This past week we gave the spotlight to The Echoed Realm, A. J. Vrana’s Dark Fantasy novel, the second book in The Chaos Cycle duology. Our Roadies brought a wide selection of content to this show with their reviews, interviews and more. Now it’s time to bring the show to an end and it’s my pleasure to present you with the encore. And don’t forget to enter the giveaway!
A. J. Vrana is a Serbian-Canadian academic and writer from Toronto, Canada. She lives with her two rescue cats, Moonstone and Peanut Butter, who nest in her window-side bookshelf and cast judgmental stares at nearby pigeons. Her doctoral research examines the supernatural in modern Japanese and former-Yugoslavian literature and its relationship to violence. When not toiling away at caffeine-fueled, scholarly pursuits, she enjoys jewelry-making, cupcakes, and concocting dark tales to unleash upon the world.
Miya’s world ended in Black Hollow.
It’s been three years since the Dreamwalker upended her life and left her with a heavy burden. A fledgling to the ethereal realm, Miya stumbles into the nightmares of those haunted by spectres. Little does she know, one of them is coming for her, clutching a dark secret abreast.
Kai has found a new purpose with his companion, but the price is his freedom. Bound and beholden to Miya, he struggles to adjust to his new role as her vanguard.
Meanwhile, Mason discovers he may be a pawn trapped in a web of schemes. Was his time in Black Hollow an accident, or was it only the beginning of some greater machination?
As Black Hollow’s bloody stain spreads beyond its wooded borders, Miya fights to evade a past she barely understands. The Dreamwalker’s legacy is a vise grip, and it isn’t letting go. Primordial horrors draw near, fables come alive, and long-buried histories rise from the grave, ready to hunt.
Sharpen your claws and bloody your teeth. There’s fear to be sown.
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AUGUST 8TH – THE KICKOFF
Whispers & Wonder – interview + IG spotlight @whispersandwonder
OneReading Nurse – review + IG spotlight @onereadingnurse
“I also looooved the theme that love is a choice, not a need or a calling or a hex or an ages old tether.
Tie those themes into an utterly dark and atmospheric read that never once loses it’s character, and I think A.J. Vrana wrote the ultimately perfect fall read.“
@thebookwebb – review + IG spotlight
“The story delves deeper into myth and folklore, giving it an ethereal feel reminiscent of those old ghost stories that relied on atmospheric writing and tension rather than action and horror, though there is some gore.”
@_bookish.me_ – IG spotlight
Betwixt The Sheets – review + character interview + IG spotlight @theink.slinger
“I can’t recommend this book and this series enough. It’s shadowy, Slavic folklore at its best in an adult fantasy setting, filled with both traditional and existential horrors.. and I still want more.”
Bookish Equestrian – review + IG spotlight @bookish_equestrian_
“Vrana did so well with creating the history, she didn’t rush it and she made sure that everything mentioned was relevant and that things were clear to see when you needed it. The humour in this duology is a very particular type of humour but it’s my type and I laughed too much reading it. This book was very much about women’s power and inner strength and I loved every second.”
Fantasy Book Critic – excerpt
Gemma’s Bookshelf – review
“Full of dark tales, intense fight scenes and a bit of humour dotted throughout, this is a book that kept me intrigued from beginning to end and I never wanted to put the book down until the very last page!”
Ashweereads – review + IG spotlight @ashlieholecekwriter
“I would say that if you enjoy reading urban fantasy and want something new brought to that genre, then this series is for you. Just remember that there themes that are dark, so just make sure you are okay with that before reading.”
@Chardpages – IG spotlight
Sadie’s Spotlight – spotlight + IG spotlight @sadiesspotlight
@danthewandererboy – review + IG spotlight
“The story is interesting and engaging with the deep details and tense moments. The writing style is good and creates a new feel for the readers.”
@books_with_ella – review + IG spotlight
“The writing style is mesmerising. The imagery created throughout is second to none. I was transported into a world that wasn’t my own.”a Rafflecopter giveaway
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