Book 2 of the
Devices of War Trilogy
Genre: New Adult Fantasy Steampunk Adventure
Publisher: Blooding Books
Book Description: (Can be read as stand-alone)
Return to a world of mind blowing visuals, heart stopping action, and ships that sail the skies.
Nix, Queen of Wands, has exactly what she wants—Synn El’Asim, the greatest Mark the world has ever seen. Even though she bound his soul to hers, he is not easily controlled. If she wants him, she must do the one thing that pains her most. Let him go, and give him what he desires. Peace.
Armed with a treaty bearing Nix’s seal, Synn sets off to bridge the gap between the world’s two reigning tyrants—the Hands of Tarot and the Great Families. He struggles to trust Nix as he fights for control of his soul. He’s going to need every ounce of restraint when dealing with his mother, leader of the Great Families. She will not give up her power without a fight. Nix will honor her treaty only if Synn agrees to become her knight. His mother refuses to sign the peace agreement if he falls into the queen’s control.
Frustrated, Synn does the one thing neither woman saw coming. He invites all the tribes, currently voiceless in the war between these two ruling tyrants, to partake in the treaty negotiations. All they have to do is prove their worth in his Peace Games. As Synn’s influence and subsequent power grows, a new fight begins.
Who will control Synn’s League of Cities? Can he protect more people as a leader of the Great Families, or as the Knight of Wands?
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Praise for Fall of Sky City
Wow! What did I just read?? The story was deliciously complex, full of fear, wonder, magic, gadgets, gizmos, one heck of a psycho Queen and wonderful friends. Every character brought something to the story, each with a unique personality that came to life through the book, each with their own fears to overcome. Victoria Limbert
I love the world Blooding has created. She managed to create it in a way that it combines specs of all my favorite movies, books, etc. It’s a mixture of young adult fantasy, steam punk, dystopia, sci-fi, paranormal and even some tiny bit of romance. Fall of Sky City is a diverse book that is intense, a little bit violent, and a whole lot of awesome! I look forward to reading the next book of the series! Unputdownable Books
SM Blooding is a new author to me, but this is definitely not the last book I’ll read by her. Synn El’Asim is a powerful character–the reader sees him grow from a young man who has not yet come into his power to a strong man who is courageous enough to fight for what he believes in–his family and his people. The world building Ms. Blooding does is nothing short of remarkable. A world composed of flying ships, ice worlds, danger, and intrigue. My World of Dreams
This book is action-packed and intense. You feel like you’re part of the drama. This story is intense. The action is perfectly paced. I had trouble putting the book down. I really felt for Synn from the very beginning. He goes through so much. As soon as he gets his mark, he is plunged into one situation after another. Queen Nix, who is horrifying by the way, pushes Synn to new levels, in more and more diabolical ways. With the help of friends and family, Synn becomes a strong leader. Waiting on Sunday to Drown
I’m amazed of the world Blooding has created and built. It has Sky, Land, and Water Cities. These cities each has its own technologies, language, and a whole different way of life. These worlds remind me a lot of Avatar the Last Airbender and Star Wars, which I both loved wholeheartedly. Bahrain Newspaper Article Review!
Pizza with Synn, Dyna & Nix
One of the things I enjoy doing is taking my characters to dinner. When they’re in their natural environment, they can get a bit too serious. The last few times we’ve attempted to interview Nix, she got on a pretty high horse, and it was difficult to get anything out of her. So, invited them all into my living room and bought pizza. I deleted the parts where I had to tell Nix and Dyna what a pizza even was, how to use a fork—because we use those in my house—and what the TV was. It took us about thirty minutes to get past all that.
Frankie: Okay, so if you could describe The Knight of Wands in twenty words or less, how would you do it?
Dyna: One man’s interesting attempt to outsmart a deviously cunning woman.
Synn: Only one? I had to try to outwit you, my mother and Nix.
Dyna: Are you whining?
Synn: *chuckles* No.
Frankie: What about you, Synn? How would you describe it?
Synn: Huh. Well, we’re on our way through book three now, so I’d probably call it, “How did one naïve boy think he could change the world without paying a price?”
Frankie: *cringes* Yeah. Ouch. There’s that. Nix, your turn.
Nix: *pulls at the cheese* I still don’t understand why we would eat this.
Frankie: Are you going to participate in this interview?
Frankie: *sighing eye roll* Okay, how about you tell us how you got started as a villain.
Nix: It didn’t happen overnight, my dear. I didn’t just wake up one day and decide to be evil.
Synn: But you do know you’re not a good person, right?
Dyna: Synn, she’s not horrible, either.
Synn: She’s a murderer. A mass murderer.
Dyna: She wasn’t always this way.
Nix: No. Once upon a time, I was someone worth keeping.
Synn: *snorts* You.
Nix: I had a husband I loved, a son, a family.
Frankie: What happened?
Nix: *takes in a deep breath* Is this sauce supposed to taste this way?
Frankie: Yes, it is. Okay, fine. What’s it like to be a villain?
Nix: Freeing. *sits back on the sofa, pushing the paper plate away* I have no one to tell me no. No responsibilities. I do what I want when I want to. I don’t know why Synn works so hard to be good. All he’s going to do is lose all those he loves.
*the room goes silent*
Frankie: What you’re trying to tell me is that you lost everything once? You know what that’s like? What Synn’s going through?
Nix: Not to the extent Synn has, but, yes. Dyna, what is it like to be a spy?
Dyna: You were one of our best. Why don’t you answer that question?
Frankie: You know, the bickering’s cute and all, but let’s stick to answering the questions.
Dyna: I am the person in charge of intelligence gathering. I find it very challenging.
Synn: That was a very boring way of saying she’s very busy learning everything she can about anyone in power.
Frankie: *grins* What are your thoughts on intelligence gathering, Synn? You’ve had Joshua looking into bettering your technology in that area.
Synn: I’ve been having him working on communications equipment. There’s a vast difference there.
Nix: You’re going to sit there and tell us that you don’t listen to your radios to see what we’re doing?
Dyna: We’re his allies now, sister.
Synn: We have a long way to go before we’re allies. Frankie, thank you for the pizza, but I have things I need to get to.
Well, that was short and sweet. We made it through . . . three questions? I sometimes wonder how I get anything done as a writer. I can’t pin these guys down for anything. Thank you for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed the interview.
SM “Frankie” Blooding lives in Colorado with her pet rock, Rockie, and Jack the Bird. Jack has refused to let her to take up the piano again, but is warming to the guitar. It might help that Frankie has learned more than two strings. She’s added a few more Arabic words to her vocabulary, but don’t invite her into conversation yet—unless, of course, you’re willing to have a very . . . slow . . . conversation.
She’s dated vampires, werewolves, sorcerers, weapons smugglers and US Government assassins. Yes. She has stories.
She’s also an investigator with a local paranormal investigation group, Colorado Paranormal Rescue!
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