I’m kicking off the final week of the 10-week THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS Blog Tour which makes me equal parts happy and sad. Happy because I got the opportunity to read the final episode and learn just a little bit more about Lilith and Mab… and learn a lot more about the author.
About how he likes to give readers just enough to keep them wanting to know more. About how he likes to leave many questions for the sequel…. Oh, did I forget to tell you? Yes, there is going to be a sequel. And while I don’t have all the details about that, I will just say that it is topping my list of “must read now” books.
I am also happy because today kicks off the more traditional two week tour for THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS at Fantasy Book Addict with a guest post and an entirely different giveaway.
But I’m also sad.
Sad because come next Monday I won’t have another guest post to share from the author or my favorite King of the Summer Court, Oberon. After what happened in the final episode I am, without any doubt, TEAM SUMMER.
And while I can’t reveal exactly what happened, let me just say that Oberon – and Hannah of In the Best Worlds and I – need all of your support. Because that Mab plays dirty.
I will be posting my final mini-review for this dark and gorgeous book today, along with my overall thoughts on the serial and book. And I also have my final teaser to share. Which is awesome and chilling to say the least.
The last look at this amazing book will be revealed tomorrow at The Bookish Brunette. So be sure to stop by. Because I couldn’t agree with Vivienne’s last sentence more.
There will be two more guest posts later this week for this tour. But there will also be interviews, guest posts and reviews for the two-week tour. You can find the schedule for that tour, HERE.
And lastly, before I stop rambling and get to my review, share my favorite passage and the teaser the author provided, I just want to say THANK YOU so much to the incredibly talented and amazing Alex Kahler for writing such a fantastic book. For being such a wonderful author to work with on this tour. For creating a story that has kept me hooked week after week as I waited for each episode to download. For writing such intriguing characters. And for putting together words in such a magical way that I was transported, even for such a short time, into his Cirques des Immortels.
Mini-review: Episode Five + Serial Summation
What an explosive and epic conclusion to an absolutely amazing novel. This final episode, which encompasses chapters sixteen through nineteen plus the epilogue, is the most action-packed of the book.
It was full of surprises – about Vivienne, about Lilith, and about characters whose names alone, were I to reveal them, would be spoiler-y. It answered some, but not all, of the questions raised throughout the novel. It left the door wide open for the next book in this series. And while not leaving off on a traditional cliff, I felt like I was left hanging off the side of a mountain, without a rope.
Each episode has been building up to this conclusion, which if I were to call it “climactic” would be a major understatement. The tension has been mounting between the courts, between Lilith and Vivienne, between Kingston and Vivienne, between Mab and Vivienne. And that all comes to a head in this final episode.
Secrets that had been buried have been dragged into the light. Motives have been revealed. A war has been waged. And the casualties definitely have piled up in this final installment.
While I am left with so many questions about the fate of the Cirque des Immortels, about the Summer and Winter fae, about Mab and most of all about Vivienne, I do not feel cheated by the ending to this book. Answers were given about the “accidents,” about the Summer Fae’s appearance and about Lilith.
And some, but once again not all, information was revealed about Vivienne and her past.
THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS is a dark, captivating, and at times seductive, read. Released in serial format, each episode teases the story in a way that will keep readers riveted and make them anxious to return for the next episode.
It keeps them guessing throughout – about the characters’ pasts, about the characters themselves and about who is behind just what is going wrong. It keeps them intrigued – about the contracts, about Vivienne, about Kingston, about the Summer Court’s role, about Lilith. It keeps them wanting more.
Author A.R. Kahler has created a story that weaves together two fantastical elements – the fantasy world of the fae and the fantasy of what life is like under the big top. He has written scenes that are filled with beauty and magic and others that are dark, chilling and at time horrifying. He has given each of his characters a rather unique voice which makes them memorable week after week.
And he has introduced a world unlike any other I’ve journeyed into.
While I am curious to see just how I’d experience this book if I read it all in one sitting, I can’t imagine not having experienced it first in its episodic format. The author did a masterful job at giving just enough of the story in each episode to satisfy my curiosity until the next installment was released.
