Welcome to the Alora’s Tear : Fragments Blog Tour. Check out the book details and my review of the book below.
Alora’s Tear, Volume I: Fragments
There is no magic in Vladvir…
Tucked away in a quiet valley, the community of Tolarenz offers a refuge and safe haven for its people, keeping persecution at bay. One young citizen—Askon son of Teral—is destined to lead them, but first he must leave them behind: one final mission, in service of the king.
In the north, leering nightmare creatures known as the Norill gather. Their armor is bone and skin; their weapons are black and crude and cold. They strike in the night, allies to the darkness. It is to them Askon marches, his men a bulwark against the threat.
For there is no magic in Vladvir.
What Askon finds when he arrives seems impossible: smoke and fire, death and defeat, and all around a suffocating sense of dread. The Norill seek something they call ‘the Stone of Mountain,’ but in the half-remembered stories from Askon’s childhood, it was always ‘Alora’s Tear’: a gem with powers great and terrible. A gem that cannot exist.
Unless there is magic in Vladvir…
What I liked most about the book was the familiar tropes and races. The main character Askon, is a Half-Elf in a world prejudiced against his own kind. He is a soldier in the King’s Army, poised to take up leadership of his community. Before he can do so however, he needs to complete one last assignment in his role as soldier. Things quickly go awry and Askon need s to figure out what role this gem fragments he’s heard about play in all of this.
I enjoyed this Sword and Sorcery tale. I thought the world building was immaculate in its detailed descriptions which made it easy to visualise this world. While I found Askon to be a likeable character, I felt like he was too ‘good’ for my taste since I’m a fan of anti-heroes or flawed characters which I find to be more realistic.
I liked that there was a lot of action in the form of swordplay which helped to move the plot along since the travelling does tend to slow the momentum down. I did miss the magic which was understated in this book though I get a feeling this will change in the sequels.
Overall, Alora’s Tear was an interesting action-filled read and a good set-up novel for the rest of the trilogy. The author did a good job of bringing this world to life. Whenever time and my impossible TBR allows, I will be checking out the rest of the trilogy.
Also available in this trilogy(Covers linked to Goodreads):
Nathan spends most of his working days with the students of Genesee Junior-Senior High School in Genesee, Idaho. Whether it’s essay structure, a classic literary work, or the occasional impromptu dance routine, he strives to keep students interested in the fun and the fundamentals of the English language.
When he’s not teaching, he wears a number of hats, though the one that says “Dad” is the most careworn and cherished (it says “Husband” on the back). It hangs on a hook in a house where music is a constant and all the computers say “Apple” somewhere on their aluminium facades. From time to time it is said that he ventures into the mysterious realm called outside, though the occasion is rare and almost exclusively upon request by son or daughter.