Friday, April 13, 2012

Sela Online Book Tour: Review of Sela (Book Two of The Leland Dragon series) by Jackie Gamber


Overview
Peace was fleeting. Vorham Riddess, Venur of Esra Province, covets the crystal ore buried deep in Leland's mountains. His latest device to obtain it: land by marriage to a Leland maiden. But that's not all. 

Among Dragonkind, old threats haunt Mount Gore, and shadows loom in the thoughts of the Red who restored life to land and love. A dragon hunter, scarred from countless battles, discovers he can yet suffer more wounds. 

In the midst of it all, Sela Redheart is lost, driven from her home with only her old uncle to watch over her. As the dragon-born child of Kallon, the leader of Leland's Dragon Council, she is trapped in human form with no understanding of how she transformed, or how to turn back. 

Wanderers seek a home, schemes begin to unfurl, and all is at risk as magic and murder, marriage and mystery strangle the heart of Esra. A struggle for power far older and deeper than anyone realizes will leave no human or dragon unaffected. 

In a world where magic is born of feeling, where the love between a girl and a dragon was once transformative, what power dwells in the heart of young Sela?

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                      Sela Online Book Tour

                                             A Note From The Blogger


Visit Lisa's World of Books to see Jackie Gamber interviewing her character, Jastin Armitage from the Leland Dragon Series!




The tour involves 36 straight dates of blog visits including interviews, reviews, contests, guest blog posts, and more!


The full tour will take place at the following blogs and dates:


March 27 Lisa's Book Reviews 
March 28 Watch Play Read 
March 29 Stuck In Books 
March 30 Fade Into Fantasy 
March 31 Ian's Realm 
April 1 Jelly Bean Chair Reviews 
April 2 Once Upon A Time 
April 3 A Book Vacation 
April 4 Jess Resides Here 
April 5 Soliloquy 
April 6 Vilutheril Reviews 
April 7 Ritesh Kala's Book Review 
April 8 Sci Fi Guys 
April 9 Unputdownable Books 
April 10 Edi's Book Lighthouse 
April 11 Workaday Reads 
April 12 Eva's Sanctuary 
April 13 Book and Movie Dimension Blog
April 14 Babs Book Bistro 
April 15 Azure Dwarf Horde of Fantasy and SciFi
April 16 Fade Into Fantasy 
April 17 Reading Away the Days 
April 18 Splash of Our Worlds 
April 19 Ali's Bookshelf 
April 20 Sheila Deeth 
April 21 I Heart Reading 
April 22 All-Consuming Media 
April 23 Spellbound By Books 
April 24 One Thrifty Gurl 
April 25 Evie Bookish 
April 26 Booklady's Booknotes 
April 27 Ella Bella Reviews 
April 28 I Smell Sheep 
April 29 The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia 
April 30 Darlene's Book Nook 
May 1st From The Bookshelf of T.B. (special tour encore and wrap-up visit)


Its been a pleasure to be one of the many bloggers/book reviewers out there to actually get to review this fantasy book titled,  Sela  , Book Two in The Leland Dragon series. As a lover of dragons and well just fantasy in general Sela was something different from the ordinary. Had this colorful painting in how it created its world and was something that really imprinted itself into your mind. Immensely glad that found The Leland Dragon series which would be sure to follow in the future.


If you haven't had the chance to read any books in this series then, be sure to read the posts below:


Sela Online Book Tour: From The Vantage Point of a Big Fan- Author Interview with Jackie Gamber author of " The Leland Dragon series "

Review of Redheart (Book One of The Leland Dragon series) by Jackie Gamber


If you think you might check out Sela out or any thoughts let me know in the Comments
Let the Online Book Tour continue without further distractions!


