Friday, August 10, 2018

Kingdom of Ruins by D.C. Marino

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About the Book

Title: Kingdom of RuinsKingdom of ruins final
Author: D.C. Marino
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: July 27, 2018
In the Lands Within, history does not rest. Each archaeological layer communicates with the living generation, choosing its friends and enemies—and its kings. But an alliance has been struck no one could have anticipated, and an ancient evil is soaking into the soil. History is being erased, purchased and re-written at a terrible price. And a kingdom that shouldn’t have been forgotten is fading from memory.
In the Lands Without, archaeologist Lori Brickland has found a pottery shard with a heartbeat. The pulse might be a trick of the mind, or it might be the first sign of life in a world of ruin. An exiled traveler will say she shouldn’t search for the truth, a calculating ruler will say she’s the one he’s looking for. And the kingdom? The kingdom will need her before the end. It’s time to accept what she’s always known…
This isn’t archaeology.
This is war.
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My Review

Living artifacts, that's something I can dig. (Pun intended.) Reminiscent of some other books I've liked, this book is engaging and has a world that feels eerily familiar, like I've met it or read it before. 

An archaeologist afraid of ruins, oh my. Poor Lori, what a thing to have to cope with. I had to read more before I could decide why she would even stay in a profession that caused her so much fear. Lori winds up sucked through a wormhole. Now that she's in another world, it's even more important to fight her fears and use her gifts at every turn. 

Thane was another strong character and I look forward to the next book in this series. It's a strong fantasy read, that isn't so far fetch from my own imagination. That makes me feel connected and comfortable with the world that the author created. It's a debut book that should expand into a good series. Themes include, obviously, fighting fear, dealing with sin, good over evil, greed vs giving, and finding out who you really are.  

4.5 stars 

About the Author 

Dcmarino autho picD.C. Marino is a dedicated reader of history books and fantasy novels, both of which occupy an equal amount of space on her bookshelves. But it wasn’t until she realized how one breathed life into the other that she became addicted to finding the intersections of the real world and the fairy story. Still more: what those intersections about us as a creative, curious people. Kingdom of Ruins is her debut novel.

Guest Post from D.C. Marino

Hi everyone!
I’m so excited to share Kingdom of Ruins with you! This story has been on my heart and mind for over ten years now, so this feels a bit surreal. I’d love to tell you a bit about why I wrote this book. But in order to do that, I need to tell you why I almost didn’t.
Fantasy. It isn’t real. Why should I spend time writing a story that doesn’t grapple with the actual issues of the day? Why not speak plainly, instead of inventing another world to explore the real one? These were the questions I asked myself every night before I fell asleep. I adored fiction that transported me to factual events, or introduced me to historical figures, but every time I picked up a pen, the fantastical wiggled out of it.
I was afraid I was writing the wrong story.
This story oddly (or not so oddly) enough began with Lori, an atephobic archaeologist. Meaning she had a passion for archaeology, but a phobic fear of ruins. Why would she shrink back from the work she loved? Because no matter how hard she tried, she couldn’t make whole the broken. Life ends in dust, and that’s all there is to it. I felt the same way. Not only was I writing something I wasn’t sure would be relevant, but could it mend anything? Make a difference? Or was it futile, like trying to resurrect the past?
What I found was exactly what Lori begins to find in Kingdom of Ruins. That even though things seem unfixable, it isn’t the end. The world Lori enters is full of darkness and peril, but it also holds a chance for her to heal from more than just her fear. While I wrote, and especially as I neared the last chapter, I realized she and I had both overcome a great challenge. I won’t tell you her conclusion, but I will tell you mine:
I wrote the right story.
I hope you enjoy every bit of the journey as I did, dear reader.
D.C. Marino

Blog Stops

Carpe Diem, July 31
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Multifarious, August 3
Bigreadersite, August 4
Simple Harvest Reads, August 9 (Guest post from Mindy Houng)
Texas Book-aholic, August 11


To celebrate her tour, D.C.  is giving away a grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!
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Kim hansen said...

Sounds like a good read.

Caryl Kane said...

Great review, Carol! Sounds riveting!

Arletta Boulton said...

This isn't my typical genre of book but the review does intrigue me. Thanks for introducing me to a new author.

Melissa Breusch said...

Epic fantasy is my scene. Thanks 4 sharing this book with me.