A Bounty of Secrets and Rebellion (Chronicles of Tanithor: Age of the Oracle #1) by Sharayah Maurice -- Blog Tour Review + Excerpt
About the Book
An historical alliance between two gifted races is threatened when Princess Alana Bell Sundry is attacked and a bounty is placed on her head. With powerful enemies on two borders, the kingdom of Latera is relying on her arranged marriage to the Gaellen Prince to strengthen their position in Tanithor.
Enlisting the help of a mysterious bodyguard to keep her alive until her prince arrives to claim her, Alana soon learns there’s more to the undercover guard than meets the eye. As she spends time with her new bodyguard, she realizes that the attacks on her life aren’t the only threats to the alliance. Her heart may prove just as effective at dismantling a union that has been years in the making.
Meanwhile, across the Great River, Griff Shoshone is unaware of the political events happening around him. The girl he’s loved for years has recently been promised to his little brother, the future Chief of Hoken, and Griff must find a way to reconcile his heart to the Oracle’s prophetic declaration. However, after a fateful decision with deadly consequences leaves him and his brother’s betrothed captured in enemy territory, Griff must now come to terms with his new fated destiny.
A Bounty of Secrets and Rebellion is the first in the Chronicles of Tanithor YA fantasy romance series told from multiple POVs. If you like clean romance, characters with elemental powers, and action packed chapters with cliff hanger endings, then you’ll love the enchanting world of Tanithor.
It was late morning, and Alana was on the Tea Room floor clutching at her stomach while she laughed so hard that her insides hurt. Koa had met her at her door an hour earlier, and Alana had spent the morning giving him a tour of the palace while two guards quietly kept a step behind them. When she had pointed out the Tea Room on their way down the main hall, Koa had asked if all they do in there was drink tea. She had said that there were many things they could do in the Tea Room, but when Koa pressed her for more ideas, her mind had gone blank.
He had then insisted that they go in and do something other than drink tea in the Tea Room. Once inside, he looked expectantly at her. She promptly sat down in a nearby chair and said innocently, “See, I’m sitting in the Tea Room.”
Koa had chuckled as he pulled out a piece of paper and a bit of charcoal from his pocket. He then started to quickly sketch something.
Alana tried to see what he was drawing, but he leaped out of the way and said, “I’m drawing in the Tea Room, and I’m making you laugh in the Tea Room.”
She hurried after him as she said stubbornly, “I’m not laughing, but I am chasing you in the Tea Room.” She tried again to catch a glimpse of the sketch.
He was too quick for her as he darted out of her way, continuously working on his drawing. “You’re not laughing…yet.”
It became a full-on chase when Koa had finished whatever he had been drawing and ran full out around the Tea Room. Hollering over his shoulder he said, “I’m running in the Tea Room!”
She had to suppress her laugh while bolting after him, refusing to let him win their little game. While running, she caught a glimpse of one of her guards along the wall who seemed to be entertained by the spectacle. Koa had then unexpectedly stopped running and she’d ran smack into his back, toppling them both down to the floor.
Splayed out on the ground in shock, she looked over at Koa who had rolled over to face her. He held up his drawing with a grin. She then proceeded to burst out laughing, unable to control it anymore. Koa had drawn a caricature of her seated on the Tea Room chair. Her head was comically twice the size of her body. Her chin was pointed, her eyes too large, and tiny arms were crossed over her chest. She had a prim look on her face, and since he had hastily drawn it while moving around the room, it was even more odd looking. The whole effect had been ridiculously hilarious.
About the Author
Sharayah Maurice has been a lover of books since she first learned to read and has dreamed of being an author for just as long. She is the author of The Chronicles of Tanithor: Age of the Oracle series. Her stories are filled with adventure, political intrigue and swoony romance that will leave you desperate for more. She lives in north Texas with her husband and five children.
What a debut! Author Sharayah Maurice will blow readers away with her well-written and enthralling story filled with lots of adventure, danger, and mystery; and of course romance and some epic fantasy with an intriguing magic system. Maurice has really awesome elemental magic coming from the Gods with water, earth, and wind entwined into her story that readers will love. Filled with lots of secrets and adventure, readers will enjoy the intensity of the story with all the various twists and turns keeping them on the edge of their seats. This exciting and fast paced novel is one that readers will not want to put down and will greatly anticipate the next book in the series.
Series: The Chronicles of Tanithor: Age of the Oracle
Genre: young adult, historical, fantasy, folklore
Publication date: September 1, 2023
Number of pages: 372
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Disclosure statement: A complimentary review copy of this book was provided from tour groups, publishers, publicists, authors, and others, including NetGalley, OR was borrowed from the library, including OverDrive, Or borrowed from Kindle Unlimited, OR borrowed from Deseret Bookshelf, OR pre-ordered/purchased for review, including Audible. A review was not required and all views and opinions expressed are my own.
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