~ Cassandra (The Book and Movie Dimension Blogger)




                                                        Recommended Ages: 15 and Up
Paperback: 284 pgs.
PublishedPublished 2012 by Seventh Star Press

For This Review: *Paperback Book Copy Provided by Publisher For Online Book Tour*
My Star Review 5 of 5 stars

  In Redheart, Kallon and Riza's deep inner wishes are granted and they can finally be together as dragons.  
So as Sela begins as a reader its a real wonder to find that Sela is the daughter of Kallon Redheart and Riza not Diantus but now Redheart! She's an artistic girl and very much like her mother wanting to look for her place in life. As the dragon-born daughter of Kallon and Riza she had an idea of what her life would be like: Eventually becoming  a ruler of her father's dragon kingdom of The Leland Mountains until one day she transforms into a human not able to change back to her dragon form. Sela takes it extremely hard feeling that Kallon is ashamed of her now that she's human. Kallon sends her out to stay in human occupied land of . To adjust to life with humans now that she is one. Its not something easy for Sela considering she finds many people have poor respect toward dragons. When the province of Leland takes up a census on all the Leland maidens Orman Tistleby who's now Sela's uncle senses something fishy. Rather than risk Sela being discovered he figures they should return to the dragon dwelled , Mountain Gore, in Leland province. With her return Sela now more than ever feels her place is no longer just with the dragons and she must pursue her place in the world the same way her parents did in their time. When she leaves to pursue her destiny she discovers that the census was a total deception and a soldier named Bannon she recalls wants her to leave with him to attend Leland's province choosing of a maiden who shall marry Venur Vorham Ridess of Esra. Sela once there makes a new human friend named Gladdis in who at first seems indifferent to the endangerement of dragons but slowly sees that dragons are much like humans. While she believed at first with her upkeep she'd never attract the attention of the Venur her way of seeing things proves wrong and she's ambushed with a marriage she doesn't want. As Sela is stuck with no way out of Ridess Castle without attracting suspicion she starts to unravel there is a deep wave of secrets and planning going on behind everything.


 Meanwhile Kallon believes that it was his own fault that Sela was left at risk as a human. Not knowing how his distance is affecting not only Sela but Riza his wife. He figures that the only real way to remove the danger his family will be in is to once and for all find Fordon Blackclaw and end his existence especially now when there are rumours of sightings of Blackclaw in dragon lands. In Redheart, Blackclaw escaped eventual capture and it plagues Kallon and his family with him possibly plotting which he very much is in Sela. For the majority of Sela, Kallon along with Riza journey on a mission to discover Blackclaw's whereabouts.


Since this is a Leland Dragon series novel we get multiple perspectives from some of the main characters in every given novel.  In this one we get quite a few differing point of views that Jackie blended in Sela perfectly to keep a compelling story: Sela's which was a new character outlook , Kallon's , Riza's, Jastin's , Orman's , Drell's who we  get to read into as being the son of Vaya Brownwing and Fordon Blackclaw who you would really get to see farther into in this book, Bannon's who is a young man that for some reason Sela seems to run into a lot , even Vorham's and Lacy Phelcher's point of view who actually featured in the first book, Redheart.  She and Jastin seem to be up to their old  , well , bickering and picking at each other which if you read is hilarious. For Jastin though in this novel its a real turning point since he finally comes face-to-face with all that anger he has had toward dragons for many years.  Becomes something emotional and for readers who loved Redheart its something you wont want to miss in reading. All the new characters were interesting to get to know and again in this book we get this olden feel to the storytelling. The olden feel which you do want since its so Fantasy. In Sela, its an end of an era and a beginning of a new one for humans as well as dragons.


For a fan of this series Sela is not just an amazing novel its a continuation of a a fascinating young adult fantasy series that can also be for adults. Very recommended if for whatever reason you haven't reached it.
Overall: Amazing read!
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult



                              About the Author
Jackie Gamber is an award-winning author, Jackie writes stories ranging from ultra-short to novel-length, varieties of which have appeared in anthologies and periodical publications, including Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, The Binnacle, ParABnormal Digest, and Shroud. She is author of the Leland Dragon Series of novels, released by Seventh Star Press, and an upcoming steampunk fantasy novel by New Babel Books. Jackie is winner of the 2009 Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award for Imaginative Fiction, was named honorable mention in L. Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future Award, and received a 2008 Darrell Award for best short story by a Mid-South author. She is also a member of the professional organizations Science Fiction Writers of America and Horror Writers Association.

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