The Skald’s Black Verse | Book Tour

I’m here to talk about The Skald’s Black Verse by Jordan Loyal Short, a fantasy tale with action! Thank you Storytellers on Tour for letting me take part. For more information, click on their tour link!

The Skald’s Black Verse Book Information

The Skald’s Black Verse by Jordan Loyal Short
Genre: Epic Gridmark Fantasy
Book 1 in The Dreadbound Ode Series
Age Group: Adult
Length: 330 pages
Re-released on August 6, 2020

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The Skald’s Black Verse Synopsis

When a soldier’s murder sparks rebellion in the tiny village of Skolja, Brohr’s past marks him as the prime suspect. Haunted by his brother’s ghost, and drawn into a web of dark pacts and tangled loyalties, Brohr must choose between the path of vengeance set before him, and a chance to forge his own fate.

From the shadows, an all but extinct race of alien demigods have begun the end game of their millennia-spanning war, and one has chosen Brohr for his closing gambit. But Brohr’s grandfather harbors a dark secret that will change everything.

Above it all, a dread portent looms in the sky, spelling the death of Brohr’s world. With doom spiraling toward them, Brohr must lead an unlikely rebellion, unearth disturbing family secrets, and tame the raging ghost that haunts him. Can Brohr lead his people out of darkness, or will he succumb to his own terrifying bloodlust, and destroy the very people he has sworn to save?

Author Information

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Jordan Loyal Short is a debut author of epic fantasy. His first novel, The Skald’s Black Verse, is a dark and beautiful story about families, cultures, and beliefs at war with themselves. The protagonist, Brohr, must navigate the tangled loyalties and unforgiving biases of a planet conquered by invaders from another world. Using black magic, and the bizarre bond he shares with his stillborn brother’s spirit, Brohr unravels the truth about himself and an eon spanning war that has reached its end game.
Jordan has worked in a variety of industries, as a waiter, bartender, copywriter and more. He lives in Washington state with his wife where he is currently daydreaming about the end of the world.

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My Review

**I received a copy of The Skald’s Black Verse from Storytellers on Tour, in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.**

Brohr’s journey in The Skald’s Black Verse is dark from the start. His world is painted in great stress and conquest, and he and his companions fight to free themselves. The village itself is wonderfully detailed. You can see that Jordan Loyal Short took great lengths to describe Brohr’s story. While the first chapter is a bit uncomfortable (Brohr’s birth is the product of conquest), it leads into the bleak situation he’s embroiled in.

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Highlights in ‘The Skald’s Black Verse’

  • Extremely detailed. The world is both rich and layered. You know that Brohr Anders and Lyssa fight in a battle that’s bigger than their circle.
  • Anti-hero. Brohr is indeed on a personal journey to redemption. Despite his questionable past, Brohr and his companions fight to make things right for their world.
  • Complex characters. Indeed, Anders and Brohr’s story originate from not-so-honorable causes. The Skald’s Black Verse follows Brohr’s quest to prove himself. He is plagued by a ghost that uses his vessel for rage. However, Brohr learns to (eventually) trust his instincts. While Lyssa’s development is not strong, she provides a good dynamic in this quest.

Content Warnings: The opening chapter is indeed tough to read. During Brohr’s birthing scene, you’re clued in that he’s the product of conquest/rape.

Final Thoughts

In conclusion, I thought The Skald’s Black Verse is very thorough and complex. Additionally, it shares Brohr’s journey as a man embattled with rage while doing right for his people. I recommend this story for those who enjoy epic fantasy while learning about a character overcoming obstacles!

The Skald’s Black Verse Tour Schedule

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Book Review | ‘Tank’s Forever Home’ by Carol Kim

Tank bull mastiff sleeps with teddy bear on blue couch

Tank’s Forever Home by Carol Kim, Illustrated by Courtney Godbey
Genre: Children’s Fiction
Length: 48 pages
Publisher: Jolly Fish Press
Release Date: September 1, 2020


Synopsis

Tank is a bullmastiff named for his great size. At least, that was the name Shawn and Kat gave the gentle giant after they found him behind the bookstore. The kids convince their parents to let them foster the stray while animal rescue looks for his owner. Meanwhile, Shawn and Kat try to figure out how such a loving dog could come to be lost. What will happen to Tank if Shawn and Kat can’t help him find his forever home? Doggie Daycare is open for business. Join siblings Shawn (9) and Kat (7) Choi as they start their own pet-sitting service out of their San Francisco home. Every dog they meet has its own special personality sending them on fun (and furry) adventures all over the city!


