love a good worldbuilding. I also recommend it to those that enjoy sci-fi and fantasy. I want to read the next 2 books so I can find out what happens and where Deanna's story ends up. I have to know if she beats the Lourdessa.

Leslie Ann MooreAbout the Author:

Leslie Ann Moore was born in Los Angeles, California at the tail-end of the baby boom and fell in love with the works of Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke, Andre Norton, and J.R.R. Tolkien at an early age. A practicing veterinarian since 1988, Leslie put her dreams of writing fiction aside until she attended the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books in 2000. There, bestselling fantasy author Terry Brooks told her, “Don’t ever give up. Keep writing, no matter what.” Those words changed her life. She published the first volume of her Griffin’s Daughter trilogy in 2012. A Tangle of Fates is the first volume of The Vox Machina trilogy, and will be published by Muse Harbor in August of 2014.

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  1. I haven't heard of this series, but it seems really interesting. I'll be curious to see what you think as the series progresses. Wonderful review, Melissa! :)

  2. That is one gorgeous cover!

    The story sounds exciting too despite the few issues you had.

    Karen @For What It's Worth

  3. Glad you enjoyed this one overall Melissa! I love a good cast of secondary characters, even more so when I have a few small reservations about the hero or heroine. Looking forward to your thoughts on the next 2 books!

  4. I'm glad you enjoyed this! I was really blown away by the world building as well. Thank you for hosting a tour stop and sharing your thoughts!

    1. Thanks for letting me read this one. She has a great world here!

  5. Good world building and a great cast of secondary of characters. Sounds like a good read. Have a wonderful weekend, Melissa.

  6. Oh I love some good secondary characters. That's really nice about the world building as well. The critters have me curious :D

  7. So glad you loved the secondary characters, isn't that funny how sometimes they are the stronger ones. I love that you felt the world was well done :)

  8. Are those tentacles? Scary, and cool

  9. Hmm the cover is intriguing. It's the first time I hear about the book but I'm curious. You're making me want to discover the worldbuiling and it's great that you enjoyed so much the secondary characters.

  10. The world sounds really interesting and well fleshed out, and I love the sound of the secondary characters. Glad you enjoyed this - I hadn't heard of it until today! :-)


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