Monday, April 15, 2024

BBNYA2023 Blog Tour ~ 10th Place Finalist ~ Little White Hands

Garlan the kitchen boy’s dream of becoming a knight may not be as impossible as he is often led to believe, when the immortal players in a war from centuries gone reignite their feud right on his very doorstep.

Chased from his home and thrust headlong into an epic adventure that spans the entire kingdom of Faeland, Garlan will traverse impossible mountains and stormy seas, battle nightmarish creatures and the weight of his own fears, all to keep the world he loves safe from an ancient enemy who will stop at nothing to bring about a never-ending winter.

With a cast of wise and whimsical characters to aid him in his quest, can Garlan find and wield the courage he needs to rise above his station and become the hero he always dreamed of being?

The fate of the world rests in his hands.

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Book source ~ BBNYA
Mark Cushen
1 May 2021
MG | YA | Fantasy
268 Pages

My Rating ~ 4 bites

Garlan  is a kitchen boy at the King’s castle, but what he really dreams of being is a Knight. His uncle is the cook and he tells Garlan to never stop aiming for his dream. Then one day, Garlan intercepts a dying man and he has to go off on a dangerous journey practically by himself. The fate of the world rests on the little kitchen boy’s shouders. Will he survive?

This is a heartwarming tale of adventure and danger in a cool fantasy world. Garlan is an age that’s between MG and YA, so it works for both genres. Anyone who has ever wanted to see more, be more, do more with their life then this is the story for you. Garlan is a great character. Grounded in reality he’s not a daydreamer. He does his work, but hopes for more even though he doesn’t think it will ever happen. Then he’s thrown headlong into a quest that has the fate of the world depending on him and he rises to the occasion. Along the way he faces things he never dreamed of and meets friends of all kinds. All-in-all a great read.

Mark Cushen has loved the fantasy genre since he accidentally stumbled onto Ray Harryhausen’s stop-motion masterpiece, “Jason and the Argonauts”, while channel-hopping one Christmas-time Saturday afternoon, somewhere between the ages of 5 and 8.

Ever since then he has been obsessed with sword-wielding heroes battling monsters in fantastical lands, and now, after spending a few years writing his own Goosebumps fan-fiction as a child, he is attempting to create such stories of his own.

When he is not working his day job or sitting at his desk (ok, on the couch) writing, he can usually be found walking through the woods, either listening to a podcast about an obscure subject or the OST of The Last Samurai on repeat.

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