Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Court of Snakes: This Desert Cage Book Review & Book Tour Giveaway

This morning, I have a young adult dystopian fantasy novel to share! Check out Court of Snakes, learn about author Tycho Dwelis, read my thoughts on the book & be sure to enter for a chance to win a prize in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post.

​Book TitleCourt of Snakes: This Desert Cage by Tycho Dwelis
Category:  YA Fiction (Ages 13-17),  317 pages
GenreDystopian Fantasy
Publisher:  Precursor Publishing
Release date:  July 2, 2022
Content Rating:  PG + M: Some allusion to domestic abuse, fantasy violence, adults drinking alcohol


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About the Book

In the city of Segeno, it’s eat or be eaten. Someone has to rule the masses. A boy has lost his birthright. His parents killed. Dead and gone. A girl has lost her father. She means nothing to him now.

The city of Segeno stands tall after a great war, the only city left of its kind. Terran has lost both of his parents and is now on the run from a tyrant eager to kill him and cut off the royal bloodline. Parisa struggles with her own identity as even her father rejects her for the color of her skin as he claws for the throne. Along their journeys, they meet unexpected allies and encounter unprecedented magick, but, most importantly, they learn what it is to stand up for themselves and take back their city from corruption.

The Court of Snakes: This Desert Cage is the first of a two book series intended for ages 13 – 18. If you like the Hunger Games, Divergent, and Inkheart, you’ll love these books.

This series talks about systemic oppression, racism, oligarchy, and, of course, magick.


My Review

The Court of Snakes: This Desert Cage Launches the Series Well. The author puts a lot of effort into creating her characters, their fantasy world, and the obstacles driving the plot. While fantasy and magical in theme--there is enough realism in the relationships and interactions to keep adults and teens alike interested in the outcomes. 


Solid Characters and Pacing Keep the Action Moving. I enjoyed watching the characters grow and develop into their roles as the novel progressed. The scenes flow well, and the author keeps the action moving and the scenes well-paced. There were a few slow spots--but I mostly found the dialogue and character interactions interesting and balanced. 


Readers Should Expect to Read the Series. There is some resolution as the characters find their ways and develop into their roles and paths along their journey. The author keeps enough loose ends that readers will need to read the second book in the series. 


Would I Recommend Court of Snakes: The Desert Cage by Tycho Dwelis? If you enjoy young adult dystopian / fantasy with a strong female lead, reality-based conflict, and coming of age growth, this is a good launch to the series. The flow of the scenes and the themes are well suited to a teen audience though adult fans of the genre should find the novel interesting and entertaining as well.  


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Meet the Author

I’m Tycho (I also use the pen name Cassidy), and I love storytelling! I’m incredibly passionate about writing, art, and anything that allows me to create my own worlds. My goal is to write dreamy fiction for all ages that is unique, inspiring, and imaginative. I like to write about themes that include coming of age, magic realism, identity, relationships, and bullying. My books are intended for readers ages eight to twenty-five, and are meant to connect the world of the fantastical to everyday life.

I currently live in Colorado and have an MA in Publishing.

connect with the author:  website ~ twitter ~ facebook ~ instagram ~ goodreads

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COURT OF SNAKES by Tycho Dwellis Book Tour Giveaway