#BlogTour The Girl and the Moon by Mark Lawrence

It’s a pleasure to take part in the BlogTour The Girl and the Moon by Mark Lawrence.

‘The final Book in the stellar new series from bestselling fantasy author of Prince of Thorns and Red Sister, Mark Lawrence.’

About the Author

Mark Lawrence was born in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, to British parents but moved to the UK at the age of one. He went back to the US after taking a PhD in mathematics at Imperial College to work on a variety of research projects including the ‘Star Wars’ missile defence programme. Returning to the UK, he has worked mainly on image processing and decision/reasoning theory. He says he never had any ambition to be a writer so was very surprised when a half-hearted attempt to find an agent turned into a global publishing deal overnight. 

His first trilogy, The Broken Empire, has been universally acclaimed as a ground-breaking work of fantasy, and both The Liar’s Key and The Wheel of Osheim have won the Gemmell Legend award for best fantasy novel. Mark is married, with four children, and lives in Bristol. Follow @Mark__Lawrence on Twitter

About the book

The fate of the world hangs from the Moon. The green world overwhelms all of Yaz’s expectations. Everything seems different but some things remain the same: her old enemies are still bent on her destruction.

The Corridor abounds with plenty and unsuspected danger. To stand a chance against the eyeless priest, Eular, and the god-like city-mind, Seus, Yaz will need to learn fast and make new friends.

The Convent of Sweet Mercy, like the Corridor itself, is packed with peril and opportunity. Yaz needs the nuns’ help – but first they want to execute her.

The fate of everyone squeezed between the Corridor’s vast walls, and ultimately the fate of those labouring to survive out on ice itself, hangs from the moon, and the battle to save the moon centres on the Ark of the Missing, buried beneath the emperor’s palace. Everyone wants Yaz to be the key that will open the Ark – the one the wise have sought for generations. But sometimes wanting isn’t enough.

Review

After the first few chapters I knew I would have to go back to the beginning of this trilogy and experience the entirety of the premise and intricate worldbuilding. Saying that, this can absolutely be read as a standalone, and the author has added a short four page – the story so far – recap, for readers  who are new to the series.

I have to say kudos at this point because it’s not a simple task to condense such a mammoth fantasy concept, and the characters, into a short pitch. The kind of recap you can understand and helps a reader to jump right in at the deep end of the third Book of Ice.

Aside from the complexity of the plot, which is a superbly layered sweetmeat of fantasy, origin, myth, science and great writing, there also a nice wee exploration of the area between right and wrong. Where rules pave the directions of the roads societies walk upon, there will always be cracks and areas in between.

And who determines whether those who wander within those areas off the beaten path are rebels, outlaws or indeed the hero in the story? Are the helpful gestures made in an attempt to interfere or support – looking straight at the Convent of Sweet Mercy.

I’m not sure a review can do the plot justice without giving something pivotal away. Every interaction pushes Yaz further toward what everyone expects of her – being the key and answer to the Ark of the Missing. But what if there is so much more to the Missing than everyone thinks?

Reading the last paragraph I can only hope there will be more, so many directions to take and avenues to explore. Right? One can only hope. I know many feel this is his fantasy work come full circle – I don’t, there is always another path to be taken. 

Buy The Girl and the Moon at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: Harper Voyager pub date 28 April 2022│HB £14.99│EB £8.99│EA £14.49. Buy at Amazon comBuy at Harper Collins.

#BlogTour One Word Kill by Mark Lawrence

Today it’s also my turn on the BlogTour One Word Kill by Mark Lawrence. It’s sci-fi with elements of speculative fiction, time-travel and fantasy.About the Author

He is married with four children and lives in Bristol with his family. Before becoming a writer his day job was as a research scientist focused on various rather intractable problems in the field of artificial intelligence. He has held secret level clearance with both US and UK governments. At one point he was qualified to say ‘this isn’t rocket science … oh wait, it actually is’.

He is the author of the Broken Empire trilogy (Prince of Thorns, King of Thorns and Emperor of Thorns), the Red Queen’s War trilogy (Prince of Fools, The Liar’s Key and The Wheel of Osheim) and the Book of the Ancestor series (Red Sister, Grey Sister and Holy Sister).

Follow @Mark_Lawrence on Twitter, on Goodreads, on Facebook, on Instagram, Visit marklawrence.buzz or mark—lawrence.blogspot.com

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About the book

In January 1986, fifteen-year-old boy-genius Nick Hayes discovers he’s dying. And it isn’t even the strangest thing to happen to him that week.

Nick and his Dungeons & Dragons-playing friends are used to living in their imaginations. But when a new girl, Mia, joins the group and reality becomes weirder than the fantasy world they visit in their weekly games, none of them are prepared for what comes next. A strange—yet curiously familiar man is following Nick, with abilities that just shouldn’t exist. And this man bears a cryptic message: Mia’s in grave danger, though she doesn’t know it yet. She needs Nick’s help—now.

He finds himself in a race against time to unravel an impossible mystery and save the girl. And all that stands in his way is a probably terminal disease, a knife-wielding maniac and the laws of physics. Challenge accepted.

Review

This is the kind of story that makes me want to go back and read it again just to see what else can be read in between the lines. I think there is a whole unexplored layer of psychological and Freudian aspects of the premise I could go into.

I am thinking about Nick and Demus in a convoluted time-space-continuum plot involving Demus as the Id, specifically Nick’s Id, and the reasoning behind all actions. Sounds slightly bizarre? Yeh well I am sure Lawrence wants the grey cells to be engaged and go forth and multiply – at the very least to bounce off of each other.

I enjoyed the intro into the story, the author doesn’t mince his words and starts the book on the basis of the character not living long enough to enjoy or take part in the story. Nick, a teenage boy is diagnosed with cancer and so begins a tale of friends who play a game of fantasy that is suddenly mixed with reality.

I do think some exposure to Dungeons and Dragons, which was much more popular in certain countries than in others, so it’s not a complete leap in the dark for some readers, will give some readers an advantage. (I have actually never come across anyone who played it) The whole concept of emerging yourself in a game at a level that suggests avoidance, denial and coping mechanisms, aside from the whole enjoyment factor, is an interesting topic.

Reality, fiction, memory and perhaps even overactive imaginations make this a complex story an ambitious read.

It’s sci-fi with elements of speculative fiction, time-travel and fantasy. It’s innovative and deep, if you look closely enough, and it has a lot of potential. It will be interesting to see where Lawrence takes this series in the future.

Buy One Word Kill (Impossible Times #1) at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Published by 47North (an imprint of Amazon Publishing) / £19.99 HB / £4.99 PB / e-book £3.98 / Audiobook £20.12 / 1 May 2019. Buy at Amazon com.