Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Alex Lidell’s Tracing Shadows hosted by RockStar book tours. Today I will have a little about the book, an excerpt, and a giveaway.
Title: TRACING SHADOWS (Scout #1)
Author: Alex Lidell
Pub. Date: April 8, 2018
Publisher: Alex Lidell
Formats: Paperback, eBook
To protect the throne, seventeen-year-old spy Kali must play a male guardsman trainee by day and royal lady by night.
Orphaned and trained on a spymaster’s remote estate, Kali is a scout who works alone in the shadows. But when a terror group threatens the Dansil throne, the king forces Kali to accept a mission at the palace or forfeit her sister’s life.
Suddenly thrust into the light, Kali must infiltrate high society as the royal Lady Lianna while penetrating the servant ranks as Kal, a male guardsman trainee. It doesn’t help that Trace, the harsh and enigmatic captain of the king’s guard, is soon assigned as both Lady Lianna’s palace escort and Kal’s commanding officer.
As Kali edges closer to the truth behind the violent group’s identity, she uncovers dangerous secrets that could bring her mission to a brutal end. A scout’s job is to observe and report, never to engage . . . but if it means saving her sister and kingdom, Kali may have no choice.
TRACING SHADOWS, by Amazon bestselling author Alex Lidell, is the first novel in the Scout series. Perfect for fans of Tamora Pierce, Leigh Bardugo, and Sarah J. Maas.
I pull my hand away from Trace’s steady arm and sink into a curtsy.
“Niece!” King Firehorn takes my hands, urging me to rise. He holds me at arm’s length, his kind brown eyes studying me intently. I can’t help but wonder whether my father had eyes such as his, before I remember that I should hate this man. Firehorn’s smile deepens. “You are a beauty, Lianna. And a copy of your late sire. Please, come inside.”
Trace takes a step forward, stopping only when Firehorn puts out his hand.
“She hasn’t been searched for weapons, sir,” the guard says.
“I certainly hope not!” Firehorn tells him. When this appears to little mollify Trace, the king adds, more firmly, “I shall bear the risk. Consider it a royal whim.” He holds the door open for me and I step into a warm room, overstuffed brown chairs and heavy curtains creating a tasteful ambience of intimacy and comfort.
“Thank you, Your Majesty.” I take the fullest breath I’ve taken since stepping off the carriage, allowing for the possibility that there is more to the king than I’d expected. “I am more grateful for a friendly face than you know.”
“Trace is overprotective,” Firehorn says flatly, his back to me as he closes the door. His voice chills. “He will not go far, even with nothing but a young girl to threaten me, so keep your voice down.” Alarm bells spur my heart into a gallop as the king spins on his heels, his eyes steel. Despite myself, I retreat a step. “You are late, girl.” Scowling, Firehorn examines me closely, as if I were an expensive breeding filly that didn’t quite have the build he’d hoped for.
Alex Lidell is the Amazon Breakout Novel Awards finalist author of THE CADET OF TILDOR (Penguin, 2013). She is an avid horseback rider, a (bad) hockey player, and an ice-cream addict. Born in Russia, Alex learned English in elementary school, where a thoughtful librarian placed a copy of Tamora Pierce’s ALANNA in Alex’s hands. In addition to becoming the first English book Alex read for fun, ALANNA started Alex’s life long love for YA fantasy books. Alex is represented by Leigh Feldman of Leigh Feldman Literary. She lives in Washington, DC.
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3 winners will receive an eBook set of Alex’s TIDES SERIES & an eBook of TRACING SHADOWS, INTERNATIONAL.
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Thank you for stopping by today and good luck with the giveaway!