Today is my stop on the blog tour for The White Lion by Scott Oden, and I am excited to be sharing my review with you all.
A massive thank you to @Lovebookstours for allowing me to be a part of the tour.
Title: The White Lion
Author: Scott Oden
Publisher: Books On The Hill
Purchase Link: Only available through the ‘Open Dyslexia: The Sequel’ kickstarter, which you can find HERE!
In war-torn Acre, a different sort of battle is being fought as Tancred of Antioch, the White Lion, plays a desperate game of cat-and-mouse against those who would see the kingdom of Heaven in shambles. But, as armies inch ever closer, the question remains: who does the White Lion serve, Cairo or Jerusalem?
I had not heard of the Open Dyslexia project until I received the email about the blog tour for The White Lion, but I think it is fantastic, and it is definitely something that I am happy to be backing. In regards to the book itself, I’m not usually a big fan of fantasy, and it certainly isn’t a go to for me, but the element of war really pulled me in with this one.
The opening scenes were bloody, and full of action, and I immediately knew that I was going to enjoy this book. I desperately hoped this at would continue the way it had started, and it certainly didn’t let me down there. There was constant excitement from start to finish, with intriguing characters that you wanted to get to know. The story didn’t give you a single second to catch your breath, and it made it impossible to put down. You can easily devour this in one sitting.
The only thing I would say is that I wish this book was longer, because I feel it could have benefitted from more background and context, and I would have loved to have read this story in more depth.
I give The White Lion a 4 star rating!
About The Author:
Scott Oden is a bestselling author of historical fantasy and sword-and-sorcery. Since his debut in 2005, his books have received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist; he has been an Amazon Editor’s Pick and has been nominated for a Gemmell Award.
Scott lives in the foothills of the Appalachians with his lovely wife, Shannon, and a variety of dogs — all of them neurotic and prone to dancing like no one’s watching.
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About Dyslexic Friendly Fiction For Adults by BOTH Press
Following their successful “Open Dyslexia” Kickstarter in 2021, which led to publishing eight dyslexic friendly fiction titles, BOTH Press is launching on June 7th 2022, their second Kickstarter “Open Dyslexia: the sequel” with more high-profile authors than ever before, lasting 30 days and finishing on the July 4th 2022
The Kickstarter aims to publish eight more titles of high-quality fiction from bestselling authors: including household names such as Bernard Cornwell and Peter James.
The line-up is full of many front-list authors such as Gareth Powell, J.M Alvey(aka Juliet Mckenna), Scott Oden, Snorri Krisjanason, and James Bennett.
Peter James will also be doing an introduction for the 2022 collection.
There are very few initiatives for reading for pleasure for adults. The eight titles BOTH Press has already published are the only readily available dyslexic friendly fiction for adults in the UK and can be found in libraries and any bookshop. The scale of accessibility is not nearly enough, as around 10% of the UK population deal with some form of dyslexia.
Despite Jay Blades’s (the Presenter of ‘Repair Shop’) unique telling of his own learning to read on the documentary ‘Learning To Read At 51’, which the BBC recently aired. There are still few or no resources for adult dyslexia. A glance at Adult dyslexics charity websites and reading charity websites indicates there are few resources on reading fiction for pleasure for adults with dyslexia.
The dyslexic blogger Suzy Taylor who writes for Dyslexia Scotland, said:
“It is frustrating that we now have children’s books in dyslexic friendly formats. As adults we apparently do not require books in the same form.”
There needs to be a choice for people to read for pleasure, where there are books designed to be friendly to them and are not dumbed down, are high quality and enjoyable fiction, which people can chat and socialise about with friends and family.
Darren Clarke, the director of Succeed with Dyslexia, said:
“This books shop is doing incredible things and helping people to fall in love with reading again” [and] “I love the fact and the thought that has gone through on these [titles] with the spacing, the font, with the colour of the paper and the way that the book just flows.”
BOTH Press has had many heart-warming responses of how the books have impacted their lives.
Dr Alistair Sims said:
“Many individuals who have told us their stories do not want to be mentioned due to fear of stigma about their struggle to read. For example a man in his 50s is Scotland had not read a book since he was a child. His partner found us and bought him one of our titles. He read it. Then called us up to order another. He was so happy to actually read. In fact the partner wrote us a letter explaining how much of difference it is making and then ordered the four more for a Christmas present.”
BOTH aim to raise £16,000 to publish eight titles. Though looking to the future, they will need more than £20,000 a year to keep publishing eight titles regularly. All funds go toward the book production/ life cycle to make them readily available. The bookshop Books on the Hill and their manager Alistair Sims, who created BOTH Press, receives no profits from the project.