This week is a week for blog tours, which are always exciting! Today I’m hosting Morgan Huneke’s newest release and leaving a review. Make sure you read all the way to the end as there is a giveaway!
Today is the first day of the blog tour, but don’t miss the other posts. Check out the full schedule HERE.
Here’s a little info about the book before we get started.
“Sir Roland has invited us to visit for the Autumn Feast.”
“Do we have to go, Papa? I couldn’t feast with the most crooked politician in all of Briznom.”
As the daughter of a Briznomian vassal lord, Vannie Cumberland has spent her childhood immersed in the world of politics. Relations between Briznom and the neighboring country of Calhortz are strained due to the tyrannical rule of the strytes. A proposed alliance could calm relations between the two countries, but would come at the cost of Briznom’s freedom.
When her father’s political archenemy invites them to the Autumn Feast, Vannie uncovers an evil scheme endangering the life of someone close to her. Personal enmity comes to a dangerous head as Vannie struggles to expose the corruption and stop the alliance. Time is running out.
Espionage is an exciting novella that takes place pretty much concurrently with the events of the Time Captives series. It gives you a deeper look into the world that Ms. Huneke has constructed and gets a chance to delve into the politics.
The story centers around 9 year old Vannie and her family as they travel to another lord’s castle for the Autumn Feast. Vannie doesn’t trust this noble and takes it upon herself to try and figure out what he’s up to.
While the book isn’t long, it’s full of suspense and some action. I kept flipping pages to figure out how everything would finally resolve. The characters were all great and I especially like the friendship that developed between Vannie and Kyle. Vannie is precocious and opinionated but is willing to admit that she’s afraid or doesn’t know something. I also really loved her relationship with her family, especially her father. Kyle was an interesting character, coming in with some sad backstory. I just wanted to give the kid a hug. It was definitely different and fun to see a plot carried by two very young children, but I think they performed admirably.
It’s been some time since I read the first Time Captives book and there were a few gaps in my memory concerning the story and the world, it either wasn’t enough to detract from the story or was addressed in the book, bringing me back up to speed. If you’ve read the Time Captives series, then you will probably enjoy this book and its hopeful successors. Because honestly, I want to know more about Kyle and Vannie. 🙂
This book and the series that inspired it are great Middle Grade reads and perfect for anyone who loves adventure and stories of faith and family.
*I received a free copy from the author in exchange for my honest review*
About the Author
Morgan Elizabeth Huneke is a homeschool graduate who lives in Georgia. She has enjoyed creating characters and writing stories since early childhood. Books have always been a big part of her life, never more so than when working at the local library. Her other interests include reading, playing the piano and violin, and politics.
Join in the excitement of Espionage and enter to win a special prize! The first prize winner will receive a signed copy of Espionage. The second and third prize winners will receive an eCopy of Espionage in the eBook format of his/her choice. Giveaway open to U.S. residents only.
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