11 January 2016

Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Key of Alanar (The Alanar Ascendant #1) by Rory B. Mackay

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The Key of Alanar (The Alanar Ascendant #1)
by Rory B. Mackay.
Audience/Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy.
Publication: August 15th 2015.
Lasandria: an ancient, advanced civilization, consigned to oblivion by the greed and power-lust of its own people. The coming apocalypse heralds the arrival of a new evil that will ravage the world of Alanar for an entire age. Yet on the eve of Lasandria’s destruction, the ethereal overseers of the mortal realm grant a dispensation—a promise of hope for the future.

That hope lies with an orphaned teenager named David, born some ten millennia later; a boy whose isolated and uncertain existence leads him on a journey upon which hinges the fate of not just his world, but countless others.

On the run from a brutal military force, David’s quest is one born of shattered dreams and tainted by the thirst for revenge. As an inter-dimensional war that has been waged since the beginning of time threatens to consume his world, the dark force that destroyed Lasandria lurks in the shadows, ready to take possession of the one thing that will either save Alanar or destroy it: David.

Guest Post: Top 10 Reasons to Read The Key of Alanar...

1. It begins with a bang! A very literal bang. The body count in the opening paragraphs is pretty immense, and the Prologue sets up a sequence of events that will echo throughout time; events that are revisited directly at the end of the book.

2. There is action aplenty. From invading demonic aliens to the brutal attack and pursuit of the totalitarian Alliance, the pace remains tight throughout this novel, culminating in an epic battle amid the ruins of an ancient city.

3. Like twists and turns? Then this is the book for you! There are a number of mysteries woven throughout the narrative, including the unknown origins of main character David, and the shady history of his mentor, Janir. It’s never quite clear who can be trusted, and things get even murkier toward the finale, with a number of revelations and reversals that turn the story on its head.

4. This is a true coming of age story. The book follows hero David from his early childhood right through his adolescence, revealing his ultimate fate as he may have to sacrifice himself to defeat the enemy. David learns much along his journey, and makes a great many mistakes. Overcome by grief following the destruction of his home and the deaths of his family and friends, he finds himself engaged in a fierce inner battle between good and evil. Manipulated by a dark sorcerer, is it possible he will chose the wrong path? And if so, is redemption possible?

5. Sorcery! Featuring a very personal battle between an exiled, disgraced old sorcerer and a twisted, dark sorcerer, ‘The Key of Alanar’ culminates in a cataclysmic battle as two powerful magicians engage in mortal combat.

6. A love story! There’s even a touch of romance in this book, in the form of the burgeoning romance between characters Darien and Janna. Their future together is far from assured, however, as it becomes clear that there is much more to young Janna than meets the eye.

7. A planet full of new races and species! Whereas many fantasy books rely on the old staples of dwarves, elves and orcs, ‘The Key of Alanar’ features a unique set of races, ethnicities and alien species. From the peaceful, forest-dwelling Enari to the warlike animalistic Kellians; the pint-sized, hot-headed Sekyrians and the ancient warrior monks known as the Jinerans, the world of Alanar is filled with a variety of cultures and species. Originally a melting pot of cultures from across the galaxy, Alanar is home to a wide range of diverse races: some friendly, but many not.

8. ‘The Key of Alanar’ combines fantasy and science-fiction in a way that is quite unique. A traditional high fantasy quest to find an object of great power is combined with elements of time travel, dimensional gateways, advanced ancient civilisations, invading aliens, underground spaceships, cyborg soldiers and energy weapons. There are many layers to the story and an intricate mythology that offers the potential for dozens of future stories.

9. This is a book that might change the way you look at life. My favourite books are the ones that make me think, that challenge my assumptions about myself and life, and offer new ways of thinking and relating to life. An example of what is now called visionary fiction, ’The Key of Alanar’ incorporates a subtle philosophical undertone, exploring some of the most powerful of life's questions: who am I? Why am I here? Is there anything more to life? The climax to the story is ambitious and mind-bending, inspired in part by the ending to ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’.

10. It’s Winter. There’s nothing better than snuggling down in front of the fire with a good book, and I truly believe ‘The Key of Alanar’ will transport you on an exciting and wondrous adventure.

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A natural born writer, thinker and dreamer, Rory Mackay was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1979. As an ardent student of Vedanta, Zen and Taoism, one of Rory’s true passions is exploring the potential of fiction and art to elevate mood and expand consciousness.
Rory is the author of the visionary fantasy/sci-fi novels “Eladria” (2013) and “The Key of Alanar” (2015), as well as a translation and commentary of the Tao Te Ching (2014) and several short stories. He is in the process of writing a self help book and writes a regular blog at http://beyondthedream.co.uk. His website is http://www.dreamlight-fugitive.co.uk.

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  1. Question to the author: do you Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks?

    1. Hi, I always like to read to the end of a chapter unless it's either an unaccountably long chapter, or I'm so tired I lose focus, in which case I try to find a suitable place to stop for the night!

  2. Can't wait to read this! Sounds like a good one!

    1. Thanks Janet! The book is now discounted on Amazon Kindle for this week only. Hope you enjoy it! :)

  3. Thanks for being on the tour, Kelly! :)

  4. Looks like an intense read, thanks for the excerpt :)

    1. hehe! There wasn't an excerpt but there was 10 reasons to read The Key of Alanar!

  5. Really enjoyed reading the guest post, thank you!

  6. It sounds intriging. Look forward to adding it to my collection.

  7. This book sounds great! Id like to read it

  8. Sounds like a great read! I'd love to check it out!

  9. Thanks for hosting :) I really like the idea of the list of reasons!

  10. sounds like a great book! Thanks for the giveaway.

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