Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Sundering Blog Tour

BB Book Tours

Thank you for visiting my stop on The Sundering Tour hosted by The Bookish Brunette. Check out a preview of the first two books and my review of the final book in the Swarm Trilogy. Also, make sure to enter the giveaway at the end!

The Swarm Trilogy consists of three books: Sleepers, Afterlife, and The Sundering. This trilogy along with The Cloud Prophet Trilogy plus a novella combine to make the The Song of Eloh Saga.

Book One in The Swarm Trilogy
by Megg Jensen

An adoptee raised in a foreign land, sixteen-year-old Lianne was content with her life as handmaiden to the queen, until a spell cast on her at birth activated. Now she's filled with uncontrollable rage and access to magic she thought had been bled from her people years ago. Even her years of secret training in elite hand-to-hand combat and meditation can’t calm the fires raging inside her.

Her heart is torn between two boys, the one she’s always loved and the one who always ignored her. But when the kingdom threatens to tear itself apart due to rumors surrounding the queen’s alleged affair, who will Lianne protect and who will she destroy?
Sleepers (The Swarm Trilogy, #1)

Book Two in The Swarm Trilogy
by Megg Jensen

The fire inside Lianne threatened to consume her, but she fought back and won. Unfortunately the collateral damage of her decisions won’t stop haunting her. She embarks on a secret trip to find Mags and return her son, but her search leads her into another nest of lies.

Everyone’s safety is in Lianne’s hands as the Malborn, an enemy more fearsome than her own people, looms over them. Will Lianne be able to unravel the secrets in time to save the ones she loves the most? Or will her lack of faith in her own decisions lead to disaster?

Afterlife weaves some of the favorite characters from the Cloud Prophet Trilogy (Anathema, Oubliette, and Severed) into The Swarm Trilogy as Lianne comes face-to-face with a character introduced at the end of Severed.

Afterlife (The Swarm Trilogy, #2)

The Sundering
Book Three in The Swarm Trilogy
by Megg Jensen
Published October 1, 2012
Published by: 80 Pages
Format Reviewed: eBook (provided by author)

After defeating the Malborn and losing the person she loved most, Lianne escapes to Chase's homeland. With her appearance forever marked by death, Lianne feels like a monster both on the outside and the inside. She retreats into herself, fearful of what she's become.

But she can't hide forever.

The Malborn, damaged but not broken, send a deadly message to Lianne. They are coming for her and now she's brought danger to a peaceful land that believed they'd driven the Malborn from their shores forever. Lianne must force herself to trust again and make the ultimate sacrifice to save everyone she loves. In a world ruled by whoever harnesses the most powerful magic, no one can be trusted – no one is safe.

The Sundering (The Swarm Trilogy, #3)
My Thoughts:
After picking up right where Afterlife left off, Lianne is devistated from losing Bryden. He was the single most important thing in her life and losing him has left her bereft of all emotion. Not only was he killed defending her, he was killed by Lianne's mother! Her world has become colorless, just like her eyes and hair. She is empty. However, she has a job to do and though it pains her to move on, she knows that she must. Enter Chase, the new potential love. Chase is a nice guy. He tries to help Lianne in any way he can and supports her, but he isn't Bryden and never will be. But, he does help her come out of her shell so that she can learn to live again. I like Chase, he is that great guy friend that is always there waiting for the girl.

The Malborn are still on the warpath, and Lianne wants to find a way to stop them from even attemting a come back. She finds hidden secrets and realizes that she must make sacrifices and difficult decisions. Lianne is a strong female heroine that does not back down for anything. I love that no matter what is happening to her personally and emotionally, she fights for what she believes in and never stops. Lianne has grown from the first book Sleepers to now. She is stronger and though she is still stubborn and impulsive, the things she does aren't as illogical as before. I wasn't sure if I was going to like her or not, but after finishing the trilogy, I can relate to her more. 

Overall, I liked the series. Megg Jensen is talented at world building, which is what makes her novels so interesting. The characters are not always easy to relate to or even understand sometimes, but I was so intrigued by the whole of the series that I had to keep reading. The Sundering closed the series nicely. While I would have loved certain aspects to be elaborated upon, I am happy with the way things turned out. If you haven't read the series, get on it! Also, make sure to read the rest of the books in The Song of Eloh Saga.

★ ★ ★ ★ ½

FTC Advisory: I was given a copy of these books from the author for an honest review as part of a blog tour. No backroom deals or whispered promises were made.

**Purchace links for this book and all other books written by Megg Jensen**

About the Author:
I’ve been a freelance parenting journalist since 2003 and began writing YA novels in 2009. I co-run DarkSide Publishing, am a member of SCBWI, and I blog about writing while juggling freelancing, volunteering, and family life. I live in the Chicago suburbs with my husband, two kids, and our miniature schnauzer, Ace.

A medieval prize pack:
  • A hand-stitched pillow made from a tapestry fragment. I actually watched the owner of RavenStone Castle put it together!
  • A handmade pouch from Idiorhythmic Designs. The owner, Raechel, lives in my town so I was able to select the perfect bag (and if you read The Sundering, you know why this bag is important).
  • A set of postcards and a bookmark from Mystic Moon Media.A copy of the entire Song of Eloh Saga in your choice of ebook format (contains: The Initiate, Anathema, Oubliette, Severed, Sleepers, Afterlife, The Sundering)
    A $25 gift card to Amazon

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