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Book Tour, Guest Post, and Giveaway: The Order of the Eternal Sun

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.


The Order of the Eternal Sun: A Novel of the Sylvani

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The Order of the Eternal Sun
(A Novel of the Sylvani #2)
by Jessica Leake
Adult Historical Fantasy
Hardcover & ebook, 308 pages
August 23rd 2016 by Talos

Synopsis:

Lucy Sinclair’s debut will be a parade of everything opulent Edwardian London society has to offer. Most importantly, it will be nothing like her older sister’s dangerous experience—especially if her overprotective brother-in-law, Lord Thornewood, has his way. As if screening her dance partners isn’t enough, Thornewood insists that his brother, James, train Lucy in self-defense. She wouldn’t mind so much if her treacherous mind didn’t continue to replay the kiss they once shared.

But awkward defense lessons are the least of her problems. Her arcana, a magical talent that allows her to mentally enter any scene that she draws, grows stronger by the day. Again and again Lucy is compelled to draw a portal to her mother’s realm of Sylvania—and with each stroke of her pen, she risks attracting the attention of the Order of the Eternal Sun, the sinister brotherhood that steals the power of Sylvani blood for their own dark ends.

When a bold new suitor arrives from India, Lucy can’t help but be intrigued—though her family questions his mysterious past. But as Lucy’s own suspicions grow, and the threat of the Order looms larger, Lucy will have to learn to harness her unpredictable power or risk falling under the Order’s shadow forever.

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Other Books in the Series

Arcana

Arcana
(A Novel of the Sylvani #1)
by Jessica Leake
Adult Historical Fantasy
Hardcover, Paperback & ebook 288 pages
November 18th 2014 by Talos

Synopsis:

Amid the sumptuous backdrop of the London season in 1905, headstrong Katherine Sinclair must join the ranks of debutantes vying for suitors. Unfortunately for Katherine, she cannot imagine anything more loathsome—or dangerous. To help ease her entrance into society, Katherine’s family has elicited the assistance of the Earl of Thornewood, a friend and London’s most eligible bachelor, to be her constant companion at the endless fetes and balls. But upon her arrival in London, Katherine realizes there will be more to this season than just white gowns and husband hunting.

Through her late mother’s enchanted diary, Katherine receives warning to keep hidden her otherworldly ability to perform arcana, a magic fueled by the power of the sun. Any misstep could mean ruin—and not just for her family name. The Order of the Eternal Sun is everywhere—hunting for those like her, able to feed on arcana with only a touch of the hand.

But society intrigue can be just as perilous as the Order. The machinations of the fashionable elite are a constant threat, and those who covet Katherine’s arcana, seeking the power of her birthright, could be hiding behind the facade of every suitor—even the darkly handsome Earl of Thornewood.

With so much danger and suspicion, can she give her heart to the one who captivates her, or is he just another after her power?

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About the Author



Jessica Leake has been in love with historical England ever since her first literary crush: Mr. Darcy. After embarking on a quest to bring her own intriguing and headstrong characters to life, she decided to quit her day job as a clinical therapist and spend her time weaving arcana with words. She lives in Greenville, SC with her brilliant husband, four painfully cute children, and two mischievous dogs.

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Guest Post


Arcana in The Order of the Eternal Sun

In the Sylvan world, ancient magic is known by the name arcana. As half-mortals, Lucy and her sister Katherine derive their power from the sun, but as they both learn, in their mother’s realm of Sylvania, their power and arcana is derived from their spirit animals.

Their mother’s spirit animal looked very much like a snow fox, but its intelligence and store of arcana make it very different from the animal known in the human world. When Lucy discovers her grandmother is still alive and well in that realm, she sees her grandmother’s spirit animal for the first time: a phoenix.

In the Sylvan realm, Lucy learns many things, but one that sticks out to her is the fact that there are different classes of arcana: corporal and spiritual. Corporal arcana users have abilities that directly affect the body—such as healing or any of the offensive and defensive arts. Spiritual users have abilities that can produce some tangible things, but the majority of their power lies in the abstract, in the spiritual realm.

There is another type of arcana in The Order of the Eternal Sun, though, one that’s used by Alexander—a lord from India who could be a suitor for Lucy…or the enemy. He has the ability to detect the strength of a person’s prana, or life force. For those who have Sylvan blood, their prana is so powerful it leaves a trace.

Prana, like chakra, is a real part of the Hindu philosophy, and it refers to a person’s life force or life energy. With Alexander’s Indian roots, it fit in nicely with my story, so I happily borrowed from real life in this case—makes for stronger world-building!
— Jessica

Tour Schedule


October 30th: Launch
November 6th: Grand Finale

Giveaway


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Print copy of ARCANA plus swag (US only)
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