Decree Blog Tour

Hello, everybody! Today I have a VERY special blog tour for you: The next book in Tricia Mingerink's Blades of Acktar series!

If you've spent five minutes on my blog you know how much this series means to me (if you haven't spent five minutes on my blog here's a post that's basically just me ranting about how much I adore these books). I was heartbroken to read the last book in the series and have to know that I wasn't ever going to get to return to this world for the first time. Don't we all know that feeling?

But then.

BUT THEN, MY CHILDREN.

THERE'S A FIFTH BOOK COMING AND IT'S A BUNCH OF HAPPY AND MOSTLY FLUFFY NOVELLAS AND THEY'RE ALL ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS AFTER BOOK FOUR AND ALL MY PRECIOUS CHILDREN ARE ALRIGHT AND HAPPY AND HAVE LIVES AND FAMILIES AND MY SHIPS SAIL AND *stops*

*gasps for air*

Okay, so I've already read the book, and it's incredible.

Here's a blurb before I keep screaming:

The Adventure Continues.
Discover more of The Blades of Acktar in this collection of novellas and short stories.
The Blades as They Should’ve Been 
A test and the Gathering of Nobles will decide Leith and Martyn’s futures. Can they fight to become more than the Blades they were? Will Keevan accept the man who attempted to kill him as family?
The First Mission
When Martyn visits Surgis, his past seems determined to haunt him. Can he figure out how to forgive, especially when confronted with an enemy in need of his help? 
To the Far Great Mountains 
A death sends Leith and Martyn far beyond the borders of Acktar. Will they be able to arrest their quarry before they are caught themselves? 
From the story of how Leith and Martyn met to Ranson’s search for a life outside of the Blades, these stories will answer plaguing questions and expand the world of Acktar.

 Here's a cover which will deliver you for a few more moments from my screaming:



It's gorgeous, no? Perfect, no? Everything about this book is great, right? :D

Okay, so I think I'm supposed to give some kind of review for this, but I've gotten super unprofessional about my reviews lately and so I'm going to give some rant-ness and then copy-paste this whole thing into Goodreads and call it good. XD

Review

SMOL LIST OF THINGS TO LOVE IN THIS SHORT STORY/NOVELLA COLLECTION
  • LEEEEITH. I'm not even sorry. He's just the best. <3
  • KAYLEIGH. I was on the fence about this gal in the fourth book of the series, just because she was new and it felt like she was taking away the spotlight from my actual loves. But now I really love her. She's such a great female character--strong, a warrior, willing to dress up as a man to sneak to battle and getting herself made the first female Captain of the Guar. But she also loves to sew and is a good cook and has a house she loves and wants kids. Like...the balance! It's impeccable!
  • The Blade Marshals were so incredible and I loved them.
  • The setting! I've always felt the world of Acktar in terms of trade, neighbors, government, etc., isn't as well-developed as it could be, but these stories fix all of that. This is a big, sprawling, epic world, and I love it.
  • BABIES! *shrieks*
  • Michelle got a storyline and I appreciated that because I've felt bad for her from the beginning.
  • So much grace and forgiveness and healing and overcoming of PTSD 
  • I just really like these stories k
SMOLER LIST OF THINGS I DID NOT LOVE
  • Ummm, where were my beloved Faythe girls?! Brandi and Renna were here, yeah, but nowhere NEAR enough. I get that some characters have to move over to make room for others, but other than a couple of the earlier stories, Brandi was barely present here, and Renna didn't do a whole lot either. Here's hoping for more of the two of them later. *crosses fingers*
  • I'm not really a fan of Martyn? Sorry *hides in a hole* I mean, I kind of liked him in Deliver, but in the end, he's just not my favorite. I like Leith's story a whole lot more. Please don't kill me...
  • The idea of my little precious children being old enough to be married and have kids was...weird. Because they're my children. And I can't think of them as being old for some reason. I dunno why :P 
  • Nothing else? 
Overall I'm giving four stars to this book because it was amazing and you need to go and read it like RIGHT NOW!!!!!! XD

Giveaway

What is a blog tour without a giveaway, right? 


(This blog tour is actually connected to the Ilyon Chronicles blog tour and is a joint thingy. I haven't read all the Ilyon Chronicles books and so am not participating in that part of the tour, but that series is included in this giveaway and thus shows up. xD It's also a clean Christian fantasy series, and it's pretty good, from the first two books I've read. ;))

Share in the excitement of the release and enter to win a full signed set of the Ilyon Chronicles and The Blades of Acktar!  (Giveaway is open to US residents only. Cannot be shipped internationally.)
Be sure to stop by each of the character chats (links in the blog tour schedule) for additional giveaways throughout the tour!

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And to find the entire blog tour schedule and those elusive character chats, click here!

Have you read the Blades of Acktar? Are you going to? (You better.) What's your favorite fantasy series or story with assassins? Chat with me, lovelies! 

Comments

  1. I literally own a copy of Dare and HAVE NOT READ IT. Which is just shameful! I must do that SOON!!! I love your enthusiasm for these books! ^_^

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    1. WHUUUUUT???!!!! Read it! Read it NOW! *shrieks* It's just the best XD

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  2. Oh my word, I NEED THIS SERIES. I hope I can read it sometime next year!

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  3. I was SO EXCITED to hear there was more Acktar stuff coming out!!! And now my brother hates me since I got my hands on this one already and he hasn't gotten to read it yet, lol But seriously, Decree was EPIC.

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    1. WASN'T IT?! I absolutely loved it, and while it wasn't my favorite in the series, I loved it anyway <3

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  4. I have not read this series but I LOVE the idea of having a book set after everything in a fantasy series, and the beautiful charries are DOING WELL. And we get to see them having THE GOOD LIVES THEY DESERVE. That is brilliant. Every author should do this at the end of their series. Happy and fluffy novellas at the end for the win!


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