Tuesday, February 25, 2014

BLOG TOUR: Under These Restless Skies by Lissa Bryan

Under These Restless Skies 
Lissa Bryan 

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Will Somers has always thought himself unlovable. When he encounters a creature of myth and magic, he seizes the chance to finally have a wife and family of his own. Emma is a selkie—one of the immortal fae-folk of the sea—bound to Will by the magic of her kind, and eager to learn about life on land. She has to learn to adapt quickly to human customs, because Will is headed for the court of Henry VIII, to serve as the king’s fool. It’s a glittering, dangerous world, where a careless word can lead to the scaffold and the smallest of gestures is loaded with political implications. Anne Boleyn is charmed by Emma’s naïveté and soothing selkie magic and wants Emma for her own fool. Can Will protect his newfound love from the dangers that lurk in every shadow? Circa regna tonat: around the throne, the thunder rolls.
Author Bio:

Lissa Bryan is an astronaut, renowned Kabuki actress, Olympic pole vault gold medallist, Iron Chef champion, and scientist, who recently discovered the cure for athlete’s foot . . . though only in her head. Real life isn’t so interesting, which is why she spends most of her time writing.

My Review:

I’m not going to lie, when I first started reading “Under These Restless Skies” by Lissa Bryan, I wasn't that into it. I was having trouble getting past the ‘magical’ elements and the idea of ‘selkies’. I even put the book down for a few days and started to read something else. I decided to go back to this book and give it another chance, and I’m so glad that I did! It ended up being a fantastic read, and very well researched! I had trouble putting the book down once I started reading it again. Lissa Bryan did a great job at writing a book that a lover of historical fiction can get totally lost in.

Her writing style was interesting, and she did an excellent job with descriptions and imagery, allowing a reader to picture everything that is happening as clearly as if you were there.

As a reader you do have to let go a little, and realize it's not purely historical fiction. There are some magical elements, but they don’t take over the story. They are a part of the story, but not the main part, which I thought was great. I was able to suspend my disbelief while reading, and by the end I found the magical elements of the story endearing. It’s a great story of love, as well as tragedy, the tragedy being Anne Boleyn’s rise and fall. I would recommend this novel to any lover of historical fiction. The author did a great job writing a historical novel, but weaving something out of the ordinary into the story. I’m so glad I gave this novel a second chance!

Even though it took me a couple chapters to get into it, I still give this novel a FIVE out of FIVE stars for how great it ended up being!
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Other novels by Lissa Bryan

                                                  Ghostwriter                The End of all Things

Short stories by Lissa Bryan

                                             Tales From The End   The Golden Arrow and The Butterfly

 Coming soon The Land of the Shadow 

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