Little White Hands by Mark Cushen (#bookreveiw + #giveaway int) #bookblitz

 



Hello and welcome or welcome back to the blog. I am participating in the Storytellers on Tour book blitz of  Little White Hands by Mark Cushen.


Little White Hands by Mark Cushen

Series: Garlan Greatheart (#1)

Published: May 21, 2021

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: 303


Book Blurb

Almost five hundred years have passed since the Seasons were at war.

Half a millennium since Winter defied Spring, and lost.

Generations have come and gone, not knowing the bitter freeze and howling snows of Winter ever existed.

But now, after centuries of silence, the participants in this ancient struggle have resurfaced and reignited their feud on the doorstep of an unassuming little kitchen boy.

Garlan’s dreams of being just like the knights he idolizes may not be as impossible as he has always been led to believe, when he is chased from his home and thrust headlong into the kind of adventure he had only ever read about in books.

Setting out on a journey that spans the entire kingdom of Faeland, Garlan will traverse impossible mountains and stormy seas and battle terrible monsters, all to keep the world he knows safe from an enemy who will stop at nothing to bring about a never-ending winter.

With a cast of fantastical characters to aid him in his quest, can Garlan overcome his self-doubt and find the courage he needs to rise above his humble station and become the hero he always dreamed of being?

The fate of the world rests in his hands.






Review:

CW: Animal Abuse – Animals fight each other, and a scene featuring taxidermy, Bullying – Name calling, very mild,Gore – One very descriptive scene, and some others which are milder, Violence – Frequent combat, some bloody


3.5 stars

Little White Hands is a self published middle grade fantasy, that does have some things listed above that could be upsetting for younger readers but I feel that the older end of middle grade readers could handle it.

Garlan is a kitchen boy in the castle, his one dream is to be a knight like the ones he has read about in books. To go on adventures and quests, to be the hero. He trains his sword work in the evenings, because to be a knight one must know how to weld one. 

One evening on his way home horse and rider who are hurt give him a message that "The Blue Man has returned" . What and who that means Garlan does not know, but eventually tells all to his teacher and wizard friend. From there we learn about the war between the seasons and how winter had lost. 

It has been 500 years since winter last arrived and if he is back and wants control then the people of Faeland and the world are not safe. 

Garlan with the wizards companion and assistant Oldface (a floating wooden head!) head out to find the High Seasons to let them know that Lord Winter is returning.

To quote GoT "Winter is comming"

This quest is what Garlan has been dreaming about, he finally gets to set off on adventure like the knights he idolizes. It won't be easy and there danger around every coroner, but with the danger comes the allies and friends, who will help him out when they can.

In this fantasy we have witches, monsters, battles, a ghost, pirates, fairy's, wizards and so much more.

It is a coming of age tale that teaches important lesson, we see Garlan face fears and find the courage to be the knight he always wanted to be, even if he is just a kitchen boy with soft little white hands. 

"And now you have knowledge to prepare yourself accordingly for the rest that may lie ahead" Oldface went on "For it is ahead that we must go. We must always be moving forward. Even when it feels like the safest way to go back."

I can not wait to find out what adventure Garlan goes on next.




Let's meet our author:



Mark Cushen has loved the fantasy genre since he accidentally stumbled onto Ray Harryhausen’s stop-motion masterpiece, “Jason and the Argonauts”, while channel-hopping one Christmas-time Saturday afternoon, somewhere between the ages of 5 and 8.

Ever since then he has been obsessed with stories of sword-wielding heroes battling monsters in fantastical lands, and is now attempting to create his own. Little White Hands is the first of (hopefully) many.




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