Today marks the official kickoff of the Tristan’s Folly Book Tour presented by Storytellers On Tour, and throughout the week we’ve got a great lineup helping us feature Marcus Lee’s dark fantasy sequel! Our previous tour featuring Lee’s debut, Kings & Daemons, was a huge success, and we have a ton of returning Roadies participating this week. I’m very much looking forward to hearing what our hosts have to say in the coming days, so be sure to keep an eye out for some incredible content.
While I don’t have an interview for you today, I DO have an introductory guest post written by the author himself! So keep scrolling for the tour schedule, more info about the book, the introduction, and a giveaway where you can snag yourself an ebook bundle of both Kings & Daemons and Tristan’s Folly.
We’ve enlisted a group of wonderful and talented bloggers and Bookstagrammers to help us feature Tristan’s Folly. This is what we have going on, so make sure to check out each and every one throughout the week for some brilliant content, including reviews and more.
NOVEMBER 29TH – THE WELCOMING
Whispers & Wonder
Jorie Loves A Story
Lecari’s Livejournal 2.0
Bookends & Bagends
Omnilegent: A Need to Read
Kats Reading Room
Out of This World SFF Reviews
The Book in Hand
Beneath A Thousand Skies
Mind of Luxe
DECEMBER 5TH – THE ENCORE
For more about this tour visit Storytellers On Tour.
Tristan’s Folly. An ageing fortress built over fifty years ago to repel the invading hordes of the Witch-King, Daleth, an invasion that never materialised – until now.
Now the stronghold is a crumbling reflection of its former might, with a mere fifteen hundred men all that stands between Daleth’s savage horde of a hundred thousand, and certain doom for the Freestates.
As Kings and Daemons face one another, there is but one shining light that pushes back the encroaching darkness, but even her flame is slated to be extinguished thanks to Tristan’s Folly.
In this epic tale of a battle against the odds, the best and worst of humankind collide … sacrifice, bravery and love, set against betrayal, greed and hatred.
by Marcus Lee
So here I am, waiting with bated breath for the book bloggers, the chosen few, to either lift me up to the heavens, or to cast me down to the hells. For as you read this, we begin the SOT book review tour of Tristan’s Folly the second book in The Gifted and the Cursed trilogy.
I feel fortunate in that my first book was almost entirely well received. It was a huge motivational boost to know that people who’ve read hundreds, if not thousands of SFF books, found mine to be worthy of note alongside the works of established authors.
I was also humbled by the eloquence of the many bloggers who participated in the first tour, and how in depth their reviews were. Whilst I could point to something fantastic from them all (being compared to David Gemmell was a highlight) one particular review deserves showcasing:
From knowing the difference between ‘daemons’ and ‘demons’ to writing a novella about my novel; Jorie, is the gold standard of bloggers that SOT engage with on their tours. Take the time to read her review and you’ll see for yourself exactly what I mean. (I owe you a big apology, Jorie, for I fear that Tristan’s Folly will be a little dark for your taste)
Tristan’s Folly was the hardest of the three books in the trilogy to write. After Kings and Daemons, with the introduction of a vast new world, new characters, their backstories, different landscapes, Maya’s gift offsetting the darkness of the dystopian world … this one, dark setting, suddenly made me feel almost claustrophobic.
Yet it’s such an important part of the story, and needed to be told in full. In some ways, it’s the perfect stepping stone between Kings and Daemons and The End of Dreams Why? Well, consider this. How can we truly appreciate the light if we don’t sometimes walk through the darkest of nights?
The End of Dreams is almost finished. The story is complete, but now it’s all about the editing, proofreading, cover design and so on. I can safely say, that it’s an ending I am thrilled with and believe readers of my work will be too. There is no, lets disappoint everyone ‘Game of Thrones’ ending here.
Once the trilogy is finished, I have another ready to write. However, I’ll be taking some time off to promote this first trilogy first, and to that end, if any SFF authors want to reach out and collaborate, I’d be delighted to hear from you.
Writing hasn’t always been a serious hobby for me … but it has always been there, lurking in the shadows, serving me well when called upon.
As I look back over the years, I realise I was guilty of writing many short stories, as well as poetry, and I’d like to think, that even if they were never intended to be published, they were nonetheless warmly received by the intended recipients.
Then in 2019, I was inspired to write not just a short story, or poetry, but a book. Then, suddenly, one book turned into a trilogy and a labour of love, and it was a love I wanted to share with the world.
So, here we are. The pandemic that put my career in sport on hold also gave me the opportunity to lavish time on my alternative hobby, or if demand dictates my new career.
However, only you, the reader, will decide whether this trilogy, which is still a work in progress, will be the first of many. I genuinely hope so.
Who knows, now these creatives juices are flowing, I might just keep on writing anyway.
Epic fantasy has been my favourite genre since I first read The Odyssey and The Illiad as a seven-year-old. Now it’s my turn to see if I can bring another world to life in the imagination of others.
Enter to win one of three The Gifted and the Cursed ebook bundles featuring Kings & Daemons and Tristan’s Folly!
International. Ends 12/6 @11:59pm EST
That’s all I got for ya! Be sure to keep an eye on the official Tristan’s Folly tour page over at Storytellers On Tour (https://www.storytellersontour.online/2020/10/27/tour-schedule-tristans-folly-by-marcus-lee/) to see what the other bloggers have to say!