Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Blog tour: The Rise of Fortune and Fury by Sawyer Bennett

From New York Times Bestselling Author Sawyer Bennett comes the Chronicles of the Stone Veil, a five book urban fantasy/paranormal romance series. A departure from contemporary romance, the Chronicles of the Stone Veil is a return to fantasy/paranormal romance, where Sawyer started her fiction publishing journey. Readers can expect to find all the elements they love from Sawyer’s books—strong heroines, alpha heroes, and an epic romance—with a fantastical element to add to their reading experience. You can get the fifth, and final, book in the series, The Rise of Fortune and Fury, now!

Details for the Chronicles of the Stone Veil series are below:


You can start the series today with The Revelation of Light and Dark.

Go to Sawyer's website for details: Click here to learn more about The Chronicles of the Stone Veil series

The Rise of Fortune and Fury is available now:

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5 Stars!
Review by Trinette Dungee

Things I don’t do when it comes to books/reading: 

Cliffhangers: I hate them (I barely tolerate them in TV shows), and I try to stay as far away from them as possible when until every book in the series has been released. 

Paranormal/Fantasy/Sci-fi: I love watching this genre but reading it…not so much.

Crying: I might get a little choked up, my heart might get a little tight, I might even tear up, but actually bawl crying…nope. I can count on one hand and have fingers left over the amount of times it’s happened. 

Emotionally Eat: I’m not an emotional eater at all so seeking comfort food after finishing a book…simply unheard of. 

Things I’ve done with this series: 

Cliffhanger: Loved every minute of it and couldn’t wait for the next book. 

Paranormal/Fantasy/Sci-fi: I was sucked in immediately and loved every minute of it. I’m hoping there will be spin-off storylines, I can’t wait to read more.

Crying: Literally bawled my eyes out at one point. Honestly, I was probably the silliest moment in the book to do it, but the tears just poured. 

Emotionally Eat: When I finished this book, the only thing that could soothe me was my guilty pleasure, Tostitos and queso and a cold soda.

Emotionally invested from beginning to end!!!

“Life is fragile…. No stronger than glass. And it seems from the moment I met you in this lifetime, that was something you inherently accepted. You lost your parents, and you understood how fleeting it all is. The strength you’ve shown these last few months, especially after learning about this sacrifice you’ll have to bear, is greater than some of history’s bravest warriors. Time and time again, you’ve acknowledged that fate will ot take a backseat, and you’ve faced it head-on with not only brute confidence, but also with a graciousness that comes from the beauty of your heart. It’s because your heart is so fucking big and loves to goddamned generously that you’ve been marching forward to greet your destiny without ever taking a moment to be scared. And you I’m here for it. I’m here to shoulder the burden with you. I’ll take on all of your worries, pain, and fear if you’ll let me. I will continually remind you that you brought a demi-god to his knees time and time again, and you are more magnificent that all the gods put together. It’s with that knowledge I know I’ll have to let you go until I find that shining start again. Until then, I hope it’s enough that I will be by your side every step of the way and if the fates are kin to us, hopefully I’ll be holding you as you leave this world to wait for you in the next”

Totally gutted me!!!

I finished this book on Monday, here it is Sunday…. I’m still not right!! 

The last book left us with the Scooby Gang going their separate ways to protect the blood stone they obtained, learning what really happened to Arwen, realizing that Pike was douche, and learning of Finley’s true link to Carrick. 

This book was EVERYTHING! The final showdown, the prophecy come to light, the battle between Finley and Kymaris. Friends became enemies, enemies became friends, alliances were formed, lives were lost, and the Gods weren’t as “hands-off” as initially thought. We are introduced to a few new characters and learned more about some older characters. This book was a nail biter, the momentum matched, if not exceeded the previous books and the characters have grown with each book and by this one, they are phenomenal. 

While the battle itself is amazing, it’s the before and the after the battle that packs the most punch. This is literally a countdown to the beginning of the end. It’s the realization on Finley’s part that even though she will eventually return, it’s likely that she won’t survive the battle. As a reader, I couldn’t help but to wonder if the actual “ultimate sacrificing” on Finley’s part isn’t her giving up her life. Could it be that she may have to sacrifice Carrick or someone else she loves? We learned from Lucien, that a demi-god can be taken away. Then there is also Carrick’s initial wish to ascend. Maybe it will be him who doesn’t survive. I also think back to her fight training when Deandra used an imagined Rainey to force Finley to fully use her powers; she might have to sacrifice Rainey or Myles. So many possibilities. 

We get to truly meet Finley’s sister Zora and learn more about her life and her part in the prophecy. Based on Zora’s initial reaction to Finley, I wasn’t sure if she would be friend or foe. I definitely didn’t expect to like her as much as I did. Zora also had to face betrayals, and with guidance from Finley, begins to understand what emotions are and most importantly, she learned what it was to love. 

This book literally had my adrenalin pumping. By the time the battle started, I was physically ready to jump in! Think, “Avengers Assemble!”. Okay, not quite like that but you get the gist. Just picture them all coming together on the battlefield. 

The end of the battle wasn’t as epic as I thought it would be, but after reading beyond it I totally understood why. Finley and Carrick’s heartbreak and loss weren’t over. 

