Today I’m delighted to be the first stop on the Blog Tour for The Secret of Darkwood Castle, the conclusion to Heather Ostler’s trilogy that began with The Shapeshifter’s Secret.
Beautiful cover, right? The Secret of Darkwood Castle will be released on May 21, and I know who will be first in line: my twelve-year-old daughter. Heather is not only a fabulous writer and friend, she’s also my daughter’s favorite author. Sela is giddy with excitement about this book. Here they are together at Authorpalooza last February.
So I asked Sela to tell me what makes Heather’s books her favorite. Here’s what she had to say:
1. I love that Julia, the main character, doesn’t wait around for a boy to save her.
2. Julia has deadly weaponry strapped to her at all times. I wish I had her dagger!
3. Unlike most books I’ve read, Julia balances her love interests and doesn’t let them consume her.
4. I love that she loves her dad, and takes care of him.
5. Action, drama, and awesome reveals in every chapter. What more could you want in a book?
I agree with Sela whole-heartedly (except I don’t want her to have a dagger). Heather’s books are loaded with fun and mystery, centered around a strong female character, in an exciting magical world where anything is possible. The Secret of Darkwood Castle promises to be an intense and satisfying ride. Check out the blurb from the back cover: ”Julia’s vision became completely black. All she saw now was Alexis’s haunting eyes, burned in her memory. She felt the shift as Alexis lowered the sword, ready to kill Julia.”
Julia has embraced who she is. She’s a shapeshifter, a siren, and a princess. But her fate is still unclear. As she runs for ambassador of Ossai, The Guild, lead by Julia’s estranged mother begins attacking and killing those Julia loves in an attempt to overthrow the kingdom. To defend her family, her home, and her country, Julia must stop the Guild once and for all.
But when a mysterious stranger shows up offering help, Julia is forced to trust them in order to solve the secret to the Guild’s whereabouts. Soon she travels to Darkwood Castle, a sinister palace, to confront the Guild—and her mother. If she doesn’t succeed, all Julia holds dear will be ripped away and destroyed forever.
Deadly forests, dangerous alliances, and a hidden fortress—nothing is what it seems at Darkwood castle. Discover the epic conclusion to Julia’s journey in Ossai.
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About the author:
Heather Ostler grew up near the mountains with a rambunctiously entertaining family. She graduated from Utah Valley University and soon began composing stories about shapeshifters, sirens, and spooky castles. She and her husband reside in Utah Valley with two remarkably pleasant pugs.
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