Book Tour Review: Scribes by James Wolanyk

The Scribe Cycle #1
by James Wolanyk
Genre: Dark Fantasy

Pawns in an endless
war, scribes are feared and worshipped, valued and exploited, prized
and hunted. But there is only one whose powers can determine the fate
of the world . . .
Born into the ruins of Rzolka’s
brutal civil unrest, Anna has never known peace. Here, in her remote
village—a wasteland smoldering in the shadows of outlying foreign
armies—being imbued with the magic of the scribes has made her
future all the more uncertain.
Through intricate carvings of the
flesh, scribes can grant temporary invulnerability against enemies to
those seeking protection. In an embattled world where child scribes
are sold and traded to corrupt leaders, Anna is invaluable. Her scars
never fade. The immunity she grants lasts forever.
Taken to a desert metropolis, Anna is
promised a life of reverence, wealth, and fame—in exchange for her
gifts. She believes she is helping to restore her homeland, creating
gods and kings for an immortal army—until she witnesses the hordes
slaughtering without reproach, sacking cities, and threatening
everything she holds dear. Now, with the help of an enigmatic
assassin, Anna must reclaim the power of her scars—before she
becomes the unwitting architect of an apocalyptic war.
 This is one of those reads in which you must go in with an open mind, especially the build-up. Our main character is Anna who starts off the story running away from home with her handicapped little brother in order to save him, but when in-between a rock and a hard place drops him like a bad habit and essentially writes him off. Her world is full of different cultures within different lands all vying to over take each other through the use of scribes.
Scribes are those with magic carvings in ones flesh and Anna had been hiding the fact that she was a very powerful one that ultimately gets manipulated for her magic. A dark, descriptive read that shows both sides of humanity, mostly the evil side. However, this IS the first book in the series (Cycle #1) which sets the stage for the rest of the waging wars of the world.
Not for the faint of heart, but for those who are ready to have their eyes opened to a world in which a naive girl starts to learn about herself and has to choose between what is right and wrong to restore her homeland. Happy I received this to read as part of a book tour, looking forward to more from the author, James Wolanyk.
James Wolanyk is the author of
the Scribe Cycle and a teacher from Boston. He holds a B.A. in
Creative Writing from the University of Massachusetts, where his
writing has appeared in its quarterly publication and The Electric
Pulp. After studying fiction, he pursued educational work in the
Czech Republic, Taiwan, and Latvia. Outside of writing, he enjoys
history, philosophy, and boxing. His post-apocalyptic novel, Grid,
was released in 2015. He currently resides in Riga, Latvia as an
English teacher.
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  1. Congrats on the tour and I appreciate the book description, review and the great giveaway as well. Love the tours, I get to find books and share with my sisters the ones I know they would enjoy reading and they both love to read. Thank you!

  2. I enjoyed getting to know your book; congrats on the tour, I hope it is a fun one for you, and thanks for the chance to win 🙂

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