BLOG TOUR: Shadows of the Hersweald

Hello everyone! Welcome to a blog tour!

Shadows of the Hersweald is the novella I’m showcasing here today.  I got to read it and review it (check out my review here), and IT’S JUST SO COOL. It’s a Christian fantasy fairy-tale retelling of Hansel and Gretel. And it’s a novella. It takes half the time to read but is seriously just as amazing.

THIS COVER.

 They would have to come that afternoon. Haydn glared at the rutted road twisted away from the gate beneath him, slithering into the shadows of the Hersweald. And what was the flaming idea behind leaving him in charge? Tregaron in the hands of a criminal… that would put them all in the good graces of the province governor, no questions asked.

A battered soldier from a defeated army, Haydn knows there is only one end to the arrival of the Prince’s governor. Except he hasn’t counted on the Prince himself. Or the pardon which his recent foe has declared to acquit all those who fought against him.
A pardon Haydn detests.
A pardon that refuses to punish the rebels now threatening his own village. And his sister.
Guilt-ridden from his own actions during the war, Haydn knows there are others who have no conscience at all. Others who are using the freedom of the pardon to forward their own desperate schemes.
With enemies closing in on all sides, a pardon that refuses punishment, and nightmares of murder and fire haunting his every thought, will Haydn recognize the truth or will his fear condemn everything he loves to destruction?

Although the history of Aslaria and the conflict between the Prince and the rebel, Tauscher, flow chronologically through the series, each novella in the Legends of Light series is a stand-alone story. Each novella focuses on one of the nine aspects of the Fruit of the Spirit while twisting fairy tales in a clean, exciting, and inspiring manner.
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 And I’ve been given the privilege to grant you all a sneak peek of the novella!
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Haydn saluted Mathias. The man held a scroll, the broken seal visible between his fingers. “Welcome to Nerthach, Governor.”

Mathias’s steel-blue eyes slipped over Haydn, taking in his dark clothing and pausing for a fraction of a moment on his sword. Haydn tensed. It was likely Mathias knew of his past alliance, but the red and black leather twisting about the hilt of his blade and weaving up his scabbard was not a design found in the Prince’s army. 

The governor inclined his head stiffly. “Where is Eurof? Does he refuse to accept the consequences of his actions, whatever they may be?”

Haydn did little to disguise his glare. “Eurof has gone far beyond accepting consequences. It is due to him that you passed through the forest without attack. Rebels still roam free, or have you not heard?”

Mathias’s eyes flashed. “I came to aid your village, not destroy it. I would be careful if I were you, for your father’s sake. He is your father now, is he not?”

Haydn’s fist clenched, and he clapped his arm behind his back. A cool hand slipped over his fingers as Gorawen pried them apart, placing her hand in his. 

“I would never dream of neglecting to consider my words,” Haydn said. “You are, after all, the governor of this great province in Aslaria, and Eurof holds no position at all. No position but that given him by the people as protector of our small village until the mighty deemed the time ripe to come to our aid.”
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Here’s a bit about the wonderful, talented author, Hope Ann.

Hope Ann is a Christian authoress who lives on a small farm in northern Indiana. She was homeschooled and now helps teach several of her eight younger siblings.
She has been writing for over five years and has so many story ideas that she doubts she will ever stop. Her favorite genre to write is high fantasy with a touch of the allegorical. A close second is futuristic suspense. Her goal is to not only entertain with her stories but to provide inspirational fiction for young adults.
Predictably, she loves reading fantasy, fairy tales, mythology, and futuristic suspense. Her favorite authors include J. R. R. Tolkien, Charles Dickens, Frank Peretti, Mark Twain, and Serena Chase.
Her hobbies include photography, movie making, knitting, tree climbing, writing e-mails to friends, listening to Celtic music, and collecting shiny trinkets for story inspiration.
You can visit Hope’s blog at authorhopeann.com, or follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, or Twitter.


If you want more quotes, reviews, and sneak-peeks, here’s the blog-tour schedule. You can stop by these wonderful blogs and squeal about the novella with them 😉

Monday, March 27
Brie Donning– Review, sneak peak
Erudessa Aranduriel – Interview, quotes
Tuesday, March 28
Catherine Regitz – Book review
Raechel– Quotes
S. F. – Review, interview, quotes
Wednesday, March 29
Audrey Caylin– sneak peek
Ivy Rose – Quotes
Thursday, March 30
Marrok Macintyre – Interview
Rebekah – sneak peek
Friday, March 31
Elle – Review, interview
Hannah Whatley – Review, interview, quotes
Saturday, April 1
Sarah– Review, interview, sneak peek
Wysteria Campion – Review, interview, quotes
Rebeca Morgan– Interview, quotes
(all images and graphics are from Hope Ann).
Go check out Shadows of the Hersweald! Until then, I’ll be back on Saturday!
<3
Audrey Caylin
Have you read any of Hope’s novellas? Have you done any blog tours before? Do you like fantasy and fairytale retellings?

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  • Reply
    Jane Maree
    March 29, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    YESSSS. I REALLY REALLY WANT TO READ THIS. *bounces* I'm hoping to get my hands on it sometime sooner rather than later, but knowing my TBR…WHO KNOWS WHEN I ACTUALLY WILL. XD
    It just sounds so coool though. *flails*

  • Reply
    AmyNikita
    March 29, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    Great post, Audrey! This book sounds amazing, and you know I LOVE fairy tales 😉 Not to mention Hansel and Gretel are like my favourite fairy tale.
    The fact it's a good Christian book is awesome. We seriously need more of those.

    Thanks for this post and introducing me to this book!

    Amy @ A Magical World Of Words

  • Reply
    Audrey Caylin
    March 30, 2017 at 2:11 am

    YESSS. GO READ IT. I'm sure I'm the millionth person to tell you that about a book xD YOU GOT THIS TBR.

    It is! *flails with you*

  • Reply
    Audrey Caylin
    March 30, 2017 at 2:15 am

    This is an EPIC fairy tale retelling! I've only recently gotten to read more of them, and now I am thoroughly impressed by how most of them are done (I can't wait to read yours one day 😀 )

    Thanks for stopping by! <3

  • Reply
    Hope Ann
    March 31, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    Thank you so much for being part of my blog tour, Audrey! 😀

  • Reply
    Audrey Caylin
    March 31, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    You're welcome! It was super fun 😀

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    Marrok MacIntyre
    April 1, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    Great post! is it just me or does seem like when you take part in a blog tour for the first time it just feels awaked, anyways you did a Great Job!

    I read it! (still need to go leave a review on Goodreads) it was great! I had no idea what to expect but it was a fun adventure!

  • Reply
    Audrey Caylin
    April 2, 2017 at 2:01 am

    Yeah 😛 This was my first time. I typically don't do them, but I loved the novella so much and thought it would be good experience for when I publish 🙂

    Me neither! I'm not overly familiar with Hansel and Gretel, but was very impressed with this retelling. I'll be sure to check out your review!

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