Tallow-Karen Brooks

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If you ever read one fantasy book-then you need more books! But seriously, Tallow is a stunning fantasy book, and will definitely be a cross-over book for those older readers who want an absorbing story. Tallow deilvers on all counts, weaving magic, love and action. It’s a brilliant example of world building without comprising on the story.

Tallow is a candle-maker’s apprentice who carries a dark secret, something hidden by his adopted family since he was a child. When Tallow’s mysterious abilities are revealed through his own candles, it arouses suspicions from all parts of the world. These include soul collectors, the Bond Riders, a corrupted queen and a legion of creatures known as the Morte Whisperers.

This is not a ‘chosen one to save the world’ story because the line between ally and enemy is blurred. Everybody has their own selfish reasons to use Tallow as a weapon. Tallow’s also torn between concealing his identity and learning how to control his deadly talent. Tallow’s choices will lead to devastating effects for everyone he loves.  

Brooks creates a page burner, not a page turner, because you don’t want to miss a thing! Tallow’s world of Castellana Sestiere is grounded in a fusion of Italian and Venetian. Her style becomes heavily influenced by those languages, drawing out her characters with some lush descriptions. She drips out the multi-layered plots, which lead to a few twists. Before you know it, you’re completely absorbed by Tallow’s hallowing journey.      

Tallow is the first in the Curse of the Bond Risers series. Bring on the next book!

O.W

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About the author

I'm an author, stand-up comedian and teacher. My books include Thai-riffic!, Con-nerd, Punchlines and The Other Christy. I'm a massive Nintendo fan and love eating burgers. Follow me on Twitter or Instagram @oliverwinfree