I’m excited to be a part of today’s blog book tour. I’m really treating you today, as this is a double blog book tour for me, as I’ll be reviewing book one and two of the Alavonia series by Nicholas Lovelock, Discoucia and Gemenicia. I am the eighth stop on the blog book tour hosted by Faye Rogers over at Authoright. There are a lot of bloggers on the Discoucia & Gemenicia Blog Tour so I would love for you to check out their reviews! You can do this by following Faye on Twitter, as she will be retweeting the reviews.
Before we start my review and what I thought, let’s read both of the book bios for background context.
Discoucia? Let me tell you a little bit about it;
An acclaimed explorer and inventor, Sir Arthur Pageon takes his unofficial role as defender of the realm of Avalonia very seriously. Upon returning from his most recent exploits aboard on his personal flying galleon The Nostradamus, Pageon is treated to a hero’s welcome and celebratory procession through the streets of Avalonia’s capital, Evermore. Little does Pageon know he’s being followed by a mysterious group whose devious leader is his estranged sister, Queen Lily Pageon of Harrha Island.
Fiercely intelligent, Lily specialises in dastardly technological inventions with the aim of bringing down the Discoucian Monarchy so that she may reign as its dictator. However, the heir to the throne is one Princes Josephine Oladine, whose youth and royal position masks her role in the Discoucian Secret Service. Joining forces, Princess Josephine and Sir Arthur’s adventures will take them across the whole of Avalonia in their quest to foil Lily’s revolutionary plans.
Gemenicia? Let me tell you a little bit about it;
The second part of Arthur and Jo’s strange adventures throughout the land of Discoucia, and a time when Archie the Water Goddess has made the ultimate sacrifice to rid the world of her nemesis. However, things rarely go to plan and Arthur finds himself at war with Archie’s hidden agenda. Hidden around Discoucia are sixteen gems that Archie must collect before a year is up.
If she wins then Cordelia will disappear to another dimension and not return until she agrees to stop causing forest fires, volcanic eruptions and droughts. Along the way, they meet old friends and old enemies, as well as Archie having to perform miracles without the use of divine power. The adventure will take them around Discoucia and beyond unless Cordelia and Alicia May can stop them first.
First, let’s start with my review of Discoucia.
The beginning was a little slow at first but after a little while, I really got into it, it is very fast paced with a huge amount of stories within the main story. A really enjoyable read, I will admit, it was a little confusing at times, but when I kept on reading, I was able to take it all in. There is so much detail, a perfect read, I love the Steampunk style feel to it in places, a great reflection on Nicholas’ love.
What really makes it an interesting read is the characters. Nicholas has done an amazing job with them. If the characters are enjoyable and relatable, then I will continue reading and fall in love with them. Nicholas has definitely done that with Discoucia. The characters bounce off each other really well and there’s a good relationship between them, this makes for a very interesting read.
Next up, let’s review Gemenicia.
I always hate books finishing, then you have to wait forever long for the second book. Nah, not on this occasion! I also read the second book in the Alavonia series, Gemenicia, I am very excited to share my thoughts, I happily dived into the second book. The full cast of characters grow from book one to book two, they’re all rather loveable! There is so much going on, I love the different storylines at once, it really keeps you on your toes.
The storylines aren’t dull and you’re guessing what’s going to happen next. Will Jo and Arthur find the sixteen gems? There are so many questions running through your mind. You will have to read it for yourself for the answers! I would say if you’re a fan of Steampunk and kind of operatic arc, then you will want to check these books out! Unfortunately, Gemenicia did end on a cliffhanger… Feels like forever until I’ll be able to get my hands on book three.
How about a little about the author, Nicholas Lovelock;
Nicholas Lovelock lives in a small village in Oxfordshire and has already published Discoucia, the first part of the Alavonia Series which spans multiple novels set to be released in the future. He enjoys riding around the countryside as well as illustrating his own works, as can be seen in his second novel Gemenicia. He is a keen musician capable of playing the electric guitar as well as the acoustic and the piano.
His love of Steampunk literature and cinema has been with him from a young age and discovered a world of fantasy, to bring the wild west to an English setting and to create something that has never been done before. History has always been a major passion of his, the ability to change history through literature was one of the things that attracted him to become an author in the first place.
Please give some love to Nicholas Lovelock and if you can not wait any longer to read it for yourself, you can buy Gemenicia to read in Ebook (Kindle Format) or Paperback from Amazon. You can also find it on Goodreads now!
I hope you have enjoyed this little review! I highly recommend Discoucia & Gemenicia if you love a YA Steampunk.
Love Gemma x
*Thank you Authoright for hosting Discoucia & Gemenicia Blog Tour. The paperback book was kindly sent to me for free, in return for an honest review. The feature image were sent to me in the Media Pack, for more information please see my About Page.