Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Arcana + Giveaway


Magic, power, love and history. Need more?

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Title:  Arcana
Author:  Jessica Leake
Publisher:  Talos
Release Date:  January 5, 2016

  

ABOUT THE BOOK

A romantic, suspenseful, genre-bending debut set in Edwardian London.

Amid the sumptuous backdrop of the London season in 1905, headstrong Katherine Sinclair must join the ranks of debutantes vying for suitors. Unfortunately for Katherine, she cannot imagine anything more loathsome—or dangerous. To help ease her entrance into society, Katherine’s family has elicited the assistance of the Earl of Thornewood, a friend and London’s most eligible bachelor, to be her constant companion at the endless fetes and balls. But upon her arrival in London, Katherine realizes there will be more to this season than just white gowns and husband hunting.

Through her late mother’s enchanted diary, Katherine receives warning to keep hidden her otherworldly ability to perform arcana, a magic fueled by the power of the sun. Any misstep could mean ruin—and not just for her family name. The Order of the Eternal Sun is everywhere—hunting for those like her, able to feed on arcana with only a touch of the hand.

But society intrigue can be just as perilous as the Order. The machinations of the fashionable elite are a constant threat, and those who covet Katherine’s arcana, seeking the power of her birthright, could be hiding behind the fa├žade of every suitor—even the darkly handsome Earl of Thornewood.

With so much danger and suspicion, can she give her heart to the one who captivates her, or is he just another after her power?


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MY THOUGHTS

I'm trying to think of any historical fiction I've read that have a strong fantasy element to it, and I can't. At least not at this moment.  What I love about Arcana is the historical elements. Jessica Leake, the author gracefully interlaced a historical setting, namely London with a fantasy component that may just win you over from traditional historical fiction.  Not to mention the heavy emphasis on the protagonist's romantic developments.

Arcana is a fairly easy read that doesn't require too much reflection, but entertaining enough with the lyrical, yet comedic bantering between Katherine and the Earl. The magical segment of the story is the story, but it tends to be very predictable, including the villain, with no surprises.  In some areas, I almost lost sight that this is a fantasy novel with magical elements. With that said, I still find myself drawn to the characters and the plot, even if it's predictable.  This novel reads as it's own novel, but I see so much potential for further series development, that I hope there might be more. In all, if you need a fun read that's historical in nature, but with an unexpected twist (magical element), check this out.  Spend a lovely afternoon with this and fight with Katherine, brood with the Earl of Thornwood and imagine strolling through London in the early 1900s.

NOTE:  I received a complimentary copy of this book through Singing Librarian Tours for an honest review.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jessica Leake is author of Arcana, a historical fantasy with a heavy dose of romance, and The Order of the Eternal Sun, the next book in the series to be released summer of 2016. She writes every chance she gets, which is basically just during bedtime or whenever the kids are in preschool since she's a stay-at-home mom to three beautiful children under the age of 4 (with another on the way!). She loves blending different genres in her books, but almost everything she writes has to have an element of fantasy and romance. What's life without love? She's represented by Brianne Johnson of Writers House, and she lives with her husband, 3 children, and 2 dogs in Greenville, SC. She invites you to visit her online at jessicaleake.com. 

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