Friday, April 6, 2018

Blog Tour + Review + #Giveaway: Entombed in Glass by Stacey Rourke @Rourkewrites @XpressoTours

Entombed in Glass
Stacey Rourke
(Unfortunate Soul Chronicles, #2)
Publication date: March 29th 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Mirror, mirror on the wall.
What’s behind that fated call?
He’s the seer of present, future, and past,
Yet remains a nameless face entombed in glass.

Raised as a servant in the underwater kingdom of Atlantica, Alastor worked his way up to a regal member of the Royal Guard. Only as a decorated soldier did he stand a chance of winning the hand of the woman he’s loved since childhood … Poseidon’s only daughter, Princess Vanessa. But, when the war against humans rages, dark magics are evoked to give the mermen a fighting chance. Temporarily granted legs, they charge from the sea into a doomed battle.

Doing the bidding of his masters as a trusted pawn,
The claims of his loyalty couldn’t be more wrong.

Waking on land, with bodies all around, Alastor’s lone goal becomes returning to the ocean and the only life he’s ever known. A plan that is quickly diverted when Hades, Lord of the Underworld, appears with a twisted agenda all his own. Cast to a land far from the lapping comforts of home, Alastor’s sole companion is a troubled misfit named Sterling that soon comes to depend on him. Trained to be a hero, how far is Alastor willing to go to return to the woman he loves? And can he live with the sacrifices he’s forced to make?

Each day he schemes to break free from their thrall,
and honor a self-made vow … to kill them all.

My Review:

At the end of the battle between the Mer and the humans, Alastor finds himself at death’s door. What a coincident it is that he just so happens to run into Hades while he is using the last of his strength to make his way back to the water, his people and his beloved princess Vanessa.

Hades makes Alastor a deal he can’t refuse. The deal is that if Alastor will agree to become his slave and servant he will give him his life back. What is a dude to do when he only has two choices, live or die? What will Alastor choose? Will he choose to live or die? Well, he chooses to live of course hoping that one day he can make his way back to his beloved princess.

After Alastor makes his deal with Hades is finds himself on land far away from his home in the sea and his beloved. As he sets out on his journey he meets a new friend Sterling who is there to help him along the way and show him the ropes so to speak in this new world.

Alastor and Sterling soon find themselves at a castle waiting with others outside the gates looking for work inside the castle. While reading Entombed in Glass I could see Alastor and Sterling sitting outside the walls with all the people like a movie playing in my head. Some people were probably sitting around campfires telling stories or preparing a meal or maybe eating while other may have been standing around conversing about the weather or having discussion about their families and their own journeys of how they ended up at the castle and arguments starting to happen and maybe getting out of control and Alastor being the person he is he steps up to bat for the people that they may not be strong enough to do so themselves.

At the end of the day and king has seen all the people he can for the day and the interviews will continue on the next day. I can just see the people bring out their blankets and settling in for the night outside the walls but then one of the kings men steps forward and offers Alastor and Sterling a place to sleep inside the walls for the night.

The king sends Alastor and Sterling on a magical journey looking for something he desires where they meet some very interesting characters. I really loved the references to other fairy-tale characters like Alice and Peter Pan among others. The world that the author created for Entombed in Glass was very magical and well described I no problem seeing it in my head like watching a movie. The twist and turns just kept coming at me in leaps and bounds. I can’t wait for the next book in the Unfortunate Soul Chronicles to see which fairy-tale character is portrayed next with all the mentions in Entombed in Glass or will it be a totally different fairy-tale character?

I would like to recommend Entombed in Glass to anyone who loves fairy-tale retellings with a little of the gods and goddess mixed into the mix. 

Author Bio:

RONE Award Winner for Best YA Paranormal Work of 2012 for Embrace, a Gryphon Series Novel
Young Adult and Teen Reader voted Author of the Year 2012
Turning Pages Magazine Winner for Best YA book of 2013 & Best Teen Book of 2013
Readers’ Favorite Silver Medal Winner for Crane 2015

Stacey Rourke is the author of the award winning YA Gryphon Series, the chillingly suspenseful Legends Saga, and the romantic comedy Reel Romance Series. She lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant dogs. She loves to travel, has an unhealthy shoe addiction, and considers herself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in her head.



Giselle said...

Great review, Nancy! This sounds magical and entertaining! Glad you liked it! :)