Thursday, September 5, 2013

Blog Tour and Book Review: Keeper of Reign by Emma Right

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  keeperKeeper of Reign Books written in blood. Most are lost, their Keepers with them. A curse that befell a people. A Kingdom with no King. Life couldn’t get more harrowing for the Elfies, a blend of Elves and Fairies. Or for sixteen-year-old Jules Blaze. Or could it? For Jules, the heir of a Keeper, no less, suspects his family hides a forgotten secret. It was bad enough that his people, the Elfies of Reign, triggered a curse which reduced the entire inhabitants to a mere inch centuries ago. All because of one Keeper who failed his purpose. Even the King’s Ancient Books, did not help ward off that anathema. Now, Gehzurolle, the evil lord, and his armies of Scorpents, seem bent on destroying Jules and his family. Why? Gehzurolle’s agents hunt for Jules as he journeys into enemy land to find the truth. Truth that could save him and his family, and possibly even reverse the age-long curse. Provided Jules doesn't get himself killed first.  
    emmaAuthor Emma Right Emma Right is a happy wife and homeschool mother of five living in the Pacific West Coast of the USA. Besides running a busy home, and looking after their five pets, which includes two cats, two bunnies and a Long-haired dachshund, she also writes stories for her children. She loves the Lord and His Word deeply, and when she doesn't have her nose in a book, she is telling her kids to get theirs in one. Right worked as a copywriter for two major advertising agencies and won several awards, including the prestigious Clio Award for her ads, before she settled down to have children.
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THE WARNING GRANDPA gave had frightened Jules then, as it did now.

“Jules, the days are coming,” Grandpa Leroy had said, that bleak day as they sat before the fireplace. “One day, Gehzurolle will intensify his efforts against us. Beware of that day.”

Picking up his Ancient Book, Grandpa read, “Suspecting the lives of the now insignificant Fairy Elves will be restored to the former glories they once enjoyed, the Scorpents and their leader, Gehzurolle, the Lord of Shadows, will be driven to distraction. After many failed attempts to annihilate the Race throughout the centuries, Gehzurolle will scheme to extinguish every inhabitant of the land because finally a Keeper has invited him into our Kingdom. He will spare no Elfie. Not even those who work for him.’”

“But which Keeper would do something like that?”

“One who’s desperate. When you see the signs, Jules, you must flee. You and everyone in our family. Immediately!”

“But why, Grandpa?”

“Because it means he’s close to succeeding. He will seek us Keeper families first because without the Keepers and our Books our Kingdom cannot survive. I entrust this knowledge to you for you will take over from your mother as Keeper of the Book, just as she’d taken over from me.” His grandfather’s gentle blue eyes locked with Jules’s own green ones.
 “But how will I know when this will happen?”

“The Ancient Book says thieves will come to steal—so beware. But these are no ordinary burglars, Jules. They will destroy everything in their path. Whatever happens they mustn’t get our Book.”

My Review:****--4 Stars. This story had a very reminiscent feel to it for me. It reminded me of stories I loved when I was younger, although it was in no way a copycat--stories like The Labyrinth, The Never Ending Story, The Secret of Nimh (ones I watched over and over again). I just felt those same types of feelings while reading this book that I felt back then watching these movies.

I loved the feeling of the adventure and of the realization that certain ties, those of family and close friends, are strong, especially when faced with a challenge such as this one. I really liked the way Jules changed his feelings toward a friend because they were forced to work together. Sometimes in life, we realize that things aren't always the way we think they are.

I also really loved the way this story has elements that the whole family can enjoy. There aren't any questionable scenes or offensive language. There are fantasy parts; mysteries to be solved; creatures; friendship; and adventure galore.

My only complaint is that it seemed to end suddenly, but I'm guessing since it's labeled as a Book 1, there will be a sequel that will add to the story. I hope I'm right! :)

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