Friday, January 31, 2014

Blog Tour ---> The Warrior & the Flower

Today Mad Scientist has an Asian influenced novel right in time for the Chinese New Year. For this is the Year of the Horse. 

Candace at Candace's Book Blog & CBB Book Promotions is an excellent host! Stop by if you are interested in being apart of future Bookish delight tours.
Audiobook Review

The Warrior & the Flower 

3 Kingdoms - Book #1
By: Camille Picott
Published:  Pixiu Press
Publish Date:  March 20th 2013
Pages: 307 ebook
Tags:  Fantasy Fiction, Dragons, Young Adult 
Source:  Candace's Book Promotions
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Concoction of a Review:

My oh my. This was such an unexpectedly wonderful delight. My ears were so very much happy from the first moment the audio started, for the Mad Scientist loves audiobooks read by men. A males voice can just be soothing.

Yi, is a retired soldier who takes care of a very special vault for the World Emperor. One day he found that his home & family were destroyed in such a heart wrenching way. A very tragic beginning indeed. After a time, he tosses himself into his work where he nearly looses himself in his overwhelming grief for his wife and daughter. Why has the God of Good Fortune abandoned him? he wonders. 

The World Kingdom is not on the best of terms with its neighboring Sky Kingdom. As the World Emperor trusts Yi, he requests of his time to take up an assignment involving secret meetings to gather information from the Sky Kingdom. 

Here MS pictures Yi with his long hair:

Driven by the previous events he steps in when he sees a young girl who looks very much like his own being beat. He buys Tulip to save her. He debates with self as to what he will do with her now that he may have saved her life. Becoming Tulip's adopted father he is pressed with her amazing curiosity, untimely questions about "special tofu" which had me snort out a giggle here and there at this retired solider trying to bumble through such questions.

Besides for the male POV & voice, with some alternate view from that of young Tulip, MS found the Asian influenced novel to be just that. It was a very creative blending of fantasy and Asian touches here and there. One did not feel overly focused on the Asian aspect but it was there in beautiful layers. 

A beautiful novel to listen too. The action was well in order as MS felt that she could picture the fights happening in front of her crocheting hands. Twists a  plenty. Emotional greif & the blooming of a man's thought to be dead soul.  

** Thanks to Candace's Book Promotions for the ebook. However, all Mad thoughts are presented in as right of mind a twisted brain can be inside of this Mad Scientist!**
4.5 Blasts --->  A Most Delightful Read
A great adventure that will make you think of how people treat others. 

Please do not forget to stop by the other beautiful blogs hosting this tour!

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Everyone needs a chance to read or listen to the adorable book!

About the Author

Camille Picott is a fifth-generation Chinese American. She writes science fiction and fantasy books with Asian characters and/or Asian settings. Camille grew up reading speculative fiction stories largely devoid of Asian characters and culture. This, coupled with a passion for her heritage, is the reason she strives to bring some aspect of Eastern myth, legend, culture, and ethnicity to all of her writings. To visit Camille, go 

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Today, that of the 31st of January, World Kingdom Warrior - 3 Kingdoms #0.5 is free on Amazon. Will be starting this novella shortly.

The Prayer Shawl MS was working on during the audio goodness.  (Finished)

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  1. The novella is just a sample of the full book, it's not a separate story. It says that in the description I believe, but I know you don't always read them so I thought I'd let you know. I'm so glad you loved this one too! I'm so anxious to see what happens next.
    Thanks so much for hosting a tour stop!

  2. Love the prayer shawl you made during the Warrior audio! Thanks for the review!

  3. Thanks for hosting! Love the review!

  4. I love how after Yi loses his family, he still finds the strength to take another child as his own.

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