Child of Etherclaw By Matty Roberts Book Tour, Guest Post & Giveaway! {Ends 8/29/22}

Aug 8, 2022 | 7 comments

Book Details:

Category:  Young Adult Fiction (13-18+),  348 pages
Genre: Sci-Fi/Dystopian
Publisher:  Twilight Fox LLC
Release date:  August 2, 2022
Formats Available : print (softback) and ebook (EPUB )
Tour dates: August 2 to August 22, 2022
Content Rating:  PG-13 PG-13 for some profanity and mild violence.

Book Description:

The bonds of family go well beyond blood.

But can those bonds hold when the blood itself carries a devastating secret?

Fenlee’s opal necklace had always radiated a certain warmth since her mother’s death. But now, at sixteen, her world begins to unravel as the stone sparks to life, revealing itself to be an otherworldly artifact of untold power.

Between her mechatronics studies at the academy and scavenging expeditions beneath the sprawling city of New Cascadia, Fenlee and her adopted brother, Elliot, try to decipher the mysteries of her necklace and its link to events in Fenlee’s past.

But they’re not alone in their search.

Strange undercity dwellers offer cryptic warnings, drones track their movements, and deadly corporate agents lurk in the shadows. When tragedy rips Fenlee’s family apart, she must learn to use the artifact’s power to save those who are deeply precious to her. But nothing can prepare her for the dark truths that she will uncover on that journey…

“Lee,” Elliot mumbled. “I’m not who you think I am.”

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Review By LAWonder10:

The Child of Etherclaw is an interesting book and has the potential to become a very popular series for Dystopian fans. It is set in a time hundreds of years in the future. Earth has been drained of its resources and an alien entity came to, supposedly, save it by putting up towers to enhance resources.

The story centers on a girl and her adopted younger brother. The mother had been killed in an accident. The devastated husband quit being a father for awhile. The young girl had to fend for herself and her younger brother. The Brother did most of the cooking. They depended on each other.

The father was often gone weeks for his job. Since losing the mother’s income, they had to sell everything and move to a lower level. She studied hard and was determined to get a good job after graduation and get them back to a higher level of living.

She developed a very close friendship with a girl and a boy fellow students. They shared interests in important things and became very close.

She invented electronic type of things. To do so, she scavenged the underground for scraps and parts with which to create with or to sell so she could purchase other parts.Her brother insisted on going with her although it was dangerous and illegal. One time things took a turn for the worst and their whole lives were forced into a different direction.

The action and suspense increases, new characters evolve, unexpected twists occur, and fantastical things happen.

The characters were defined well and the scenes were described well and easily visualized. The characters felt real although, at times, were slightly “far-fetched”. The “Child” of  Etherclaw wasn’t quite accurate for the title. The cover image was done quite well.

I felt a few parts of the story, especially at the end, was awkwardly done…Like the author wasn’t sure how to continue. However, each time this occurred the story did move forward quite well even though it felt “choppy”. If it was solidified, it would be a great novel.

I offer a Three and a Half Stars rating for this novel

This book was gifted me with no pressure to post a positive review. This is my honest review.

Guest Post:

Settings from Child of Etherclaw

The entire story takes place in an area of the Pacific Northwest called New Cascadia. Civilization underwent a Great Collapse 200 years ago, and has slowly been in the process of rebuilding itself. The locations range from densely packed with people to empty and abandoned, from safe and comforting to hostile and deadly.

New Cascadia
Once home to almost a billion, the population of New Cascadia was devastated two centuries
ago. Now, a mere fifty million people live together in various wards and districts that have been rebuilt in the years since. The sprawling megacity stretches along the coast of the Pacific Northwest and also functions as a city-state.

Prior to the Great Collapse, the city grew upward to accommodate the vast numbers of climate refugees who headed north. Towers and platforms stretching hundreds of stories high now act to segment and segregate the current population by socio-economic status into low, mid, and high tiers. Commerce and travel between regions within the city is tightly controlled by the Cascadian Authority, adding further difficulty for residents on the lowest tier. 

