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Destroyer of Light Tour – Review & Giveaway

About the Book


ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08QGJ2G5C
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Tor Books (October 12, 2021)
Publication date ‏ : ‎ October 12, 2021
Language ‏ : ‎ English
File size ‏ : ‎ 3854 KB

Having destroyed Earth, the alien conquerors resettle the remains of humanity on the planet of Eleusis. In the four habitable areas of the planet—Day, Dusk, Dawn, and Night—the haves and have nots, criminals and dissidents, and former alien conquerors irrevocably bind three stories:

*A violent warlord abducts a young girl from the agrarian outskirts of Dusk leaving her mother searching and grieving.
*Genetically modified twin brothers desperately search for the lost son of a human/alien couple in a criminal underground trafficking children for unknown purposes.
*A young woman with inhuman powers rises through the insurgent ranks of soldiers in the borderlands of Night.

Their stories, often containing disturbing physical and sexual violence, skate across years, building to a single confrontation when the fate of all—human and alien—balances upon a knife’s-edge.

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Praise for Destroyer of Light

A 2021 Kirkus Best of the Year Book
A 2021 Kirkus Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Book

“[A] dark, poetic tale of struggling human colonists and ambiguously motivated aliens on a distant planet. Brissett uses the alien setting to explore contemporary issues, including racism, the complexities of allyship, and the trauma experienced by child soldiers. The author’s updated take on a classic myth is both clever and entertaining…Richly developed and profound” —Kirkus, Starred Review

“Destroyer of Light is proof positive that we’re living in a new golden age of science fiction.” ―Charlie Jane Anders, Hugo Award-winning author

“Destroyer of Light grapples with themes of both the human and post-human experience in a way that is wholly original and seductively engaging. Brissett builds a richly layered and imaginative world that reflects much of our own―the good, the brutal, and the truly monstrous―while daring us to dream of something more. This is a tale not only of becoming and transformation, but about the choices we make that bring us to our destinations. In a time of new, meaningful, and thrilling science fiction, Destroyer of Light is a must read.” ―P. Djèlí Clark, Hugo Finalist and author of The Haunting of Tram Car 015

“A saga that combines many of sf’s most beloved tropes―a remnant of humanity struggling to survive on a far away world, aliens whose goals are dangerously unknowable, alien/human hybrids with unpredictable abilities, suspense, plot twists, and that good old sense of wonder. Hugely ambitious, impressively accomplished.” ―Karen Joy Fowler

“Destroyer of Light confirms Brissett as one of our finest and most ambitious novelists. A world-spanning epic that explores and explodes what it’s like to be both human and post-human. Gorgeously written and heartfelt, it’s quite simply one of the best books I’ve read in a very long time.” ―Elizabeth Hand, author of The Book of Lamps and Banners and Curious Toys

Review

Read that synopsis and tell me this doesn’t sound like an EPIC story, I dare you! And this is also just the type of story I personally need in a science fiction, so it’s safe to say my Persephone loving self enjoyed this! Plus the tie-ins to present issues really heightened the story and gave it such depth.

One thing I often find lacking in science fiction is world building, I feel like sci-fi focuses much more on throwing us into the story and it often lacks that fantasy-esque world building I love. BUT, this story didn’t do that and it’s probably one of the reasons I enjoyed it so much! There’s so many complexities to this story, the characters, and the world yet everything comes together so well.

This is one of those books that may be a bit difficult to read due to the nature of the story (and the way it relates to current issues), but it really is an amazing story that deserves a chance!

About the Author

Photo Credit: Bradley Lau

JENNIFER MARIE BRISSETT has been a software engineer, web developer, and the proprietor of Indigo Café & Books in Brooklyn. She has a Masters in Creative Writing from the Stonecoast MFA Program. Her stories can be found in Lightspeed Magazine, Motherboard/VICE, Uncanny Magazine, and FIYAH Magazine amongst other publications. Her debut novel, Elysium (Aqueduct 2014) received the Philip K. Dick Award Special Citation and has been a finalist for the Locus Award for Best First Novel and the Tiptree Award.

