Today I am blog tour for The Keep Within by J.L. Worrad, Happy book birthday! I would like to say thank you to Olivia, and Titan for sending me a physical copy of The Keep Within by J.L. Worrad for free in exchange for an honest review.
Title: The Keep Within
Author: J.L. Worrad
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Pages: 496 pages
When Sir Harrance ‘Harry’ Larksdale, bastard brother of the king, falls for a mysterious lad from the mountains, he is unwillingly caught up in a chaotic world of court intrigue and murderous folk tales. Meanwhile Queen Carmotta Il’Lunadella, First-Queen of the Brintland, needs to save her life and her unborn child. With the Third-Queen plotting against her, and rumours of coups rocking the court, Carmotta can rely only on her devious mind and venomous wit.
But deep within the walls of Becken Keep squats the keep-within – patient, timeless, and evil. To speak of the keep-within outside the walls of Becken Keep guarantees your bizarre and agonising demise within nine days. All the while, people fearfully whisper the name Red Marie: a bloodied demon with rusted nails for teeth and swinging scythes who preys on the innocent.
Harry and Carmotta are clinging to their dreams, their lives, by threads. And, beneath all, the keep-within awaits.
J.L. Worrad lives in Leicester, England, and has for almost all his life. He has a degree in classical studies from Lampeter University, Wales. In 2011 Worrad won three grand on a lottery scratch card and so attended Clarion, the six-week SF workshop held at the University of California, San Diego.
In 2018 of his first and second novel were published. He’s also had short stories published by Daily Science Fiction, Flurb, Newcon Press and Obverse Books. Worrad also writes screen plays for short films.
Once allergy brain went away I loved this book. I am here for plots within schemes within plans and the sprinkle of corruption on the top was perfect. The Keep Within is the kind of book where once you’ve finished it, you have that nagging need to reread the book to see if you can discover any hints that you missed the first time round. Despite bursting at the seems with plots, schemes and plans Worrad effortless makes his world feel real and lived in.
I liked the characters and the supporting the characters. I love good character building in books like this and for me it can really determine if I DNF a book. Some fantasy books can miss the mark and either make over complicated characters or stupidly dull ones. Worrad gets round this little pet peeve of mine by making his characters stupidly human they are both pleasant and rather terrible, at the same time and have all the complicated humanness in between. I really enjoyed this book and think its worth a read if you love sneak plots.
Thank you again Olivia, and Titan.