Welcome to the blog tour for The Sword In His Hand, hosted by Prism Book Tours! I have to say I really love the colors in this cover. It’s what first drew me to the book. Yes, I do judge a book by it’s cover sometimes. Green and blue are my favorite colors, so to them combined like this, to me, is stunning!
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About the BookThe Sword In His Hand
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“One is an opportunity. Two is a threat. Three is an invasion.”
For hundreds of years, strange things have been washing up on the shores of Darcentaria. But when a young foreign woman named El is found unconscious on the beach amidst the burning wreckage of a strange metal craft, the villagers of Odessa are immediately suspicious—is she an agent of the Dalriadan Empire, their cruel oppressors for as long as they can remember? Or does she come from the Outside, the vast and legendary lands beyond their borders from which no man or woman alive has ever returned?
Torsten Eiselher, a talented young swordsman, has spent the last nine years of his life wrongfully imprisoned by his uncle, the Empire’s ruler. Betrayed and deceived at every turn, Torsten has survived by keeping a firm grip on his sword—and by staying well away from anything to do with the Outside. But when his young sister is murdered, Torsten finds himself irrevocably drawn to El despite her Outsider heritage—and he begins to question everything he has been told about her world.
Intrigued by the existence of a powerful and dangerously advanced world within his reach, the Empire’s ruler, Jurien Arminius, launches a hunt for El and the two Outsiders that arrived with her—the ones who could help him win his war against Torsten and the rebellion that threatens to topple his Empire.
Suddenly, Torsten is forced to choose between defeating his long-term enemy or saving the woman he has come to love . . .
Also in the SeriesThe Secret of Fire
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Only one can save them.
The Rebellion has fallen.
The door to the Outside has been opened.
And the one who opened it—Jurien Arminius—is now the most powerful man in Darcentaria.
But everything they have known is about to change forever.
Separated by Arminius but fighting to get back to each other, El and Torsten encounter unlikely allies that reveal stunning truths about each other, the Outside, and the very beginnings of Darcentaria itself.
I am super picky about the fantasy books I read. Sometimes they can just be so far fetched and out there, that I cannot enjoy them. That was not the case here. Fischer tells a wonderful story, one that has my attention early on and keeps it until the end. There were lots of twists and turns – everything I want in a fantasy novel. Her writing is vivid, and makes it easy to imagine the surroundings. It was like a mini screen in my mind while I was reading.
Fischer not only gives readers a fun story, she gives a powerful message. Her faith thread is beautifully written in between the pages, and not in an in-your-face way. I think this would be a fun book to even share with non-Christians. Yes the faith theme was evident, but not so much that a non-Christian would get scared off.
Overall I enjoyed this story and think fantasy fans will enjoy it as well. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
About the Author
Jasmine (J.J. Fischer) is living proof that it is possible to be addicted to tea and coffee simultaneously. Both made it possible for her to complete her Bachelor degree in English Literature and Creative Writing in 2012.
Jasmine is married to David, and together they are the proud owner-parents of five warring pet chickens who tolerate each others’ existence—most days. When tempted away from the keyboard, she enjoys reading, thinking about lasagna almost as often as Garfield the cat, and working towards her black belt in karate. She vows to one day write the perfect fight scene. Jasmine makes her home near Sydney, Australia, where most animals want to kill you and drop bears enforce a daily reign of terror. If you’re reading this, please send help.
One winner will receive print copies of The Sword in His Hand and The Secret Fire, a $10 Barnes and Noble gift card and a $5 discount code to Ambassador International’s store (US only)
Ends July 21, 2021
Do you read fantasy novels? What draws you to them?