Welcome to my tour stop for Stinger and Bow by Orren Merton! This is a young adult urban fantasy and is the first book in a spin off series of The Sedumen Chronicles. The tour runs Feb. 15-26 with reviews, interviews, guest posts and excerpts. Check out the tour page for the full schedule. Read on for my review and be sure to enter the Giveaway!
Thirteen year-old Rachel Silver—or as she’s known to the world, Stinger—needs a new crossbow. Her last bow failed her when she needed it most. Besides, Firebird Alex, her aunt and fellow Seduman—half-human, half-spirit being—wields a Sedu blade, made with spirit magic.
So Stinger designs herself a magic crossbow, then convinces her best friends to accompany her around the world and into the universe of Sediin to find the right craftsmen to have it made. Trouble is, warriors attract people who want to challenge them, whether they’re ready or not. Stinger is still tormented by her last battle—she’s suffering night-terrors, shakes, and cold sweats. When the situation turns deadly, will she be able to come to grips with her trauma and become the warrior she needs to be to save her friends?
My ReviewI didn’t realise this was the fourth book in a series and although it is said that it can be read as a standalone, I would recommend reading the first 3 books in the Sedumen series first. This because I felt a bit confused in the first third of the book becuse I couldn’t get a clear picture of the whole Sedumen world, the Sedii universe, and events which had taken place prior to this book, even though there is a bit of a brief explanation given in Stinger and Bow.That being said, however. I found the characters in this book to be well developed and likeable. I liked the friendship and conflict resolutions between friends. The main character Rachel is very brave and spunky for being just thirteen years old which is mostly because of her Seduman heritage and experiences as the Sidekick to Firebird, her Seduman aunt and a sort superhero. I liked that she could do all these cook things as Stinger like spit Stinger darts formed with spirit magic.The magic system was intriguing and different and the worldbuilding is quite detailed. The prose is also very conversational which lends itself to easy reading and even though there is not a lot of action, the pacing is such that the story flows smoothly.Overall, a really different take on the urban fantasy genre with some Jewish mythological elemts which gives it a unique voice. I would definitely recommend to lovers of Urban Fantasy.My Ratings
Orren Merton started writing fantasy and science fiction at an embarrassingly young age. In high school, he picked up guitar and start playing up and down California in a few loud and moody bands, culminating in his current project Ember After. During that time, magazines, developers, and corporations began to pay him to write and edit music software related articles, manuals, and books. Since then he has written the urban fantasy novel The Deviant and the science fiction novel Skye Entity before working on The Sedumen Chronicles, his current series of urban fantasy YA novels. He lives in Southern California with his family, pets, collection of sci-fi/fantasy memorabilia, and curiously large stuffed animal collection.