Welcome to today’s stop on the blog tour for Altered, a new fantasy series by Vicki Stiefel. This book was so much fun. Thank you to Xpresso Book Tours for hosting!
About the Book
Author: Vicki Stiefel
Series: The Made Ones Saga #1
Publication Date: August 12, 2019
Genres: Adult Fantasy/Romance
Blurb: The Eleutians are dying out, one female at a time. To save their species, the powerful Alchemic Clan conscripts women from parallel worlds, altering them into the perfect breeding stock.
Kitlyn, a retired circus equestrian broken in both body and spirit, awakens on a strange world in her own much-younger body. She has been transformed into a Made One, but the gift of youth and the promise of a new life come at a terrible price.
Rafe, the Wolf Clan’s warrior champion, vows to find the cause of the species’ decline. He’s certain the Alchemics’ bid to save the Eleutians is but a thin veneer masking a dark purpose.
That vow becomes hard to keep with the threat of an inter-clan conflict and the arrival of the proud Made One named Kitlyn.
To save herself and those like her, Kit must carve a dangerous path in this new reality and make a choice that may cost her her freedom, her life, and the life of the Eleutian warrior she’s come to love.
Review: This one was so much fun, you guys! I really enjoyed Kit as a character. She is spunky and daring and everything you could possibly want your heroine to be. Waking up in not only a new place, but also in a new body has to be disorienting. I think that was part of what made this book so good was that Stiefel doesn’t shy away from describing this. Kit has to struggle to adjust to this younger healthy body after living in one that had been so infirm. On top of that, she also has to find her place in this new world, which she does mostly with the help of Rafe. Their relationship is pretty tumultuous at first, as expected, but he’s also just so damn charming. I liked how organic their relationship felt.
The world building in this story is exceptional. I love how the different Clans operate, communing with not just their humans, but also their symbiotic animal partners. Paulo in particular was one of my favorite things in the story. Also, the mysterious Alchemics and their treacherous ways gave the whole story a menace and tension that really keeps the reader engaged. I was very interested in Calix, the spy in the Alchemics’ labs, and his mission to get information.
GoodReads rating: 4 stars. This book was a blast. Adventure, mystery, strange new worlds, and fun sexy times.
About the Author
Vicki’s fantasy romantic suspense series, The Afterworld Chronicles, launched with Chest of Bone, followed by Chest of Stone and Chest of Time. She is currently pounding the keys on her series’ fourth novel, Chest of Fire, and the first in a new series, The Made Ones Saga: Altered. Her mystery/thrillers include Body Parts, The Dead Stone, The Bone Man, and The Grief Shop, a Daphne du Maurier prize winner. All feature homicide counselor Tally Whyte. All are available as ebooks.
She co-wrote (with Lisa Souza) and photographed the 10 Secrets of the LaidBack Knitters. With her late husband, William G. Tapply, she ran The Writers Studio workshops in creative fiction. Vicki taught fiction writing and modern media writing at Clark University. She loves both a well-crafted sentence and unlocking the doors of a student’s imagination.
She grew up in professional theater and planned to become an actress, with a bent for song and dance. She didn’t. Instead, she’s been a professional photographer, a high-school teacher, a hamburger slinger, a scuba-shop manager, and an editor.
She’s Blake’s and Ben’s mom, her favorite role of all. Her passions include scuba diving and fly fishing and knitting; photography and movies; vinho verde and bourbon (not together!); Maine lobster and chocolate (also not together!); and musical comedy scores, which she sing in the shower, unfortunately not an Equity venue; and a fascination with people in all walks of life. . .
This tour features quite a generous giveaway, so be sure to enter. You can enter to win: a New Kindle Fire 7, a $25 gift card from Amazon, 2 Tibetan silver mistral charms, Eleutian earrings (sterling silver, 24k gold filled), 3 Altered ebooks (any format), 1 signed Altered paperback.
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Today is the last day of the tour, but be sure to check out these other stops for interviews, guest posts, excerpts and more!