Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Review & Giveaway: Restless Earth and Blessing Sky by Emily Mah


Welcome to my tour stop for Restless Earth and Blessing Sky by Emily Mah!  This is a YA/NA high fantasy series.  This is book 1 and 2 of The Sky Chariots Saga. The tour runs July 20 - 31 with reviews, author interviews, guest posts and excerpts. Check out the tour page for the full schedule.

About Restless Earth:

For over a thousand years, the Tanoa have relied on their Earth Shamen to bring rich harvests, temper stone tools and weapons, and imbue pottery with strength like metal. Now, though, the bloodline has dwindled to one Shaman, Tuwa, who is trapped high in the mountains, holding bedrock together to prevent a volcanic eruption while the rest of her people flee to safety. The only way to save the village is for her to sacrifice herself and buy them the time they need to evacuate.But her grandson, Ahote, refuses to abandon her to die. Rather than do as she asks—marry and bear daughters who might inherit her gift—he sets out to find the one person who might be able to save Tuwa’s life.Kasha is a Tanoa girl in who lives in Solace, a city of the pale-skinned Andalanos. If the Engineers Guild ever discovers her gender or race, they could order her execution—for in violation of the King’s law, Master Engineer Seamus trained Kasha as his apprentice. She is a genius in all things mechanical and earned her master certification when only fourteen years old. Since Seamus’s death, she has been discreetly working his job as the City Engineer.She knows there is no machine or technology that can save Tuwa. In order to complete this task, Kasha must invent a vehicle unlike anything the world has ever seen, and risk exposure and death in the process.


About Blessing Sky:

Master Engineer Kasha lives in hiding. As a Tanoa and a woman, she has no legal right to her title, and risks expulsion or even execution if the Guild discovers her identity. For over a year she has served as the City Engineer of the Andalano city of Solace, home to the Winged Riders and their pegasus mounts.Now, though, her people need her. The last of their Earth Shamen is trapped in the mountains, holding back a volcanic eruption so that the rest of her people can escape. It is a job for only the greatest of all engineers, and that happens to be Kasha.But when her kinsman, Ahote, breaks the most sacred law of the Winged Riders, an alliance with him means certain death. Kasha must work alone to solve the most difficult engineering problem of all time before the summer months are done and winter comes to claim the life of the Shaman and the hope of her people.



The story starts with a volcano on the verge of erupting and Tuwa, the Earth Shaman trying to hold it together, so that the people can escape.  Tuwa's grandson, Ahote, do not like to leave her like this, but he has to find a way to save her.  At that time, a Rider comes offering to take Tuwa in her pegasus, but she refuses.  Also, in order to carry her, he also needs to carry a large amount of Earth with him which is not possible with his pegasus.  So, he says to Ahote that Engineer Kasha can help her.  Ahote journeys with his mother to find Kasha.  

Meanwhile, Kasha is a Tanoa and a girl, both of which is not accepted from an Engineer in Wingsmount.  But, that's what she is.  She is afraid that her title and job will be revoked from her any time.  It's only a matter of time, before the Riders find her true identity.  She gets a letter from a Rider saying that he needs help to save a Earth Shaman.  Kasha decides to help Tuwa and starts inventing.

The story itself is quite eccentric to use the right term.  It's simple, but not the usual type of story. The characters have great depth and I really can't find fault with any of them.  I can't think of one character, who is unnecessary to the plot.  The author brings in new revelations as the story proceeds, and the adventure of both the protagonists will keep you hooked to your book.

I read both the books in a few hours - it's that short.  I will definitely read the next book in the series. The author has outdone herself with her books.


About the Author:

Emily writes as both Emily Mah (for science fiction and fantasy) and E.M. Tippetts (for chick lit). Her short stories have appeared in Analog Science Fiction and Fact, The Black Gate, and anthologies like The Dragon and the Stars, Shanghai Steam, and The Change: Tales of Downfall and Rebirth.  Her E.M. Tippetts novels have been on the Amazon Top 100 numerous times, and her novel, Someone Else's Fairytale was semi-finalist for the Best Indie Book of the Year -  Kindle Book Review, and a runner up in Romance for the Best of the Independent Book Awards - eFestival of Words. She is a graduate of the Clarion West Writer's Workshop for Science Fiction and Fantasy and Viable Paradise Writers Workshop, and she often teaches the unit on self-publishing at the Taos Toolbox Writers Workshop.When she is not writing or chasing small children, she manages E.M. Tippetts Book Designs, her company which offers formatting, cover design, and editing services to authors and publishers.

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Three (3) winners will receive signed ebooks of Restless Earth and Blessing Sky by Emily Mah
Ends Aug. 5th
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  1. I thought you'd like them! I totally agree with you, these are fantastic! I'm really glad you managed to find time to fit them in!

  2. Thanks so much for helping with the launch!


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