BBNYA Semi-Finalist Spotlight Tour ~ Journeys: the Archers of Saint Sebastian by Jeanne Roland 

BBNYA Semi-Finalist Spotlight Tour

This is my first year on the BBNYA Panel and I’m so excited to also be part of the Semi-Finalist Spotlight Tour!

Even though you’ve probably seen all our posts on joining the Panel, you haven’t seen much else! That’s because we don’t want to tell anyone which books we’re reading and how we liked them! We do that to keep things fair because it’s interesting to see how many authors we interact with online, especially on twitter and instagram and we wanted to be as fair and unbiased as possible!

However, for the next few weeks you’ll see a lot of BBNYA Panelist posts! This is because instead of just touring our finalists, we’ll be celebrating the 55 books that made it into Round Two with a mini spotlight blitz tour for each title.

A Bit About BBNYA

BBNYA is a yearly competition where book bloggers from all over the world read and score books written by indie authors, ending with 15 finalists and one overall winner. 

If you want some more information about BBNYA, check out the BBNYA Website or take a peek over on Twitter @BBNYA_Official. BBNYA is brought to you in association with the @Foliosociety and the book blogger support group @The_WriteReads.

Journeys: the Archers of Saint Sebastian by Jeanne Roland

Publisher: Nepenthe Press

Length: 646 Pages

Genre: Medieval Fiction

Age Category: Young Adult

Date Published: 13 November 2021

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15-year-old Marieke disguises herself at the elite all-male archers’ guild of Saint Sebastian, the most prestigious institution of Ardennes and the place she suspects houses her father’s brutal killers. Here every year the twelve best young archers in the country compete as Journeymen in a series of grueling public competitions: six will win permanent guild membership; one will win a coveted spot on the prince’s bodyguard. Marieke’s been obsessed with St. Sebastian’s for as long as she can remember, but when she flees to the guild for refuge, there are really only two things she knows about the place: one is that a mysterious injury ended her own father’s Journey days. 

The other?

There are no women allowed inside Saint Sebastian’s. 

Marieke knows disguising herself as a boy at the guild means embarking on a dangerous deception. But it might be her only chance to find out the truth about her father’s past, and to keep a deadly plot from coming to fruition. And when the handsome young Journey Tristan takes her under his wing as his squire, she’s got to stay – at least long enough to help him beat out his bitter rival to pass the guild trials. Keeping her identity hidden will be hard. Living among all those gorgeous boys, without giving herself away? That will be harder still. But the hardest thing of all will be keeping the vow she makes for herself: to see Tristan become the next Guardsman, without ever letting him discover her secrets. 

Robin Hood meets Mulan and Princess Bride in this frothy but literate coming-of-age romp through 14th century Belgium that’s packed with romance, wit, a hint of mystery, and plenty of longbow archery competitions. 

About the Author:

Roland hails from Davis, California, where she spent most of her youth lounging at the pool, soaking up the sun, and daydreaming. She had a key ring that read ‘I’m running away to join the circus,’ and her favorite moment of the day was when the local movie theater went dark, and the slogan ‘escape to the movies’ appeared on the screen. As an adult, her passions include all things melodramatic and beautiful — everything from classic movies, British romantic poetry, ancient tragedy and epic, to Italian opera. She is now a professor of Classics in a small midwestern town, where she lives with her Greek husband, her fraternal twins, and a Bernese mountain dog named Franco Corelli.

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