Tour Schedule

WEEK ONE
DECEMBER 6th MONDAY JeanBookNerd INTERVIEW
DECEMBER 7th TUESDAY Kait Plus Books INTERVIEW
DECEMBER 8th WEDNESDAY Insane About Books EXCERPT
DECEMBER 8th WEDNESDAY #BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog EXCERPT
DECEMBER 9th THURSDAY TTC Books and More GUEST POST
DECEMBER 10th FRIDAY BookHounds REVIEW & INTERVIEW

WEEK TWO
DECEMBER 13th MONDAY Ya It’s Lit REVIEW
DECEMBER 14th TUESDAY The Momma Spot REVIEW
DECEMBER 15th WEDNESDAY Casia’s Corner REVIEW
DECEMBER 16th THURSDAY Bri’s Book Nook REVIEW
DECEMBER 16th THURSDAY Crossroad Reviews REVIEW
DECEMBER 17th FRIDAY Movies, Shows, & Books REVIEW

Giveaway

– 3 Winners will receive a Copy of DESTROYER OF LIGHT by Jennifer Marie Brissett.
– 1 Winner will receive a 25 Amazon Gift Card.

Giveaway is open to International. | Must be 13+ to Enter


*JBN is not responsible for Lost or Damaged Books in your Nerdy Mail Box*

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Treasury of Magical Tales from Around the World – Nerd Blast & Giveaway

About the Book



Publisher ‏ : ‎ National Geographic Kids (October 26, 2021)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 208 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1426372485
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1426372483

A flower-spouting princess, gobbling prince, emerald-winged fairy, foolish giants, fearsome ogres, and talking frog and fish are just a few of the captivating characters found in this anthology of beloved stories from 29 places around the world, from the Arctic to Africa to Asia to Australia to Europe to the Americas.

Meet a sailor with an ogre wife in a story from China, a young girl who outsmarts giants in a tale from Fiji, a clever rooster seeking its fortune in a tale from Morocco, a music-playing jaguar in a story from Ecuador, and princes turned to statues in a story from Italy.

Donna Jo Napoli’s powerful storytelling makes these stories fresh and fun, and Christina Balit’s dazzling illustrations make this book a true treasure—a very special gift and a must-have for family bookshelves.

You can purchase Treasury of Magical Tales From Around the World at the following Retailers:
 

Praise for Treasury of Magical Tales

“…breadth and inclusivity, spanning multiple cultures spread across six continents…” —Kirkus

About the Author

Photo Content from Donna Jo Napoli

DONNA JO NAPOLI is a professor of linguistics and social justice at Swarthmore College, mother of five, grandmother of two, and the author of more than 80 books for children and young adults. While her undergraduate major was mathematics and her graduate work was in linguistics, Napoli has a profound love of mythology, folklore, and fairy tales. Her books have won the Golden Kite, Sydney Taylor, Parents’ Choice Gold, and many other national and state awards, and have been translated into 19 languages. She lives in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.

CHRISTINA BALIT is a graduate of the Chelsea School of Art and the Royal College of Art, London. An award-winning dramatist and illustrator, she has illustrated over 20 children’s books, including the following titles for National Geographic: Zoo in the Sky, Once Upon a Starry Night, Treasury of Greek Mythology, Treasury of Egyptian Mythology, Treasury of Norse Mythology, Treasury of Bible Stories, and Tales From the Arabian Nights. Balit’s author titles include Escape From Pompeii, Atlantis: The Legend of the Lost City, and An Arabian Home. Her plays include Woman With Upturned Skirt, The Sentence, and Needle (winner of the Brave New Role award). She lives in England.

Giveaway

– 5 Winners will receive a Copy of Treasury of Magical Tales, Treasury of Greek Mythology, and Treasury of Egyptian Mythology by Donna Jo Napoli.
– 1 Winner will receive a $20 Amazon Gift Card.

Giveaway is open to International. | Must be 13+ to Enter


*JBN is not responsible for Lost or Damaged Books in your Nerdy Mail Box*
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