The Scythian Trials by Elizabeth Issacs Blog Tour!

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Hi hello and welcome to the official blog tour for The Scythian Trials by Elizabeth Issacs, hosted by Jean Book Nerd! Today, I have the pleasure of sharing a short review on this really exciting and fun YA fantasy as well as a very cool guest post from author Elizabeth Issacs that you don't want to miss. There's also a giveaway going on and you'll find that at the end of this post so read all the way to the end to find out details and enter! Let's get started!
Title: The Scythian Trials
Author: Elizabeth Issacs
Pages: 372
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: 23 October 2018
From Goodreads: "Descendants of the Amazons, the Scythians work alongside prominent governments but answer to no one. Warriors living on the fringe of civilization, they live by one credo: Strength through Equality. Power through Knowledge. Nya Thalestris is the brightest Scythian of her generation. Strong, capable, ruthless, she is sure to earn a spot in the Trials, a time-honored mating ritual responsible for the evolution of her species. Abducted by their sworn enemy, the Drahzda, Nya is forever altered and spirals out of control. The Society sends in Jax Nickius. Infamous psychologist and one of the most brutal warriors of their kind, he discovers triggers planted in Nya’s mind. As Nya solidifies her spot in the Trials, Jax develops a plan to help—while pursuing her as a mate. But, Nya’s attraction to Jax is at war with her instinct to never let anyone get too close. During the Trials, Nya’s repressed memories surface, revealing a new enemy—one from inside the consulate walls—and a traitorous alliance on the horizon that could irrevocably change the course of history. Since before the Bronze Age, the Society has managed to safeguard humanity from itself … until now."

Thank you to Elizabeth Issacs, Vesuvian Books and JeanBookNerd for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for review! All opinions are my own.

This was such an exciting book to read! I'll admit, I was immediately drawn to the cover. I mean, how could you not be?! But then I actually went and read the synopsis and was hooked. This book gave me major Wonder Woman Amazonian tribe vibes and it made me want to know more, for sure. I'm so glad that I had an opportunity to pick up a book that I may not have otherwise discovered if it wasn't for this blog tour!

Nya is one of the best Scythian in her generation and because of this, she has earned a spot in the trials. The trials are a tradition of the Scythians and they are a mating ritual that is responsible for the evolution of the species. But Nya has a problem letting anyone, especially males, get close to her due to being abducted by her enemy, the Drahzda. Jax Nickius, a psychologist and brutal warrior, has been sent in to work with Nya and discover triggers that have been planted in her mind- while also pursuing Nya as a mate. But while Nya is going through the Trials, repressed memories begin to surface and reveal a new enemy- a familiar enemy- and a possible war on the horizon that could change the course of history forever.

I really enjoyed both the plot and pacing of this book. It flowed very well and I never had any issue keeping up with what was going on which really allowed me to just sit down and get lost in this world. The book was set in modern times but the Scythians were basically an advanced species that is physically and intellectually above that of the Allos, which are ordinary humans. I did have odd feelings that the strongest female warriors have to go through the Trials in order to fight for a spot in what was essentially a mating ritual, but I did understand why it was like that. I am hoping for a sequel or possibly a spin-off book because I enjoyed the world so much that I would love to see more of it and more of the characters in the world!

As far as characters go, I loved Nya! She was an incredibly strong female main character that I thoroughly enjoy reading about. These are the types of characters that I find myself wanting more of and that seems to be popping up more in books lately which I fully support. I felt so-so about Jax but I could really feel that he genuinely cared about Nya and that helped me to lean more towards liking him as a character versus not liking him. I even enjoyed the side characters and felt like they really helped bring the story to life. I believe I stated this above but I would really love to see another book in this world because I enjoyed both the main characters and the side characters and felt like there could definitely be a continuation or spin-off story that is set in the Scythian world.

Elizabeth Issacs' writing was very simple and easy to read, and I don't mean that as an insult! It was incredibly beneficial to my reading experience that I was able to pick up this book and not want to put it down because I enjoyed the writing so much. It was so descriptive and again, flowed really well. I loved everything that I read and couldn't get enough of this world that the author created! I think also getting to read more about the research and history that is woven into this book really allowed me to connect to the story and the world more.

If you're looking for a YA fantasy with a rich world, immersive writing, and a strong female main character that you will definitely love reading about, then The Scythian Trials is a book you don't want to miss!


Guest Post featuring author Elizabeth Issacs!

