It’s been a minute since I’ve posted. Which is unfortunate, because I have a multitude of ideas now that I don’t have time to write. I probably won’t have time to post at all this month, as I’ve been training around 20 hours/week for climbing (and will continue to until the competition mid June). Between that and school, I have no time for writing or blogging. I should be able to start again though once school’s out, regardless of training schedule. For the foreseeable future though, this (along with one other blog tour), is all I will be posting, unfortunately. I simply don’t have the time. Now for the actual post:
I used to pretend that I didn’t read middle grade but that is becoming less and less the case. Today I’m one of the first stops on the blog tour for The Last Shadow Warrior by Sam Subity. Thank you so much to TBR and Beyond Tours for having me!! You can find the full tour schedule here.
pub date: May 4, 2021
Twelve-year-old Abby Beckett is proud to come from a long line of elite Viking warriors known as theAesir. She’s spent her entire life training to hunt the horrific creatures known as Grendels–the ancient foe of the Aesir–just like her mother did before she died. But there’s just one, small problem: No one has seen a Grendel in centuries, and the Viking Council wants to disband the Aesir… forever.
When her father is injured in an attack that leaves him in a coma, Abby is forced to take refuge at Vale Hall, a mysterious school in Minnesota where nothing is quite as it seems. She soon discovers the tables have turned and a Grendel is hunting her, but when she tries to alert the Viking Council, they accuse her of making up stories for attention… just like her mother did.
Desperate to protect her father and clear her mother’s name, Abby goes on a dangerous quest to discover the truth–a journey that brings her face-to-face with some unlikely foes, including a Ping-Pong-playing sea monster with a wicked backhand, and a dark Valkyrie with a fondness for bingo. Abby quickly realizes that someone at the school is trying to stop her progress and destroy the Aesir for good. And only she can unravel the sinister plot before it’s too late.
Content Warnings: Main characters’s mother has died four years earlier and her father is critically injured and hospitalized for most of the book
Sam Subity loves writing stories that explore the magic and wonder of being a kid and is thrilled to share his writing with readers everywhere—both the young in age and the young at heart.
When he’s not writing, you might find him running the trails of northern California where the endless, winding miles past fog and ocean inspire stories of adventure and mystery.
Or he might be mowing his lawn. Because that’s what adults sometimes have to do.
But in either case, Sam Subity is very likely imagining himself fighting mythical creatures or at the prow of a dragon ship feeling the wind and sea spray on his face alongside his own Viking queen and their two Vikelets. His greatest hope is that in reading his books, you too may be transported to another place where, for a little while, you can exchange the ordinary for the extraordinary.
Most people spend their lives collecting secrets. Me? I was born with mine.
I really enjoyed reading this one!! We know I’m a big fan of female warriors and swords and things, so I was bound to like this book. Also, we gotta get that red headed representation.
Abby is such a blast to read about. She’s fun and spunky and really very cool. Also, the friends she makes are very fun. I don’t mean the friendships in abstract (though those are great too), I just mean that all the characters are fun.
Abby’s relationship with her dad is SO SWEET. She loves him so much and that’s pretty much the driving force behind the whole story. This book also did a pretty neat
I did think the way that the quest was introduced was a little bit clunky, and there were a couple other really random things that happened, but honestly? I love Percy Jackson. I am not allowed to complain about that.
The vibes are ✨immaculate✨ from this book, so here’s a mood board as well.
One last thing—TBR and Beyond Tours is also running a giveaway for this book! It’s US only, but the winner will receive a signed and finish copy of The Last Shadow Warrior by Sam Subity. You can enter here.
Huge thanks to TBR and Beyond Tours, the author and publisher for having me and providing an arc!
Do you read much (if any) middle grade?
Have you read this?