Thursday, May 23, 2013

Blog Tour: Book Review: Mother's Curse by Thaddeus Nowak { Book 1 in The Heirs of Cothel Series}

Title: Mother's Curse
Author: Thaddeus Nowak
Series: Heirs of Cothel book 1
Publisher: Mountain Pass Publishing LLC
Date of Publication: Feb. 14, 2012
Source: ebook provided by blog tour and author
Links to buy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes |




Book Synopsis:
Sword Woman, Princess, ... Cursed Witch
Tradition holds that a mother who commits a mortal sin against the gods will be cursed with a daughter born a witch. Stephenie, the youngest princess of Cothel is just such a curse.
Hostage to her mother's will while her father and older brother fight a war two countries away, Stephenie must overcome her mother's plots if she is to save her father, brother, and the many soldiers she trained with.
Fearful of her mother's growing traitorous behavior, Stephenie must escape Antar Castle. But to do so, she might have to rely upon her hidden powers, risking others discovering she is a witch...a risk that would most certainly result in her death by burning.
With the help of a select group of soldiers and an unexpected ally, she just might survive.


My Thoughts:
I am a huge fan of fantasy and I also love historical fiction.  For me, Mother's Curse was kinda of blend of the two genres.  Yes, I know that Cothel is a completely different history from what we are used to; it is more of an alternate history if you will.  But it really read like a cross between a Young Adult fantasy and historical fantasy...and that is a good thing.  
This is a great story!  I really got sucked into the turmoil that the princess Stephenie has to go through to try to do the right thing in the plot lines.  Even though this is considered fantasy, there is a moral to be had in this story.  The emotions running rampage through these pages, especially the ones toward Stephenie, are something we can all learn from.  The people of this story had sterotypes just like people in this day and age do against others that they didn't understand.  I love how our heroine doesn't break down from all the hatred that is thrown her way, but instead learns from it and still finds herself allies.  But most importantly, she finds the strength she needs inside herself to overcome all the obstacles she comes across.  
There is a slight lag time while she is in the underground area of the castle.  This time does go a bit slow, especially with all the explanations she gets from Kas.  But at the same time this is a crucial part in the story and we are introduced to another important character from the story, Kas.  
Stephenie goes on an epic journey searching for her brother and father and in the end finding herself too.  
I really enjoyed the magical aspects of the story and thought the battles between the mages and Stephenie's new found skills were very exciting.  I also liked the supporting characters that showed their loyalty to Stephenie no matter what she was inside.  
There is a bit of heartbreak in it, especially, when we find ones that would become a traitor to Stephenie all because of her extra abilities.  

I truly enjoyed Mother's Curse and I would recommend it to anyone who loves a fantasy with magic, castles, princesses, princes, evil and ghosts.  The writing flowed smoothly and besides the small part that was a wee bit slow for me, this was an awesome book that kept me highly entertained.  There is a little bit of a romance in it but it wasn't overwhelming like some YA novels tend to be and this love match was a bit surprising.  
I give it four hearts!


Mother's Curse
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  8. Mother's Curse is a coming of age story about the youngest Princess of Cothel and her efforts to save her father and brother from her mother's schemes, while at the same time, coming to terms with what it means to be a witch. Get it on AmazonBarnes & Noble, or iTunes.

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    Thaddeus Nowak is a writer of fantasy novels who enjoys hiking, photography, and the outdoors. Visit Ted on his websiteTwitterFacebook, or GoodReads.



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