Release Day Blitz & #Giveaway: Last Chance-T.G. Ayer

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The 3rd installment in the DarkWorld: SkinWalker series.

cooltext1544204149 copyWith the loss of her sister still weighing down both her conscience and her heart, Kailin Odel must take on the next part of her mission – find her mother and Anjelo and bring them back from Wrythiin.

Kailin uses her mother’s portal key and enters the Wraith world intent on saving the ones she loves, but from the moment she arrives her mission is fraught with peril.

Arriving in Wrythiin, Kai steps right into the middle of a Wraith rebellion. And only to find that though Anjelo is safe, her mother is held captive by a subversive faction of Wraiths once led by the Wraithlord that Kai had killed.

From Wraiths to Shapeshifters, rebel causes to fraying family ties, to inexplicable new powers, Kai must fight her darkest demons while entering the blackest pits of Wrythiin to save her mother.

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I have been a writer from the time I was old enough to recognize that reading was a doorway into my imagination. Poetry was my first foray into the art of the written word. Books were my best friends, my escape, my haven. I am essentially a recluse but this part of my personality is impossible to practice given I have two teenage daughters, who are actually my friends, my tea-makers, my confidantes… I am blessed with a husband who has left me for golf. It’s a fair trade as I have left him for writing. We are both passionate supporters of each others loves – it works wonderfully…

My heart is currently broken in two. One half resides in South Africa where my old roots still remain, and my heart still longs for the endless beaches and the smell of moist soil after a summer downpour. My love for Ma Afrika will never fade. The other half of me has been transplanted to the Land of the Long White Cloud. The land of the Taniwha, beautiful Maraes, and volcanoes. The land of green, pure beauty that truly inspires. And because I am so torn between these two lands – I shall forever remain cross-eyed.

I love talking to my readers so email me if you have any questions or even if you just want to chat…

Email: tgayer@xtra.co.nz or tgayerauthor@gmail.com

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Terror strikes the Celtic inspired kingdom of Nemetona when barbed roots breach the veil of a forbidden land and poison woodsmen, including 15-year-old Lia’s beloved father. Lia and three others embark on a quest to the forbidden land of Brume to gather ingredients for the cure. But after her elder kinsman is attacked and poisoned, she and her cousin, Wynn, are forced to finish the quest on their own.


Lia relies on her powerful herbal wisdom and the memorized pages of her late grandmother’s Grimoire for guidance through a land of soul-hungry shades, trickster creatures, and uncovered truths about the origin of Brume and her family’s unexpected ties to it. The deeper they trek into the land, the stronger Lia’s untapped gift as a tree mage unfolds. When she discovers the enchanted root’s maker, it forces her to question everything about who she is and what is her destiny. Ultimately she must make a terrible choice: keep fighting to save her father and the people of the lands or join with the power behind the deadly roots to help nature start anew.

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4/5 Stars

***I received this book as a gift in exchange for an honest review and in participation with Mark My Words Publicity.

Christina Mercer is quickly becoming one of my go to authors. This is only the second book I’ve read that she’s written but both I read straight through. Each book has rich mythology that enthralls and enraptures.The overarching plots are peppered with these beautiful, magical glimpses of the past that are saturated in adoration for nature and its creatures. If you’re looking for a read that will reawaken your childhood, bring back the whimsy, and the wide-eyed wonder of the Earth’s secrets, this is it.

PROS:

  • What Christina Mercer does masterfully is build a believable world of magic that’s full of quirky beings and tragic truths laced with horrible sacrifice. The intertwined legends with present day link the two time periods seamlessly, solidifying the sense of fate and prophecy. Each of the creatures, the fae, the dwarves, the wraiths are all composed of stunning details and vibrant personalities. 
  • The role of nature is jaw-dropping. The way the trees have their own stories and are full of powerful symbolism whisks the reader away too another world, one of emotion and intention, where things that are normally silent, like the trees, have life and a voice. Lia’s bond with nature is flawlessly written. Lia identifies and understands the elements, she wields their power in partnership with her own strengths and makes natural magic. 
  • The story is unexpected, fueled by dark whispers of the past, half-truths, secrets, and startling reveals. The plot is like a puzzle, each piece fits together but you can’t see or find the components all at once. When the puzzle is complete, all of the layers combine to form something profound; love and family grant passion and the strength of a warrior to overcome all obstacles. 
  • Brume illustrates more than anything that within darkness there is also light. The world is sometimes light and airy, alive with peaceful, playful magic of the fae, and others it is vile, toxic and full of greed. Brume is a world within a world and each area is meticulous, full of specific creatures and elements of nature. Lia’s insistence on calling the herbs and trees by their old, magical names places her as a liminal character, caught between the world of her present and the talents she inherited from her grandmother via Brume. 
  • The dwarves are intriguing. Their traditional roles as creatures of metallurgy and precious stones is there but there’s also something sinister and twisted beneath the surface. Their lifestyle is linked to their work. The gems in their beards, the way they sprinkle them in their food like salt is fascinating to read. 
  • Lia is a fiery, determined protagonist out to risk everything for her loved ones. She fights through her fear and put herself on the line to wield a power she didn’t even know existed within herself. Her journey to gaining her true potential is awesome to watch unfold. Lia grows into an even more magnetic character. Her heart is pure, her goal to save the magical past is a promise. She takes all of her set backs in stride and she’s otherworldly bursting with the knowledge of her grandmother. 
  • There are scattered riddles throughout that are not only lyrical but fun to read.
  • I appreciated that while there was a love story that it was subtle. It did not star in the book or detract from the main story. It was cute 🙂 

CONS:

  • The battle scene started out strong, it was terrifying, full of the raw adrenaline that leaves you unsure if the protagonist will escape but wrapped in hope. Unfortunately, the fight sort of sputtered out suddenly and turned extremely quickly.
  • Some of the descriptions of the food preparation and the combination of the herbs were lengthy and lagged.

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Christina Mercer is an award-winning author of fiction for children and young adults. She took Writer’s Best in Show at the 2012 SCBWI CA North/Central Regional Conference, was a Semi-Finalist in the 2010 Amazon Breakout Novel Award Contest, and won Honorable Mention in the 21st Annual Writer’s Digest Self Published Book Awards. She holds a degree in Accounting from California State University at Sacramento and a Certificate in Herbal Studies from Clayton College of Natural Health. Christina resides in Northern California enjoying life with her husband, two sons, four dogs, and about 100,000 honeybees.

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