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February 4, 2022

BLOG TOUR: Shadow Bound Souls (The Luminance Saga Book 2) by Steven Rudy

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the SHADOW BOUND SOULS by Steven Rudy Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway! Link in bio.

About the Book:

Title: SHADOW BOUND SOULS (The Luminance Saga Book 2)

Author: Steven Rudy

Pub. Date: February 1, 2022

Publisher: MysticHawk Press LLC

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 430

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Shadow Bound Souls, blends Science Fiction and classic high fantasy in a steampunk world.


The frontier of alchemy, magic and machines nears a breaking point.

Book two of The Luminance Saga is an action-packed sci-fi fantasy adventure, charged with a tension inherited from the epic climax of book one. Shadow Bound Souls picks up where the first novel left off, with a band of heroes stranded in a world on the brink of war.

The Sagean Lord has emerged.
While the Wrythen's influence grows stronger, the Sagean and his power-hungry acolytes, the Court of Dragons, are intent on delivering the gem of souls to the Temple of Ama; where the Sintering Fountain can transform the acolytes into Luminaries.

Meanwhile, the band of heroes find themselves separated in a world starting to tear itself apart. Having suffered a huge loss, Ellaria and Elias must escape the Mainland with the Sagean’s agents pursuing them. When Elias becomes sick, Ellaria decides to hide amongst the Showman’s Traveling Show of Wonders. But their journey is shadowed by darkness and when troupe members turn up murdered, Ellaria struggles to find the killer amongst her company.

Far away in the Warhawk Mountains, the three young rogues are stranded with the Tempest Stone. Aimless about what to do, their paths take a turn when they discover the horrifying magnitude of the Sagean’s return to power, the Scree.

Shadow Bound Souls continues the steampunk saga with a sequel that takes the plot to greater depths while expanding upon the immersive world; with an ending that hurtles the series toward the coming World War.


The Luminance Saga
Book 1 – The Binding Tempest
Book 2 – Shadow Bound Souls
 

 


Haven’t started the series yet? Grab Book 1 THE BINDING TEMPEST in Hardcover, Paperback, or read for FREE with a Kindle Unlimited membership!

REVIEW of Shadow Bound Souls (The Luminance Saga Book 2) by Steven Rudy

Rating: 3.5 Stars
Release Date: February 1, 2022
Format: Physical ARC and eARC (From the Author and Rockstar Book Tours)
Publisher: Mystic Hawk Press LLC


Another entertaining steampunk novel with fantasy and sci-fi themes from Steven Rudy. Readers who pick up Shadow Bound Souls can expect immersive worldbuilding, relatable characters, and fun action. This book is on the longer side and packed with details, so don’t expect to be able to finish it in one sitting. 


Thank you to the author, Mystic Hawk Press, and Jaime at Rockstar Book Tours for providing me with a complimentary review copy of the book as part of my participation in the tour. I appreciate the opportunity to read and review Shadow Bound Souls immensely! Please note - I voluntarily read and reviewed Shadow Bound Souls. All opinions expressed in the review are my own and not influenced in any way.


Reviews for book 1, THE BINDING TEMPEST:

“This start of a saga is difficult to put down as the readers follow Ellaria Moonstone as she fights to protect all knowledge!”– Sara Anderson, Reedsy Discovery

“The Binding Tempest is highly recommended reading for steampunk fantasy and sci-fi fans interested in an epic work evolving on the scale of Lord of the Rings.”– D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review 

“Bolstered by vivid, brilliant descriptions, Rudy’s high-intensity storytelling shines, and the assured, intelligent prose allow readers to stay invested. The expert combination of immersive storytelling, strong characters, and well-woven mixture of speculative and steampunk elements makes for an unforgettable experience. A dazzling, powerhouse… Fans of intricately crafted, sophisticated high fantasy won’t want to miss this.” – The Prairies Book Review

 

Excerpt from Shadow Bound Souls:

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The three of them walked into town on foot and for the longest time, Learon didn't see anyone around. It was beginning to feel like a ghost town. A few shapes were seen inside houses, but Learon didn't stop until they reached the town center.

In the open green space, about fifty townspeople lingered aimlessly. Learon almost went past them to the Inn until the truth of what they were doing hit him. He realized they weren't moving. The sight of them standing still chilled him to his bones.

"What's wrong with them?" Tali whispered.

"I don't know. I tried talking to a few of them and none responded. Sometimes they'll look at you, but that's it," Wade said.

Learon surveyed the area and waved for the others to follow, "Come on, I need to find Rose."

He ran over to the Inn and up the porch steps. There were others inside all in the same static state, and a foul smell of mildew and excrement made it hard to breathe. In the kitchen, the smell was worse. There he found Jema, the cook. She was standing in the darkened room with a knife in her hand. The ghosted look in her eyes was frightening. They were glossy and yellowing.

"Jema. Jema, where's Rose?" Learon said, but there was no response. Jema blinked and seemed to be breathing, but she didn't answer. He stepped closer to her.

"Be careful, Learon," Tali cautioned.

Learon tried again, this time touching Jema on the arm, "Jema, are you . . ."

At his touch, she took a step forward. The sudden movement startled Tali, and she backed into some empty egg crates. Learon moved away to give Jema space. Jema slowly strode to the counter and began to chop some rotten meat on the board. Jema's movements were almost mechanical and she did it all without registering their presence in the room. 

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About Steven Rudy:

After attending the University of Colorado at Boulder, where Steven studied architecture, philosophy and writing. He has worked in the field of architecture for 20 years designing houses, commercial buildings and working on historic preservation projects across Colorado. He is passionate about sci-fi, fantasy, the Denver Broncos, architecture, and Bob Dylan. The Binding Tempest was Steven’s first novel and he’s thrilled to bring book 2, Shadow Bound Souls into the world.

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Giveaway Details:

2 winners will win a SHADOW BOUND SOULS bundle including signed paperbacks, bookmarks, a tote bag, & maps, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

1/31/2022

YABooksCentral

Excerpt

1/31/2022

BookHounds

Excerpt

2/1/2022

Mythical Books

Excerpt

2/1/2022

Writer of Wrongs

Excerpt

2/2/2022

The Girl Who Reads

Review

2/2/2022

Sadie's Spotlight

Excerpt

2/3/2022

Rajiv's Reviews

Review

2/3/2022

#BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog

Excerpt

2/4/2022

Eye-Rolling Demigod's Book Blog

Review

2/4/2022

@lexijava

Review

Week Two:

2/7/2022

Thoughts on Books

Review

2/7/2022

A Court of Coffee and Books

Review

2/8/2022

@Locked_in_a_library

Review

2/8/2022

Prison Wife Reviews

Review

2/9/2022

The Reading Wordsmith

Review

2/9/2022

@coffeesipsandreads

Review

2/10/2022

Karen Dee's Book Reviews

Review

2/10/2022

The Momma Spot

Review

2/11/2022

@jypsylynn

Review

2/11/2022

Two Points of Interest

Review


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