Thursday, October 21, 2021

Book Blitz and Giveaway: The Final Decree by Shami Stovall

Title: The Final Decree
Author: Shami Stovall
Publisher: Capital Station Books
Publication Date: October 12th 2021
Print Length: 429 pages
Genre: Epic Fantasy

The Kingdom of Luka is controlled by the decrees of God-King Eliezer. Break one and become a twisted monster or serve forever, loyal to the crown. From the author of Frith Chronicles and Star Marque Rising, comes a new fantasy epic.

When God-King Eliezer utters a decree, it’s the law of the land, no matter how subtle or outrageous. Those who break the decrees suffer the god-king’s curse—their bodies twist into nightmarish monsters of devastation and hunger, forever a blight upon humanity.

The magic knows when a decree is violated, the moment it happens.

There are no exceptions. No loopholes. No escape.

Artemisia, a mysterious girl on the run from God-King Eliezer’s Holy Guard, is cursed and doesn’t know why. Fortunately, she has yet to change into a fell beast, but that isn’t a comfort. She could transform at any moment, and the resulting monster would destroy everything she cares for.

Desperate and fearful, Artemisia finds herself captured by a group of monster hunters led by Rylion Nasos, a man of superhuman strength and skill. When Artemisia displays magic of her own—magic that threatens God-King Eliezer’s rule—an agreement is made to confront the crown, despite the horrors it could unleash.

Cursed be the man who disobeys the god-king’s direct command.

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When I awoke, it was to the glorious crackle of fire.

I loved the brilliant glow brought about by the flames. Fire had a special meaning to me. No force compared to the heat and radiance, and while fire could be a tool, no man could conquer it. Sure, it could be snuffed, but the blaze of the sun reminded us that it would never be beaten.

I stared at the stone hearth. The small flames licked at the black logs, a gentle glow brought about by their dance. The sofa I rested on creaked with my movements as I turned to get a better look. I sat up and examined my new blanket—a woven cloth of moons and stars, perhaps a child’s aid to learning the night sky.

“You’re awake.”

I flinched and held the blanket close. I hadn’t bothered to examine the rest of the room, and I cursed myself for such folly.

“It’s all right. You’re safe here.”

Shaken and confused, I stared at the man standing by the far wall. He was tall and gaunt, but wiry. He had curly chestnut hair, but the curls were so small and tight, they clung close to his head. I would have guessed his age at eighteen, maybe nineteen, and he offered a smile. I pressed myself against the armrest of the sofa. He wasn’t the man who had carried me off the streets. He sounded different.

“My name is Wulfric,” he said, his voice boisterous.

He walked over to the sofa with excited energy in each step. My grip tightened on the blanket, my nails indenting my palms through the fabric. I offered him a glower and nothing more, my heart beating hard against my ribs.
Shami Stovall is a multi-award-winning author of fantasy and science fiction, with several best-selling novels under her belt. Before that, she taught history and criminal law at the college level, and loved every second. When she’s not reading fascinating articles and books about ancient China or the Byzantine Empire, Stovall can be found playing way too many video games, especially RPGs and tactics simulators.

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  1. Looks like an interesting book.
    Thanks for the contest. 

  2. I enjoyed the excerpt. Thank you for the giveaway!

  3. This sounds like an epic read that would be wonderful entertainment on a cold winter's night.

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  4. Sounds good, cheers on your book.

  5. Sounds like a great book. I like the cover and excerpt.

  6. Congrats on the book!

  7. It sounds like a really interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

  8. I have a friend who would love this book?
    Maybe a good Christmas gift for her.
    Thank you for sharing this.

  9. Sounds like an exciting Fantasy adventure

  10. I just love the cover - best of luck with the tour and thank you so very much.

  11. Love the cover & what I've read about the book.

  12. The excerpt is interesting. Thank you for sharing it.

  13. Happy Friday. What do you like to do on the weekends?

  14. love the cover and thanks for the excerpt.

  15. Cover looks great! Excerpt sounds interesting.

  16. sounds like a fun one

  17. What made you choose to write fantasy and science fiction

  18. Love the cover of this one.

  19. I think I’d love to read this one!