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Posted by on March 12, 2014
Thanks for stopping by my tour stop for The Wolf’s Cry by Natalie
Crown. This is a YA Fantasy book that released in January
2014. This is the first book in the The Semei Trilogy.  This tour will run March 10th-21st and consist of reviews, author interviews, guest posts, top tens and a giveaway.  Stop by the tour page for the full list of tour stops.

Book Title: The Wolf’s Cry (Book One in the Semei Trilogy)

Author: Natalie Crown

Genre: YA Fantasy

Recommended Age: YA

Length: PDF is 199 pages
She is his weakness.

And she will ruin everything.

Kammy Helseth’s idea of adventure never amounted to more than getting a boat across to the mainland and finally escaping to London. That was until she stumbled through the mouth of the forest into a world beneath our own, the world of the Semei.

Her only wish is to find her way home but when Jamie, her best friend, is taken into this new world of shapeshifters and Crystals she has no choice but to stand up to her fear and to remain beneath the surface. Hunted by Bagor, King of Alashdial, and those that are loyal to him, Kammy finds herself in the company of a group of outlaws led by Jad, a Prince with a bitter past and a similarly bitter demeanour.

They overcome age-old prejudice to find a way to work together. But Bagor knows a secret about the Crystals that threatens to change everything. Kammy and Jad must find a way to thwart the king and to save Jamie, but that is just the beginning. For Kammy is in possession of a Key and the fate of countless lives, both human and Semei, may rest in her hands.

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Excerpt from Wolf’s Cry:

Emire

Jad heard chairs scraping back and then a hand was holding his. He opened his eyes slowly to find Tayah beaming from where she crouched beside him. Her eyes darted over his face, checking for any signs of permanent damage. Eric stood behind her shoulder, just about managing to look as though he had not been worried at all.

‘Welcome back,’ said Eric.

Tayah gave his hand a squeeze, ‘How are you feeling?’

‘Stiff,’ Jad croaked.

Tayah grabbed his shoulder and helped him ease into a sitting position. It was like he had been transported back in time. He recognised the small room with its grey stone walls and its rough wooden floors. He was in one of the guest rooms of Emire’s keep. It was not as grand as the chambers he had been granted when he had visited with his father but the windows were the same narrow ovals and the brown rug that had been thrown over the end of the bed was adorned with the leaf crest. Jad almost expected his father to burst through the door demanding that he leap out of bed with one of his roaring laughs. Jad shook away the memory. He spotted a fresh white shirt and a platter of food beside it. His stomach rumbled but he turned back to his friends. With every second came greater alertness.

‘How long have I been out?’

‘Last night and most of the day,’ said Eric.

‘What happened?’

Tayah’s expression sharpened. ‘Not much.’

‘The watchmen that found us brought us to Emire. We were each given a room through the night. We were allowed to wash, eat and we were handed fresh clothes. Then we were brought in here with you.’

‘We haven’t heard anything since,’ Tayah finished with a frown.

Jad rolled his shoulders, ‘Seeve?’

Tayah shot a dark look at the door, ‘He hasn’t shown himself yet.’

Eric sighed, ‘ He isn’t in Emire. Or at least he wasn’t when we arrived. We just have to wait.’

Tayah made a face at him.

Jad was still too drowsy and comforted by familiarity to worry much. He pushed the sheets away and moved his heavy legs. They were safe; for now at least. They could have been left to fend for themselves outside the town walls, they could have been taken by the Armours. Then a thought struck him and he remembered being swamped by the ice water of the river.

‘Kammy?’

‘I’m here.’

She appeared from behind Eric and stood at the end of his bed. She met his gaze and it surprised Jad to see her eyes look so normal. Now that they were out of immediate danger she was not angry or upset. She looked different, calmer; though there was still a sad curve to her mouth. She had been given Semei clothing; a white shirt with lace ties and a pair of simple cotton trousers. If it had not been for the bag draped across her shoulder there would be nothing about her to suggest that she was human. Even the smell had faded. Her eyes danced away from him and only then did Jad remember that he was shirtless. His own eyes jerked to the shame that was branded onto his left arm and his cheeks burst into flame. He leant forward, snatching the clean shirt from the end of the bed, and yanked it over his head. He thanked the Mother when he realised that it was long-sleeved and he kept his eyes averted from Kammy.

‘They were a bit wary of her,’ Eric said to Jad, throwing Kammy a quick smile, ‘but kind enough.’

