I am so excited to kick off the second week of the blog tour for THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS and continue to do my very best to represent the Summer Court along with In the Best Worlds, who will be sharing an AWESOME guest post on Wednesday.
For today’s stop I am here to share a short review of the first episode and a nice long teaser which really gives an awesome peek at just one of the performances this immortal circus puts on. Of course, for a look at one of the other “shows” you’ll have to check out the Winter Court’s stop tomorrow at The Bookish Brunette.
And while I’m not here to convince you to choose Winter Court, by any means, I will say that Mab puts on quite the show.
Mini-review: Episode One
I was immediately drawn into THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS. Any story that starts off with a murder and a mystery and paints the canvas so beautifully and vividly is one that captivates me.
With only three chapters in this first episode, readers get just a short peek into the world. But what a peek it is. It invites them to meet Vivienne Warfield and get a taste of just what life is like for a new addition to the troupe. It hints that there are secrets about Vivienne that are yet to be discovered.
It brings readers into a world that is dark, deadly and seductive. It introduces them to the ringleader, Mab, who is both frightening and incredibly alluring. And it gives them a taste of just what the real draw is to this show.
A little bit dark, a whole lot intriguing and so utterly enticing, this first episode has made me more than eager for more. With a noirish feel to the writing, an almost timeless feel to the setting and a wonderfully sexy edge, if the rest of this story continues in the same vein as this first episode, I will be desperately awaiting each installment.
I have a favorite passage, but as it is one that will only help sway readers to the Winter Court, I couldn’t possibly reveal it here. I am, after all, afraid of Oberon and wouldn’t want to invite his wrath.
So I thought I’d include one that showcases the author’s brilliant way with words but doesn’t reveal too much. And it doesn’t put me at risk… at least I hope it doesn’t….
The long gash across her throat is a second smile leaking its secrets into the ring.
The music changes. Organ music shifts to heavy downbeats, bass floods the tent, and then the five-piece band kicks in with swinging violins and saxophones. On cue, the troupe floods into the ring in a swarm of beautiful chaos. Twin aerialists drop from the air, wrapped in sheets of burgundy fabric, as the acrobats burst from the back curtain, tumbling and leaping over each other in an intricate dance. Jugglers flip over the ring curb and toss their flaming knives across the full space of the ring, creating an arc of fire and steel that illuminates the contortionists twisting themselves on arms and elbows. I look over just in time to see Kingston and Melody whirl onstage like salsa dancers, their feet stepping a quick rhythm perfectly synced to the throb of techno. The moment they spin apart, Kingston raises his wand and shoots a shower of vivid purple sparks. Melody does a perfect aerial through it, landing in a split that makes the crowd roar with applause. More performers crowd into the ring. A pair of women do a one-arm balance on the heads of their burly bases. Men and women in leather and velvet wield flaming staffs and poi, swirling the fire in arcs that sear ghostly traces in my vision. More aerialists drop from the ceiling, this time dangling and stretching from hoops and a spinning trapeze. My hands already hurt from clapping so hard. In these fantastic moments, it’s easy to forget that just this morning, one of our members was murdered right where the handbalancers are standing now….
***Just in case you haven’t yet heard about this awesome book and author***
About The Immortal Circus
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…
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 Two
MON, Dec. 17: Summer – Fiktshun – REVIEW & TEASER– Ep. 1
TUE, Dec. 18: Winter – The Bookish Brunette – REVIEW & TEASER– Ep. 1
WED, Dec. 19: Summer – In the Best Worlds – GUEST POST
THU, Dec. 20: 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!