King of the Rising – blog tour (feat. giveaway)

Author: Kacen Callender
Series: Islands of Blood and Storm (#2)
Publication date: December 1, 2020
Genre: adult fantasy

After absolutely falling in love with Felix Ever After earlier this year, I simply had to try out more of Kacen Callender’s work. So when I saw an opportunity to get involved in a blog tour with one of Callender’s books–and one that is in my favorite genre, no less!–I simply had to sign up. And I am so glad that I did; this dark fantasy, full of political struggles and open commentary on colonialism, is excellent. Callender’s writing prowess apparently spans a wide range of genres as well as age levels (seriously, they write MG, YA, and adult, and genres including both contemporary and fantasy??), and I will certainly be picking up more of their books in the future. But enough about how much I love this author–let’s get on to the story!

[Full disclosure: due to unexpected personal circumstances, coupled with COVID-related shipping delays with the ARC, I have not yet finished the book, but thus far, I love it. I will update this post as soon as I have a full review available, and I am so sorry for any inconvenience caused by this delay!]

The Plot

The second novel in the Islands of Blood and Storm series set in a Caribbean-inspired fantasy world embattled by colonial oppression—perfect for fans of R.F. Kuang and Tasha Suri.

A revolution has swept through the islands of Hans Lollik and former slave Loren Jannik has been chosen to lead the survivors in a bid to free the islands forever. But the rebels are running out of food, weapons and options. And as the Fjern inch closer to reclaiming Hans Lollik with every battle, Loren is faced with a choice that could shift the course of the revolution in their favor-or doom it to failure.

Trigger/content warnings: racism, slavery, death, torture, violence, rape/sexual assault

Book Links

If you want to nab a copy of this book (and you really should), add it to your shelf on Goodreads, and check it out at any of these fine retailers:

Tour Schedule

If you want additional content related to this book, including playlists, mood boards, BookTube reading vlogs, and more, check out the rest of the stops on this tour HERE. These bloggers and BookTubers have been hard at work making some awesome features, and you should totally take a look 🙂

About the Author

Kacen Callender was born two days after a hurricane and was first brought home to a house without its roof. After spending their first eighteen years on St. Thomas of the US Virgin Islands, Kacen studied Japanese, Fine Arts, and Creative Writing at Sarah Lawrence College and received their MFA from the New School. Kacen is the author of the middle grade novel Hurricane Child and the young adult novel This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story.

Website | Goodreads | Twitter


Orbit Books, the publisher, is giving away a set of finished copies of BOTH Queen of the Conquered and King of the Rising! One lucky winner will get both of those books–and that winner could be you! Giveaway is open to North America only and runs through December 10, 2020.

You can enter HERE. Good luck!

Thank you to Coffee Bean Tours for allowing me to take part in this tour, and to Orbit Books for providing me with an ARC of this book as part of my participation in the tour! All opinions are my own.

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