Welcome to my stop on the Children of the Bloodlands Blog Tour hosted by ECW Press! I really enjoy S.M. Beiko‘s writing, and cannot wait to finish Scion of the Fox and then dive right into Children of the Bloodlands! I mean, who doesn’t love binge reading series like that?! You can read an excerpt from Children of the Bloodlands below, and if you live in Canada or the US, you can also enter the giveaway (also posted below)! Thank you so much to ECW Press for including me in this tour and sending me a copy of this book to read and review as soon as possible!
– About the Book –
Title: Children of the Bloodlands
Creators: S.M. Beiko
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publisher: ECW Press
Published: September 25, 2018
A physical copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher.
Note: This books is the sequel to Scion of the Fox, so please beware of spoilers in the synopsis if you have not yet read the first book.
The dazzling second book in S.M. Beiko’s Realms of Ancient series
Three months after the battle of Zabor, the five friends that came together to defeat her have been separated. Burdened with the Calamity Stone she acquired in Scion of the Fox, Roan has gone to Scotland to retrace her grandmother’s steps in an attempt to stop further evil from entering the world.
Meanwhile, a wicked monster called Seela has risen from the ashy Bloodlands and is wreaking havoc on the world while children in Edinburgh are afflicted by a strange plague; Eli travels to Seoul to face judgment and is nearly murdered; Natti endures a taxing journey with two polar bears; Phae tries desperately to obtain the key to the Underworld; and Barton joins a Family-wide coalition as the last defense against an enemy that will stop at nothing to undo Ancient’s influence on Earth — before there is no longer an Earth to fight for.
Darkness, death, and the ancient powers that shape the world will collide as our heroes discover that some children collapse under their dark inheritance, and those who don’t are haunted by blood.
– About the Author –
S.M. Beiko is an eclectic writer and artist based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She also works as a freelance editor, illustrator, graphic designer, and consultant in the trade book and comic publishing industries in Canada and the U.S. Her first novel, The Lake and the Library, was nominated for the Manitoba Book Award for Best First Book as well as the 2014 Aurora Award. Her fantasy trilogy, The Realms of Ancient, began with Scion of the Fox, followed by Children of the Bloodlands, and will be concluded with The Brilliant Dark (2019).
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– Excerpt –
Urka told Albert and Saskia that they were special. That it had come from a land plagued with ruin, and that she and Albert were the key to saving the three rulers of this faraway place who were imprisoned there forever.
These three rulers, according to Urka, had a precious child, and it had been sent to the Uplands — that’s what it called Earth — to get help. To find a family. And Saskia and Albert were the family they were waiting for.
Every day that they snuck out to visit it, Urka got bigger and the forest around it got smaller. It said that eating the trees was the only way to get its strength up after the long journey, and that the trees here weren’t like the trees back in its home. “But soon that will change,” Urka promised. “Soon this world will be covered in the trees I know.”
Saskia tried to look Urka in its eyes, all six of them, to try to see if it was telling the truth, the way she did when Albert told her a fib to get a rise out of her. But it hurt to look into those eyes — like looking too long at the sun. She should have known then.
Albert asked, right at the start, if Urka could grant wishes. Urka was quiet a long time as its ash body hardened to stone, grew huge in the shadow of the mountain that hid it. It said yes, a horrible bone-grating affirmation, then praised Albert for his cleverness. Saskia scrunched her nose and questioned how, especially because Urka could barely move a few feet from the crack it had crawled out of and seemed weak despite how many trees and dead things it had shoved into the big mouth in its growing belly. That was when the eyes fell on Saskia, and she turned away. That was when Urka saw she doubted. That was her second mistake.
Excerpted from Children of the Bloodlands by S.M. Beiko. © 2018 by S.M. Beiko. All rights reserved. Published by ECW Press Ltd. www.ecwpress.com
– Giveaway –
ECW Press is giving away a copy of Children of the Bloodlands and two custom owl pins to two lucky winners! US and Canada only! Good luck!
THANK YOU FOR READING MY CHILDREN OF THE BLOODLANDS BLOG TOUR STOP POST! HAVE YOU READ THE FIRST BOOK IN THIS SERIES? HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT IT BEFORE? OR IS IT IN YOUR TBR PILE? ALSO, HAVE YOU EVER READ A YA BOOK SET IN CANADA? LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS BELOW!