Hello, Sunshines, I am delighted to be today’s stop on the blog tour for; The Abdication by Justin Newland. I am super excited to share my review of this highly original and entertaining book with you all.
Firstly, I want to say thank you to Zoe at Zooloo’s Book Tours for the invite and to Justin Newland my my complimentary copy of the book.
About the Book
The Abdication by Justin Newland.
Genre: Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Supernatural, Adventure
The town of Unity sits perched on the edge of a yawning ravine where, long ago, a charisma of angels provided spiritual succour to a fledgeling human race. Then mankind was granted the gift of free will and had to find its own way, albeit with the guidance of the angels. The people’s first conscious act was to make an exodus from Unity. They built a rope bridge across the ravine and founded the town of Topeth. For a time, the union between the people of Topeth and the angels of Unity was one of mutual benefit. After that early spring advance, there had been a torrid decline in which mankind’s development resembled a crumpled, fading autumnal leaf.
Following the promptings of an inner voice, Tula, a young woman from the city, trudges into Topeth. Her quest is to abide with the angels and thereby discover the right and proper exercise of free will. To do that, she has to cross the bridge – and overcome her vertigo. Topeth is in upheaval; the townsfolk blame the death of a child on dust from the nearby copper mines. The priests have convinced them that a horde of devils have thrown the angels out of Unity and now occupy the bridge, possessing anyone who trespasses on it. Then there’s the heinous Temple of Moloch!
The Abdication is the story of Tula’s endeavour to step upon the path of a destiny far greater than she could ever have imagined.
I came into this book with an idea of what I was to expect from The Abdication, I thought it was going to be a; fun coming of age fantasy, one you could while away the hours with, but that soon changed once I started reading as this is something completely different but not in a bad way, it’s good to step out of your comfort zone and try something new. This is far more ‘grown up’ than I originally thought it would be, it has some eye-opening and serious themes running through the story which I think appeals more to adults – or a young person with a more advanced reading level.
Odd as it may sound given that this is a fantasy, there is a very biblical and very spiritual feel about it. I am not at all a religious person, the nearest I have ever got to the bible has to be through biblical films such as Ben Hur and The Da Vinci Code, plus being a part of my school’s nativity play (that counts right?) There are certain aspects that I thought resonated with biblical stories and characters, which I rather liked, it made for interesting reading. But, don’t go thinking this will be long-winded and taxing to read, I thought that it was pretty fast-paced, once I understood who was who and the concept of Unity and Topeth and fell in step with the leading lady Tula on her journey then it all became clear and I settled right into the pacing and was somewhat surprised at how fast I reached the last page.
This book is a great retreat from the chaotic, stressful life we live in, it’s good to escape to another time and place every so often and this is one of those books where you can fully absorb yourself into a completely different world. Angels and Demons, Good and Bad, Human and Non-Human, Heaven and Hell all take a huge part in the overall concept of the story, which makes for highly entertaining reading.
The Abdication is a mix of adventure and fantasy, biblical and historical fiction with an additional element of angels and demons all set in an alternate world. It’s marvellous escapism and a thrilling journey which will not only leave you to think; ‘Woah’ but it will leave thinking of the bigger cares and trouble in life in a whole new way. Does that even make sense? I doubt it, but just know that despite The Abdication being an original, exciting and wonderfully complex adventure, it also will make you think what you take away from it is individual but it is well worth a read even if it’s just to escape reality.
I loved the writing, the writing certainly pours so much skill into the way he uses words, the pacing and how each scene is built up is wonderfully immersive. I’ve not any of Justin Newlands work before but I will certainly read more, I enjoyed this one, I have to be honest and admit that I didn’t think that I would enjoy The Abdication as much as I did, so that was a nice surprise and a great breather from what I am used to.
Overall, this is one of those books which you have to decide for yourself whether or not it’s for you, you can’t just decide on how it sounds by reading the back cover or by reading reviews as everyone will feel different about it. But, I would say give it a go I encourage you to grab a copy as it is well worth it. The Abdication falls into so many genres as there is such a lot going on within the pages that no matter what genre you usually read this has you covered.
Reccomended reading for those who love this genre, or what something a little different.
About the Author
Justin Newland is an author of historical fantasy and secret history thrillers – that’s history with a supernatural twist. His stories feature known events and real people
from history which are re-told and examined through the lens of the supernatural. He
gives author talks and is a regular contributor to BBC Radio Bristol’s Thought for the
Day. He lives with his partner in plain sight of the Mendip Hills in Somerset, England.
The Genes of Isis is a tale of love, destruction and ephemeral power set under the
skies of Ancient Egypt. A re-telling of the Biblical story of the flood, it reveals the
mystery of the genes of Isis – or genesis – of mankind.
The Old Dragon’s Head is a historical fantasy and supernatural thriller set
during the Ming Dynasty and played out in the shadows the Great Wall of
China. It explores the secret history of the influences that shaped the
beginnings of modern times.
Set during the Great Enlightenment, The Coronation reveals the secret history of
the Industrial Revolution.
His latest, The Abdication (July, 2021), is a suspense thriller, a