Thursday, November 18, 2021

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: Ashes of Aldyr (The Obscured Throne Trilogy #1) by Russell Archey

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for Ashes of Aldyr by Russell Archey. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as an interesting guest post from the author. There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: Ashes of Aldyr
Series: The Obscured Throne Trilogy #1
Author: Russell Archey
Publication Date: October 5th 2021
Print Length: 274 pages
Genre: Dark Fantasy
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The world of Alda is broken, destroyed by an event the survivors call "The Rupture." The aldyrs, magical trees connected to the soul of the world and once grew in breathtaking groves, are dead. Elf-kind, who shared a close bond with these trees, are dying off due to shortened life-spans as a result. The dwarves have retreated into their mountain homes. Humans gather in crumbling settlements. Sinister, god-like beings, each uniquely horrific, exert their influences over the world. Each story is a different thread forming a larger tapestry that shows the scope of the horror and insanity brought by the elusive and mind-numbing entity known as the Obscured Throne. The world was once saved from this threat and Alda was hidden and sealed away. Now, an ancient and shadowy cult called the Black Gnarl have broken enough seals to expose Alda to the Obscured Throne...and It's coming.

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EXCERPT:
I placed my quill to the side, near the inkwell, and turned to face her. I always had to steel myself for this. Her dark skin and captivating eyes always turned my well-meaning words into nonsense. I suppose this made me look quite aloof or even cross, but it was far better than to reveal the clumsy, foolish truth. The question of what she wanted from the restricted section immediately began teasing my higher reasoning skills.

Admittedly, much of the restricted section was limited to the mundane. Many books of recorded history and bureaucratic archives that had yet to be copied for posterity and preservation comprised the bulk of the selection. Scrolls of personal information regarding merchant sales and noble lineages filled in the gaps. However, there were a few volumes of ill repute that gave the restricted section its air of forbidding allure. I’d seen books detailing the Fourth Sect: the magic of death, necromantic practices, and disreputable alchemical applications. Their bindings were sealed with small locks that only Chronicler Germanius himself could access.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Fantasy and horror have always been Russell’s preferred genres. Some of his favorite stories often combine them–and the grittier the better. His eclectic tastes in this genre originated when he discovered Lovecraft’s stories of beings so vast and incomprehensible that just thinking about them will melt your brain. Later, he would discover the more sinister but equally unfathomable creations of Laird Barron and, combined, these two influences would create Russell’s desire to fashion his own story of cosmic horrors, but with a fantasy flair. Fantasy often holds many horrific aspects of its own, but Russell enjoys finding ways to take those facets and run with them.

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GUEST POST:
- If you could visit any fantasy world, which would you visit and why?

This is always a difficult question for me. Most of the worlds I enjoy reading or interacting in aren’t exactly ones I’d like to visit. Especially in Alda, the setting for the Obscured Throne Trilogy. If you wake up somewhere in that world, find a way out—fast.

A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones)? No thanks.

Lovecraft Country/Campbell Country? Definitely not.

Middle Earth? Not really.

Yharnam or Novigrad or Ferelden? Nope.

They’re all either war-torn, run down, depressing, terrifying, or any combination of those. I haven’t read much beyond dark fantasy lately and none of those would be preferred. However, my other book, The Seven Spires, has some relaxing and almost whimsical places in them so I’d imagine living in Emrallt or Avallonis would be nice. Two places with no current conflict and just living your life in rolling hillsides or big forests. Vitruva has more creature comforts, though, so I’d also have to consider that one.

These may not be the most exciting times in those places for readers (after the events of the novel, of course), but a great place to live.
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GIVEAWAY:
Russell Archey will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. Good luck!

(All the Ups and Downs is not responsible for this giveaway, its entries, or the prize. Goddess Fish Promotions assumes all responsibility with this giveaway.)

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33 comments:

  1. Sounds like an interesting read!

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  2. Sounds like a very good book.

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  3. This book looks & sounds phenomenal!

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  4. Looks like a great fantasy. The darker the better for me.

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  5. sounds like a fun one

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  6. I think that the cover of your book looks mysterious and ominous.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  7. This sounds like an interesting book and I also like the cover.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  8. Sounds like a fascinating book. Adding to my TBR list.

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  9. It sounds like an interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

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  10. I enjoyed reading the excerpt - well done!
    Thank you for sharing this with us.

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  11. David HollingsworthNovember 18, 2021 at 8:10 PM

    Congrats on the book! It sounds compelling.

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  12. Thank you for sharing the author's guest post and book details, I have enjoyed reading this post and am looking forward to reading this story

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  13. This sounds super interesting! I like the plot! I’d love to read this!

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  14. Cover looks great! Excerpt sounds interesting.

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  15. Nice book cover and the book sounds very interesting, thank you.

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

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  17. Do you listen to music when you write?

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    1. I do! All kinds, too. The most recent was...smooth jazz. Yeah, I know.

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  18. Do you have a favorite treat from the bakery that you enjoy?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. This one took me about 6 months or so, but this is the first of a trilogy with some unique plotting so it took some time to figure out how I wanted the narrative to work at first.

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  20. How do you come up with ideas for your books?

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    1. I have a serious problem with "lightbulb" moments when I just think of something I'd like to write about, although I also get inspiration from my favorite genres and I just want to write a story with certain themes or atmospheres.

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

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  22. Do you listen to ominous soundtrack or where do you get your inspiration?

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    1. I’ve recently discovered a singer named Nicole Dollanganger whose music can best be described as hauntingly beautiful. I may start listening to her when writing.

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