Hello Fellow Readers,
I hope you are doing well.
Today I am so excited to share my review of Bluemantle for the Bluemantle Blog Tour organised by Random Things Tours.
LIVE MUSIC IS OUTLAWED.
Set in the sun-scorched city of Wydeye, the totalitarian Authority controls its citizens through fear and cultivated dependence. Live music is deemed a threat to order and is forbidden by law. Punishment for participation is severe.
Chase Newell discovers his sister is missing. His search for her leads him to the underground music Scene, with its ageless Troubadours who must risk their lives to perform in order to survive. To do this, they rely on Bluemantle.
As the Authority’s control-obsessed leader, Governor Blix, and her evil-incarnate Chief of Command, Wulfwin, step up their efforts to seize the Troubadours and destroy the Scene, the risks escalate.
While the Troubadours are forced to act, will the citizens of Wydeye wake up to Bluemantle’s invitation and find choice beyond the caves of their own making?
Thank you so much Random Things Tour for providing a copy of this book. My opinions are my own.
This book was definitely outside my comfort zone, and it was a great surprise. The synopsis really got me intrigued from the beginning, as I am a sucker for a good dystopian story.
The story takes place in the imaginary town of Wydeye, where everything is provided and regulated by the Authority. Not much can be done under the authoritarian control of the Authority, they control everywhere you go and everything you do. One thing is absolutely forbidden, music. When Chase’s sister goes missing in a mysterious accident, he tries to investigate her disappearance on his own and ends up in the underground Scene of secret music events.
The best feature of this story is definitely the detailed description of this town and the lives of its inhabitants. Furthermore, the plot offers a POV from the Authority, which enables the reader to fully experience the roughness of this world. I found the description of punishment/torture a bit too much for me, which is the main reason why I tend to avoid adult books. However, I can’t deny that it all felt understandable considering the plot and the atmosphere (and that’s just my personal preference).
The fact that music is forbidden was a very interesting concept. I guess we all wondered when we will be able to go to another live concert during the past year, so this story really explores that possibility and what is life without music. I also guess that, if I was more of a music fanatic I would have appreciated more the moments with the Troubadours. So, if you are a fan of rock/live music, you really can’t miss this story.
Even then, I couldn’t really put it down. The plot was unpredictable and a few revelations in the middle really made me lose my faith and trust in every character. I couldn’t see where the story was going. In general, I felt all the characters lack strong personalities, they felt a bit flat. However, I absolutely loved the idea of the Deaf Squad and the role they played in the story, together with the Authority’s perspective, it made the story absolutely intriguing.
It was a refreshing read from my usual fantasy, well written and super entertaining. If you are looking for a good dystopian story (and if you are into live music) you absolutely need to check this story out, it is definitely a great debut story. I guess, the writer has still lots to say about this world and about the Scene, I think she left many things “opened” on purpose, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we get a sequel.
Author Bio: Karen Langston
Karen Langston is a British novelist, writing speculative and science fiction for adults.
Karen has an MA in English from the University of Kent. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, she was a secondary school teacher of English, a senior project manager developing qualifications for professionals in the creative media industries and a self-employed property developer. She lives in Kent with her husband.
BLUEMANTLE is her first novel.
I am a Goodreads author – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/21057691.Karen_Langston
I have listed BLUEMANTLE on Goodreads and it now appears on several Lists.
Facebook Author Page – https://www.facebook.com/karenlangstonauthor/
Instagram – @karenlangstonauthor
Publication date – 28th March 2021
ISBN – 9781913551599
Paperback and Ebook editions
RRP £9.99 (paperback) and £4.99 (Ebook)
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