Today is my slot on the Fiskur blog tour. I have information about the book, an extract and my review of what I’ve read so far. Let’s get started!
Fiskur was published on 7th November by Fiery Seas Publishing, LLC and is the second in The Gemata Stone fantasy series.
With his family’s talisman in his possession, Kristan Gemeta is ready to face the Wichelord Daazna – but he has no inkling of the scope of Daazna’s power, nor the depths of his hatred.
With the recovery of his family’s protective talisman, Kristan Gemeta has found hope, courage – and perhaps even the first stirrings of love. With the aid of Heather Demitt, her band of rebels, a shipload of Northern brigands and the legendary Kentavron, he readies himself to face the Wichelord Daazna. But neither he nor his comrades realize the strength of Daazna’s power and hatred. The Wichelord’s first blow comes from a direction Kristan least expects, with horrific, lasting consequences.
“Is it war with Daazna, then?” Torrin asked.
“Sir, I’m not at liberty to say.”
“Torrin, enough,” Aquila said. “The young man is doing as King Landon instructed. No more questions.”
“Thank you, my lord,” Sir Mitchell said.
“However, on reflection I agree with Pollux. My vessels and my people have been skirmishing with Daaznan warships over the past few nights. The Daaznans are watching for us now. To leave in daylight would risk revealing the location of our home and put our friends bound for Norwinn in danger as well. I’m sorry, Sir Mitchell, but I can’t consent to a departure before nightfall.”
Torrin stamped with vexation; Pollux looked smug. Sir Mitchell nodded politely, but his face betrayed his dismay. Aquila put his hand on the young knight’s shoulder. “You look tired, Sir Mitchell; tired and hungry. Have you eaten?”
“Not since yesterday morning, my lord.”
“Take breakfast with me, and afterward you can rest until it’s time to leave. No one will disturb you,” he added, raking everyone with a warning glance as he took Sir Mitchell’s arm.
“Father,” said Torrin, and Aquila hesitated. “Father, I’m going to Norwinn.”
The centaur king shook his head. “Son, the Kentávron have already done much to assist in the Gemeta’s cause.”
“Too much,” muttered Pollux.
“It’s not enough,” Torrin answered. “Father, we can’t keep pretending the Kentávron live in a world set apart from the humans. We’re part of this world, and the changes that shake it now will echo in O Tópos, like ripples from a stone dropped in the Mor. Astéria mou, why stand by and wait for the ripples when we could play a part in how the stone falls?”
Aquila looked suddenly old and tired. “What do you want from me, Torrin? My permission? You’ve already told me you’re going.”
“No, sir, not your permission.” Torrin’s voice trembled. “But I would like your blessing.”
Aquila studied his son, then sighed. “You have that in everything you do,” he said, and led Sir Mitchell away.
Torrin heaved a shuddering sigh of his own and looked at the ground. Olaf put a hand on his shoulder. “I’m of the same mind as you, my friend. No doubt Sigurd is cursing me for a lubberly swab at this very moment, but I need to see this adventure to its end. If I get to wet my ax in Daazna’s blood, so much the better.”
Sounds great, doesn’t it? I’m currently just over half way through Fiskur and looking forward to sharing my full thoughts with you soon, but here’s what I am enjoying about the book so far:
- The book takes us straight into the action. There is none of the recapping or slow starting which you often get in sequels, so it’s probably best to have read the first book before you pick this one up!
- There is a lot of focus on friendships and unlikely alliances and the exploration of what happens when your friend becomes the King. It’s interesting to see how Kristan and his friendships change when his social position does.
- There are elements of magic, spell casting and mind control: all instant winners in my book. I’m looking forward to seeing how this plays out in the novel.
- The book also explores what changes in a person after a traumatic event. I don’t want to spoil the story for you, but one of the characters becomes dramatically different after some traumatic events and we see how this impacts on that character’s life and those around them.
- We get to see the relationship between a really dark and evil character and his mother. I seem to just be at a turning point in this particualr part of the story, but it’s one of the storylines that is most interesting me about this book.
- Fiskur also features two other really strong female characters, who don’t like being told what to do and seem just as skilled in battle as their male counterparts.
- There is a lot of talk of wetting axes in other people’s blood. Regular readers of my blog will know I like a good story involving axes. I will warn you that some of the fights and violent scenes in this book are pretty brutal, but they are very well written!
Does this sound like something you want to read? Here are the links for you to get your hands on a copy: