Monday, February 29, 2016

Shaylynn Rose GIVEAWAY!!! - CLOSED

You can enter to win your choice of either book 1 or book 2 of the Tales of Y'Myran series by Shaylynn Rose. Just reply to this post with these questions answered and you're entered! Giveaway will end March 26th at 11:59pm CST.

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“Shaylynn Rose made her fantasy world so vivid and three dimensional, that it was a page-turner, from the first page until the last.” – Curve Magazine

A moving story of loss, despair, friendship and hope, Banshee’s Vengeance by Shaylynn Rose is the second book in the Tales Y’Myran series, set in a high fantasy world of elves and beasts, swords and sorcery, and epic journeys both larger-than-life and intensely personal. The book is also notable in its matter-of-fact embrace of diversity – with a protagonist who is both a person of color and a lesbian – that does not sacrifice masterful fantasy world building and adventure.

More about Banshee’s Vengeance:

Honor. It was torn from Azhani’s grasp by the sorcerer whose hatred of her family is decades old.

Love. Ylera, Azhani’s beloved, was murdered, her death no more than one callous act in a chain meant to put a noose around Azhani’s neck.

Once, not long ago, Azhani had been hopeless, lost, and without any desire for a future, but now, the rimerbeasts have come, and she is needed. Can she put aside her yearning for justice and face this ancient menace as honor demands, or will the bonds of love lost hurl her into a mire of death and revenge?

About Shaylynn Rose

From an early age Shaylynn Rose was fascinated by mythology, which grew into a full-on love for fantasy and science fiction and roleplaying games, where she honed her storytelling chops. Pushed by a beloved friend to turn the lessons she learned in gaming and fan fiction toward original tales, she began writing stories of her own. Banshee’s Honor began in a fevered rush immediately upon waking from a vivid dream. Published originally by P.D. Publishing in 2007, it fell out of print. In 2014, Ylva Publishing approached her about releasing a revised and augmented version of the novel, which resulted in enough new writing that it was divided into two books – Banshee’s Honor and Banshee’s Vengeance. The updated version of Banshee’s Honor came out in August of this year.

Important Links for Banshee’s Vengeance and Shaylynn Rose

Ylva Publishing Product Page: The Tales of Y'Myran Series
Amazon Product Page: Banshee's Vengeance
Amazon Product Page: Banshee's Honor
Curve Review for Banshee's Honor
Rainbow Awards 2015 Honorable Mention for Banshee's Honor

Banshee's Vengeance by Shaylynn Rose

Tales of Y'Myran, Book 2

Have you ever read a book and just been so tired afterward? It normally happens after I've read Kate Daniels or Jane Yellowrock but THIS ... This made me tired in the best way.

Bear with me, my spelling of names will be off.

Our Azhani has made it to queen Lyssera to at least speak with her before the queen passes her final judgement and to really feel her out. Thankfully, Queen Lyssera has already found Azhani innocent, and we can thank Stardancer Vashera for that. Along with her innocence, Azhani takes the role of Warleader. Why? Rimmerbeasts are out of season but coming out to play.

Across lands, King Arris is being driven mad by his 'teacher' Porthyros (I may be spelling it wrong). Porthyros is giving King Arris a tea that is keeping him appeased with him and taking every horrible suggestion that Porthyros throws his way. Not to mention King Arris has given himself over to that nasty demon Ecarthus. Things in his kingdom are so bad that people are being killed as sacrifice to Ecarthus, or they're running away scared.

Meanwhile, something sinister is going on right under the queen's nose. Not super sinister, but enough to cause alarm in the castle. Someone has been poisoned with Krill, the deadly agent that can kill you slowly over time. Now the castle is on high alert and Azhani has to go out and find any information she can. Once the information has been brought forth, all hell breaks loose inside the castle. That leads to some incredible things that happen down the line.

You should pay attention the trio of Devon, Syrelle, and Allyndev. That ending was a pleasant surprise. Some faces from book 1 will make their way into book 2. Azhani and Kyrian come in contact with some pretty amazing gods. And ... King Arris ... I won't spoil that for you.


My review of this book isn't going to be long. PLEASE GO GET IT!!!!

The world building is excellent. There's a point where Azhani has a big fight in the mountains and I could 'see' every block around me, every tree, the ground, everything! Character development is top notch. Even when you think you don't want to read about a certain person, it really becomes essential to know certain things later on. Like the trio I mentioned above, they absolutely grow in this book. I can't help but fall in love with all of the character because they're written so well, right down to the end. And the romance ... *fans self* ... This book features a lesbian couple but it is in noway over-the-top. It's really just beautiful love between two people are completely right for each other.

Nothing skipped around without explanation which is great for someone like me (I have ADD) because I never got lost. The vernacular was great! Even though it was all new to me, I felt like I was part of everyones conversation. Just transporting me from my room to the tent with Azhani and Kyrian was awesome. I feel so alone now, lol.

If I could change one thing, it would be something dealing with King Arris, however, it was perfectly done by the author. Loved it! Thanks for this Shaylynn Rose!

5 Stars
IR: Azhani (Dark Brown Skin) Kyrian (Fair Skin)