Today marks my second blog tour post of the year. Welcome to Mask of the Gods by Karen Furk; the first book in The Mask Chronicles is a unique and multi-layered fantasy. Are you ready for this?
MASK OF THE GODS (The Mask Chronicles 1)
author: Karen Furk
Storm Rider Publishing (7 January 2019)
Soul Demons live by taking the souls of the living. And one has just appeared in the Storm Lands in search of a mysterious artifact; the Mask of the Gods surrounded by legend and hidden in a location unbeknownst to all. The demon is held captive for a time by Haydans' father, Diego. While the demon and Diego toy with each other mercilessly, Hayden is quickly evicted to the human world and to the protection and safe-keeping of his chosen one and his warrior. But soon, his manipulative grandmother arrives with a scheme to recover the power and glory of her former life in the Elven Realm; and Haydan is paramount to her plans. Lavinia casually lures Haydan and his warrior through the underwater portal, she departs to find her long lost chosen one, Tallin, now the Elven King. But it seems Tallin is less than pleased to see Lavinia, who he believes abandoned him before their son was born. This leaves Haydan and Arianna in danger from many sources as they travel alone. Attacked by Tallins' magic, gravely injured and with the Mask of the Gods calling to him, Haydan is ultimately possessed by the magical item. Diego arrives to find a situation beyond his darkest notions, with young Maya in tow in hopes of saving Haydan. Locked in a complex battle of wits and yearnings, no one is sure who they can trust. The wounds of the past are opened wide and nothing is going to plan; because the Mask and the gods have plans of their own.
A complex story, Mask of the Gods is one you must read with your wits about you, fully focused on the details. Once you do, you are in for something truly original that will haunt you in unforeseen ways. An intricately built world of myth weaves itself into a breathtaking odyssey through many realms and relationships. Layer upon layer of intrigue, contrivance and depth deposits itself with a fast pace and impressive description. It may seem difficult to keep up, but take your time. Incisively written and beautifully imagined, this is not a tale to be rushed, but one to linger over, pondering the unexpected consequences and incomparable characters and creatures and the power of their magical hold on the reader. A book to lose yourself in; a world to embrace; it crawls under your skin with a luminous intensity.
(Suitable for YA and adult fantasy readers.)
Karen Furk loves fantasy stories. She has done ever since she was a small, lonely child with an over active imagination. She’s particularly fond of stories that are crammed full of magic, mayhem and magical creatures. Karen’s background in marketing laid the foundations for her writing career which began after a serious bout of depression. No longer able to contain her over active imagination, the stories finally flowed onto a page. She aims to surprise and delight with the characters and worlds she creates. She lives in the North West of the UK with her husband, two boys and a hamster called Rufus (Yes, a girl hamster with a boy’s name. Don’t ask, she just embraces the crazy!). Visit her at karenfurk.co.uk or find her on social media and say hello – she’s on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest under the user name karenfurkauthor.
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Many thanks once again to Rachel's Random Resources for including Fallen Star Stories on the Mask of the Gods Blog Tour. Thanks to Karen Furk for sharing this wonderful fantasy world with me. And thank you all for reading!