Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Guest Post: The Valley of Decision by Shannon McDermott

A themed book tour through Prism Book Tours.

The Valley of DecisionThe Valley of Decision
by Shannon McDermott
Adult Fantasy
Paperback, 416 pages
May 31st 2014 by SALT Christian Press

“A solid fantasy that wears its spirituality lightly yet effectively.” 
~Kirkus Reviews (read the entire review here)

Where the Black Mountains pierce the sky, they divide the south from the north, Alamir from the kingdom of Belenus. Belenus, the undying master of the north, commanded Keiran – the Captain of the Hosts – to conquer Alamir. But the Captain is deep in conspiracy, and he has his own plans.

The Valley of Decision is a fantasy novel, a saga of slavery, freedom, and choices.

Post 2 (Area 1): The Trow
Deep in the mountain Anuin, the smithies of the Trow house mighty fires. Those crimson flames imbue the stony heart of the mountain with heat, fill it with a pulsing red glow like living rubies.
            From these fires, from this mountain, come the most priceless treasures of the world. You think our smiths have skill, and they do. But it is nothing beside the magnificence of the Trow.
            If you ever come upon Anuin on a sunset – the moors cold at your back, the sun blazing in your eyes – you may see the Trow toiling down the mountain in a silent procession, enormous loads on their backs. They are small, the Trow, hardly more than half a Man’s height. But they are strong.
            You can greet the Trow when they come near you, but they will not answer, not unless you seem to have some use to you. And you probably will not. Mortals rarely have use to Trow.
            Look well at the little, peerless smiths, if Fate gives you that gift. They are unlovely – coarse hair, leathery skin, all their features too large or too small for their faces. Yet look at any of their work, and you will know: Somewhere, in the core of their being, beauty sings.

Shannon McDermott is a Christian author of speculative fiction, as well as a humorous detective series called "The Adventures of Christian Holmes". She has written both fantasy and science fiction, and has yet to decide on which one to like better.

She was born to Wisconsin, expatriates in California, grew up on the East Coast, and now lives in the Midwest. Her principal hobbies are politics, history, novels, and coffee.

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- INT Grand Prize: $25 Amazon gift card and ebooks of The Valley of Decision and The Sunrise Windows
- 2 print copies of The Valley of Decision (US only)

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