Monday, January 30, 2023

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: Shattered Reflection by Madisyn Carlin

Book: Shattered Reflection

Author: Madisyn Carlin

Genre: New Adult Christian Fantasy / Fairytale Retelling

Release date: December 21, 2022

Can hope be found for four shattered souls?

Princess Nordica Icerri’s crown will be purchased with blood—her blood. Now the sole heir to the throne, she is determined to be the queen the Snowlands deserve, but that comes with a price: a numbed heart and soul. Only when she meets kidnapped physician Loren Alocer does Nordica allow herself to hope she can become queen without completely losing herself. But not everyone wants what’s best for the Snowlands, and Nordica’s upcoming rule is compromised at every turn. Can the criminal physician—and his faith—thaw Nordica’s heart, or is she destined to be the heartless queen she is being forced to become?

War shattered not only Breac Finson’s heart, but his faith as well. Tired of fighting, Breac only wants to be left alone, but his efforts are for naught when a friend calls in a favor. He soon finds himself in an unexpected alliance with Layree Alocer, a woman determined to find her wrongfully-kidnapped brother at all costs. Can a broken soldier help right a wrong—and find his faith again in the process?

Sides must be chosen and loyalties will be tested as a new war approaches. Can broken lives be mended in time to help save the Snowlands, or is evil already too deeply embedded?


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I am not one who normally reads Christian Fantasy books, especially being that most are geared toward Youth. I really liked the Synopsis of this book and the fact that it is geared toward Adults. Shattered Reflection by Madisyn Carlin is Book 1 in The Shattered Lands series. 

Princess Nordica Icerri is "Queen in Training". She is determined to become the best Queen the Snowlands ever had. Her heart though isn't in the right place, very numb heart. Loren Alocer is a kidnapped Physician and when Princess Nordica meets him, she has hope she can become queen without the numb heart and soul. Nordica is discovering that now everyone in the Snowlands wants her to be queen and she is being deterred by everything she does. Loren Alocer has strong faith and he thinks he can help Princess Nordica. Breac Finson has struggled with life since War and his faith is also struggling due to Wartime. Breac really wants to be left alone, but he finds himself helping Layree Alocer, a woman who is absolutely determined to find her kidnapped brother. Will Princess Nordica soften her heart before becoming Queen? Will Breac have his faith restored by helping Layree? Will healing happen in the Snowlands? 

I will say it took me a couple of chapters to really get into the storyline. Although, once I did start enjoying the story, I couldn't put it down. I really LOVE this book is a retelling of a Fairytale. The STRONG Faith-Based Message throughout the book is very encouraging. The twists and turns really kept the storyline exciting and non-predictable. This book was the first one by Madisyn Carlin that I have read and it won't be the last time. I truly LOVED this book and I am looking forward to reading more in this series. I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Fairytales, Fantasy, and Christian Fiction. WONDERFUL BOOK!

Madisyn Carlin is a Christian, homeschool graduate, blogger, voracious bookdragon, and author. When not spending time with her family or trekking through the mountains, she weaves tales of redemption, faith, and action.

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What comes to your mind when you think about fairytale retellings? Is it Disney’s 1950 retelling of Cinderella? Glittery swirls of magic? Talking animals? Pretty gowns? Or, perhaps, frying pans or a sassy dragon?


My interest regarding fairytales was first piqued when I was young. Though I was only three, I distinctly remember riding in the car and flipping through the three-story fairytale collection my mom just purchased for me. I couldn’t read, but the bright colors and abundance of animals entranced me. Now I not only read fairytales, I write retellings of them.


Why, though? Aren’t fairytales just fun stories that sometimes impart a lesson?


No. Fairytales are much more than that. The majority of fairytales contain deep, important lessons the authors or culture of that time wanted their readers and listeners to learn from. Fairytales offer encouragement, hope, and include gentle reminders about doing the right thing even when we don’t want to.


Take, for instance, The Snow Queen, which is the fairytale I modeled Shattered Reflection after. In The Snow Queen, the forefront themes are loyalty and perseverance. No matter what trials the female protagonist endures, she pushes on with the mindset that rescuing her best friend is worth the effort and pain.


Aside from being rich in wry humor, breathtaking scenic descriptions and worldbuilding, and interesting characters, The Snow Queen contains faith and reminds readers that our ultimate source of strength is God—not ourselves.


This is what I wanted to emulate in Shattered Reflection. This story—with its broken characters, tattered kingdoms, and insidious antagonists—contains plenty of faith amidst pain, questions, and wounded hearts. I wanted to illustrate that, no matter what we’re going through, God is in control and nothing and no one ever slips from His grasp.


What is Shattered Reflection?

Title: Shattered Reflection
Series: The Shattered Lands | Book One
Genre: NA Christian Fantasy
Subgenre: Fairytale retelling (The Snow Queen)
Ages: Appropriate for ages 15+ due to non-graphic violence
Core Themes: Salvation, Loyalty, and Forgiveness


Shattered Reflection is a Christian fairytale retelling which incorporates heavy faith elements, numerous action scenes, clean romance, and plenty of evil villains.


Content Warning:
SR1 contains heavy topics, although none are described in a gratuitous and gory manner. There is also a lot of violence, so I do not recommend this book for anyone younger than fifteen. If you are older than fifteen and are easily bothered by such content, then this probably is not the book for you.

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To celebrate her tour, Madisyn is giving away the grand prize package of one autographed paperback copy of the book and a $25 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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Madisyn Carlin said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you so much for the lovely review! I am honored you enjoyed "Shattered Reflection".

Bea LaRocca said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you for sharing your awesome review of Shattered Reflection, I really love the cover and synopsis and I am looking forward to reading this story myself

Debbie P said... Best Blogger Tips

This sounds like a good book.

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