Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Doublesight Blog Tour (AND Giveaway!)

by Terry Persun 
In a world where shape shifters are feared by humans, and murder appears to be the way to eliminate them, finding and destroying the source of the fear is all the doublesight can do.

After the Doublesight Wars, dangerous and mean-spirited shape shifters were killed off, causing other doublesight to hide their gifts, congregate into their own villages or clans, and avoid most humans.

Zimp and Zora are the twin granddaughters of the crow clan’s sage. The reticent Zimp is relieved that she has not been chosen to take her grandmother’s position, but after Zora is murdered during an attack on the clan, Zimp is forced into her obligations.

Rumors, stemming from Castle Weilk, suggest that dangerous throwbacks have been born—gryphons, harpys, dragons—and, once again the humans decide to hunt down all doublesight. Fear leads to mistrust, and mistrust to murder.

The doubesight council assembles to assess the situation and sends five doublesight to investigate the rumors, placing Zimp in charge of four men. Struggling with her own intuitive abilities, and trying to hold a stable position as leader, Zimp finds herself in the center of a changing world and must decide on her real place within it. 

Sound good? Great! Now Try an Excerpt!
Zimp stepped to the front of the wagon and shifted peacefully into a crow. There was a pace at which minimal pain and maximum elation could be reached. Only occasionally was a doublesight able to reach that point. Something allowed Zimp to be there this time.

She flew almost straight up and landed near Oro. The moon sent a glow over the canopy of the forest, which appeared to be a single rolling softness of green, the yellow green of early life, of spring. A fresh smell lifted into the sky, the fragrance of life, the perfume of growth, of new birth.

Oro let go of her branch and glided toward the plains they had just crossed with their wagons.

Zimp followed her as she weaved back and forth along the way, turning toward the lake and then back around and up toward camp.

Oro penetrated the blackness of the forest, circled around, and landed near her wagon. She shifted into a bent old woman.

Zimp stood in human form beside her and took Oro’s arm to help her walk into camp.

“You needn’t help me all the time,” Oro said.

“I want to.”

“Did you welcome our guests or did you ask Storret to make the greeting?” Oro said.

“I did it, just as you asked.”

“Good. It wasn’t so difficult, was it?” Oro said.

“For who?” Zimp asked. She shook her head. “No, it wasn’t bad. But I still don’t like thylacines. And, I’m not sure what happened, but they were ambushed and the one brother, Therin, is still in beast image.”

“Did you look to see if he had a human’s ethereal body?”

“I couldn’t. Either he was too low in the grass or we were walking together. There was not time. I fear that it’s permanent, though.” They walked farther together. “That’s got to be awful.”

“The yearning never stops,” Oro said. “For the rest of his life he will get close to human thought and expect a shift, but nothing will happen. You’ve seen animals that appear to be almost human? Well, often they were. The inability for a human to shift back from a beast image can drive one insane. It’s a yearning that can never be satiated.”
My Thoughts:
Doublesight is an interesting story. It's got a great coming of age theme, and one that would typically host a male hero, but Terry has made it interesting by making Zimp a girl. 

In this world, Doublesights are shifters, and singlesights are humans. Terry takes us on a fantastic adventure to battle the threats of this world and a war between all the clans. I liked that the story was written in 3rd person. In my opinion, all of the best fantasy books are because i feel that the author can do so much better of a job telling the story. Zimp is of course one of the biggest roles, as she tentatively sets out to find her sister and become the leader that she doesn't know if she can be. Also Zimp grows and discovers who she really is, she becomes a really great character. 

This is a great story if you like fantasy. It's got an interesting classification of world building and shifters are always fun for me to read. I really enjoyed the differences in clans. Each one seemed to have their own culture, meaning, and rituals which really led to a cool world. 
Meet the Author! 
Terry Persun is an award winning author and a #1 Amazon bestseller. He is also a Pushcart nominee. His mainstream novel, “Wolf’s Rite”, was a Star of Washington award winner, a POW! Award winner, and a ForeWord magazine Book of the Year finalist. His science fiction novel, “Cathedral of Dreams”, was also a ForeWord magazine Book of the Year finalists. And his historical novel, “Sweet Song”, won a Silver IPPY Award for best regional fiction. His latest novel, “Doublesight”, is Book One of his new epic fantasy series. His latest poetry collection is “And Now This”. Terry writes in many genres, including historical fiction, mainstream, literary, and science fiction/fantasy.

 Terry will be awarding a Sci-Fi/Fantasy ebook bundle of Revision 7 and The Water Sign to a randomly drawn commenter at each stop and a grand prize of a paperback bundle to include Revision 7 and The Water Sign to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour (US ONLY).


  1. I can't thank you enough for hosting me today. I am looking forward to being here and interacting with you followers. I'm open for any questions -- any questions. I love to talk about books and writing. Here's to a great day.

  2. Terry - how do you keep all the different cultures and rituals for each clan straight when you are writing? Do you use a notebook, or a spreadsheet on your computer? Or do you have an amazing memory? :)

  3. Good question. I use several things. I do have a good memory, but I also have a notebook, files on my computer, and I take notes (like outlining in reverse) while I'm writing. This also helps me to keep eye color, and general appearances straight. I even keep notes on whether they are carrying a staff, rocks in their pockets, etc. Anything that could trip me up later.

  4. Thank you for such a great post! :-)

  5. Thanks again to my host for allowing me to visit today. I will keep in touch about other books you present on this site. All the best, and good night.

  6. This sounds great! I definitely will have to add it to my wishlist!:)