Today I’m excited to participate in the Blog Tour of ‘The Dragon Scale Lute’ by J.C. Kang. This is a Fantasy novel that was published on March 2nd 2016.
For more information and tour stops, please visit the tour page.
About the Book:
Kaiya’s voice could charm a dragon.
Had she lived when the power of music could still summon typhoons and rout armies, perhaps Cathay’s imperial court would see the awkward, gangly princess as more than a singing fool. With alliances to build and ambitious lords to placate, they care more about her marriage prospects than her unique abilities.
Only the handsome Prince Hardeep, a foreign martial mystic, recognizes her potential. Convinced Kaiya will rediscover the legendary but perilous art of invoking magic through music, he suggests her voice, not her marriage, might better serve the realm.
When members of the emperor’s elite spy clan-- Kaiya’s childhood friend and his half-elf sidekick (or maybe he’s her sidekick?)-- discover mere discontent boiling over into full-scale rebellion, Kaiya must choose. Obediently wedding the depraved ringleader means giving up her music. Confronting him with the growing power of her voice could kill her.
For a limited time ‘The Dragon Scale Lute’ is on sale for only .99 cents for Kindle!
I used to read a lot of fantasy novels, but lately I haven’t been able to read many. Not only because I didn’t really have many new fantasy novels, but also because I just didn’t feel like reading fantasy. I’m not sure why. Sometimes I just don’t feel like reading fantasy.
But this week it was time to start reading ‘The Dragon Scale Lute’ for the blog tour I signed up for. And I was happy to find myself being excited to read this fantasy book.
The first thing I want to mention about ‘The Dragon Scale Lute’ is that gorgeous looking cover.. I mean wow!! That cover was the thing that made me want to read what this book was all about. I love the feel you get by looking at that cover. Asian culture, martial arts and a strong female character.. To me that’s what this cover is making you see and it sure fits the story.
‘The Dragon Scale Lute’ is a nice fantasy novel. Above all it definitely made me want to read more fantasy again.
The characters are very interesting and I loved reading the different point of views throughout this book. The world building in this book was very good and it kept me fascinated and in need for more until the very end. I also loved the whole music part in this book.
The thing that did make this book a little hard to read at times where the many Asian names. Like I’ve said before in some reviews, I have this thing with names that makes it really hard for me to keep every character apart. I did write the names down this time, and the book did have this ‘Who’s Who..’ chapter that really helped me out.. But I still had to keep checking my list at times. I hate that I have this trouble with names. It’s so frustrating.
The other thing that bothered me a little was the way I kind of expected more romance, just because of the cover. And I really didn’t expect that ending.
But overall this book was a very nice read.
About the Author:
A Chinese Medicine Doctor and Martial Artist by trade, JC Kang would have never started writing fantasy stories save for two fluke coincidences.
In the Christmas of 2010, while cleaning out childhood junk from his mom’s house, he came across his old Dungeons and Dragons campaign world. Before relegating the binder of maps and notes to the trash where it belonged, he decided to peek back and see what his 13-year old self had created.
He couldn’t help but laugh at the silly ideas that had crossed his teenage brain. Rivers flowed uphill. Empires produced resources out of thin air. However, a few interesting premises had potential.
For the next six days, he redesigned his world, taking into account things he’d learned over the last 25 years. Advanced stuff like gravity, evolution, and supply and demand.
On the seventh day, he rested. Looking at his glorious creation, he was hit by the realization that he’d never play D&D again.
A month later, the second event occurred: three weeks of major snowstorms. Stuck indoors for days at a time, he used his skills as a professional technical writer and pumped out a 120k word novel set in this world… only to find out that fiction writing and technical writing were two different beasts.
He set off to study the craft, and learned advanced ideas like characterization, point of view and tension. After revising the first book, he wrote a prequel. After the prequel, he wrote a sequel. And finally, he wrote the prequel to the prequel: the Dragon Scale Lute.
For more information about JC Kang please visit his website, or visit him on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.