Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Blog Tour: Fury of the Storm Wizard by Shauna Black

Book Description:

A Storm is Brewing

In Silver Valley, an unusual string of mining accidents has locals whispering of dark magic. When the marshal sent to investigate goes missing, his young assistant Boone turns to Jesse and Eliza for help. But Jesse is a new mage with raw magic, and Eliza is hiding a secret. The three must learn to trust each other before the valley is destroyed and they are ripped away from everything they hold dear.

Book Review:

While the book starts out a little slow and confusing, it definitely picks up and gives you lovely characters that you can't help but cheer for. Boone, a shape changing dragon, is fun and loveable. I really loved his appetite and penchant for ice cream! My heart went out to Jesse for all he lost and struggled with, but I appreciated how he kept trying to make friends and didn't just give up and say, "My life stinks and I'm not going to do anything about it." I have mixed feelings about Eliza and her brother that will probably get sorted out in the next book.

Speaking of the next book, The Fury of the Storm Wizard, was not a cliff hanger ending, which I appreciated. While a second book would clear a few things up, it's not like everything hangs on writing another one either.

If your middle grader has any interest in the Old West, or in Fantasy, point them in the direction of this book.

Content is clean. No language, or sex, or graphic violence. There are scenes of being chased by mythological creatures and guns are used, but nothing gory or bloody.

About the Author:

Shauna E. Black fell in love at an early age. Her first romances resided on the shelves of the mystery section in the library. She went through The Boxcar Children, Nancy Drew, and Sherlock Holmes before someone introduced her to The Chronicles of Prydain. This sparked an enduring love for wizards, dragons, magic, and all things fantasy that Shauna still enjoys today. She always has her head in the clouds and her nose in a book.

Naturally, her love for reading evolved into a desire to create, and she became a writer. When she was a young teen, her English teacher made the mistake of offering extra credit for original short stories, and was suddenly swamped with Shauna's writing. Dutifully reading each story (at least, she wrote encouraging things in the margins), this teacher inspired Shauna to follow her dreams, leaving her with a warm spot in her heart for all English teachers.

Today, Shauna still keeps a box in the attic full of her early manuscripts, most written in pencil on lined paper. She lives in the high desert of the southwest with the other loves of her life: her husband and four children. She likes to drag them along on springtime hiking adventures to the many Anasazi ruins near her home, where she finds inspiration for her writing. She also likes to bake bread, do anything artsy, and travel to exotic locations to collect wind chimes.


Title: Fury of the Storm Wizard
Author: Shauna Black
Publisher: Vivienza Inc
Published: November 2013
ISBN: 1940855012
Source: I received an eCopy via the tour host in exchange for a review.