Prodigal & Riven Blog Tour & Giveaway!
May 6, 2015
Two journeys. One inescapable outcome. No time to lose.
Stein has been with the Hollows for as long as she can remember. Taken as a child, she has no memories of her past—and that’s always been fine by her. Until the day she stumbles across a hidden journal containing the devastating truth about her paternity. Now everything she thought she knew—and everyone she thought she could trust—has changed. The truth about who she is and where she came from is a secret so deep, it will rock the Hollows and the Tesla Institute alike.
During a test to verify her bloodlines, Stein makes a terrible discovery. She is carrying a rare genetic mutation that is slowly killing her. Unsure who to turn to and running out of time, she has no choice but to turn to Tesla—her most hated enemy—for help. But can she trust the man who she’s been fighting against her whole life, or will she end up another piece in his deadly game of cat and mouse with the people who betrayed her so long ago?
What should be a routine mission leaves Ethan with a serious problem. He’s fractured—a break between mind and body that leaves him at the mercy of his Rifter abilities, which are quickly tearing him apart. He will have to trust the only person who might know how to fix him, a mysterious Rifter named Stewart Stills, who seems to have a special connection with the time stream.
Forced to face his dark past and a decision he may never forgive himself for, he will be trained unlike any of the others, to become a true guardian for time. If he accepts, it will mean leaving everyone he loves behind. If he refuses, time itself could unravel. After a glimpse of the dark future awaiting them all, he will have to choose between destiny and desire. Will he rise up and take his place as a defender of the natural order, or will he watch as all of time burns at the hands of the girl he loves?
Welcome to the time war.
Tyler H. Jolley is a sci-fi/fantasy author and full-time orthodontist, periodontist (see: Overachiever). He divides his spare time between writing, reading, mountain biking, and camping with his family.
Sherry D. Ficklin is a full-time writer and internet radio show host with more mouth then good sense. She has a serious book addiction, but continually refuses treatment, much to her husband’s chagrin.
Tyler and Sherry met one fateful day and bonded over their love for books, science fiction, and donuts. Their first co-written novel came shortly after. Now, they still do all those other things, but also go to various steampunk conventions and events under the guise of ‘research’. They can often be found lurking on the Lost Imperials Facebook page or over on the official website, http://www.thelostimperials.com.
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Prodigal is the second book in The Lost Imperials series. Stein, abducted as a child, has no recollection of her life before the hollows until she discovers a journal with information that will forever alter her. After discovering her life, her friends, and everything she thought she knew is a farce, she finds out that she has a genetic mutation that is slowly killing her. The one person who can help her is her mortal enemy. How will she trust the one person she swore she never would?
This steampunk novel by Ficklin and Jolley is a wondrous and fascinating adventure. From the incredible world building to the incredibly fierce heroine, this book was a fantastic read.
The world building in this novel is almost indescribable. It really has to be read in order to be completely understood. It is like taking scifi and futuristic, historical and steampunk and mixing them all together, which I wouldn’t think would be possible; however, this novel proves otherwise.
The heroine, Stein, is a force to be reckoned with. She is tough, smart, and wittingly sarcastic. She is what every girl wants in a strong female lead.
The writing in this novel is incredible and intense. The book is well-paced and intriguing from start to finish. Lucky for us they released both book two and three together because after an ending like that awaiting the third book would be utter agony!
Riven is book three in The Lost Imperials series. Ethan is a Rifter on a fairly routine mission, when things become anything but routine. He finds himself in an unimaginable predicament and having to rely on a person he barley knows to save him. He is also forced to face with his dark past, and the toughest decision of his life: to become a guardian and leave everyone he has ever loved or allow all he holds dear to meet a dark future.
The characters (and there are quite a few) are pretty much amazing. They have a certain chemistry about them which only comes with true friendships. It was a breath of fresh air in an intense story. In this installment the authors allow the reader to really delve into Ethan’s past and get to know him.
The writing in this novel was just as awe-inspiring as in its predecessor. The world building was fantastical and will immerse the readers in places they never imagined. The book is well-paced and full of adventure. The book does, however, leave the reader with a boat load of unanswered questions.
Also, the unfortunate part is that the fourth book wasn’t also released with these two because the ending is cliffhanger. Jolley and Ficklin have a serious knack for endings that induce agony upon their readers.
I give them both 5 stars!