CSFF Blog Tour – Curse

The title of this post sounds dramatic, which is fitting for the book the CSFF Blog Tour is featuring this month – Curse of the Spider King by Wayne Thomas Batson and Christopher Hopper, first in the Berinfell Prophecies. For a variety of reasons, I’d like to skip the preliminaries and get right to the review of the book, but I’ll restrain myself.

Rather, let me mention The Biggest Contest in the History of Men and Elves. The prize is truly one of a kind, and the contest itself promises to be a fun ride, though I recommend it most for younger young adults.

The actual name of the contest is “Tribe Building Quest: An adventure based on Curse of the Spider King.” The goal is to build tribes of twenty-one people or more.

For someone looking to be a part of an existing tribe, there’s information in the Underground – a discussion forum connected with the Berinfell Prophecies.

The other option, of course, is to start your own tribe. By the way, the larger the tribe, the better the chance of winning.

After a tribe has been formed and a name chosen, then there needs to be a home (such as a Facebook page) and a leader (someone with Internet access – and communication skills, it would seem πŸ˜€ ).

Each tribe member then earns points by doing such things as joining the Underground, posting about one of Christopher or Wayne’s books, mentioning them on Facebook or Twitter, even doing homework well without being told (note from parent required to verify this. πŸ˜‰ )

I don’t know about anyone else, but the whole thing makes me wish I was back in junior high. What fun. What a great chance to interact with others who also love fantasy. What an excellent way to reach readers in the target age group.

But there’s more to the adventureβ€”a clue at the end of Curse of the Spider King that can lead to solving the Alternate Reality Game, videos, store visits, and of course book buying.

Sound enticing? Just think of all the points a tribe could tally by participating in the blog tour!

See what other participating bloggers are discussing. Oh, before you do, have you voted yet for Readers’ Choice Clive Staples Award for Christian Speculative Fiction? You have until November 30.

12 Comments

  1. Thanks so much for all you do! I feel so honored after creeping around this list for over a year (or more?) to actually have a book listed. WOW! You’re awesome! And thanks to all the faithful CSFF’ers! ch:

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  2. Great review on this wonderful idea that Christopher Hopper and Wayne Thomas Batson, have put together. The Tribe Building Quest, is a lot of fun πŸ™‚
    I hope your computer isn’t giving you anymore problems. I’m keeping you in my prayers.
    Bye for now,
    ~Ryan

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  3. The “Curse of the Spider King” contest is fun. And you don’t have to be in Junior High to enjoy it! I am most definitely not in JH anymore but I still enjoyed the book and am a participant in the contest. I’ve followed the CSFF blog tour for a bit now via Rachael Starr and am thrilled to see a book I know featured! I shall be watching the posts for this one carefully!

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  4. Christopher, I always enjoy your posts whenever you’re able to participate. I imagine it is a bit surreal to be on the other side of a tour now. Heheheh – enjoy! πŸ˜€

    Becky

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  5. Ryan, thanks for your input. I thought the contest was an outstanding ideaβ€”way more so than the average contest. Of course the prizes are comparable, so there’s good incentive. But I think just playing would be fun and reward itself.

    As to my computer, I did have more trouble yesterday but ran some diagnostic stuff and emptied some other stuff and prayed a lot. Today it seems to be working OK. Thanks for asking and for praying!

    Becky

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  6. Rien, so glad to hear from someone participating in the Quest outside the target audience. I’ve long said fantasy transcends age.

    I suppose I got the idea the contest was geared for younger readers because of the homework element, but that is natural because of Wayne’s connection with education. Those of us old enough to drive to book stores have our own edge over the homework crowd, I suppose. πŸ˜‰

    Rachel Starr has been a tremendous asset to CSFF Blog Tour. She’s expressed disappointment about having to miss this tour. Hopefully she’ll be able to visit a blog or two and weigh in on what others are saying.

    Becky

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  7. How did you do those little check marks? I’ve got links but as I’ve been clicking through them, some are broken and some don’t have posts.

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  8. […] have more to say tomorrow, but I hope you reserve some time this week to see what others participating in the CSFF Tour have to say (by the way, there’s a second tour underway this week as well, […]

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  9. Hi, Cara, I create the links with the check marks as I find posts. I rely on Google early in the tour, just to get links up. I post from the West Coast, so generally I’m “late to the party” as is. If I waited to read before linking, the check marks would not be particularly helpful. As the tour goes on, however, I get more chance to visit other blogs and comment.

    I know the list can be frustrating when visitors click on a name and find nothing related to the tour. That’s why I started doing it. I really believe one of the strengths of our tour is our interaction with each other.

    Becky

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  10. […] you to take a look at what these bloggers said (entire list of participants available at the end of last Monday’s post). Then add your opinion to determine which sustained a high quality all three days of the tour by […]

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  11. […] One read by Greg Whalen View reader-produced book trailer Read CSFF Blog Tour articles – see complete list with links Read reviews at SFFWorld.com and SciFiChick Read interviews with Wayne Thomas Batson at Title Trakk […]

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  12. […] One read by Greg Whalen View reader-produced book trailer Read CSFF Blog Tour articles – see complete list with links Read reviews at SFFWorld.com and SciFiChick Read interviews with Wayne Thomas Batson at Title Trakk […]

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