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Dance of Shadows by Erica Marie Hogan: Promo Blast with Celebrate Lit

Dance of Shadows

Be still, my heart! I cannot get enough of this book cover!


Back of the book:


The Winter Queen has brought the storm … 
and the Abyss roams the halls of the Blood Keep.

Ten days have passed since Sundragon blood was shed for a sacrifice by Raphaela Kael. Ten days since Lathan and Maxx Jandry fled the city in search of Princess Damari Kael and their niece, Noelle. Brecken Jandry, Brae’s loyal husband, remains a tortured prisoner in the Kael dungeons and no one in Sunkai is safe from Roderick and Raphaela’s wrath.

Damari Kael flees Sunkai with little Noelle Jandry, determined to deliver the child to the safety of the Shadow Lands, even as her own power emerges within her. The Eventide Sisters embark on a mission to join the Winter Queen. Across the land, Clea Jandry arrives in her birthplace of Molderëin where she is met with a savagery she thought long dead. Afra Malaki seeks the Creator’s will and the Queen of the Woodlands prepares for battle.

In the peaceful city of Quintaria, the Winter Queen grieves. But the shadows are coming for her. They carry a message for Adlae Sundragon, and they will not rest until all is revealed.

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Book Review:

The genre of Christian Fantasy is smaller than I would like, but I see it growing. Books like Dance of Shadows give me hope for the future of this particular niche. Working magic and Christianity together in a novel is not an easy task when you seek to make the magic-wielders part of a belief system that orients itself around a Creator reminiscent of God. Dance of Shadows manages to be both fantasy-driven and spiritual in equal measures.

Since I have not read Winter Queen it did take me a few chapters to sort out all the necessary characters. Like any good fantasy, there are a lot of moving parts, or should I say, a scattered army trying to pull itself back together as it heads toward a final battle. Each chapter rotates, giving you a glimpse into every side of the battle and allowing you to see the thoughts of heroes and villains.

And here’s where I get all sappy on you. I’m an enormous Terry Brooks fan, and while he does not write Christian Fantasy, his work is powerful high on the Fantasy scope. This series comes close to rivaling the Shannara Series with its scope of characters and the depth of sacrifice necessary to reach the victory at the end of the war.

This is not your frilly, magic-is-the-key-to-everything tra-la-la fantasy. Dance of Shadows is a gut-check of emotion that will leave you breathlessly lost in the world of magic.

Author Social Media:          Erica Hogan  







Author Bio

From as far back as she can remember, Erica Marie Hogan loved to write. When she was a little girl she adored make-believe, but gradually her imagination became too big to restrict it to playtime and so, she wrote.

Erica was born and raised for nine years on Orient Point, Long Island, New York. She then moved with her family to Virginia and, finally, to Texas where she now lives. She lives to plot new stories, enjoys a good tear-jerker, and chocolate is her cure for any ailment. Once a month Erica publishes a post on her blog, By the Book: Diary of a Bookaholic, where she shares her experiences with writing and book reviews. She is represented by Jim Hart of Hartline Literary Agency.

Along with the first two books of The Winter Queen Series, Erica’s World War I standalone novel, The Lost Generation, is also available now from Elk Lake Publishing, Inc.


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