Howdy folks. I hope you’ve been enjoying the latter half of the Summer while we have it. I feel like this season is perfect for reading—maybe they ingrained it in my mind from back in my school days when they had us reading tons of books over our Summer vacation.
We’re here with our second promo of the week, today, and it’s a charming, well-written tale by an author who is growing into her craft, and developing a world that you can’t help but want to visit.
The Spectra Unearthed is the first book in Christie Valentine Powell’s series, The Spectra: Keita’s Wings, and it’s a doozy of a story. With a plucky lead, locales you’ll love to explore, and of course, beautiful prose, Powell is definitely a storyteller to watch out for. The Spectra Unearthed begins with a nice burst of action, and the pace is steady from there out. The author is also a master of dialog—every time a new character is introduced, you’ll be happy to see a new conversation unfold.
Keita thought that being a princess was nothing but trouble even before the power-hungry Stygians took over the Spectra kingdoms. Now she’s on the run, hunted at every turn, and able to trust only a few other royal exiles. Of course she’d like to make her life safe again, but standing up to the Stygians means confronting Jasper Smelt. A former friend, Jasper insists he wants nothing more to keep her safe, but his pitch-black dungeon and fiery threats suggest otherwise.
With help from her friends, Keita escapes, but there is no safe place for former princesses. Banding together despite their different cultures, the girls head into Jasper’s desert kingdom. They soon find themselves in the middle of a conflict between the Stygians and a small rebel group. Hanging in the balance is a colony of children abandoned for having abilities different than their families. Keita wants to help, and she hates feeling helpless. But how can she face Jasper, someone with abilities she couldn’t begin to fight, someone constantly seeking her out, someone who fears everything…except her?
What’s not to like about The Spectra Unearthed? Powell’s debut story is vast, clever, and most of all, entertaining. You’ll love Keita the second you start following her, and the other characters are real treats as well. Powell has two stories that follow this, and each of them get even better as they go. This is a great place to start though, and you’ll be happy to read about Keita and the royal family, the Nomelands, and the Stygians. Pick up The Spectra Unearthed on Amazon today!