The Scythians are descendants of the Amazons but seem to be their own unique (and awesome) entity. What kind of research went into creating the Scythians and how did they become these warriors living on the fringes of civilization? What were some of the things that inspired you when creating the Scythians besides the Amazons?

Research is one of the reasons it takes me a year to complete a manuscript. I love learning, and so when creating fictional information, I strive to thread in some factual truth along with it. For example, Dacien, the Scythian’s original language in The Trials, is an extinct 1st-century language found in the regions throughout the Carpathian Mountains. Scythians really existed and were Eurasian nomads that settled on Romania’s southern border along the Black Sea. This is the reason The Society’s homeland is based in that part of the world.

As to why the Society lives on the fringes of our civilization, their fictitious history is complicated, and I’ve interwoven into ours. Well before the first etchings in Mesopotamia, Scythians had already cultivated a society, one which flourished with freedom and peace. Scythian females were born of Amazonian heritage and considered equal in all things: heart, mind, body, and spirit. Through the centuries, they chose the most dominant males as potential mates, having them prove their prowess on the arena floor. The strongest males and females mated, ultimately evolving into a new human species.

Exploring regions throughout the world, the Scythians helped develop other advanced civilizations such as The Indus Valley, The Mayans, The early Chinese Dynasty, The Aztecs, and the Incas. As they grew in numbers, they realized the importance of a central location point, a place to store their technological advancements, knowledge, and truth. Thus, the Society was born. It was unanimously voted by the compounds to create a central library in Greece, where they had already planted the original roots of democracy.

 For a time, Scythians lived among the ordinary humans or Allos. But tension between the species grew as the Allos tried to comprehend their differences, believing the Scythians to be gods and demigods.

It wasn’t until Scythian Alexander the Great, ruler over the Allos, was murdered that the Society moved their headquarters to their original homeland of what is now Romania. Over time, they brought the library of Alexandria to the inner sanctum of the Carpathian Mountains before burning what was left of the library to ashes. 

Now leery of inter-species interaction, the Scythians went into seclusion. It wasn’t until the early twentieth century that modern-day Allos discovered Scythians existed. Fearing their superior strength and intelligence, Russian Tsar Nicholas II created the Drahzda, a secret unit within his army. Along with a fortress and an unlimited bank account, General Sarkov was given a standing order: no matter who ruled, Sarkov was to see his mission through and hunt the Scythians to extinction. After the Tsar was overthrown, funds for the project dried up, and the Drahzda reached out to the young budding Russian mafia. Together, they embezzled millions, funneling the money into banks all over the world. The Second World War had all eyes pointed toward Germany, and it was then that Sarkov Industry was born. No one questioned a Russian corporation hiring scientist and researchers under the pretense of helping defeat Hitler. The country had sustained heavy losses and the gains Sarkov industries made in weapons technology overshadowed any knowledge of the Drahzda or their mission. By the time the war was over, the Drahzda had become independent of governmental control and were gaining influence within struggling countries and taking over the seedy global underworld.

Today, Scythians work in clandestine units throughout every region of the world. They continue fighting a secret war with the Drahzda while trying to keep the Allos population from imploding on itself.

But everything is about to change.

About the Author:

Elizabeth Isaacs is an author, teacher, and publishing professional who began her career as a national presenter for Resource Profiles, where she developed teacher seminars designed to foster creative brain stimulation. Moving into formal education, she helped at-risk students improve their writing skills as well as created and implemented a creative writing/blogging program that centered on teaching the 21st-century learner. Works stemming from this initiative were published online and seen in over 40 countries. Elizabeth receives invitations to speak nationwide at schools and book clubs. She co-founded the popular book blog, Chirenjenzie, which reaches thousands of readers throughout the world. The writer support and reader interest group promotes and interacts with followers on Goodreads, Facebook, and Twitter. Elizabeth has a Master’s degree from Austin Peay State University, where she studied classical opera. She graduated Magna Cum Laude and was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. Her newest work, The Scythian Trials, is slated for release in 2018.



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Thank you so much to Jean Book Nerd Tours for allowing me to take part in this tour! I had so much fun getting to have Elizabeth Issacs on my blog and talk a bit more about her world and research process and getting to learn a bit more backstory about this book that I really loved. Be sure to go enter the giveaway posted above and let me know your thoughts on The Scythian Trials if you've read it! Thanks for stopping by and I'll see you in the next chapter!

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  1. So glad you enjoyed the Trials, and thank you for having me on your blog. :-)