Monday, October 2, 2017

Blog Tour: Review, Excerpt, and Giveaway: Keepers of the Stone Trilogy by Andrew Anzur Clement

Keepers of the Stone
by Andrew Anzur Clement


GENRE:    Historical Young Adult Fantasy


Keepers of the Stone. Book One: The Outcasts

In a far corner of the British Empire, a mysterious girl gallops away on a horse, fleeing for her life.  Malka has sacrificed everything to protect an all-powerful stone from falling into the hands of the malevolent Urumi. The last in a Sect of thieves, the girl is a trained killer. But will her lethal skills be enough to defeat the Shadow Warriors and their superhuman abilities? 

The fate of the stone may depend on Stas, a courageous youth born into exile from a country that is not on any map. Nell, his friend since childhood, has been caught up in the Dark Order's evil designs. The young outcasts must confront demons, real and imagined, with the help of mystical new allies. Their journey will take them to distant lands and change their lives forever.


Book One: The Outcasts
"The firearms,” Malka whispered. “We still have them from the bank.”
“Do you even know how to fire a gun?”
The Thag shook her head.
The felinoid harrumphed. “Figures.” Then she began thinking out loud.
“So, we’re low on ammunition. Only six shots per gun, assuming they’re completely loaded. Okay. They’re in the open. We can use the wagon as cover. Target what shots we have. I’m not very good at aiming, but maybe if Mister Bunny Burglar over there takes….”
She stopped. Looking behind her, to the empty space off to the right side of the wagon’s seating area.
“Where is Henry?”
Malka and Liza looked around. Both of them spotted their erstwhile captive at the same moment.
“Ugh! He’s in front of the wagon running away with one of the cages,” Liza said, as if the situation needed any clarification. “I told you we should have killed that little….”
The gunfire ceased abruptly, replaced in short order with the quick screams of men and horses. Then silence. The escaping youth was forgotten for the moment. Liza quickly poked her head just over the stack of cages.
“Oh, no! Oh, please, no!” For the first time since Malka had known the felinoid, she seemed more genuinely worried than annoyed at their situation; she knew what Liza had seen.
“The Urumi,” she confirmed in a quiet voice.
“All three of them. And they’re moving towards us.”
Malka untied the sash from around her waist and inserted the brass knob into one of its ends. She listened for one of the dark forms, as it approached her side of the wagon.

Keepers of the Stone. Book Two: Exile

Stranded on the American frontier, Malka must stop at nothing to safeguard the all-powerful stone. She has come under the protection of a snarky felinoid – a shape-shifting girl who traces her lineage back to the court of Vlad Dracula. They must rescue with Henry, the American orphan whose thirst for knowledge could help decipher the clues to the next
leg of their journey – if the Urumi don’t kill them first.

Alone in yet another strange land, Stas mourns the unthinkable loss of his friend, Nell.  Cryptic messages offer new hope. But the Dark Order has devised another strategy to outwit the band of misfits. Plans are betrayed and alliances are formed as history points to the final objective of their quest.

Keepers of the Stone Book Three: Homecoming

Stas and his companions have made their way to the partitioned homeland he has never visited. He dares to hope that Nell may be alive. The doomed princess Bozhena vows revenge on the Shadow Warriors, who have enlisted Malka’s most bitter enemy in their latest plot to control the powerful stone.

With the help of a streetwise gypsy girl, the unlikely travelers must outwit the Urumi and deliver the stone to its final destination. All they have to do is put aside the differences that threaten to tear them apart. The secrets of the past hold the key to the history of the future.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Andrew Anzur Clement departed his native Los Angeles at the age of nineteen, with a curiosity for far-off lands. He quickly discovered an insatiable wonderlust that has led him to live, work and study in many fascinating places around the globe. Now in his late-twenties the unabashed opera fan is based in Europe. He continues to travel and read widely, finding new inspiration in the places he discovers. In his ‘other’ life Andrew is an academic researcher, focusing on  nationalism and identity formation. He enjoys including insights from his research in his books and the characters he inhabits.
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Andrew Anzur Clement will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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The Outcasts is the first installment from the Keepers of the Stone series. I thought it was a great beginning to the series. This historical is full of action, adventure and intrigue. I love these fun characters. The book ends with quite a cliffhanger, making me look forward to what will happen next in the second book, Exile.

The Outcasts is definitely a must read and I recommend it to those who love  the fantasy genre.

I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.

Exile is the second book from the exciting Keepers of the Stone series. I found Exile even more intriguing than the first book in the series, The Outcasts. There is even more action and adventure in this one. I have to say this is one magical tale! Like The Outcasts, it ends with a quite a cliffhanger, making me to want to continue on to the next book, Homecoming. I have got to know what will happen in the final installment.

I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.

Homecoming is the third and final book from the Keepers of the Stone series. I have really enjoyed each and every one of the books in this trilogy and Homecoming did not disappoint. I love the twists and turns of this tale. It was so easy to keep reading until I was done with the book. I most definitely think this story and series is a must read and I look forward to reading more by Andrew Anzur Clement in the future.

A good, clean read.

I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.

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  1. congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win

  2. What literary character do you must relate to? Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

  3. Thanks for the awesome giveaway and for sharing the great post, I enjoyed reading it! :)

  4. Thanks for hosting and for the great review. I'm glad to know you enjoyed it!

    A FREE copy of Keepers of the Stone: Book One is now available here. Get yours today!

  5. Who is your favorite author? Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

  6. What was your favorite book growing up? Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

  7. What is the best book that you had to read in school? Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com