Happy Thanksgiving to all who are celebrating! This year I’m thankful to be a part of Storytellers on Tour Book Tour of Dark Oak by Jacob Sannox! Thank you so much to Storytellers On Tour (IG: @sot_tours) and Jacob Sannox (IG: @jacobsannox) for a copy of the book and for a chance to be on this tour.
Tour Dates: November 21st–November 27th. View more about the tour event here. There are some really talented bloggers and bookstagrammers also featuring this book, so be sure to check them out!
About the Book: Dark Oak by Jacob Sannox
Series: The Dark Oak Chronicles (#1)
Published: April 27, 2017
Genre: Dark Fantasy, Epic Fantasy
CW: Suicide, infanticide, violence, death, prisoner abuse, degenerative illness, gore
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Humanity has finally defeated the Dark Lord, but Morrick fought on the wrong side.
Though he was a slave, he is branded a traitor and must earn the trust of new lords in order to return to his family – if they are still alive.
Now that their common enemy is dead, the nobles begin to forget old loyalties, and Queen Cathryn’s realm looks set to plunge into war once more. But there are older and more terrible powers dwelling within the forest, and when they are awakened, Morrick will decide who lives or dies.
About the Author:
Jacob Sannox is a 37-year-old writer from the sunny climes of Bedfordshire, England. In his spare time he is generally writing, thinking about writing or berating himself for not writing. He loves to play the acoustic guitar, but wishes he was better at it, and he has recently taken up Dungeons & Dragons. This is dangerous, as he has a propensity for disappearing into fantasy worlds. Nobody saw Jacob Sannox between 2000 and 2010, during which time he was LARPing. Do not judge him.
Dark Oak is a grimdark fantasy that gives a unique take on the typical fantasy trope. Instead of groups rallying around to defeat a Dark Lord, Dark Oak begins right when the Dark Lord is vanquished. From the perspectives of a war criminal, his abandoned wife at home dreaming of rebellion, the new Queen and consort, the Queen’s advisors, and a dryad waging his grudges against the humans who are ruining his forest, this tale weaves through the intricacies of the aftermaths of war when tensions are high and people are vulnerable. I absolutely love when a story has multiple perspectives that eventually come together—I think it shows that the author really knows the ins and outs of his characters. I was especially drawn to the Dryad and how his campaign for environmentalism can be a truth we need to hold even in our modern life. I also felt compelled by Rowan, the wife left at home, and how she managed to live without her husband, but her subsequent downfall when the violence of the war reached her. This Tolkien-inspired work was action-packed, full of complex relationships, and started to touch the surface of the creatures in the forest once thought to be myths, hinting that they would play an even bigger part in subsequent books. This book is good for those who love epic fantasies, who grew up on Lord of the Rings, who are concerned about human nature not just to each other but to the environment, too.
Three Stars. 3/5
Check Out the Author:
On his website.