Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Valen and the Beasts Book Review and Book Tour Giveaway

I love finding a new fantasy series! This week,  I continue to share books from the Acre series by G.J. Kemp!  Today, I am sharing my review of Valen and the Beasts, the novella prequel to Juno and the Lady!  Check out the novella, learn about the series and author, read my thoughts on the story and be sure to enter for a chance to win a prize in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post.

Book Series Title: THE ACRE SERIES by G.J. Kemp
CategoryAdult Fiction (18 +)
Genre:  Epic Fantasy
Publisher:  TB5 Publishing
Release date:   January 2022,  May 2022, June 2022, August 2022
Content Rating:  PG for a few fight scenes.   

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About the Series

From their windows, balconies, and gardens, the residents of the land of Acre stare north at the ominous black clouds that crawl across their beloved skies, overshadowing their homes. Under the clouds, a darkness has befallen the majestic City of Lynn.

Within the city, a cornered Queen, once true and just, now plays a game of cat and mouse with the races of Acre. Each season, as the Queen fights for control, the ‘Unknowns’ from the North approach. With them comes the stench of evil, fear, and death.

But… there is hope. A lost legend now awakened.

A set of dormant orbs lay in the gnarled hands of an old man. One by one, the dull orbs spark and swirl to life. Somewhere within the City of Lynn, the scroll of equals remains hidden. It’s text, supplied by the gods, awaits the chosen who may one day save the land of Acre.

Or so the legend says. 
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About the Books in the Series

Book Series Title: JUNO AND THE LADY (An Acre Story, Book 1) by G.J. Kemp
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 +), 400 pages
Genre:  Epic Fantasy
Publisher:  TB5 Publishing
Release date:   January 2022
Content Rating:  PG for a few fight scenes.
About the Book

Juno’s beloved Petra is dead.

Petra’s replacement, the mysterious Lady, has put Juno’s best friend Tilly under a dark spell that has left Juno with nobody she can trust.

With only Chax, her kitten, for company, Juno escapes from her school to a town at the bottom of the cliffs.

A town ruled by men.

Alone, scared, and without friends, Juno feels an unknown power growing inside her. A power she knows she will one day have to harness. With all lost, a dark figure from within the shadows cups her mouth and whispers in her ear to keep quiet.

Juno joins her new friends but just as she starts to learn how the world really works, the ill-tempered Dr Viktor demands an audience.

Juno and the Lady is a young woman’s journey into a land of the old ways, where men rule, and women are property.

​With unlikely friendships, forbidden love and burning magic, can Juno change the conventions of old? Can she save the town? And will she figure out who the Lady truly is?
My Review

You can read my review of  Juno and the Lady here.


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Book Series Title: VALEN AND THE BEASTS (A Juno and the Lady Novella, An Acre Story, Book 1.1) by G.J. Kemp
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 +), 126 pages
Genre:  Epic Fantasy
Publisher:  TB5 Publishing
Release date:   May 16, 2022
Content Rating:  PG for a few fight scenes. 
About the Book

Valen plucked the glass box off the shelf and gently placed it on his desk. Inside, a set of handcrafted metal circles linked to form the body of his new beast. He closed his eyes and dreamed of the Fairacre residents buying his latest creations.

A commotion outside Valen’s shop brings him back to the present. The Captain has caught the leader of the sewer rats and is parading her in front of Fairacre residents. Her fate will be determined by the townsfolk’s demands.

Valen steps in to defend the leader.

​A story of discovery, hope and courage, Valen and the Beasts is a journey of an outsider risking everything to stand up for the people he loves. Will Valen save the leader of the sewer rats? Will he show everyone his secret? Or will he buckle under the pressures of the old conventions?
My Review

Valen and the Beasts is an Action Packed, Entertaining Prequel. This novella gives readers of Juno and the Lady a few insights into the Fairacre world and the actions preceding Juno's story. Valen's beliefs and magical gifts--and caring heart--introduce readers to the characters of Fairacre. As he strives to protect the "sewer rats," readers are treated to the fast-paced action, magical "beasts," and a budding love story. 


The Author Crafts Wonderful Characters. Valen is the perfect hero in this story, and seeing Chloe, who I loved in Juno and the Lady, in her earlier character role made me love her more. Readers also see some of the various sentiments regarding buying wives as Valen interacts with guards and such throughout the story. While this novella could be a stand-alone fantasy story, it really is part of the series and is best read in the order the author suggests. 


Would I Recommend Valen and the Beasts? This novella has more of a magical, naive, young adult fantasy feel than Juno and the Lady--but it fits the novella perfectly as the characters are growing into the roles in the future of Fairacre. If you enjoy short fantasy stories with a bit of magic and characters seeking to follow their moral compass, this is a great story and part of the series. Valen and the Beasts should be read after Juno and the Lady as it adds to that story and brings together some pieces while leaving a lot of the mystery of Fairacre and its people to be revealed later.

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Book Series Title: PETRA AND THE SEWER RATS (A Juno and the Lady Novella, An Acre Story, Book 1.2) by G.J. Kemp
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 +), 120 pages
Genre:  Epic Fantasy
Publisher:  TB5 Publishing
Release date:   August, 2022
Content Rating:  PG for a few fight scenes.  
About the Book

‘You saved one girl, papa,’ Petra said. ‘Just one girl. The rest are living in the alleys. Starving, freezing, with no hope.’

‘I still don’t understand why this is bothering you so much?’ Ernest said.

Petra turned her head and stared out of the window.

A young privileged woman who knows nothing about the real world is thrown deep into the underbelly of Fairacre.

Petra and the Sewer Rats take us on a tale of how Petra forms the Sewer Rats then has to make an impossible decision. Does she save her baby? Or does she save the children of the alleys?
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Book Series Title: MILES AND THE SOLDIER (An Acre Story, Book 2) by G.J. Kemp
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 +), 474 pages
Genre:  Epic Fantasy
Publisher:  TB5 Publishing
Release date:   June 2022
Content Rating:  PG for a few fight scenes. 
About the Book

The front door swung open. The icy blast of air hit Miles full in the face. For the first time in months, a smile played across his lips. Freedom.

Miles knows his life changed when the Lady’s sword cut deep into his back. He knows he’ll never achieve his lifelong dream.

Then a stab of joyous pain slices down his leg. With renewed hope, Miles leaves behind the shackles of Dr Viktor’s house and travels east, to the training grounds of the Queen’s Guard.

Will Miles get the chance to compete for a place? And will they accept him in the warrior’s holy ground of Battleacre?

​The Acre Story follows Miles’s journey through the eastern lands as our epic fantasy continues.

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Meet the Author

A nomad at heart, GJ has lived in nine countries across Africa, Europe and the Middle East. His career has included working as a Divemaster in The Red Sea, a zookeeper in Israel, and a proofreader in Sweden.

Born with cerebral palsy, GJ has spent a lifetime trying to tie his shoelaces while standing up in the hope of not falling over. It is a constant challenge, but sometimes he occasionally succeeds.

​Finding the love for writing later in life, GJ spends most of his free time going for walks and dreaming of story ideas. He hopes to one day have a small place on the oceanfront where he can walk his dogs on the beach.

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1 comment:

  1. Sounds like an amazing book!! Gorgeous covers! Thanks for sharing!