Monday, March 25, 2013

Attack of the Assassins! Blog Tour

Welcome one and all to the Attack of the Assassins! blog tour, a tour put together by fans of the His Fair Assassin series by Robin LaFevers to celebrate the release of the second book, Dark Triumph.

The His Fair Assassin series, set in fifteenth century Brittany, follows three daughters of Death as they fight to secure the realm against the encroaching French - and their own hearts against the prospect of love.

That above is my attempt at a short, concise synopsis, but even if I had pages and pages, I couldn't do the series justice. The first book, Grave Mercy, was my favorite book of 2012. I fell in love with its unique premise (nun assassins!), rich, historical world-building, high stakes, and vibrant characters. (For more gushing, read my review here.) Indeed, I was nigh on insufferable for many months, as I pushed my new favorite book on every person I talked to, both online and in real life.

Then, the news broke. Grave Mercy was to have a sequel. It was given a title (Dark Triumph) and an (oh-so-pretty) cover. The more I learned about Dark Triumph, the more excited I became until I couldn't bear it any longer. I needed to share my love! I need to proselytize! To convert!

Thus, the Attack of the Assassins! blog tour was conceived. I contacted several fellow bloggers whom I knew were fellow HFA fans, and they in turn contacted several other bloggers whom they knew. We were not contacted by the author. We are not sponsored by the publishing house. We are merely a group of fervent fans who want the much-anticipated sequel to a beloved book to have an excellent debut week.

And here's how it affects you.

The coming week, from today through April 3rd, is dedicated to celebrating and promoting Grave Mercy, Dark Triumph, and the His Fair Assassin series as a whole. We are using this blog, Bookshelvers Anonymous, as the command center of sorts, but each day will feature at least one HFA-centric post either here or on one of the participatory blogs.

Those of you who are already HFA fans will get to enjoy the gushing of fellow fans, as well as contributed bits of information from Ms. Robin LaFevers herself. Those of you who are new to the series will receive enough information and shiny lures to hopefully send you dashing to the nearest bookstore to buy your own copies. And those of you who just like getting free stuff... Well, what's a blog tour without a few giveaways?

The full tour schedule is listed below, as is a giveaway just for you! As the posts go live, I will edit the post to add the direct links, so keep checking in for more fun. Thank you all for joining us, and get ready for a killer week.

Official Attack of the Assassins! Tour Schedule

Monday, March 25: Attack of the Assassins! blog tour introductory post @ Bookshelvers Anonymous

Tuesday, March 26: Heart of a Female Assassin + giveaway @ Delusions at High Altitudes; Robin LaFevers' Top Five Heroines of All Time @ Bookshelvers Anonymous

Wednesday, March 27: Why I love the His Fair Assassin series @ In Which Ems Reviews Books; Fairy Tale Influences of Dark Triumph @ Bookshelvers Anonymous

Thursday, March 28: True Love = A Maggoty Carcass (A Dark Triumph post) + giveaway @ Mary Gray Books; Cover Love #25 (The HFA edition) @ Bookshelvers Anonymous

Friday, March 29: Review of Dark Triumph @ Girls in the Stacks; Interview with Robin LaFevers @ Bookshelvers Anonymous

Saturday, March 30: An Assassin In Love (The Unlikely Romance in Grave Mercy) @ Bookshelvers Anonymous (a guest post from Molli @ Once Upon a Prologue)

Sunday, March 31: Review: Dark Triumph @ Bookshelvers Anonymous

Monday, April 1: Review: Dark Triumph + giveaway @ In Which Ems Reviews Books; The Mythology of the Nine @ Bookshelvers Anonymous

Tuesday, April 2: Author Interview with Robin LaFevers (+Giveaway!) @ Blue Sky Bookshelf; A Special Message from St. Mortain @ Bookshelvers Anonymous

Wednesday, April 3: Interview with a fellow fan @ Burgundy Ice; Giveaway! @ In Which Ems Reviews Books; Tour Wrap-up @ Bookshelvers Anonymous

For the giveaway, I'll choose two winners, and each winner will pick either Grave Mercy or Dark Triumph for their very own. Also, this giveaway is INTERNATIONAL as long as The Book Depository ships to your country.

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