A Feast of Phantoms Blog Tour

Welcome back to my blog! Today I am participating in the blog tour for A Bad Breed by Kat Ross. This blog tour was organised by Xpresso Tours.

This post will following the following format:

  • Giveaway Information
  • Book Links
  • Book Information
  • Book Review
  • Author Information

Giveaway Information

Book Links

Book Information

Title: A Feast of Phantoms
Author: Kat Ross
Series: Lingua Magika #1
Publisher: Acorn Publishing
Publication Date: 18 February 2020
Source: Xpresso Tours
Format: eBook
Pages: 254
Rating: 4 Stars

Goodreads Synopsis:

It was supposed to be simple.
Help Marshal Sebastian Hardin escort his prisoner one stop on the railway to Charter Oak.
Just one stop.
But when that prisoner is a savant who talks to ghosts, even the simplest plans have a way of falling apart.

Sheriff’s Deputy Ruth Cortez always does the right thing. Lucky Boy is a company town, dependent on the rich and powerful Carnarvon family. Besides which, the charismatic Sebastian Hardin isn’t an easy man to say no to. When his transport derails in the middle of the prairie, Ruth begins a relentless manhunt that leads straight into the dark heart of the Carnarvon empire.

Lee Merriweather favors sharp suits and fast trains – especially when he’s stealing them. At the ripe old age of 18, he’s managed to become the most wanted criminal in three territories. Lee can’t resist playing cat and mouse with a small-town deputy, but what starts as a game becomes deadly serious.

Sebastian Hardin is the Carnarvons’ right hand, loyal to the death and willing to keep any secret to protect the family. They want Lee alive, but with the young savant’s disturbing abilities it won’t be an easy proposition. Whoever catches Lee gets the keys to the kingdom and the Carnarvons aren’t the only ones hunting him down. Sebastian has enough problems without falling for Deputy Cortez – but you can’t always choose who you love.

They terrorized the settlers until Calindra Carnarvon learned to speak their language. Her empire relies on controlling their telekinetic powers, but Lee Merriweather could destroy it all. And not even Lee suspects the shocking truth of the phantoms’ real nature.

Book Review:
Pre-reading Thoughts:

Kat Ross is one of my favourite indie authors. I am honestly a big fan of both her writing and her ability to create unique worlds! If you would like to check out my thoughts on her other books, you can find that here. I am so excited to jump into this brand new series!

Thank you so much to Xpresso Tours for providing me with a copy of this book. Just a quick disclaimer for those reading this review, I have received this book for free. Please note that this does not affect my opinion in any way. All thoughts are my own.

Writing Thoughts:

One of my favourite things about Ross' writing is the pacing which flows well and pulls the reader in from the first page. I was a big fan of the dialogue in this one, it was natural and pulled me in deeper into the world. I did struggle a bit with the character descriptions. I felt as if there wasn't enough to create a strong visual of them but I loved how vivid the setting was. 

Plot Thoughts:

One of my favourite settings is frontier America and this book does an excellent job of giving an impression of the time. I don't know what it is but something about outlaws, gunslingers and double negatives just brings me joy. This book made me so happy just because of the setting. Thankfully, the plot does deliver a fast-paced, action-packed adventure. I liked how we learned the magic system on the go, allowing the book to flow better and there wasn't a lot of info-dumping.

Character Thoughts:

I loved, I mean seriously loved Ruth and Doc. I mean I have my other ships but these two characters have my favourite relationship. They just work so well together! On another note, I loved these characters overall. I liked the main characters who were well developed and aided the story with their histories and strong character connections. I think the cast we get to know help to introduce the readers to the world.

Final Thoughts:

Overall, I loved this start to a new series surrounding linguists. I am now invested. I am ready for more adventures with Ruth set in this frontier America-like setting and all my ships to set sail. The writing was phenomenal, it did lack a strong character description but it definitely made it up by having a vivid settings. The plot was fun and adventurous and high stakes. I couldn't get enough. I am also way too obsessed with Ruth and can't help but ship her with so many other great characters. Ross has done an incredible job with her newest releases. Thank you so much to Xpresso Tours for providing me with a copy!

Author Information

Kat Ross worked as a journalist at the United Nations for ten years before happily falling back into what she likes best: making stuff up. She’s the author of the Fourth Element and Fourth Talisman fantasy series, the Gaslamp Gothic paranormal mysteries, and the dystopian thriller Some Fine Day. She loves myths, monsters and doomsday scenarios. Check out Kat’s Pinterest page for the people, places and things that inspire her books.

Yours in Reading,


  1. Thanks for hosting today! This sounds like a compelling, very well written read I love how complex the world seems to be!


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