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Title: The Broken Heart of Arelium (#1 War of the Twelve)
Author: Alex Robins
Published: 16th of March 2021
Format: Digital – 232 pages
Hello Hello! How are you?
Today is my stop on the #BlogTour for The Broken Heart of Arelium by Alex Robins, organised by Dave and the team over at @The_WriteReads. I’m so happy to be bringing you a spotlight because although I don’t have time to read this book yet, I already need to shout about it – IT SOUNDS AMAZING, right?
I can’t wait to get the chance to read it during the summer and when I get back to blogging full time, you can be sure that I’ll have a full review up for this book.
Thank you, as always, to Dave for letting me be part of this tour, it is always an honour. I also want to add that the blog tour banner that Noly made is absolutely stunning, she is so talented!!
Now, without further ado, here is my spotlight!
None can resist the ravages of time. Knowledge is lost. Memories fade. But some things must never be forgotten.
Over 400 years ago, twelve great warriors united the beleaguered armies of men and scoured the war-torn lands of evil, pushing the enemy back into the underground pits and caverns from whence they came. To ensure their legacy, each of the Twelve founded fortress monasteries to impart their unique knowledge of war and politics to a select few, the Knights of the Twelve.
But now the last of the Twelve have long since passed from history to legend and the Knights, their numbers dwindling, are harbouring a dark and terrible secret that must be protected at all costs.
Merad Reed has spent half his life guarding a great crater known as the Pit, yearning for some escape from the bleak monotony. Then the arrival of Aldarin, one of the few remaining Knights of the Twelve, sets off a chain of cataclysmic events that will change Reed forever.
To the north, Jelaïa del Arelium, heiress to the richest of the nine Baronies, must learn to navigate the swirling political currents of her father’s court if she hopes one day to take his place. But the flickering flames of ambition hide the shadow of an even greater threat. And deep within the earth, something is stirring.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR – ALEX ROBINS
Alex Robins was born in Norwich, England back when it was still trendy to wear lycra tracksuits and bright pink headbands. Norwich School Library was where he first discovered his love of reading, an old converted undercroft packed to the rafters with books. The first fantasy series he read was The Dragonlance Chronicles by Margaret Weis & Tracey Hickman, quickly followed by The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and David Eddings’ The Belgariad.
At the age of twelve, Alex moved across the channel to Nantes in France. Speaking very little French, the first few years were difficult and sometimes lonely as he scrambled to get a grip on the intricate grammar and vocabulary of the French language. His taste in books branched out from epic fantasy to science-fiction, mysteries, thrillers, and historical fiction, but he always came back to his favourite fantasy authors when looking to escape the outside world.
After degrees in agronomy, project management, and computer sciences, Alex founded his own company dedicated to online voting. He met his wife during a game of badminton and they spent several years getting trounced in various regional tournaments before getting married. Alex now lives in the sunny Loire Valley in western France, surrounded by imposing castles, sprawling vineyards, and two children. After reading fantasy books for the last thirty years he decided to write one. The Broken Heart of Arelium is his first novel, and the first in the War of the Twelve series.
That’s all for now, I hope you enjoyed reading this post and will want to pick up this book soon. I can’t wait to read it myself!
See you soon, stay safe,