I never knew ten weeks could pass by so quickly! Okay, so we’re only in week six of THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS Blog Tour. But the previous five weeks absolutely flew by.
And with only five weeks left and only two episodes to go until we discover just how this book will end, what’s going on with Vivienne, what secret Mab is keeping from her about her past and which court will be the victor, it doesn’t seem like a lot of time.
Both Hannah of In the Best Worlds and I have been fighting the good fight for our beloved Summer Court… but with what has been revealed so far in the guest posts, teasers and episodes, it’s not looking good.
Especially not when….
Okay, okay, I won’t say a thing. It, I believe, is in my contract to remain silent. Anyway….
Today I’m sharing a short review and teaser of Episode Three. The final peek at this episode will be revealed tomorrow at The Bookish Brunette. Then you’ll have to wait until next week to get two more sneak peeks. But don’t forget to check out all the stops this week for more chances to win and to check out this week’s guest posts.
As always, my reviews are of the mini variety so that I don’t reveal too much or give away any spoilers. But with the way things ended… and with just what happened to…..
Mini-review: Episode Three
As each week passes and more is uncovered about THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS, the more I wish I had the entire novel to devour. Because I know that this would be a book I’d sit down and read in one sitting if I had the opportunity.
But I don’t. And so, each week I have to wait to become immersed in this dark and strange and wonderful world. One that is described so beautifully by the author. With a main character who I’ve grown to adore, even if she is a complete mystery.
This week’s episode of THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS was a total tease on so many fronts. It revealed just a hint about Vivienne’s past, about her agreement with Mab and about who she might be. It was a bit more revealing about Kingston, however. But that reveal was even more of a tease.
In this episode, things are becoming rather dire for the Cirque des Immortels, a beloved character’s future is uncertain, and the mystery is deepening about just who, aside from their obvious enemy, is conspiring against them – and why. Even Mab may not be all too sure about who they are and why they are. Or if she is, she certainly isn’t telling.
Author A.R. Kahler really knows how to build suspense into each week’s short peek at his novel. With every episode, I find myself even more anxious for the next. And this week’s episode, which encompassed chapters eight through eleven, was no exception.
In fact, the cliffhanger ending this week had me desperately trying to flip to the next digital page, even when I knew there wasn’t another.
THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS is enchanting and enticing, dark and inviting. The author’s expert use of imagery makes his story leap off the page. His words create the most captivating and vivid pictures that excite the imagination. And while much of this story as yet remains a mystery, it is one that will keep readers coming back for more.
I actually had a favorite passage, but it was included in one of the teasers last week. Of course it wasn’t my only favorite passage… just my most favorite one. And yes, it was about Kingston.
Though there were actually nine other favorites that I noted… here’s just one.
The fire inside is flash and thunder and everything is roaring, roaring, the world ripping apart and filing itself back together. It’s nails on concrete fire in water trees on fire burning through suns and stars and emptiness circling the tunnel of falling, falling, falling into white. Then there’s someone’s words cutting through it all.
“I call upon line 23C. Forget.”
A pair of tiny scissors appears in his hands. The blades glint in the candlelight. He reaches down into the basket and snips, pulling out a tiny square of cloth. It’s barely the size of a thumbnail.
“This,” he says, holding the square with the scissor blades like a tiny morsel, “would sell in the Night Market for a minor favor or a day’s worth of subjugation.” He holds it out. “But I’ll give you a taste for free.”
“It’s a scrap of fabric.”
“Just touch it,” he says. I reach out. He drops the tiny blue square of cloth in my palm.
Lights explode across my vision and suddenly I’m no longer in the trailer; I’m soaring through the clouds, light shining from the heavens. My arms are stretched out to the sides and I’m giddy, laughing, bubbling with happiness. I swoop down, break cloud cover and smile at the brilliant green fields that stretch all the way to the horizon. I bank right, coast into a beam of soft sunlight—
***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 Six
MON, Jan. 14: Summer – Fiktshun – REVIEW & TEASER– Ep. 3
TUE, Jan. 15: Winter – The Bookish Brunette – REVIEW & TEASER– Ep. 3
WED, Jan. 16: Summer – In the Best Worlds – GUEST POST
THU, Jan. 17: 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!