Blog Tour & Review: From The Mountain by L.L. Crane
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian Fiction
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: February 14 2015
Edition/Formats Available In: eBook & Print
What would you do if you were one of the last of your kind on earth?
Sixteen year old Teak’s Mark of Power has kept her alive, but will it last? Although she is a trained killing machine, it isn’t by choice. Slated to be one of Siv Gareth's elite soldiers, her life seems to be on course, but she has a decision to make. Does she follow her father’s wishes and become a soldier, or chase after her own dreams of training dragons?
Persecuted, shunned, and tortured because of her skin color, Teak is mad, and somebody is going to pay for it. Siv Gareth’s race war has just begun, and now that the Purity Law has passed, the Destroyers are out in hordes to kill her and any others with light skin. When she shoots an arrow at Siv Gareth, a chain of events unwinds that ultimately threatens her very existence.
Accustomed to going it alone, Teak finds herself on a long journey with a group of inept teens, and she must learn to depend on them…or die. When two boys enter the scene, one irritating and the other mesmerizing, Teak wonders if she has a shot at a normal life. But will her lack of Power and skin color ruin it? This dystopian society novel, Book 1 in the Mark of Power Series, is riveting with suspense, action, betrayal, and the brimming hope of romancce.
The man-made mountain was situated next to the ocean, waves crashing violently against it as if they knew it didn’t belong there. At the very top of the mountain perched a mansion, formed of smooth purple rock, so rare that it glistened against the occasional sunlight. It was built like a castle, with turrets and windows, even a moat of salty brine water bleeding in from the ocean.
A prison was nestled at the base of the mountain, sections of it actually winding into the packed earth of its lowest parts. Soldiers, dressed in red uniforms stood at attention beforeits doors, long swords swinging from their belts. Further out from the mountain, was an area they once called Presidio, housing the privileged…in mansions as glorious as the one on top of the mountain…made of stone or rock, precious metal, the highest quality of wood.
The government officials lived there, although they were few now. The healer. The Elite Army. Those with Power. And of course, the Destroyers
Lissa's Review - Four Stars
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
I really wasn't sure of this book. I don't read a whole lot of fantasy. But the cover was beautiful and drew me in.
There was pretty much a genocide. Getting rid of a specific color of people. It just made me sad. These people did nothing wrong. Killed for no reason but the color of their skin. Teak is saved by Entho within seconds of her death.
Teak has become really strong willed and still has a huge hatred for those who killed her friends. She is skilled with weapons but wants to learn about Dragons. As I'm learning with her. It made me sad how the Dragons are treated. This is a world I would not want to be a part of. I feel bad to Teak, having to live this life.
Events change In her life, headed in a different direction. Not knowing what's going to happen. There's so much action and heartache in this story. I really enjoyed this book and can't wait to read the second one in the series.
L.L. Crane lives in a remote area of Northern California with her two horses, six goats, three dogs and two cats. When she was a child, L.L. Crane dreamed of being a writer. She used the name, “Katie Bush” as a pen name for the famous writer she hoped to become, cranking out book after book onher mom’s old blue typewriter.
As life often has twists and turns, L.L. Crane found herself becoming anything but a writer. She graduated with a B.A. in Education, even though she was honored to begin her college career with the aid of writing scholarships.
After becoming a teacher, raising three children primarily on her own, as well as owning and operating a business, L.L. Crane finally pursued her dreams and began writing novels. She brings her own experiences from teaching and her love of animals to her stories. L.L. Crane is an avid reader and writer and loves children, animals, reading, riding horses, and gnomes.