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Blog Tour - Secrets of Neverak

About the book: Henry Vestin always believed that, despite being a carpenter with no training in swordplay or survival, he could lead Isabelle and his friends to safety. He thought he could defy an emperor and protect Isabelle from harm. He was certain that love and friendship would help them survive.

He was wrong.

The second volume in the Tale of Light and Shadow series follows Henry and his friends after the disastrous battle at the Iron Pass. Horrors await the band of travelers in strange new lands. Crippled and broken, Henry must rely on his friends more than ever. New allies and foes find them at every turn, but which are friendly and which are deadly? Isabelle, now a slave in Neverak, finds herself surrounded by enemies, uncertain about the fate of her friends, and relying on only herself to survive. The Emperor moves forward with his plans of conquest, spurred on by the Seer’s dark prophecy, but he has not forgotten those who defied him.

Return to the world of Atolas, where swords and daggers extend life or end it, where feuds and friendships influence kingdoms and courtships, and where magic is feared by all but a few.

My review: Um...I need more of this story...stat! I love everything about this series, the one thing I don't is waiting for more, but that's what happens when you read as fast as I do! 

I love the characters, Jacob Gowans has done an amazing job with development and making it so that you care about what happens to the characters. I think that I love Henry and Isabelle most of all, but it's fun to see things through the eyes of the others too. 

There is plenty of action, adventure and fantasy in this book to please any reader. I loved that I didn't want to put the book down because there was so much going on and I didn't want to miss any of it. I love the amount of imagination involved in the story, both on the part of the writer, but as you read it, you imagine what's going on and just how everything looks. I love to give books like this to our kids who love to read, because it helps their imaginations to grow as well. 

I love that it really is a story of true love, even though there wasn't a whole lot of romance in this one because the in love characters are separated during a good chunk of the story. Make sure that you've read book one, A Tale of Light and Shadow, before you read this one, or it won't make any sense at all! This is a great, clean young adult book that you won't want to put down until the very last word! 

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

About the author: Jacob Gowans was raised in Papillion, Nebraska, graduated with a bachelor's degree in theater studies and then moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where he graduated from dental school at Case Western Reserve University. Jacob and his wife and three children live in Arizona where he works as a dentist for the Indian Health Services.

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