Friday, August 19, 2022

Court of Snakes: This Desert Cage by Tycho Dwelis - Book Tour & Review + Giveaway

Join us for this tour from August 8 to August 26, 2022!

Book Details:

Book TitleCourt of Snakes: This Desert Cage by Tycho Dwelis
Category:  YA Fiction (Ages 13-17),  317 pages
GenreDystopian Fantasy
Publisher:  Precursor Publishing
Release date:  July 2, 2022
Content Rating:  PG + M: Some allusion to domestic abuse, fantasy violence, adults drinking alcohol


Book Description:

In the city of Segeno, it’s eat or be eaten. Someone has to rule the masses. A boy has lost his birthright. His parents killed. Dead and gone. A girl has lost her father. She means nothing to him now.

The city of Segeno stands tall after a great war, the only city left of its kind. Terran has lost both of his parents and is now on the run from a tyrant eager to kill him and cut off the royal bloodline. Parisa struggles with her own identity as even her father rejects her for the color of her skin as he claws for the throne. Along their journeys, they meet unexpected allies and encounter unprecedented magick, but, most importantly, they learn what it is to stand up for themselves and take back their city from corruption.

The Court of Snakes: This Desert Cage is the first of a two book series intended for ages 13 – 18. If you like the Hunger Games, Divergent, and Inkheart, you’ll love these books.

This series talks about systemic oppression, racism, oligarchy, and, of course, magick.

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My Review
Court of Snakes is a dystopian fantasy novel featuring well-written, realistic characters, solid world building, and magick (of course). It's a fun, captivating read that will hook you, reel you in, and refuse to throw you back until the very last page. 
The story opens with a dead body (trampled by a mammoth) and a young boy who has fallen by the wayside. Terran went from being rich and well taken care of, with both parents, to begging on the streets, struggling to adapt to this new way of life after both parents are killed. He's saved by someone who calls himself The King, and from that moment, Terran's life isn't quite as bad as it could be. Unfortunately for Terran, someone is after him, ready to destroy his royal bloodline. Can he keep one step ahead of this murderous villain?
Along the way, we the readers are introduced to Parisa. She's a young woman who has been rejected by her father because of the color of her skin. But Parisa doesn't let this stop her from making the best of a bad situation. She's definitely a tough character, and I couldn't help but admire her tenacity as her journey played out within the pages. 
Both Terran and Parisa are wonderful characters, and you can't help but want to see them happy and loved, especially with all they must endure throughout. They have a lot going on.
Plot-wise, the story is paced well, although there were a few spots where things got a little slow. The beginning, for me, also took me a little bit to get into, but once I was hooked, I couldn't wait to continue reading. There's action, there's magic, and there's the overcoming of terrible obstacles put in the characters' paths. 
If you're looking for a unique dystopian fantasy, give Court of Snakes a whirl. You won't be disappointed. I know I'm looking forward to book two.
4.5 stars!

Meet the Author:
I’m Tycho (I also use the pen name Cassidy), and I love storytelling! I’m incredibly passionate about writing, art, and anything that allows me to create my own worlds. My goal is to write dreamy fiction for all ages that is unique, inspiring, and imaginative. I like to write about themes that include coming of age, magic realism, identity, relationships, and bullying. My books are intended for readers ages eight to twenty-five, and are meant to connect the world of the fantastical to everyday life.

I currently live in Colorado and have an MA in Publishing.

connect with the author:  website ~ twitter ~ facebook ~ instagram ~ goodreads

Tour Schedule:

Aug 8 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 9 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Aug 9 - Splashes of Joy  - book review / giveaway
Aug 10 – 411 ON BOOKS, AUTHORS, AND PUBLISHING NEWS – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 11 – JB's Bookworms with Brandy Mulder – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Aug 11 - Rockin' Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Aug 12 – The Momma Spot – book review / giveaway
Aug 15 – Leels Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Aug 16 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Aug 17 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway
Aug 18 – The Page Ladies – book review
Aug 19 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
Aug 22 – Sadie's Spotlight – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 23 – Kam's Place – book review
Aug 24 – Bookworm for Kids – book review / giveaway
Aug 25 – Sefina Hawke's Books – book spotlight
Aug 26 – Books and Zebras – book review
Aug 26 - Books for Books – book review

Enter the Giveaway:

COURT OF SNAKES by Tycho Dwellis Book Tour Giveaway




  1. I enjoyed your review, the book sounds very good

  2. Really nice cover and excerpt, looking forward to reading this!


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