Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Blog Tour and Giveaway: The Twelve Tasks (The Djed Chronicles #1) by Katharine E. Wibell

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Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Twelve Tasks by Katharine E. Wibell. This blog tour was organized by Lola's Blog Tours. On my stop, I have a guest post from the author as well as a tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card. Be sure to follow the rest of the tour for more content. Enjoy!
The Twelve Tasks
Title: The Twelve Tasks
Series: The Djed Chronicles #1
Author: Katharine E. Wibell
Publisher: Phaesporia Press
Publication Date: November 13th 2020
Print Length: 323 pages
Genre: Young Adult Epic Fantasy

The precarious balance between two opposing forces has begun to shift and threatens the very existence of life throughout the universe. Only the Djed—the prophesied savior—has a chance of thwarting a catastrophe that could destroy the cosmos. And the next Djed is predicted to be a child of Earth.

Katie awakens on a world far from her own, a world bound in magic, one of twelve that hosts entities of vast power and might. She is suspected to be that savior. However, to be acclaimed Djed, difficult and dangerous tasks, one on each of the magicked worlds, must be completed. Katie and a menagerie of misfit companions—a precocious witch, a half-blood elf, and a humanoid pup—work together to discover her fate. If proven true, a terrible burden will be placed upon her, one that will link her destiny with war, a war led by a thirteen-year-old girl.
The Djed Chronicles follows Katie over her teenage years as she confronts dark forces and discovers that the right choices are not always apparent and wrong choices can have deadly consequences.

Katharine E Wibell
Katharine Wibell’s lifelong interest in mythology includes epic poetry like the Odyssey, Ramayana, Beowulf, and the Nibelungenlied. In addition, she is interested in all things animal whether training dogs, apprenticing at a children’s zoo, or caring for injured animals as a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. After receiving degrees from Mercer University in both art and psychology with an emphasis in animal behavior, Wibell moved to New Orleans with her dog, Alli, to kick start her career as an artist and a writer. Her literary works blend her knowledge of the animal world with the world of high fantasy.

Wibell grew up in a rural town in Georgia, and this series was inspired by her childhood play with her sister. Together, they set up the groundwork for the twelve magicked worlds, the Djed, and the plethora of characters that come to life in these books.

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- Which paranormal character would you choose to be if you had the choice?

I will be honest. The books that I typically read are primarily ancient epics with a few fantasy novels sprinkled in for good measure. I have not read that many within the paranormal genre. With my selective basis now understood, I have to say that my favorite paranormal character is Eleven from the Netflix show, Stranger Things. I find her a fascinating character as she progresses through the series and learns how to control the impressive power within her. I think I would enjoy learning how to utilize my own telekinetic abilities as well as exploring the bizarre alternative realm of the Underdark.

In literature, I would choose Hermione Granger. That might sound a bit cliché, but when the books were originally published, I was around the age of the characters and grew up—so to speak—alongside them. I have always loved seeing women and girls portrayed as intelligent and/or physically strong, so I enjoyed watching Hermione—being the brilliant, muggle that she is—navigate the wizarding world. Although Hermione might be an over-selected fantasy character and not considered paranormal, she would be one of my top choices for a character which I would like to become.
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