‘Well, I don’t like it,’ said Tayah, folding her arms and getting to her feet, ‘They locked us in here which means they don’t trust us. They haven’t sent anybody to check that you’re okay for hours. You were almost frothing at the mouth when they found us Jad.’

‘The doctor did say he just needed rest.’

‘I don’t care Eric,’ Tayah shook her head, her braid flying through the air, ‘Jad, you haven’t seen the General for years and we turn up out of the blue with a human.’ Jad cringed at her exasperated tone. ‘Who knows what Bagor might have offered him?’

Jad plucked some cheese off the platter. Tayah’s concerns had merit but he could only shrug, ‘Seeve is a good man. Besides, what choice did we have?’

‘We had no other choice,’ Tayah grumbled, ‘but that doesn’t mean that I can’t complain.’

My Review:

I have read my share of fantasy novels and my share of YA as well so it is hard to surprise me with something new in the genre. Natalie Crown has managed to surprise me with her new and unique world found in Wolf’s Cry. I thoroughly enjoyed the world she created and getting to know the characters within the world.

Kammy and her friends are an interesting group that you will feel yourself getting to know through the excellent writing presented in this book. I have to say I did not put this one down too often while reading it. There were a few very small points I might have felt were a little cloudy and that is the only reason it gets 4 bows instead of 5, otherwise fantastic book. I would recommend it to a young adult or an adult alike.

About the Author:

I grew up in a village called Swilland, in the countryside of Suffolk,
England. There wasn’t much around, other than farms and fields, but for
the most part I loved it, and I still do. I’m a passionate person by
nature. I don’t just LIKE things, I LOVE things. Whether it’s a book, a
film, or a sports team. Once I decide to enjoy something, I enjoy it to
the MAX.

I’m a terrible cook. I prioritise essential social media work over keeping my flat tidy, because I know best. I

Onto my love of reading and, consequently, writing – it was my dad that
played a big role in encouraging me to read. He didn’t push me towards
books necessarily; he simply read a lot himself. Then I would pick up
his books and read them after him. I was reading high and epic fantasy
from a very young age. I guess that might explain why I have always
loved adventure stories with magic and intrigue and princes and
princesses in.

I was aware that I wanted to ‘be a writer’ from a very young age. I was
convinced I would be the first best seller that hadn’t reached double
figures in age yet! I wrote about the Danshees, furry creatures that
lived through a mirror. I wrote about a Sand Bottle that transported a
boy into a world of magic. I wrote about a sick girl finding a music boy
that healed her, but transported her back in time. (Wow, I always have
loved alternate universes…)

When I was eight I wrote my first novel called The Land of No Return.
Despite the title, I am determined to return to it one day. I feel like I
owe it to my past self. So, as you can see, I have always been writing.
There have been times when I have gone weeks without scratching down a
word. Then there are days where I churn out multiple chapters and only
my body’s silly desire for sleep and/or food can stop me.

I write because I enjoy it. I write fantasy because I enjoy it. I try my
hardest to put something of myself into my writing. I like to think my
characters have depth, I like to think that my fantasy worlds reflect
upon the real world in some way. You guys will be the judge of that but
even if you don’t agree I know that I at least try and I can do no more
than that.

These days I live in North London and I love it. I work full time and
London is a hectic city. Juggling work, writing and a social life is
tough but nobody is forcing me to do it so I can’t complain. The dream
is that writing will be my career one day but it doesn’t matter if I
never quite make it. I love writing too much to ever pack it in.

I am desperate to get a dog. My mum suspects I miss my cats at home more
than I miss her. I am a devout Arsenal/Ferrari/Rafael Nadal fan. I get
all mad when confronted with a case of social injustice and then I get
all mad when people take the fight for social justice too far. I mostly
keep those thoughts to myself and simmer with rage. I watch good TV and
bad TV, because I can. What I can’t do is enjoy bad books (subjective
opinion of course). I just can’t.

Find the author:
2 $50 Amazon Gift Cards (INT)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This tour was organized by CBB Book Promotions

 

4 Responses to “Book Promo & Review: Wolf’s Cry by Natalie Crown”

  1. Candace says:

    Thanks so much for hosting a tour stop and sharing your thoughts! I’m so glad you enjoyed the story!

  2. Emma Brown says:

    Thank you so much for this awesome giveaway 😀 I can’t not read the book now 😀

  3. I’ll echo Candace’s comment! Thank you for hosting a stop on the tour and I am so glad you enjoyed reading 🙂

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