Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Blog Tour: Keeper of Reign by Emma Right

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Keeper of Reign
Books written in blood. Most are lost, their Keepers with them. A curse that befell a people. A Kingdom with no King. Life couldn’t get more harrowing for the Elfies, a blend of Elves and Fairies. Or for sixteen-year-old Jules Blaze. Or could it?

For Jules, the heir of a Keeper, no less, suspects his family hides a forgotten secret. It was bad enough that his people, the Elfies of Reign, triggered a curse which reduced the entire inhabitants to a mere inch centuries ago. All because of one Keeper who failed his purpose. Even the King’s Ancient Books, did not help ward off that anathema.

Now, Gehzurolle, the evil lord, and his armies of Scorpents, seem bent on destroying Jules and his family. Why? Gehzurolle’s agents hunt for Jules as he journeys into enemy land to find the truth. Truth that could save him and his family, and possibly even reverse the age-long curse. Provided Jules doesn’t get himself killed first.

First of all, I love that there was a Character List at the beginning, which also has pronunciations so I know that Tst Tst is pronounced Sit Sit and I didn't pronounce it wrong the entire book (also, FYI Gehzurolle is pronounced Geh-zoo-rawl). 

This story jumped around a lot to me at first and I had a hard time keeping up with what was happening and who was going where. So, there is plenty of non-stop action but I wish it had been a tad bit slower. It didn't take too long, though, for me to really enjoy the story and want to know what was coming next. I enjoyed learning about the Keepers and their Books, why they were important and some of what they had been warned about.  The excerpt below is a great example of this.

It was hard for Jules to know who to trust and he learned that sometimes there are things he's not aware of that can make people behave a certain way but they might be trustworthy after all and it's okay to give them a second chance. He shows a lot of courage and willingness to do what he needs to save those he loves. I look forward to getting to know the characters better as the series progresses. I enjoyed the ending when more answers were given but there are still questions so I'm excited to read book 2! This is a series I will definitely share with my children, and recommend it if you enjoy reading about elves and fairies!

My Rating=4 stars


The warning Grandpa gave had frightened Jules then, as it did now.

“Jules, the days are coming,” Grandpa Leroy had said, that bleak day as they sat before the fireplace. “One day, Gehzurolle will intensify his efforts against us. Beware of that day.”

Picking up his Ancient Book, Grandpa read, “Suspecting the lives of the now insignificant Fairy Elves will be restored to the former glories they once enjoyed, the Scorpents and their leader, Gehzurolle, the Lord of Shadows, will be driven to distraction. After many failed attempts to annihilate the Race throughout the centuries, Gehzurolle will scheme to extinguish every inhabitant of the land because finally a Keeper has invited him into our Kingdom. He will spare no Elfie. Not even those who work for him.’”

“But which Keeper would do something like that?”

“One who’s desperate. When you see the signs, Jules, you must flee. You and everyone in our family. Immediately!”

“But why, Grandpa?”

“Because it means he’s close to succeeding. He will seek us Keeper families first because without the Keepers and our Books our Kingdom cannot survive. I entrust this knowledge to you for you will take over from your mother as Keeper of the Book, just as she’d taken over from me.” His grandfather’s gentle blue eyes locked with Jules’s own green ones.

“But how will I know when this will happen?”

“The Ancient Book says thieves will come to steal—so beware. But these are no ordinary burglars, Jules. They will destroy everything in their path. Whatever happens they mustn’t get our Book.”

 Author Emma Right
Emma Right is a happy wife and homeschool mother of five living in the Pacific West Coast of the USA. Besides running a busy home, and looking after their five pets, which includes two cats, two bunnies and a Long-haired dachshund, she also writes stories for her children. She loves the Lord and His Word deeply, and when she doesn’t have her nose in a book, she is telling her kids to get theirs in one.

Right worked as a copywriter for two major advertising agencies and won several awards, including the prestigious Clio Award for her ads, before she settled down to have children.

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