Hello everyone! Welcome back to my blog. Today I have the pleasure of bringing you another blog tour, this time it’s for Of Myth And Shadow by Matthew S. Cox.
Aegaan is a vast and righteous kingdom, yet darkness gathers in the distant corners of the realm. Elven raids on small towns have inflamed racial tensions with humans, pushing distrust to hatred and the brink of war.
Anrael wanders the woods alone until a chance meeting tempts him to set aside his contempt for those who scorn his half-elven blood.
When Kylie, a naive elf terrified of humans, is thrust among them against her will, she begins to question her mother’s tales of dread.
Having lost everything dear to him, the bandit king Jhelan lives only to seek challenge in battle… until he finds himself willing to die protecting that which he hates the most.
The diabolical mystique of the dark elves cloaks L’an Thal’Sara in protection, but the cruelest lie she tells is to herself.
Thaelwyn, a virtuous knight, sets out to discover the source of the Elves’ aggression, but faces a much greater test within his mind.
Beneath the chaos, minions of the Destroyer search for their promised leader, a child possessing power beyond their years. If the innocent falls to darkness, a kingdom rife with hatred will surely crumble.
When I started Of Myth and Shadow I wasn’t too sure what to expect. Fantasy has been very hit and miss for me of late. I can say though that this book was most definitely a hit.
Cox’s writing style made every detail so intriguing. Each character had their own unique personality that meant no character felt like a copy, which can sometimes happen in novels like this one. Cox at times managed to create such a tense atmosphere that it had me trying to read as fast as I could to see the outcome. Of course, a lot of the time this meant I had to re-read the same parts several times as I don’t do well as a fast reader, but this book had me so hooked it had me trying to be one.
One of my favourite parts of this book is without a doubt the world building. I really enjoy getting to know a lot about the world in which I reside while reading a book and Cox did a fantastic job in this one.
One of the few things I disliked about this book was the sexual parts, which aren’t too common in this book. I normally don’t mind sex within books but I wasn’t a fan of it in this instance, I can’t quite put my finger on the reason. Having said that, it didn’t deter too much from how much I like Of Myth and Shadow.
Of Myth and Shadow is an epic fantasy novel that combines wonderful story building with characters that you can help but love, to create a story that is so addictive you can barely bring yourself to put it down.
Originally from South Amboy NJ, Matthew has been creating science fiction and fantasy worlds for most of his reasoning life. Since 1996, he has developed the “Divergent Fates” world in which Division Zero, Virtual Immortality, The Awakened Series, The Harmony Paradox, the Prophet of the Badlands series, and the Daughter of Mars series take place.
His books span adult, young-adult, and middle-grade fiction in multiple genres, predominantly science fiction, cyberpunk, post-apocalyptic, and fantasy.
Matthew is an avid gamer, a recovered WoW addict, developer of two custom tabletop RPG systems, and a fan of anime, British humour, and intellectual science fiction that questions the nature of humanity, reality, life, and what might happen after it.
He is also fond of cats, presently living with two: Loki and Dorian.
Where you can find Matthew:
Twitter: @Mscox_Fiction / https://twitter.com/mscox_fiction
Author Website: http://www.matthewcoxbooks.com/wordpress/about/
Many thanks for joining me today! Be sure to check out the rest of the tour!