Welcome to my stop for the book tour of Valen and the Beasts by G.J. Kemp, organized by Random Things Tours. This is a novella in The Acre Series, which is currently comprised of two novels: Juno and the Lady, and Miles and the Soldier, released just last June 14th. Valen ties up to book 1, and is marked as such. Having recently read a novella for another fantasy book, however, I decided to do a little experiment and read Valen first, though I likewise have the first book on hand, along with a couple of cute bookmarks for both books. (Thank you, GJ!)
Valen plucked the glass box off the shelf and gently placed it on his desk. Inside, a set of handcrafted metal circles linked to form the body of his new beast. He closed his eyes and dreamed of the Fairacre residents buying his latest creations.
A commotion outside Valen’s shop brings him back to the present. The Captain has caught the leader of the sewer rats and is parading her in front of Fairacre residents. Her fate will be determined by the townsfolk’s demands.
Valen steps in to defend the leader.
A story of discovery, hope and courage, Valen and the Beasts is a journey of an outsider risking everything to stand up for the people he loves. Will Valen save the leader of the sewer rats? Will he show everyone his secret? Or will he buckle under the pressures of the old conventions?
About the Author
A nomad at heart, GJ Kemp has lived in nine countries across Africa, Europe and the Middle East. His career has included working as a Divemaster in The Red Sea, a zookeeper in Israel, and a proofreader in Sweden.
Born with cerebral palsy, GJ has spent a lifetime trying to tie his shoelaces while standing up in the hope of not falling over. It is a constant challenge, but sometimes he occasionally succeeds.
Finding the love for writing later in life, GJ spends most of his free time going for walks and dreaming of story ideas. He hopes to one day have a small place on the oceanfront where he can walk his dogs on the beach.