Review and Guest Post: UNCOVERING COBBOGOTH by Hannah L. Clark

Uncovering Cobbogoth is based on actual Icelandic mythology. It is fun and fast paced. This book was one part mystery and one part romance in a nice fantastical package.

Review and Guest Post: UNCOVERING COBBOGOTH by Hannah L. ClarkUncovering Cobbogoth by Hannah L. Clark
Series: Cobbogoth #1
Published by CEDAR FORT Incorporated on May 1st 2014
Pages: 310
Genres: Young Adult, General, Love & Romance, Mysteries & Detective Stories
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Norah Lukens needs to uncover the truth about the fabled lost city of Cobbogoth. After her archaeologist uncle's murder, Norah is asked to translate his old research journal for evidence and discovers that his murder was a cover-up for something far more sinister.

When she turns to neighbor and only friend James Riley for help, she realizes that not only is their bitter-sweet past haunting her every step, but James is keeping dangerous secrets. Can Norah discover what they are before its too late to share her own?

My Review

Norah has been raised by her famous archaeologist uncle, Jack, since her parents died when she was just a baby. Jack was obsessed with the Cobbogothians, so Norah knew their myths by heart. When she comes home from school to find her uncle murdered, her world is turned upside down. He uncle sent her a journal and asked her to protect it. It was his journal about the Cobbogothians and it is the only one she has never read. In the journal Norah finds clues that lead her back to the Cobbogothian myth and point right to Jack’s killer. Now she just needs to unravel the mystery before she ends up killed too.

What I loved: The myth was so fantastical. This was well thought out story. It had a lot of turns and twists that kept me guessing. The author was clearly able to take this myth and make it real for the reader. The Cobbothians in this story are full of magic and surprises. They are also in great danger. I grew to love Norah and really rooted hard for her to be safe and find happiness.

The Cobbogothians themselves were a bit of full and very unpredictable. I loved the adventure within this story and that there was an underlying romance. The flash backs allowed us to understand how the characters fit together. I loved that there wasn’t a lot of waiting for things to happen. This story starts right off with action and the pace continues throughout.

What I didn’t like: Norah was hard to relate to at first. She was raised different from most people and had major anxiety issues. She didn’t have much experience in dealing with people, and in the beginning she is so fragile. She spends the first few chapters being cared for by other people and I didn’t think this was a good introduction to her. So I wasn’t sure if she was reliable throughout half of the story.

Also, I have to mention that the flashbacks felt like info dumps. I did grow to enjoy this story, but the flashbacks took some getting used to.

In conclusion: I enjoyed this book. I loved the fantastical elements and I grew to love Norah’s character. I can’t wait to find out what happens next!

My Rating

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Book 2

Review and Guest Post: UNCOVERING COBBOGOTH by Hannah L. ClarkThe Lemorian Crest by Hannah L. Clark
Series: Cobbogoth #2
August 23rd 2015
Pages: 436
Genres: Young Adult, General, Love & Romance, Mysteries & Detective Stories
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After being raised from infancy in Boston, Mass., Noria (a.k.a Norah Lukens) has no idea what to expect upon entering New Cobbogoth, where she never would have guessed that paths of light can make you vanish; doors can lead to realms both near and far; myths and legends are actual history; a mere kiss can seal two souls as one; and, of course, a stone is never “just a stone.” Her Uncle Jack’s stories never could have prepared her for the magical and dangerous place her native realm is turning out to be.

When the Gihara’s promises begin to crumble, her best friend and soul-mate Jamus (a.k.a. James Riley) is in more danger than ever. Then when his father Lylend abandons her to search for an ancient relic called The Lemorian Crest and she is taken captive by the very people she’s risked everything to save, Noria begins to lose faith in the Cobbogothian gods and the mission they sent her home to accomplish.

Only when a series of new friendships and loyalties are forged in the most peculiar of places, does Noria dare hope again. Hope for Jamus’ safety, for their future together, and for the survival of the entire Cobbogothian race.

My review is coming soon…


 

Guest Post with author Hannah L. Clark

Behind the Scenes – what kind of research went into the crafting of this fantasy world? Any favorite fantasy worlds that influenced you?

It took me nearly a decade to get Book 1 out, so A TON of research went into crafting the Cobbogoth world. I studied everything from the legendary Hyperborean, to the Bermuda Triangle, to Norse mythology, to Ancient Aliens series they have on Discovery. If it was weird and wonderfully unexplainable, then chances were good I was reading as much as I could about it.

My favorite fantasy worlds would have to be The Harry Potter world. J.K. Rowling is incredibly meticulous in her worldbuilding, and so I learned a lot about the importance of details from studying her writing. Another fantasy world I love is found in the book Elantris by Brandon Sanderson. It has a really unique and fantastic magic system. I’ve also really enjoyed diving into The Scribes of Medeisia series by R.K. Ryals. She does great job of weaving an interesting mythology with politically complex plot.

If/Then List of Books – if you like these then you are also going to love The Cobbogoth Series

  • Anything by Rick Riordan
  • Indiana Jones (Not a book, but archeology-ish)
  • The Last Air Bender (the Cartoon Series)
  • The Lord of the Rings
  • Harry Potter (in that, like Harry Potter, the Cobbogoth Series is fantasy for everyone.)
  • Anything based in myths and legends

About Hannah L. Clark

Hannah L. Clark lives with her husband and two children in the Rocky Mountains. She has always known she would be a storyteller. In 2006 she graduated from Utah Valley University with a bachelor's degree in English and immediately began writing her first novel.

Uncovering Cobbogoth was Clark's first book in the seven book Cobbogoth series based on her mythological brain-child, The Legend of the Cobbogothians. It was released in May 2014 through Cedar Fort Publishing. Book 2 in the series, The Lemorian Crest will be released in Summer 2015.

Clark loves running, mythology, singing while playing the guitar, herbal tea, escaping into imaginary worlds, and being with her peeps. Like her heroine Norah, she also kind of believes that trees might have souls, but must clarify that she has never actually hugged a tree. The closest she has ever come to that kind of bizarre behavior was the time she hugged the pillars outside Harry Potter Land. Which, all things considered, is not bizarre at all if you take into account how exquisitely happy she was to finally be there. 😉

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