Luminous – Blog Tour

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Hello friends and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Mara Rutherford’s Luminous. I could not have been more excited to be offered the chance to read Mara’s newest book and be a part of Inkyard Press’s blog tour. I’ve been a fan of Mara’s writing and beautiful stories since her debut book, Crown of Coral and Pearl. So without further ado…. here we go!

LUMINOUS by Mara Rutherford
On sale: October 5, 2021
ISBN: 9781335405654
Inkyard Press
Teen & Young Adult; Epic Fantasy
$19.99 / $24.99 CAN
384 Pages


From the author of Crown of Coral and Pearl comes an immersive new fantasy about a witch who must learn to harness her power—or risk losing her loved ones forever.

Liora has spent her life in hiding, knowing discovery could mean falling prey to the king’s warlock, Darius, who uses mages’ magic to grow his own power. But when her worst nightmare comes to pass, Darius doesn’t take her. Instead, he demands that her younger sister return to the capital with him. To make matters worse, Evran, Liora’s childhood friend and the only one who knows her secret, goes missing following Darius’s visit, leaving her without anyone to turn to.

To find Evran and to save her sister, Liora must embrace the power she has always feared. But the greatest danger she’ll face is yet to come, for Darius has plans in motion that will cause the world to fall into chaos—and Liora and Evran may be the only ones who can stop him.


Mara Rutherford began her writing career as a journalist but quickly discovered she far preferred fantasy to reality. Originally from California, Mara has since lived all over the world with her marine-turned-diplomat husband. A triplet born on Leap Day, Mara holds a master’s degree in cultural studies from the University of London. When she’s not writing or chasing after her two sons, she can usually be found pushing the boundaries of her comfort zone, whether at a traditional Russian banya or an Incan archaeological site. Mara is a former Pitch Wars mentee and three-time mentor.

So what do you think? I was absolutely enthralled by the description of this story, and it did not disappoint. I love how Mara balances the art of world building and strong character development, blending some of the most magical stories. Here’s my review!

Review – This was an incredible and magical book! Yet again Mara had balanced strong world building and character development to bring an outstanding story of believing in yourself, and never giving up! One of my favorite parts was the bond shared between the Duval sisters. They had such dynamic of personality but shared love for each other. The Magic system was creative with how each witch or mage obtained a different type of magic. It definitely lent to an exciting story! There were a few particularly dark scenes and absolutely had me captivated and on the edge of my seat. Highly, highly recommend Luminous to everyone who loves a good magical story with wholesome characters. I cannot wait for a physical copy to adorn my shelves!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my stop on the tour for Luminous by Mara Rutherford. I highly recommend this and her previous books. Thank you to Mara and Inkyard Press for this opportunity. If you’re intrigued and want to know where you can find her books or follow Mara, check out the links below.

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Positive Vibes & Happy Reading!!

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