So excited to be doing another book review and author interview! I was drawn to this book for several reasons. First, look at that amazing cover – LOVE! But, I was mostly intrigued by the combination of genres. As we know, historical fiction is kind of my thing, but I also love fantasy and when the two blend together the results can be amazing!! This book does not disappoint.
About the Book
Absolute obedience, servitude, neutrality.
These were the laws that once governed Bartholomew, an immortal soulcatcher, until one ill-fated night when he was forced to make a choice: rebel against his masters or reveal an ancient, dangerous secret.
He chose defiance.
Imprisoned for centuries as punishment for his decision, Bartholomew wastes away—until he creates an opportunity to escape. By a stroke of chance, Bartholomew finds himself in the human world and soon learns that breaking his bonds does not come without a price. Cut off from the grace that once ruled him, he must discover a new magic in 1930s Chicago.
Armed with only a cryptic message to give him direction, Bartholomew desperately tries to resume the mission he had started so long ago. Relying on the unlikely guidance of the streetwise orphan Charlie Reese, Bartholomew must navigate the depressed streets of the City in the Garden. But in order to solve this riddle, he must first discover if choice and fate are one in the same.
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About the Author
Kimberlee Ann Bastian has a unique love affair with American nostalgia, mythology, and endless possibilities. This melting pot of elements is what prompted the creation of her epic ELEMENT ODYSSEYS series, starting with the reboot of her debut novel now titled THE BREEDLING AND THE CITY IN THE GARDEN.
When she is not in her writer’s room, working her current “day job”, or consuming other literary worlds, she enjoys hiking and cycling around the bluffs of your Southeastern MN home and catching up on her favorite pop culture.
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Interview with Kimberlee Ann Bastion
How long have you been writing?
Since February 15th, 1997. Yep, it’s that specific.
In today’s tech savvy world, most writers use a computer or laptop. Have you ever written parts of your book on paper?
Yes, although mainly in the editing stage. It is rear for me to write down full chapters, less transcribing that way. I do have dozens of notes, however, that have been handwritten and are kept in different binders.
How did you do research for your book?
Every way possible. I am really tight with the reference desk gals at my hometown library, they can get me every book I need, even if it has to be shipped from the Library of Congress. I also have tapped dozens of historical and academic online databases as well as worked with other libraries to gain access to certain digital map collections. All the information and notes are then compiled into my research binders. Not everything is used, but it’s better to have more information.
If you were stuck on a deserted island, which 3 books would you want with you?
Roald Dahl’s The Fantastic Mr. Fox, Homer’s Odyssey, and Shakespeare’s Hamlet
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
Before I picked a new dream to become an author, I wanted to be an Olympic Figure Skater. Kristi Yamaguchi was and still is one of my heroes.
What is your next project?
Currently, I am hard at work editing Book 2: The Breedling and the Trickster, which is set for a June 2017 release. Along with editing Books 3 and 4, I am working on an adult historical mystery novel called Hobson Hill, which stands apart from The Element Odysseys.
~ Thank you kindly for letting me swing by Lia. It has been a delight conversing with you.
The Breedling and the City in the Garden by Kimberlee Ann Bastian
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Set in worlds far different than our own, either because of the historical period or because they are fantastical, Kimberlee Ann Bastian weaves a brilliant tale that navigates the rough terrain of genre jumping.
Opening the novel in the fantastical realm, the reader sees a glimpse of the magic mixed with mythological elements that encompasses that world, but Bastian quickly brings us to 1930s era Chicago, or the City in the Garden. With the streetwise orphan, Charlie the story really picks up pace and moves along. Charlie is paired up by circumstances with Bartholomew, the soul catcher from the other world, and the two begin their journey.
Bastian writes a clever tale that calls upon some classic mythology we will all likely recognize while integrating the history of Chicago seamlessly. The setting is written to perfection, giving enough details about the depression era lifestyle of bread lines, gang wars and cold sleeping arrangements, without heavy handing the setting. Which is good, because the plot is complicated! At times I found the story got muddled in itself and lost me, but I was always able to catch up and regain my footing.
All in all, this was a fun read that blended two fascinating genres into an even more fascinating story. I can’t wait to read the next book!
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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book for an honest review from iRead Book Tours.