I’m very happy to be part of the blog tour for Sonora and the Eye of the Titans! My review of the book and a giveaway is under the cut!
Sonora and the Eye of the Titans
Publication date: January 14th 2017
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
The King is dead, and the capital city of Titanis has fallen. The world of Sonora is at war, and the only hope against the onslaught of the Titan army lies with the last royal descendant of Zeus, who is being covertly sheltered on Earth in the secluded mountain town of Sandy, Oregon.
Allora is a shy, intelligent sixteen-year-old, trying to get through the gauntlet of high school while coming to terms with her otherworldly origins. After getting into a fight at soccer tryouts, Allora’s emotions boil over, and her hands suddenly burst into flames. She has harnessed the power of hadrons at the highest level, but at extreme cost. The magical outburst projects an energy signature that is detected by a group of assassins tasked with killing Sonoran rebels.
To survive, Allora, Katie, Dax, and Tanner must find a powerful ancient artifact known as the Eye of the Titans. With the help of a guardian known as Sasquatch, they will have to fight off creatures, solve complex riddles, and navigate magical caverns, all while enduring advanced calculus, jealous girlfriends, and prom.
Four kids from the world of Sonora go through adventures, learn about the world they come from, and manage to find a lot of trouble. I really liked the concept of this book– what T.S. Hall is trying to do with this series in commendable.
The world itself needs a bit of fleshing out, but as the series continues I expect we’ll learn more. We are, with just a quick introduction to Sonora, launched into the story in progress– into the every day life of Aurora. Without giving away too much of the story, she comes to find out she’s a lot more important than she ever dreamed. She isn’t perfect– she gets worked up, frustrated, and doesn’t always do what she’s told. I do like this in a protagonist.
The story is presented in a somewhat episodic format– anecdotes that add up slowly. The pace, of course, picks up at the end.
I like the magic system and that each of the kids is associated with a color. I love the way T.S. Hall weaves mythology and magic into the real world– you can tell immediately that the author is from the Pacific Northwest. I loved the real locations and how well they worked in the story.
This is a YA book, but honestly, the voice feels a bit younger. It’s been compared to the Percy Jackson series, and I think that’s an apt comparison. The voice reminds me of Percy Jackson too– a bit on the young side, so a little hard for me to get used to. I was used to it by the end of Sonora and the Eye of the Titans, which was a quick read!
If you want to check it out for yourself, be sure to enter the giveaway below!
I’m a writer, skier, and wanderer. I grew up in Portland, Oregon, but currently live in the beautiful mountain resort town of Sun Valley, Idaho. I love history, mythology, and the fantastical interpretations that have been incorporated in my debut young adult urban fantasy series called Sonora.