Monday, May 14, 2012

Elanraigh: The Vow Tour Kick Off and Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

It is finally time for the Elanraigh: The Vow Tour Kick Off! Sandy Hunter (S.A. Hunter) is an amazing author who has written a fabulous YA Fantasy. Read after my review to learn how you can win author Swag and a $20 Amazon Gift Card

Author: S.A. Hunter
Genre(s): YA, Fantasy
Published: 2012
My Rating:

Only Thera of Allenholme hears the voice of forest-mind…and heeds its warning . Thera doesn’t know why the Elanraigh forest-mind chose her, of all the Allenholme folk, to hear its voice and to awaken her gifts of mind and spirit. The Elanraigh sends a warning dream; black sails swooping toward Allenholme from across the western sea—the Memteth, an ancient enemy, armed with blue fire that hungers to consume life. As Thera awakens to her gifts of bonding with raptor birds and reading hearts, the knowing; she also awakens to love. Will she choose Chamakin the young Ttamarini warrior who is a kindred in spirit to her, or the polished young nobleman who covets her beauty even more than her estate? Forest-mind is aware she is yet too young for such power and responsibility. It has no choice—the lives of all Thera’s people and the existence of the Elanraigh Forest itself, depend on Thera fulfilling her destiny. Can she learn what she must of gift, and heart, to survive what comes their way?

Hunter has made a unique world that I want to visit!

Right from the start, you get to experience the world Thera see's through the eyes of a Hawk. The Forest-Mind is teaching her to use her powers, which includes transferring into the mind of animals. Hunter describes what Thera sees so well that all your senses start to come alive. I was in love with the medieval world where women are expected to act a certain way but Thera can't help but be adventurous and get on her mother's nerves (who doesn't). Thera's "Head Strong-ness" makes her an extremely likable main character.

This book is different from any other YA fantasy I have ever read because it is set in a different time period, where the dialect is very different from our current generation and in an alternate-earth where magic can still happen. At first these aspects of the book threw me, but I quickly found the world around me fading away and becoming interested in the world of Elanraigh.

With strong female characters, a unique gift, and a young love story, Elanraigh: The Vow is sure to have something for everyone!
I am in Love with this cover! I know many covers have a beautiful woman on them, but a cover with an intense eye on it never fails to catch my attention. I am green-eyed myself and feel the cover model makes a great Thera :) Giving this cover an A.
I recommend this book to lovers of YA who like fantasies and magic! If you liked this book I suggest trying Swirls by F.A. Hershey.

About the Author

Sandra attended school in Victoria, B.C. and later graduated from the University of British Columbia with a B.A. in English Literature. After her daughter came along, she chose to work close to home and indulge her love of animals by working for an amiable, if thrifty, veterinarian. She believes in promoting the right of all creatures to live the existence that Nature intended. This value is strongly evoked in her novel.

Sandra’s always lived at the edges of ocean and forest, so it came naturally to have a sentient forest as a major character in Elanraigh: The Vow. She loves kayaking the scenic Island coastline, swimming and walking. She has a ready sense of humor and an optimistic outlook (a good thing when you’re a writer).

Her publications include Dark Fantasy short stories in pro magazines and she is currently working on a sequel to Elanraigh: The Vow.

Giveaway Time!
Sandy Hunter is giving away some amazing prizes for her blog tour's Grand Giveaway. There will be three winners. One winner will get a print copy of the book (US) only. The second winner will win a Signed Bookmark (US and International), and the Third winner will receive a $20 Amazon Gift Card (US and International)! Please fill out the Raffle below to enter and Good Luck!

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Want to win an eBook copy of the book and a Signed Bookmark? Fill out the raffle below to enter in my personal blog giveaway for this tour stop.

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Candace said...

This sounds like a great read! The entire premise sounds fantastic and your review definitely has me convinced I need to read it!

Jennifer L. Bielman said...

This book looks so good. Thanks for letting me be a part of the blog tour.