Jeanette O'Hagan creates a world rich in lore and mystery. It kicks off with a good action hook and there is an undercurrent of dire consequences for failure. There is plenty of action, well interspersed with snippets of background reveal and lovely imagery, eg: 'the melting snowflake in his calloused palm.'.
My favourite character was Zadeki: a mysterious stranger from the forbidden 'outside' who has somehow come into supposedly impenetrable mountain. His secret was a well-written surprise which sets the tone for more enlightening. He is brave and would risk his own life for what he believes in.
I would recommend this novella to those who enjoy a short and entertaining fantasy read.
Four and a half stars from me.
I received a free copy of this story in exchange for an honest review.
I'm sure these artists enjoy keeping me in suspense with these last minute entries. Well, they certainly were worth the wait. Top left is an image of Daeron and Shari-Rose from Nita Thomas. I really like the shape of the horses and also the clouds are so well done. The orange planet looks great too.
Note: one of the art teacher is now unable to be a judge, but an art teacher from the local high school has jumped to the rescue. Thank you.
There are only 3 days to vote in the audience choice award, so duck on over to Facebook and click 'like' on your favourite entry to vote
Kerry took a place on the FSFNet interview throne to chat with me. Here are some of the highlights:
* She describes her protagonists as: 'magic-enhanced, ale-swilling, knuckle-busting, gag-pulling, sword-dancing, fierce warrior misfits.'
* I learned that Kerry is a third-generation writer. What a legacy.
* She alludes to a history of magic in our own world
* Kerry has detailed and useful advice for aspiring authors. Gee, my advice would be just to make a friend like Kerry ;-)
* There is a 'puss in boots' technique for developing cover artwork
* Her stated hero has been unlucky in more than one role
....There are so many more great titbits, but I don't want to spoil it for you. Check it out here.
She rails against such abhorrent intrusions and struggles to regain order. Unfortunately re-establishing control unleashes deadly, calamitous events on the island continent of Sofala, catching the inhabitants of the western kingdom unaware.The High King, Gareth Beaumont calls for assistance from the Ashmourne Academy of Magic. They respond by sending their infamous 'Pace Alastriona Knights', led by Commander Atesh and Captain Ballard. Their first battalion of magic-enhanced, ale-swilling, knuckle-busting, gag-pulling, sword-dancing, fierce warrior misfits join forces with the King's personal regiment. Together with mystical allies, they race to reduce the fallout to life, love and liberty upon their homeland. As they search for the source behind the malevolent machinations at work, they uncover truths so repugnant, it will send them reeling.
Will interpreting the strange riddles and finding the ancient prophecy hold the key to the game of life; playing out before their eyes?
This competition is so much fun. I can see the judges are going to have a hard time deciding which are the winners.
Here are the next 3 entries by Luke, Elly and Nita.
Luke's entry (top left) is of a gorgeous fairy who reminds me of Tinkerbell, one of my favourites. I love the bold use of colour here and the detail in the wings.
As with previous years, entries come in like a flood in the last week of the competition. The entries here are by Jacinta from grade 3; Bailey from grade 5; and Chloe from grade 5. I appreciate that so many students have taken the time to enter, it's humbling.
On the top left, we have Jacinta's interpretation of Baby Violetta asleep in her cradle. No doubt she's exhausted from her adventures. Great use of colour and glitter there, thanks.
The competition closes on Sunday. Draw a picture of one of the Hunters of Reloria characters as depicted to enter.
Check out these cute artworks.
The first one is the baby mage: Violetta, flying through the sky about Nnanell in her cot. This is the first scrapbook entry I have received and I'm very impressed.
The 2nd entry is another sweet fairy by Zara-Lee who entered another fairy already. Lovely and cheerful.
I get so excited every time new entries come in for the Hunters of Reloria art competition. Today I am featuring 3 more entries from our grade 5 friends at a local school. I really enjoy going to schools and giving author talks. The students didn't give me any information for the first 2 pictures, which I have entitled 'fairy.' Possibly the first one is an elegant elf, but I can't say for sure. I like the use of colour from the artists and the wing shapes. The stars around the second fairy remind me of magic.
Entries are flying in thick and fast in the last week of the Hunters of Reloria fantasy art competition. Thanks to everyone who has sent them in today. There's a big stack and I'll post a few each day. Here are the first colourful entries by PJ, Clinton and Katie from Grade 5. Great work guys. I like your imagination and use of colour.