While this was a relatively quick read, it was packed with information, discoveries, realizations that’s it’s almost next to impossible to talk about this book with out giving away major spoilers, so if you don’t want any, stop here. 

*****Spoiler Alert*****

Luckily, it’s not long before Finley is reunited with Carrick, but it comes at a cost of them losing the blood stone. In the first book we knew Carrick wasn’t Fae or Daemon, but also that he wasn’t human and for that reason I didn’t really see him as an actual man or guy. He just came across as such an Alpha. Always suited up, stiff, and unemotional. In the second book I started seeing him as more of a man. By this book, he was all man to me. Like a guy’s guy who took care of his woman and the people he cared about. The first time it happened was in Secrets and Fate when Deandra was introduced. What made him a real person to me was also in that book and was the most normal thing which was when Rainey was fixing dinner but getting distracted by Carrick talking about his latest adventure, and who was clearly hungry. 

LOL. He even has a sense of humor. In this book it was during the planning of the trade of Finley for the blood stone.

“If Finley goes down, we burn that motherf#$king pier to ashes-Kymaris along with it.”

Sigh…that was soooo sexy. 

Maddox and Titus are of course front and center in this battle. I loved these guys so much. We learned more about Titus and his world and are introduced to a few new friends from there as well. My heart broke for Titus and I still need more Maddox! I need a story for this demi-god. He kind of meets his match in Zora to a certain extent, and we get just a glimpse of another side of him. 

Boral and Zaid, when it comes to horrendous acts committed, these two probably take the cake but it’s turns out that the story of this strained relationship between this father and son fall second only to Finley and Carrick’s story. I liked Zaid from the beginning. There was just something about his disdain for Finley that made me think he would probably turn out to be one of her biggest supporters. The part of this book that made me ugly cry was Carrick describing Zaid’s reaction to something about Finley. It was a true testament to the goodness in Zaid, and how his feelings toward Finley. I’ll admit Boral was a wild card for me. While he makes it clear his motives are selfish, he gets the gang the info they need; you just have to wonder if this information will cost him or them. 

Myles and Rainey continue to be the supportive friends to Finley. To me they are the foundation of the Scooby Gang with their dedication to Finley and learning all they could about the world they’d been thrust into. As Veda suggested in another book, Finley definitely needed them. They kept her grounded to a certain extent.  Initially I was very suspect of Myles. I was afraid he was going to be “turned” or something, but he proved to be an integral part of assisting the team during the final battle. 

We learned that Pike has teamed with his aunt, Kymaris, and has been so for quite some time. Also, he just happens to be in love with her. Ew. In learning this it becomes clear to the demi-gods that they will need all the help they can get. Carrick informs Deandra, Queen Nimeyah, and her husband of Pikes involvement, and Kymaris’ plans for Faere. This doesn’t quite go the way Carrick thought, however the knowledge of this partnership pits brother against sister. 

Finley finally makes it to the underground where she is united with her sister Zora and she manages to convince Zora to return to Earth with her. Finley learns more of her sister’s life, and her hatred for Kymaris grows. The two sisters explore their powers and determined how they will be used to take down Kymaris. 

Most questions were answered in this book. There are still a few unanswered ones, but I’m hoping a spin-off series or at least novellas will happen to answer those.

I don’t typically re-read books, but this is a series I intend to re-read for the full impact and to see the little Easter-Eggs given throughout the series. 



The Rise of Fortune and Fury

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Book Blurb:

It’s time to meet my destiny. Kymaris has everything she needs to bring down the veil between Earth and the Underworld. If she’s successful in completing the ritual, Earth will be darkened by evil. Demons will swarm our lands and the human race will be decimated. It’s up to me to stop her. My fate is to thwart the prophecy, but I’m not sure what to do. While I may have some gifts, I am still merely a human facing the queen of the Dark Fae who holds unimaginable power. But I have something she doesn’t. Something she could never comprehend. I have love. Deep, abiding love which gives me the strength and courage to face down evil. Family, friends, and unexpected allies, who will stand shoulder to shoulder with me against this enemy. Should I fail, they are prepared to go down with me, but only after we have given our all. My sacrifice may destroy everything I am. Fate may require my demise. But if that happens, I will leave this realm without regret, knowing that I have loved and been loved in return. The Rise of Fortune and Fury is book five of the Chronicles of the Stone Veil series and is best enjoyed if read in series order.  

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The Revelation of Light and Dark

Chronicles of the Stone Veil, book #1 | Available Now

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A Discovery of Secrets and Fate

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The Evolution of Fae and Gods

Chronicles of the Stone Veil, book #3 | Available Now

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A Battle of Blood and Stone

Chronicles of the Stone Veil, book #4 | Available Now

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The Rise of Fortune and Fury

Chronicles of the Stone Veil, book #5 | Available Now

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New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author Sawyer Bennett uses real life experience to create relatable stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From contemporary romance, fantasy romance, and both women’s and general fiction, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone.

A former trial lawyer from North Carolina, when she is not bringing fiction to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to her very adorable daughter, as well as full-time servant to her wonderfully naughty dogs.

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