Monday, August 12, 2013

The Curse Giver by Dora Machado

Title: The Curse Giver
Author:  Dora Machado
Published:  qw3
Page Count:  awef
Genre:  Fantastical Romance
Shelf: Review Copy
Rating:  ★★★★

Book Blurb:

Lusielle's bleak but orderly life as a remedy mixer is shattered when her husband betrays her and she is sentenced to die for a crime she didn't commit. She's on the pyre, about to be burned, when a stranger breaks through the crowd and rescues her from the flames.

Brennus, Lord of Laonia is the last of his line. He is caught in the grip of a mysterious curse that has murdered his kin, doomed his people and embittered his life. To defeat the curse, he must hunt a birthmark and kill the woman who bears it in the foulest of ways. Lusielle bears such a mark.

Stalked by intrigue and confounded by the forbidden passion flaring between them, predator and prey must come together to defeat not only the vile curse, but also the curse giver who has already conjured their ends.

Check out excerpts and the first chapters here!

My Review:

This novel is extremely well written. Machado has an intricately crafted plot and a world for it to take place in. This world is one that you find yourself completely immersed in. The similes and metaphors that Machado sprinkles throughout the novel create the illusion that you’re living this journey right alongside the characters. It is also a captivating and fast paced novel that doesn’t rely on death and destruction to propel you forward. I was quickly caught up in the plot and found myself hoping against hope that the ending I was anticipating wasn’t the ending that I was expecting. With all of the twist and turns, Machado definitely kept me guessing and hoping throughout.

In a stroke of sheer brilliance Machado manages to give all sides of this amazing story without falling prey to the tactic of literally switching perspective back and forth between characters. She employs many much more subtle techniques to show you what is happening on all fronts. It really moves the story along and keeps you intrigued.

Machado creates an entirely new structure of deities for her characters to worship and fall prey to. They, their relationships to one another and to humans is all clearly laid out for the readers. She does so without having you feel like she’s inserting excerpts from a bible or a history into the story. Everything, even mythology lessons, are worked right into the body of the story.

The cast that is set forth in this novel is well developed and intriguing. I got to know them so well that I was anticipating their every move. I also found myself identifying with the heroine and falling in love with the unlikely hero right alongside her. I quite appreciated the atypical nature of the characters’ personalities while still remaining completely human. The supporting cast was also very well developed and were individuals that you’d like to meet and have on your side.

Overall, this was a brilliantly atypical fantasy novel that I enjoyed throughout. Anyone who enjoys a bit of fantasy should pick it up.

Buy your copy online here today!

About the author:

Dora Machado is the award winning author of the Stonewiser series and her newest novel, The Curse Giver, coming this summer from Twilight Times Books. She is one of the few Latinas exploring her heritage and her world through the epic fantasy genre today. Her first novel, Stonewiser: The Heart of the Stone, won the 2009 Benjamin Franklin award for best debut novel. Her second novel, Stonewiser: The Call of the Stone, won the 2010 Independent Publishers Book Award's (IPPY) Gold Medal for Best Science Fiction/Fantasy book of the year. Her third novel, Stonewiser: The Lament of the Stones, won the 2012 Independent Publishers Book Award's (IPPY) Silver Medal for Best Science Fiction/Fantasy book of the year. All three novels were finalist in ForeWord Magazine for Book of the Year in the Science Fiction and Fantasy Category. Her latest novel, The Curse Giver from Twilight Times Books is available July 2013.

She holds a master's degree in business administration and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Georgetown University. She was born in Michigan and grew up in the Dominican Republic, where she developed a bilingual fascination for writing, a love for history, and a taste for Merengue. After a lifetime of straddling such compelling but different worlds, fantasy is a natural fit to her stories. She enjoys long walks, traveling, and connecting with the amazing readers who share in her mind's adventures. She lives in Florida with her indulging husband and three very opinionated cats.

Connect with the author online:

·         Website
·         Blog
·         Facebook
·         Twitter
·         Amazon Authors page

And don't forget to enter the giveaway for this awesome bracelet while you're here! This handcrafted, customized, limited-edition, 1/4 inch aluminum bracelet from Silver Statements is hammered and stamped with The Curse Giver's signature message—Knowledge, Reason and Awareness, and flanked by the stylized outline of butterfly wings. Inside, the bracelet is stamped with the word Strength. Aluminum is a great metal for jewelry. It won't turn your skin green, doesn't oxidize or tarnish, and its water safe. Plus it's so lightweight that you might even forget you're wearing it.

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