Welcome to Day 19 of The Necromancer’s Daughter’s Book Tour!
I hope you enjoy:
~ My favorite book from my host’s list, along with my review.
~ Something short and different from The Necromancer’s Daughter (follow the link below).
~ Leave a comment on my hosts’ sites, and your name will be entered in a drawing for a $50 Amazon gift certificate. The more tour sites, the more entries!
Day 19, here we go!
Shagun Shukla’s Author Blog
Shagun is multi-talented. She has three blogs that are all worth visiting. Her main blog, Shagun Shukla, is a place to find links to the other two. It’s also a place to browse her poetry, books, and publication information. The Life in Pictures is a lovely blog where she shares her photography and image-inspired poetry. And finally, for those who enjoy beautiful writing and reflections on life, I recommend stopping by Twisted Fabric. You won’t be disappointed.
Shagun’s poetry appears in a two-volume anthology FRIENDS & FRIENDSHIP of The Poet, which includes 248 contributions from 175 poets in 46 countries on the topic of friendship. She also co-wrote a romantic thriller with nine other authors. I was intrigued!
Altitudinis – Seekers, Sinners & Secrets (10-author collaboration)
My Review: Altitudinis is a serum under development that promises exceptional endurance at high altitudes. It will benefit India’s military as well as its businesses whose employees work in the mountains. But it hasn’t been tested on humans, and unwitting adventurers are targeted for trials. And there are unscrupulous thieves who would like to steal the research and sell it as their own.
Those are only two plot threads that run through this suspense/romance/family drama written by ten authors. The complexity of such a writing collaboration intrigued me, and it may be one reason why there was so much going on in the book with the plots and subplots. Overall, it was surprisingly cohesive and consistent, as if written by one author. That’s quite a feat.
The pace moves quickly. One of the challenges with so much plot-related action, as well as the number of main characters, is that there wasn’t much time to get deeply into the characters’ psyches, emotions, or backstories. Nikhil and Nirali were the exceptions with some time given to their relationship and romance. Because I got to know them personally, they were my favorites.
With the addition of an omniscient POV, this book struck me as a broad versus deep story. Readers looking for a character-driven book may find themselves wanting more depth and focus, but readers who enjoy action-driven stories that don’t get bogged down in messy emotions, description, and backstory, may have found just the thing to fill an afternoon of reading.