Saturday, August 18, 2012

Blog Tour: The Weight of Night by C.L. Stegall (Review and Giveaway)

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Weight of Night by C. S. Stegall.  The Tour is hosted by AToMR Blog Tours.  You can visit the rest of the stops on the tour below.  There is also a giveaway going on with this tour, which you can also enter below.  Thank you so much for stopping by!

The Weight of Night
by C.L. Stegall
Published June 6, 2012
Publisher:  Dark Red Press

Book description:
When her mother is taken from her in a terrible accident, Alexis finds herself facing some previously unknown truths. Her best friend, Keats, is her only confidante when she is faced with an apparent stalker who claims that Alexis’ entire life is built around a lie. Alexis is suddenly thrown into a whirlwind world of danger and secret agendas, of demigods and deities.

When a brutal, self-righteous god decides that Alexis is his best hope for retrieving an ancient artifact, she finds herself on the self-discovery journey of a lifetime - tracking a killer and a kidnapper - and facing conniving and dangerous foes along the way.

She will have to come to grips with who she truly is and just what she might be capable of if she is to survive long enough to save the one person in the world for whom she cares most.

Ancient Greek mythology comes to life in this unique coming-of-age tale that spans the globe and the heartof a girl who only wants to be normal. But, just what is normal in a world like this?

My Thoughts:  This was a very interesting book.  I wasn't sure what to expect when I read the synopsis, but it sounded intriguing, so I wanted to read the book.  I am happy to say I was very pleasantly surprised by this novel.  The story centers around Alexis and her best friend Keats.  Alexis is 18 years old and she and Keats are about to graduate from high school.  They have been best friends since they were 6 years old.  Alexis has always known she was different.  For example, she is super smart and seems to know the answer to every question asked, she only sleeps two hours a night, and she has this thing about being outside and staring in the night, at the stars.  Keats is also on the genius level himself, and has a great sense of humor.  He has been her rock, the one who keeps her grounded and out of trouble, taking up for her, protecting her, her only friend.  

When Alexis' mother is killed in a car accident shortly before they graduate, things seem to be set into motion that change her destiny forever.  As Keats begin to investigate his theories regarding Alexis and her abilities they begin to uncover more than they bargained for.  Alexis confronts her father regarding a memory and finds that he knows a lot more than he let on, and that her whole life is not what it seems.  As she and Keats investigate further, they are lead into the world of Greek mythology, with Gods, demigods, the progeny.  Alexis is determined to find the killer who destroyed her family, but a evil God is determined to find her and use her abilities for his own purposes, and uses the one she loves the most to try to manipulate her into doing is bidding.  Will she be able to stand up to this evil God and save the one she loves before it is to late?

Alexis is one kick butt heroine, and Keats isn't too bad at holding his own in that arena either.  She makes some bad choices, but she is honest, devoted, loyal, and determined.  I enjoyed the relationship between Alexis and Keats.  They were best friends, knew each other about as well as they knew themselves, and were completely devoted to one another.  There isn't a whole lot of romance in the book, but Alexis finally realizes how she feels about Keats, and Keats finally determines that he is going to tell Alexis how he feels about her.  After the history is laid in the first couple of chapters, there is pretty much nonstop action.  This book is definitely fast-paced and really keeps your interest.  I really enjoyed Segall's take on mythology, and the Weight of Night is filled with it.  If you enjoy fantasy and mythology, then The Weight of Night is one book you won't want to miss.  

CL Stegall




A Writer, A Ranger, and A Young Boy Bearing Arms
C.L. Stegall
CL Stegall was born in a small town just outside of Charlotte, North Carolina. Although a southern gentlemen at heart, he was never quite comfortable in the “country”. Two days after his high school graduation, he found himself on a plane to Fort Dix, New Jersey and has not looked back since.
Serving ten years in the United States Army as both an engineer and as a linguist for military intelligence, he had a lifetime of experiences by the age of 27, when he left the military and headed west to California.
Living in San Diego for eleven years, it was the longest span of time he had spent in any one place. It was also where he met the love of his life, his Wife, Mona.
CL began writing stories in junior high and has found that it has always been his “port in the storm” of life. Escapism at its finest, writing allows for a necessary break from reality. His short stories have won several awards online which led him to try his hand at a full-length novel. His first novel, The Weight Of Night, was published in January 2011 and is receiving rave reviews. It is available on as well as in ebook for Kindle and the Nook. The second in the Progeny series, Red Tome, is scheduled for 2012. His Kindle Short, Trinkets And Arrows, also part of the Progeny series, is available from Amazon – however, you can get the novel, the Kindle short and a new tale of the Progeny, Soldier Boy, in his recent Special Edition release of The Weight Of Night!
CL is the co-founder and CEO of Dark Red Press, a publishing co-op consisting of himself and three other writers.  You learn more here.
CL lives in the Dallas, TX, area with his irrepressible Wife and two prissy dogs who think they run the joint.

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  1. Thanks for participating in the tour!

  2. Thanks for that wonderful review, Ellen! Really appreciate you supporting the tour and I'm glad you enjoyed the book. There is much more to come with The Progeny, I promise! Thanks, again!

  3. I also loved this book! I can't wait to see what will happen in the next book!!


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