Hi, everyone! Today I'm pleased as punch to be taking part in the blog tour for Jaleigh Johnson's latest, The Secrets of Solace.
As war rages on between the Dragonfly territories and Merrow Kingdom, the archivists inside Ortana maintain a precarious neutrality. Lina, one of the apprentice archivists, has eavesdropped on enough closed-door meetings to know that Solace will only be safe when the war comes to an end. She's been paying close attention, though, and so far nothing has hinted at an end to the fighting. What's more, her latest spying reveals the archivists have made a dangerous deal with Merrow that could threaten Ortana itself.
Lina isn't privy to exactly what this deal is until she meets Ozben, one of the refugees living in Ortana. But Ozben isn't a regular refugee. Ozben is a prince of Merrow. Lina vows to keep his secret, finding a friend in the heir and in turn shares a secret of her own. A discovery she made hidden in the tunnels of Ortana. A ship made from technology no one in Solace has ever seen.
Jaleigh Johnson first introduced readers to the fabulous world of Solace in the 2014 release, The Mark of the Dragonfly. Have no fear, though, this second in the World of Solace series is actually a stand alone sequel that can easily be read on its own.
Lina is something of an outsider. She's curious and reckless and has no real friends other than her own teacher. Ozben is exactly what Lina needs in that sense and the reverse is true for Ozben as well. For a refugee hiding out in hopes that no one discovers his real identity, Lina knowing his story comes as a a bit of a relief to the boy. Together they're able to be themselves.
Of course it helps that they have a common goal and adventure to share in. And, as it turns out, it's one that will call on the use of each of their strengths if they are to be successful.
Lina's story is an interesting one, but I think the book nerd in me was most captivated by the fabulous world of Ortana. Imagine living in a stronghold that collects and studies items and animals from different worlds! Tunnels and rooms - some of which have long been forgotten - filled with treasures like flaming cats and books that tell different stories to each different reader! What more could anyone ask for?!
The Secrets of Solace is due out March 8 and is a fun read for anyone (of pretty much any age!) who craves adventure!
Thanks to the publisher, I get to offer up one copy of The Secrets of Solace in a giveaway. To enter simply fill out the Rafflecopter below before Monday, March 14. Open US only and no PO boxes please.
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For more on Jaleigh Johnson you can visit her website here. You can also follow her on Twitter.