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If I could describe the main character of Farsighted with one rune, it’d be: Uraz.
You see, Uraz is the rune of young warriors. It represents strength, endurance, and untamed potential. In the reverse it can mean rashness, weakness, jealousy and misdirected force.
Alex Kosmitoras’ character in Farsighted represents both sides of the rune Uraz. He’s not your typical hero. He possesses powerful potential in his newfound psychic gift to foretell the future, but he also falls into fits of pettiness, jealousy and spiteful retorts.
As Alex isn’t your stereotypical hero, Farsighted is not the usual YA Paranormal fare. The author gives us a male main character, throws in Greek and Indian culture, and there is not one vampire in the entire bunch. The plot keeps the reader guessing at each turn of the page to a well woven, and unexpected ending.
So what’s the big twist? Alex is blind, so “seeing” the future comes with serious challenges. His ability to foretell the future remains limited to his other senses: touch, taste, hearing, and smell. And that leaves him open to misinterpretation.
One of the book’s greatest strengths is the point of view of the main character. Since Alex cannot see, neither can the reader. I was led into a world where all I had to go on was my other four senses. This led to a feeling of confusion at first, as I tried to fathom what was really going on. My sense of compassion for Alex grew as I experienced the world through his limitations.
Now that brings me to Raidho, the journey rune. Alex’s story is a journey. As his abilities reveal his only friend Simmi (and big crush) may be in danger, Alex must figure out the clues his future flashes show him in time to save Simmi, while also sending him on his path to self-discovery.
So if psychic abilities (foreseeing the future, telekinesis, and a bit of “I see dead people”), teen bullying, and a dash of romance is your thing then this journey is for you.
Here’s more about the book . . .
THE BOOK: Alex Kosmitoras may be blind, but he can still “see” things others can’t. When his unwanted visions of the future begin to suggest that the girl he likes could be in danger, he has no choice but to take on destiny and demand it reconsider. Get your copy today by visiting Amazon.com’s Kindle store or the eBook retailer of your choice. The paperback edition will be available on November 24 (for the author’s birthday).
THE CASH PRIZES: Guess what? You could win a $100 Amazon gift card as part of this special blog tour. That’s right! Just leave a comment below saying something about the post you just read, and you’ll be entered into the raffle. I could win $100 too! Please help by voting for my blog in the traffic-breaker poll. To cast your vote, visit the official Farsighted blog tour page and scroll all the way to the bottom. Thank you for your help with that.
THE GIVEAWAYS: Win 1 of 10 autographed copies of Farsighted before its paperback release by entering the giveaway on GoodReads. Perhaps you’d like an autographed postcard from the author; you can request one on her site.
THE AUTHOR: Emlyn Chand has always loved to hear and tell stories, having emerged from the womb with a fountain pen grasped firmly in her left hand (true story). When she’s not writing, she runs a large book club in Ann Arbor and is the president of author PR firm, Novel Publicity. Emlyn loves to connect with readers and is available throughout the social media interweb. Visit www.emlynchand.com for more info. Don’t forget to say “hi” to her sun conure Ducky!
MORE FUN: There’s more fun below. Watch the live action Farsighted book trailer and take the quiz to find out which character is most like you!
Wow, Mande! I love how you incorporated the runes into your review. That is so cool! Most readers didn’t seem to understand the purpose of the runes. I spent lots of time studying them and fashioned each of my 24 chapters after a rune. Put together, they tell the story of the hero’s journey. Some of them were very challenging to fit into the story (like the one about agriculture), but it was a fun challenge – one that was even bigger than writing blind! Thanks for this really fun and insightful review. 😀
You know what would be fun? A really cool post about the meaning of each rune. I loved the runes because I knew exactly what each of them meant, so it was a fun little puzzle for me at the beginning of each chapter. What if you put out a blog post that gives the meaning of each rune? Or do a daily rune meaning as your blog tour progresses (or even after it ends)? It would be a fun extra for readers to come to your site and see the different runes with their meanings. Of course, just a thought! I know you’re busy with your book flying to the top of the multicultural charts! I saw Farsighted ranked #1 a few days after your release. Congratulations!
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