Whether in serial format or as a completed novel, THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS is a must read for those who like to dip into the world of fantasy, to read something with just a touch of darkness, to experience a story that teases its secrets from beginning to end, and to be left hanging, with as many questions as answers, for the sequel.
Now that I’ve completed this book, I can finally give it my rating.
Reviewer gives this book….
Like In-N-Out Burger‘s infamous secret menu this one deserves my off-the-menu 6 star rating.
I had quite a few favorites, however all but one are so very, very spoiler-y. And most all of those involve Lilith. So I chose a favorite passage that wasn’t of the jaw-dropping, startling or “what the heck just happened” variety and went with one that made me sigh… that is before it made me so very sad.
But that part I won’t share.
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Every blink, every moment of darkness, and I felt his lips on mine, tasted the cinnamon of his tongue and felt the heat of his breath. Every blink, and I was back, crushed against his chest. Every blink, and I wished it would have lasted longer.
I try to swallow the blood in my mouth but the iron makes me want to gag. Lilith leans in close to my ear. “You are very lucky we are currently on the same side. Otherwise it would be so, so simple to dispose of you.”
Poe hisses by our side and Lilith jerks her attention to the field. Something rustles in the undergrowth. Something chuckles. The sun has set, the horizon fading to hues of fiery pink and orange.
Then, something takes flight, a streak of fire that arcs high overhead. We both watch it fly, watch as it curves to the other horizon. There’s a flash of light when it falls out of sight and then another flies a similar path. Then another. Arrows.
Lilith and I look at each other. Her eyes go wide and the fire inside both of us vanishes.
The Summer Fey have arrived. We’re already too late.
***Just in case you haven’t yet heard about this awesome book and author***
About The Immortal Circus
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Pub. date: Dec. 4, 2012
Format: Kindle eBook
Murdered contortionists aren’t exactly what Vivienne signed up for when she ran away to join the circus. But like most things under the big top, nothing is what it seems. With a past she can’t quite remember, Vivienne finds that running away forever might not be as appealing as it once sounded—especially not when she realizes the devilishly attractive ringleader Mab is the Faerie Queen of legend…and that she and the rest of the troupe are locked in an age-old rivalry between the otherworldly Courts.
Aided by her friends Kingston—a feisty stage magician whose magic is quickly stealing her heart—and his smart-ass assistant Melody, Vivienne finds herself racing against the clock to discover the culprit behind a series of deaths that should be impossible. However, the answer she seeks might reveal more about her own bloody past—and future—than she bargains for.
The show’s just beginning.
Step right up…
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Most little boys dream of running away to join the circus.
Alex didn’t just dream it: he did it. But then, he rarely lets a good dream pass him by.
In the past six years he’s toured and trained across America and Europe. He’s performed in Amsterdam, taught trapeze in Madrid, studied in Glasgow and even had a stint as assistant to Holly Black and Cassandra Clare in New England. He’s constantly on the lookout for new places to explore and new worlds to invent. He’s a Sagittarius fueled by full moons and espresso. The way to his heart is a latte and fan art. Just for the record.
THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS is his first New Adult novel, and is being released exclusively through the Amazon Kindle e-Serials program by 47North. It will be available in print and audio when the episodes are complete.
MARTYR the first book in his post-apocalyptic fantasy, will be published by Spencer Hill Press in October 2014.
Tour Schedule – Week Ten
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MON, Feb. 11: Summer – Fiktshun – REVIEW & TEASER– Ep. 5
TUE, Feb. 12: Winter – The Bookish Brunette – REVIEW & TEASER– Ep. 5
WED, Feb. 13: Summer – In the Best Worlds – GUEST POST
THU, Feb. 14: Winter – The Non-Reluctant Reader – GUEST POST
THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS Prize Pack Giveaway includes a signed copy of the book, illustrated trading cards and seriously awesome circus-y goodies.
There are FOUR prize packs up for grabs!
The giveaway is US ONLY.
The giveaway ends Friday, February 15th.
There are a few extra entry opportunities, including the chance to Tweet daily for more chances to win!