Wednesday, February 25, 2015

BLOG TOUR: The Three Thorns (The Brotherhood and the Shield #1) by Michael Gibney - Ashley's Review + GIVEAWAY!

Today, we're super excited to be a part of the blog tour for Michael Gibney's The Three Thorns, the first book in his new fantasy series, The Brotherhood and the Shield! We love fantasy books here, and this one was no different. 

We've got Ashley's review for you, as well as a giveaway, so be sure to enter to win an ecopy of The Three Thorns by filling out the Rafflecopter form at the end of this post! 

About the Book

Title: The Three Thorns (The Brotherhood and the Shield #1)
Publication date: February 24, 2015
Publisher: Tantrum Books/Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Michael Gibney

Synopsis: Three brothers born to a once powerful King were abandoned at birth and cast out into the old world as orphans - alone and unaware of the other's existence or their royal heritage.

In the new world, by order of the false King, three of the most lethal assassins are sent to kill the children before they come of age and avenge their father’s throne.

But when the brothers find one another, Benjamin, Tommy and Sebastian must resist the temptation of magic and power if they are to defeat the unspeakable evil that has threatened them since birth.

The Three Thorns is book one in an exciting children’s fantasy series called The Brotherhood and the Shield from debut author Michael Gibney.

About the Author

Michael Gibney began working in restaurants at the age of sixteen and assumed his first sous chef position at twenty-two. He ascended to executive sous chef at Tavern on the Green, where he managed an eighty-person staff. He has worked in the kitchens of Morgans Hotel Group, 10 Downing in Manhattan, and Governor in Brooklyn’s DUMBO, among many others. Over the course of his career, he has had the opportunity to work alongside cooks and chefs from many of the nation’s best restaurants, including Alinea, Per Se, Eleven Madison Park, Daniel, Jean Georges, Le Bernardin, Bouley, Ducasse, Corton, wd~50, and Momofuku.

In addition to his experience in the food service industry, Gibney also holds a BFA in painting from Pratt Institute and an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Connect with the Author:  Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

Ashley's Review

I always love a fantasy book, and I especially love discovering new fantasy series. I was really excited to read this one, since it starts in our world and sounded like it ends up in a completely new world. And I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed The Three Thorns

Although it took me a little bit to get into, since this book jumps around to introduce us to the three brothers. It was just kind of disorienting because it doesn't give much warning... I mean, I guess it changes at the chapters, but sometimes I just wasn't expecting it and had to backtrack a little bit so that I could figure out what was going on. After I got into the story though, I really enjoyed jumping around to see where all the brothers were!

I also really enjoyed how hard it was to get all of the boys together once they finally end up in the same world. Even though they get together in our world, things happen and they split up again and I felt like this is just the story of their lives. They're born brothers, given up as orphans to three different families/people, get put back together, get split up again, have to find their way back together... I'm really hoping this cycle eventually gets broken! Even if it's just for their own sanity! 

The world building was very interesting, although I wish there had been a little bit more. The creatures are all imaginative and unique, and surprisingly easy to picture. The assassins are incredibly terrifying and not something I would ever want to have to fight. 

I am really excited for this series, and to see where things go. Especially after that ending! I think this would be a good series for a younger crowd. Possibly older MG, but more likely younger YA. There's nothing too scary, but I think it might be a little too much for really young kids. And I'm not sure that they would understand most of what's going on. I'd definitely recommend this if you are looking for a fun, new fantasy series! A 3.5/5!

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