Baby’s very first blog tour! And I’m very excited that it’s such a special one – I’ve really enjoyed Rin Chupeco’s Bone Witch series, and am thrilled to get to delve into another of her worlds. Rin writes beautiful fantasy infused with her Filipino heritage, full of diverse and nuanced characters. Sadly, her books are very much underrated here in the UK – I have never seen them in a bookshop – so I’m extra happy to be able to shout loudly about how great they are!
So, thank you Shealea (https://shutupshealea.com/) and Harper Collins for the opportunity to be part of this amazing group of bloggers celebrating The Never Tilting World! To support my fellow bloggers and see what they think, click through to Shealea’s official launch post here!
PUBLICATION DATE: 15/10/2019
STAR RATING: 4/5 ✶
SUMMARY: Frozen meets Mad Max in this epic teen fantasy duology bursting with star-crossed romance, immortal heroines, and elemental magic, perfect for fans of Furyborn.
Generations of twin goddesses have long ruled Aeon. But seventeen years ago, one sister’s betrayal defied an ancient prophecy and split their world in two. The planet ceased to spin, and a Great Abyss now divides two realms: one cloaked in perpetual night, the other scorched by an unrelenting sun.
While one sister rules Aranth—a frozen city surrounded by a storm-wracked sea —her twin inhabits the sand-locked Golden City. Each goddess has raised a daughter, and each keeps her own secrets about her sister’s betrayal.
But when shadowy forces begin to call their daughters, Odessa and Haidee, back to the site of the Breaking, the two young goddesses —along with a powerful healer from Aranth, and a mouthy desert scavenger —set out on separate journeys across treacherous wastelands, desperate to heal their broken world. No matter the sacrifice it demands.
OPINIONS: Aranth and the Golden City. Ice and Desert. Odessa and Haidee. This novel is full of dualities, and it explores both what breaks us apart, as well as what binds us together. In a world split asunder eighteen years ago, the young goddesses, who grew up in opposite worlds, both ultimately want to achieve the same goal, which for me symbolised a form of hope in a rather bleak world. And oh, how well said world was written. No one in their right mind would want to visit there, ever, but Rin has managed what few authors have been able to do: she has been able to evoke images out of my mind. I am not a visual reader AT ALL (I know, I’m weird that way), but I have clear images of multiple places in this world, of Odessa and Haidee with their colourful hair. This really speaks for her skill with words, and I can’t wait to see what else she comes up with!
Another aspect of The Never Tilting World that I really loved is the character development. I don’t want to go into too much detail here, so I don’t end up spoiling anything, but all four of the main characters go through major learning processes throughout the story. They grow as people in a way that makes sense, and the reader’s sympathies change throughout the story, as there are often no clear-cut moral lines. As a Bi girl, I was also really happy about the f/f relationship between Odessa and her healer, Lan, which was extremely well written and nuanced, and picked up on a lot of social cues and nuances as well as the feelings and chemistry that clearly existed between the two girls.
There are so many subtle details and hints built into the story that only become clear after having read the whole story and having thought about it again, which makes it all the more wonderful. I loved reading this story influenced by Mesopotamian mythology and the Philippines, and hope you will too! I can’t wait for part two of the duology to come out, and book one hasn’t even been published officially yet…
If this sounds right up your alley, add The Never Tilting World on Goodreads, order it off Book Depository, or from your retailer of choice, and join us for the official book tour twitter chat next Sunday, October 19th using #CBTTC! 9AM EST / 9PM PH time means 2PM UK time, so it is quite a humane time for us Europeans to make it!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Rin Chupeco has written obscure manuals for complicated computer programs, talked people out of their money at event shows, and done many other terrible things. She now writes about ghosts and fantastic worlds but is still sometimes mistaken for a revenant. She is the author of The Girl from the Well, its sequel, The Suffering, and the Bone Witch trilogy. Despite an unsettling resemblance to Japanese revenants, Rin always maintains her sense of hummus. Born and raised in Manila, Philippines, she keeps four pets: a dog, two birds, and a husband. Dances like the neighbors are watching.
You can find her online on quite a few sites:
- Author website —https://www.rinchupeco.com/
- Goodreads — https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7055613.Rin_Chupeco
- Pinterest — https://www.pinterest.com/rinchupeco/
- Twitter —https://www.twitter.com/rinchupeco
- Instagram — https://www.instagram.com/rinchupeco