Ballad & Dagger Book Tour & Giveaway

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the BALLAD & DAGGER by Daniel José Older Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

 

About The Book:

Title: BALLAD & DAGGER (Outlaw Saints #1)

Author: Daniel José Older

Pub. Date: May 3, 2022

Publisher: Rick Riordan Presents

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook

Pages: 384

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, Audible, B&NiBooks, KoboTBD, Bookshop.org

Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents Daniel José Older’s music-and-magic-filled YA urban fantasy about two teens who discover each other and their powers during a political battle within a unique diaspora community.

Almost sixteen years ago, Mateo Matisse’s island homeland disappeared into the sea. Weary and hopeless, the survivors of San Madrigal’s sinking escaped to New York.

While the rest of his tight-knit Brooklyn diaspora community dreams of someday finding a way back home, Mateo–now a high school junior and piano prodigy living with his two aunts (one who’s alive, the other not so much)–is focused on one thing: getting the attention of locally-grown musical legend Gerval. Mateo finally gets his chance on the night of the Grand Fete, an annual party celebrating the blended culture of pirates, Cuban Santeros, and Sephardic Jews that created San Madrigal all those centuries ago.

But the evil that sank their island has finally caught up with them, and on the night of the celebration, Mateo’s life is forever changed when he witnesses a brutal murder by a person he thought he knew.

Suddenly Mateo is thrust into an ancient battle that spans years and oceans. Deadly secrets are unraveled and Mateo awakens a power within himself–a power that not only links him to the killer but could also hold the key to unlocking the dark mystery behind his lost homeland.

From the author of the award-winning Shadowshaper Cypher series comes the first novel in the Outlaw Saints duology–a brilliant story that will transport readers to a world where magic, myth, and gods reign over the streets of Brooklyn.

 

My Review

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I have yet to come across a Rock Riordan Presents book that I haven't fallen in love with. This book is no exception!

After reading Midnight Horizon (Star Wars: The High Republic) by Daniel José Older I found a deep appreciation for his world building. I was curious to see how it translated into a Young Adult book.

The beginning of the book is a bit slow paced, but it's building the deep culture and world for the rest of the story. Older delves into some tough subjects like colorism and colonialism and doesn't down play it at all. The political aspect of the story was flawless in it's approach. The magic system mixed with music was a beautiful touch. I feel like the main characters, Mateo & Chela were solid. However, I wish Chela had more to her. It kinda felt like Mateo was the main and Chela an afterthought – but that could change in the sequel, who knows? Overall I thought it was a really good book and I'll definitely check out the next in the series!

Huge thanks to Rock Star Book Tours, Rick Riordan Presents and Daniel José Older for my gifted copy!



 

About Daniel José Older:

Daniel José Older is a New York Times best-selling author and story architect. He has published fourteen novels and numerous short stories and essays, and he is a regular comics writer for Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures and Marvel. He won the International Latino Book Award and has been a finalist for the Kirkus Prize, the Mythopoeic Award, the Locus Award, the Andre Norton Award, and the World Fantasy Award. You can find his thoughts on writing, read dispatches from his decade-long career as an NYC paramedic, and hear his music at http://danieljoseolder.net, as well as on YouTube, @djolder on Twitter, @danieljose1 on Instagram, and @danieljoseolder on TikTok. He and his family live in New Orleans.

 

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Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a finished copy of BALLAD & DAGGER, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

5/1/2022

YABooksCentral

Excerpt

5/2/2022

celiamcmahonreads

Excerpt/IG Post

5/3/2022

Rajiv’s Reviews

Review/IG Post

5/4/2022

Emmiepooh2

IG Review

5/5/2022

@bujos_n_books

IG Review

5/6/2022

The Book View

Review/IG Post

5/7/2022

Nagma | TakeALookAtMyBookshelf

IG Review

Week Two:

5/8/2022

Fire and Ice

Review

5/9/2022

Library of Alexandria Archives

Review/IG Post

5/10/2022

Book-Keeping

Review/IG Post

5/11/2022

Pages_and_Procrastinaton

Review/IG Post

5/12/2022

@drewsim12

IG Review/TikTok Post

5/13/2022

A Court of Coffee and Books

Review/IG Post

5/14/2022

Karen Dee’s Book Reviews

IG Review

Week Three:

5/15/2022

The Momma Spot

Review/IG Post

5/16/2022

Bri’s Bookish

IG Review

5/17/2022

A Backwards Story

Review/IG Post

5/18/2022

The Clever Reader

Review/IG Post

5/19/2022

Lifestyle of Me

Review

5/20/2022

laura’s bookish corner

Review/IG Post

5/21/2022

zaineylaney

Review/IG Post/TikTok Post

Week Four:

5/22/2022

BookHounds YA

Review/IG Post

5/23/2022

Nerdophiles

Review

5/24/2022

The Bookwyrm’s Den

Review

5/25/2022

Cocoa With Books

Review/IG Post

5/26/2022

wilted pages

Review/IG Post/TikTok Post

5/27/2022

@lexijava

Review/IG Post

5/28/2022

two points of interest

Review

Week Five:

5/29/2022

The Real World According To Sam

Review/IG Post

5/30/2022

GivernyReads

Review/IG Post

5/31/2022

Kait Plus Books

Review/IG Post/TikTok Post


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