Lower Ashe Ward
New Cascadia is divided into a number of wards, most of which are connected by maglev transport. Fenlee Harper and her family live in Lower Ashe Ward, one of the safer inhabited
zones in the lower tier. She knows many in her community and feels a deep sense of comfort
around the smell of fried street foods, smiles from neighbors, and the chaotic energy of the
bustling avenues.

Lunarinto Market
The Lunarinto Market is a labyrinthine, tangled knot of alleyways that serves as a hub where a
thousand subcultures mingle. Lanterns and dimly lit signs hang at irregular angles above faded awnings and recessed doorways leading to tea cafes, medicine dealers, rundown bordellos, questionable credit brokers, junk and pawn shops, and untold numbers of stores selling illicit goods. The Market can be dangerous to those who are out of place, but full of opportunity to those who know where to look.

The Undercity
Beneath New Cascadia lies the Undercity. As the sea levels began to rise and portions of the
megacity started to regularly flood, they sealed off the lowest levels and built upward. Some
areas were used for underground transit for a time, but those were abandoned after the Great
Collapse. What’s left are endless dark tunnels full of junk and treasure that Fenlee routinely
scavenges for spare parts and anything she can trade.

Eastern Wilderness Zone

Between the megacity of New Cascadia and the mountains making up the Cascade Range lies
the Eastern Wilderness Zone. These wildlands are overgrown and uninhabited. Pre-Collapse
ruins can still be seen in places where the abundant plant life hasn’t managed to swallow them.

The area can be deadly to the unwary traveler, and those who decide to brave it are on their

Meet the Author:

Matty Roberts began their career in journalism where they earned an Emmy and had the privilege of working on several other award-winning projects. They hold an MS from Johns Hopkins University and are now an engineer in renewable energy in Denver, Colorado where they live with their wonderful partner, two extraordinary kids, and the best doggie ever. In addition to writing, engineering, and parenting, Matty is a vegan enby nerd who is in love with this world and will forever be doing all they can to make it a better place. And they may be known to occasionally play in a punk band here or there.

Author’s Links: website ~ twitter ~ instagram ~ bookbub ~ goodreads

Tour Schedule:
Aug 2 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 2 – Olio by Marilyn – book spotlight / author interview
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Aug 3 – Kam’s Place – book spotlight / author interview
Aug 3 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Aug 4 – JB’s Bookworms with Brandy Mulder – book spotlight /guest post / giveaway
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Sadie’s Spotlight – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Aug 8 – Splashes of Joy – book review / giveaway
Aug 8 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Aug 9 – The Momma Spot – book review / giveaway
Aug 10 – See Sadie Read – book review / giveaway
Aug 10 – Books are a Blessing – book review / giveaway
Aug 11 –  Leels Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Aug 12 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 12 – Books for Books – book review
Aug 15 – HirlGrend, a Vegan Book Blog – book review / giveaway
Aug 16 – The Page Ladies – book review / giveaway
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Aug 17 – 
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Aug 22 – Literary Flits – book review / giveaway

Giveaway Details:

Enter to win a signed copy of CHILD OF ETHERCLAW plus a $50 Amazon gift card (one winner/USA only)  (ends Aug 29)

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  1. Dreaa Drake

    Sounds like an amazing book, so intriguing!

  2. Nadine

    The teen reading group at the library would really like this.

  3. Shelly Peterson

    I would love to read this.

  4. Nancy

    Sounds fascinating!

  5. Sherry

    This sounds like it will be a very good read.

  6. Eva Millien

    Great post, Child of Etherclaw sounds like an amazing read that my granddaughter will enjoy and I like the cover! Thanks for sharing it with me!

    Thanks, LAWonder10, for sharing your review!

    Have a marvelous week!

  7. Bea LaRocca

    Thank you for sharing your honest review of Child of Etherclaw, the author’s guest post and book details. This soes sound like a must read for my teen-aged grandchildren and I as I am a huge fan of the dystopian genre

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