Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Children of Lightning by Annie K. Wong - Book Tour & Review + Giveaway

Book &Author Details:

Children of Lightning by Annie K. Wong
Publication date: September 27th 2014
Genres: Adult, Fantasy

Secrets beget secrets. The curse that befell the Hollows clan has left them incapable of producing male offspring. To extend their bloodline, they have formed a covenant with the serpentine Ophidians, who give them children. In return, the Hollows must keep these monstrous creatures well fed, though the details of the procurement are so abominable that the truth is never revealed to the other clans. In their homeland of Matikki, they live like outcasts.
Through a series of chance discoveries, the secrets of the ancient curse unfold before a warrior named Writhren Hollow. Is her purely female clan the result of a lapse of divine providence, or are the Hollows themselves victims of an enslavement scheme?
If Writhren frees her clan from the covenant, she risks the wrath of the Ophidians and the future of her bloodline. If she keeps the truth of the curse to herself, she is a traitor to her own kind. Either way, she will suffer for what she must do.
This is not a story of redemption, but regret. This is Writhren’s story.


My Review 
Children of Lightning is a very odd story. Reading the synopsis, I was intrigued and wanted to read it to discover what, exactly, the story was all about. I had a hard time getting through it, but I was curious enough to finish it. I still don't really know how I feel about it.

Children of Lightning tells the story of Writhren Hollow, a young woman whose clan is unable to procreate due to no male members. Nor can the clan produce male offspring. They have an uneasy alliance with another species known as Ophidians, which are serpentine-like creatures. The Hollows mate with the Ophiadians, and in exchange, keep the Ophidians fed and happy. It's not ideal, but it works. That is, until Writhren discovers secrets and hidden truths, and decides to take matters into her own hands.

The story is labelled as fantasy and adult, but I'd also add in mythology. At first I felt Children of Lightning was sort of sci-fi-esque in nature, but the more I read, the more I realized that it was more along the lines of fantasy. However, when I finished, that's when I decided it was also mythological, in a way. It's kind of hard to describe, and I don't want to spoil anything.

While I did struggle to get through the book, I thought it was a decent read overall. I didn't particularly connect with or care for any of the characters, and it would have been nice to know it was a prequel before starting it, but in the end, I'd have to rate Children of Lightning three stars. Decent, but not really my cup of tea.

Annie K. Wong was born in Hong Kong and lives in Canada, in the west coast city of Vancouver, BC. She has a BA in Business Administration and Creative Writing from Houghton College as well as a Diploma in Film Studies from the University of British Columbia. Although she explored careers in advertising, television and office administration, the desire to write overtook her at the turn of the new millennium. In 2003 she earned a Post-Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing from Humber College and has been crafting stories ever since.

Her current project is a fantasy series, the prequel of which is Children of Lightning.

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Tour-wide giveaway (INTL)

  • Children of Lightning is the origin story of Writhren Hollow, the villain in an upcoming book series.  In celebration of great villains in the sci-fi/fantasy genre, Annie K. Wong is offering for the tour giveaway gift, The Hyperion Cantos (ebook or print - winner's choice). 
  • 1x $50 gift card
  • 1x $100 gift card
(Note that these will be Amazon.CA gift cards)

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