My Thoughts

*I received ‘Tank’s Forever Home’ through NetGalley and Jolly Fish Press, in exchange for an honest review*

I really needed this adorable book in my life!

Tank’s Forever Home follows siblings Kat and Shawn find a loving home for a bull mastiff. They help out in a Doggy Daycare center in their community, and it takes little time in discovering a safe place for Tank to spend while waiting for a loving owner to enter his life.

This book gave me warm, fuzzy feelings from beginning to end! This story teaches the value of community helpers doing good for animal safety. It also has rich images, providing children with accurate visual cues to accompany the text. This tale also has Reading Comprehension questions at the back, providing more learning opportunities for young children at home.

Whether you are reading Tanks’s Forever Home with your children for enjoyment, or using it as a Community Helpers activity, this book is very valuable for children of all ages!


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Cover Reveal | ‘Hollow Road’ by Dan Fitzgerald

I’m happy to share with you the Cover Reveal for Hollow Road by Dan Fitzgerald! Thank you to Storytellers on Tour for letting me take part!

Book Information

Cover Reveal:
Hollow Road, the Maer Cycle Book One by Dan Fitzgerald

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Hollow Road by Dan Fitzgerald
Book 1 in the Maer Cycle
Genre: Fantasy
Age Group: Adult
Release Date: September 17, 2020

Synopsis

Legends describe the Maer as savage man-beasts haunting the mountains, their bodies
and faces covered with hair. Creatures of unimaginable strength, cunning, and cruelty.
Bedtime stories to keep children indoors at night. Soldiers’ tales to frighten new recruits.


It is said the Maer once ruled the Silver Hills, but they have long since passed into
oblivion.


This is the story of their return.

Carl, Sinnie and Finn, three companions since childhood, are tasked with bringing a
friend’s body home for burial. Along the way, they find there is more to the stories than
they ever imagined, and the mountains hold threats even darker than the Maer. What
they discover on their journey will change the way they see the world forever.


Travel down Hollow Road to find out which legends are true, and which have been
twisted.


Author Information

Dan Fitzgerald
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Dan Fitzgerald is a fantasy writer living in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington,
DC with his wife, twin boys, and two cats. When he is not writing, he might be gardening,
doing yoga, cooking, or listening to French music.

Find out more about Dan and his books at http://www.danfitzwrites.com, or find him on
Twitter or Instagram, with the handle danfitzwrites in both places.


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Cover Reveal | The Skald’s Black Verse by Jordan Loyal Short

I’m very excited to take part in ‘The Skald’s Black Verse’ Cover Reveal! Thank you to Storytellers on Tour for allowing me to take part!

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The Skald’s Black Verse by Jordan Loyal Short
Book 1 in The Dreadbound Ode series
Genre: Epic Gridmark Fantasy
Age Group: Adult
Release Date: August 6, 2020 (re-release)


Synopsis

When a soldier’s murder sparks rebellion in the tiny village of Skolja, Brohr’s past marks
him as the prime suspect. Haunted by his brother’s ghost, and drawn into a web of dark
pacts and tangled loyalties, Brohr must choose between the path of vengeance set
before him, and a chance to forge his own fate.

From the shadows, an all but extinct race of alien demigods have begun the end game
of their millennia-spanning war, and one has chosen Brohr for his closing gambit.
But Brohr’s grandfather harbors a dark secret that will change everything.


Above it all, a dread portent looms in the sky, spelling the death of Brohr’s world. With
doom spiraling toward them, Brohr must lead an unlikely rebellion, unearth disturbing
family secrets, and tame the raging ghost that haunts him. Can Brohr lead his people
out of darkness, or will he succumb to his own terrifying bloodlust, and destroy the very
people he has sworn to save?


Author Information

Jordan Loyal Short is a debut author of epic fantasy. His first novel, The Skald’s Black
Verse, is a dark and beautiful story about families, cultures, and beliefs at war with
themselves. The protagonist, Brohr, must navigate the tangled loyalties and unforgiving
biases of a planet conquered by invaders from another world. Using black magic, and
the bizarre bond he shares with his stillborn brother’s spirit, Brohr unravels the truth
about himself and an eon spanning war that has reached its end game. Jordan has
worked in a variety of industries, as a waiter, bartender, copywriter and more. He lives in
Washington state with his wife where he is currently daydreaming about the end of the world.

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Are you excited about the return of ‘The Skald’s Black Verse’? I can’t wait to learn more about this adventurous read!


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