Morning my loves. Today I’ve got 2 reviews for you. First up is on the blog tour of The New Land by Daisy Bourne, a new YA fantasy series full of magical characters…..
about the book
Title: The New Land
Author: Daisy Bourne
Genre: YA Fantasy Fiction
Series/Standalone: Standalone First Book in the Tales of Avalon series
Estimated page count: 117
Formats available: Paperback and eBook. Available on Kindle Unlimited
Tour organised by: Rachel’s Random Resources
What happened to Arthur, King of the Britons, after he was allegedly killed on the battlefield? Legend has it that Merlin, the mighty sorcerer, put the king’s body in a boat and set it sail for a mysterious place called Avalon. However, many Britons refuse to accept that Arthur was really dead. Instead they believe that Merlin had taken the king to a place of safety. There have been many theories as to the whereabouts of Avalon, but none proven to be accurate.
The New Land is the first book in the Tales of Avalon series. It tells the story of how Arthur, magical beings, and other Britons, fearing for their lives, seek refuge in a far-off land. They hope their new home will be a place where magical beings and humans can live together in peace and harmony. Will the travelers find the new life they so desire?
The Avalonians soon find that they have to form new and unusual alliances in order to protect themselves against an unexpected enemy.
If you like stories about witches, wizards, fairies, elves, giants, and unicorns, you will enjoy this book.
The New Land is a magical tale readers will love. Bourne describes the fictional land so vividly, readers will think the setting is real. The descriptions of the lush greenery and mountains are expertly paired with a map of Avalon at the beginning of the novel.
The New Land would be best for fans of fantasy novels like Harry Potter and other novels about magical powers. The Merlin and King Arthur references in the novel would also appeal to fans of medieval fantasy. The book would be great for readers of The Lord of the Rings trilogy or other Tolkien-esque novels about journeys. Though the novel may appeal most to young adult readers, The New Land can appeal to readers of all ages.
Daisy Bourne has written a book that will have readers clamoring [SIC] for more. The New Land will have readers eager to return to Avalon
–Pacific Book Review
‘The New Land’ was chosen as one of Pacific Book Review’s five Books of the Month in January 2017.
Tales of King Arthur and Merlin will probably always be told and re-told for new generations, but it’s up to the author to keep the stories fresh. This particular presentation does just that for the younger audience.
Bourne does an admirable job of building this into a believable new world and populating it with an assortment of interesting characters.
–US Review of Books
The magical people of earth need somewhere else to live; Earth isn’t safe anymore….. Over a number of years they all gradually move to Avalon to start their new, harmonious life. But will it turn out to be the way they expect? Will they be able to live in peace?
This is the first in a series, and it looks to be a good one. There are lots of characters and different magical beings in this from witches and wizards, to fairies, unicorns and giants. There is a list of characters at the beginning of the book that really helps, although there are quite a few to get your head around. But as it’s the first, I believe it’s introducing us to all the characters that will be relevant.
The world of Avalon sounds amazing, and it was brilliant learning about other places and beings along with some of the other characters. The descriptions help you to bring the world to life, as does the illustrations at the beginnings of the chapters which is wonderful.
There is so much magic in this, that kids will most definitely love it. If you have some older children who love a bit of fantasy, then you should definitely check this out. Or even reading it to younger children, as adults will enjoy this just as much!
So if you’re looking for a new magical series with lots of different magical creatures in it, then check this out. Recommended by me.
about the author
About the Author Daisy Bourne was born in England, in 1917. Nothing much is known about her real parents, except that their lives were changed dramatically by the First World War. At the age of six, Daisy was unofficially adopted by a farmer and his wife. They changed her name and took her to Canada. There are several similarities between the real Daisy Bourne and her namesake in this book. To a small child, Canada, with its heavy snowfalls, huge forests, and grizzly bears, must indeed have seemed like some kind of new world. Although Daisy loved Canada and the farm on which she lived, she was not happy and ran away. She returned to England at the age of 16. In later life, she took up farming again. She also enjoyed her garden and preserving much of its produce. This is where the similarities between the real Daisy and the character in this book end. I am proud to use my mother’s birth name as a pseudonym when writing the Tales of Avalon series. My ambition is to one day write the story of the real Daisy Bourne. In the meantime, I shall work to complete the other seven books in the Tales of Avalon series
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Thanks to Rachel for inviting me on to the tour, and to Daisy for my copy of the book. All views and opinions are my own.
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