Look! The Globe and Mail (Canada's national newspaper) reviewed The Swan Riders today. And they liked it!
Absolutely about The Swan Riders (including the flap copy) spoils the ending of The Scorpion Rules, and this review is no exception. But here is the spoiler-free beginning and end.
"In the follow-up to last year’s The Scorpion Rules (one of The Globe 100’s Best Books of 2015), Canadian fantasy phenom Erin Bow dives head-first into sci-fi – and it’s just as crazy smart and shocking as the first book. (...) Profound, unnerving and filled with tension, Bow just keeps outdoing herself.
May I say, parenthetically, how good it is to have a smart YA reviewer actually reviewing YA? Shannon Ozirny knows her stuff and would never try to get to you to take one part of YA seriously by dismissing the rest of the field, which is the default of many a major newspaper reviewer. These are at last the reviews YA readers deserve. Thank you, Globe and Mail!
Today I was delighted to see The Globe and Mail (Canada's national newspaper) reviewing The Scorpion Rules.And WHAT a review. A sample:
The world is being run by a maniacal sarcastic robot, global geography has been redrawn, and each of the world’s new regions have sent one young person to Saskatchewan to be killed if their home government enters a war. Welcome to the craziest and best book you will read all year. [....] This is so far above the bar set by other dystopias [.....] An utter white-knuckler of a triumph.
Is that too long to have as a tatoo, do you think?
Our big Canadian journal of books and writing has weighed in with yet another STAR for The Scorpion Rules. That makes four -- or, maybe 3 + 1 (like spacetime!) since Canada doesn't exactly count. It's a blush worthy review (read it online here) and it takes this whole stunning page. THANK YOU, Q&Q!
That last line? It says: "If you haven't read Erin Bow yet, start now."
HELLOOOO, WESTERNMOST MONGOLIA! I have come in from the land of yurts, to the land of sketchy hostels and patchy wi-fi. I have a light switch here. I have turned it on and off a few times, just for fun, and GUYS, it controls the lights! (Most of the time. I mean, the power went out for a few hours, but it was all over town, not just us, and apparently it happens some times.)
ANYWAY. I am off again in the morning, but it would be criminally neglectful of me not to thank Kirkus and Publisher's Weekly for their features on my upcoming novel, The Scorpion Rules. You can read the Kirkus feature here, and the Publishers' Weekly interview here.
School Library Journal has weighed in, giving The Scorpion Rules its third star. (The book is three for three now, with other stars from Kirkus and from Publishers' Weekly.
This is such a quoteable review. I can't decide if I want to be knockout, masterful, or electric. Here's the whole thing.
BOW, Erin. The Scorpion Rules. 384p. ebook available. S. & S./Margaret K. McElderry Bks. Sept. 2015. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781481442718.
Gr 9 Up–Talis’s first rule for stopping war is to make it personal. The powerful AI ensures the world’s leaders know the exact cost of any declaration of war by taking their children hostage as Children of Peace. If war is declared, the lives of both nation’s hostages are forfeit. Greta Gustafson Stuart, Duchess of Halifax and Crown Princess of the Pan Polar Confederation, is a seventh generation hostage at Precepture Four where she has lived most of her life. She embodies the ideals of the Children of Peace and knows to follow the...
I'm having an amazing week of writing news, gearing up for the release of The Scorpion Rules in September. Some blurbs are trickling in -- I think I'm supposed to sit on those a bit -- but also arriving are the first big pre-publication reviews. There are two so far: Kirkus and Publishers' Weekly.
They are both stars.
There are half a dozen big publications that review books before they come out. These pre-publication reviews are like your book's SAT score. Stars are rare and Very Good News. Getting two -- I was bouncing aroudn the hosue like a spaniel.
Kirkus especially ... well, they scare me. If they don't like you, they let you know. But guess what, they liked me:
Once there was war, until an artificial intelligence named Talis took over the world.
Four hundred years later, Talis still rules; he has made the world peaceful, but the price is the blood of children. Should a government declare war, its heir, raised in a U.N.– (and Talis-) controlle...
Exciting news: *Sorrow's Knot* has made the Best Books of 2013 from the venerable *Kirkus Reviews*.
*Kirkus* has a reputation for being the East German Judge among the big book review journals in the United States, but they loved *Sorrow's Knot*, giving it a star and a review that made both my editor and my mother promise that they didn't write it.
Still, it was a lovely surprise to see *Sorrow's Knot* called out here, and put in such good company. It made the Best Books for Teens overall list, and two of the sublists, for best fantasy and for best coming-of-age novel.
I do love me my book bloggers. They -- together with a handful of friends -- are responsible for 80 or 90 percent of the books I read. Of course, it's always great when book blogger love you back! Some links.
Sorrow's Knot is a stunning, vivid, gorgeous read. One that will stay with you even after the book is closed. [Amitha Knight](http://www.amithaknight.com/2013/11/ya-book-review-sorrows-knot-by-erin-bow)
Sorrow's Knot is hands down one of the most beautifully written books I've read in a long time. [Best Books Ever]
(http://www.thebestbooksever.com/2013/10/sorrows-knot-review-giveaway.html)Sorrow's Knot is an unapologetically terrifying gem of a tale. In fact, it rather resists classification. It's fantasy, but oh, it's horror. It's young adult, but it's really very middle grade, too. It's sad. But its moments of happiness are blinding. Which is why you really must read it so you can find out what it is for you. [Angieville](http://www.angie-ville.com/2013/11/review-giveaway-sorrow...