Tuesday, 21 June 2022

BLOG TOUR: The White Lion - Scott Oden

In war-torn Acre, a different sort of battle is being fought as Tancred of Antioch, the White Lion, plays a desperate game of cat-and-mouse against those who would see the kingdom of Heaven in shambles. But, as armies inch ever closer, the question remains: who does the White Lion serve, Cairo or Jerusalem? 

What did I think?

I don't read a lot of fantasy books so Scott Oden is an author who is new to me, but I really enjoyed The White Lion and I wouldn't have discovered it if I hadn't been a keen supporter of Books on the Hill's Open Dyslexia Kickstarter project.  You can find out more about the project below my review.

Do not be put off this book if you don't read fantasy as it is written in such a way that it will appeal to fans of historical fiction.  Even the main character, Tancred of Antioch, is a real historical figure and the story is set in a turbulent Acre, an ancient city in Israel that lies 80 miles north of Jerusalem.  With power struggles and backstabbing, nobody is safe and the White Lion is being hunted.

I'm not dyslexic so I can't comment as to how dyslexic friendly the book is, but it's a quick and easy read, that is filled with adventure and atmosphere.  It's a great title to include in the project this year and I sincerely hope that the Kickstarter is successful.

I received an ARC to read and review for my stop on the tour and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

My rating:

About the author:
Scott Oden is a bestselling author of historical fantasy and sword-and-sorcery. Since his debut in 2005, his books have received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist; he has been an Amazon Editor’s Pick and has been nominated for a Gemmell Award. Scott lives in the foothills of the Appalachians with his lovely wife, Shannon, and a variety of dogs -- all of them neurotic and prone to dancing like no one’s watching.

About BOTH Press' Open Dyslexia: the sequel:
Dyslexic friendly fiction for adults by BOTH Press

Following their successful "Open Dyslexia" Kickstarter in 2021, which led to publishing eight dyslexic friendly fiction titles, BOTH Press is launching on June 7th 2022, their second Kickstarter "Open Dyslexia: the sequel" with more high-profile authors than ever before, lasting 30 days and finishing on the July 4th 2022

The Kickstarter aims to publish eight more titles of high-quality fiction from bestselling authors: including household names such as Bernard Cornwell and Peter James. 

The line-up is full of many front-list authors such as Gareth Powell, J.M Alvey(aka Juliet Mckenna), Scott Oden, Snorri Krisjanason, and James Bennett.

Peter James will also be doing an introduction for the 2022 collection.  

There are very few initiatives for reading for pleasure for adults. The eight titles BOTH Press has already published are the only readily available dyslexic friendly fiction for adults in the UK and can be found in libraries and any bookshop. The scale of accessibility is not nearly enough, as around 10% of the UK population deal with some form of dyslexia.

BOTH aim to raise £16,000 to publish eight titles. Though looking to the future, they will need more than £20,000 a year to keep publishing eight titles regularly. All funds go toward the book production/ life cycle to make them readily available. The bookshop Books on the Hill and their manager Alistair Sims, who created BOTH Press, receives no profits from the project.  

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