Monday, June 23, 2014

Brian G. Michaud - The Road to Nyn - Review & Giveaway



About the Book

In a land where magic is outlawed, a young boy is living a double life. Although Kay is training to be a knight, he has been secretly studying the forbidden ways of magic with Alamin, a powerful but eccentric wizard.

After passing of the Trial of the Rings and being raised to squirehood, Kay has decided to tell Alamin that he is going to leave his magical studies behind. And why not? Kay hasn’t ever cast a spell without something going seriously wrong–like the random appearance of frogs or hungry wolves–besides, Kay could be banished from the kingdom just for associating with Alamin.

Kay’s plans are quickly obliterated when a horde of goblins attacks his village and captures his family and friends. Now, with his home lying in ruins, everything has changed. Along with Alamin and Felix, a self-serving kleptomaniac sprite, Kay embarks on an adventure that takes him across the Kingdom of Gaspar and into the dark and treacherous caves of the Goblin Realm. What Kay doesn’t realize is that his journey is leading him on a collision course with the Lord of Nyn – a being so powerful that none dare face him...not even Alamin himself!


My Review

The Sword of the Dragon's Flame can slaughter any foe. The Gauntlets of Might imbue the wearer with indomitable strength. The Helm of Truth reads the thoughts of friend and enemy alike. Ancient magical artifacts that according to lore are the only things that can defeat the Lord of Nyn. But not just anyone can use them. Prophecy states that it must be a young boy who is the embodiment of goodness. Everything he does must be for the cause of justice, or his mission will fail, and evil will triumph over the light for generations to come.

It's an awful lot to ask of a newly christened squire, but Kay is no ordinary boy. Magic flows through his veins, even if he doesn't know how to properly channel it just yet. He's a work in progress in more ways than one. But the grizzled wizard, Alamin, knows that ready or not, his protege is going to be put to the test. Time waits for no one. Goblins are advancing upon human settlements, plundering village after village in the kingdom of Gaspar. Someone must rise to challenge this spread of murder and destruction, and Kay's the one destiny has appointed as mankind's champion.

Michaud weaves a tale full of elements that are staples in the fantasy genre from Latin-esque spells reminiscent of HARRY POTTER to a kingdom besieged by internal politics a la GAME OF THRONES. Yet he doesn't get too deep or graphic in his storytelling. He approaches things with a gentle hand. Sure, there are fire-breathing dragons and bridges made of human bones, but he never crosses the line into anything gratuitous or grotesque. Michaud tastefully handles the level of violence and gore, making it appropriate material for readers of all ages.

There's the humorous sidekick for levity. The feisty girl for romance. The no good ruler's son as a rival. It has all the ingredients required for those who like a little make-believe when it comes to action and adventure. Michaud delves into the handbook of the masters from the Brothers Grimm to Aesop and comes up with something all his own.

Part morality tale, part Hollywood blockbuster, THE ROAD TO NYN is a road fantasy lovers will want to travel.

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The Road to Nyn can be purchased at:
Amazon

Prices/Formats: $0.99 ebook, $8.99 paperback
Pages: 266
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Release: November 2013
Publisher: self-published
ISBN: 9781493545551
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About the Author

Brian G. Michaud lives in a small town in Massachusetts with his wife, Kim. When he is not reading or writing books, he can be found teaching music at a local elementary school or rocking out on guitar with the band, Too Loud.

Links to connect with Brian:
Web Site
Facebook (author)
Facebook (book)
Goodreads
Blog Tour Site


About the Giveaway

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4 comments:

  1. Thank you very much for your review of The Road to Nyn. I'm glad that you enjoyed the book and have to admit that I was tickled by the "Hollywood blockbuster" comment.
    Thank you also to Tribute Books for taking me on this blog tour journey. I've met new friends along the way and have had old acquaintances cheer me on and wish me well.
    Sincerely,
    Brian

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    1. Brian, it's been a pleasure working with you and getting the word out about your book. Thanks for writing a story that all ages can enjoy! :)

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  2. Thank you so much for this giveaway and this book seems very interesting! :D

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    1. I hope you get to read it. It's only 99¢!

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