*Review originally posted in September 2011* Wisdom’s Kiss by Catherine Gilbert Murdock Later generation novel of Princess Ben Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Age Range: Young Adult (12+) Grade Range: Grades 7+ Pages: 320 paperback Date: January 15th, 2013 (orig. Hardcover Sept. 2011) Publisher: Graphia, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt It all started in the spring of 2008 while in the library I discovered a gorgeous cover on a novel in the New Releases section entitled Princess Ben. I was not necessarily looking for a young adult, or teen girl read, but the cover was awesome and gorgeous so I … Continue reading
A dark and mysterious forest, a determined young hero, a quest to reclaim stolen magic: Jinx launches an enthralling new adventure for fans of Septimus Heap, Fablehaven, and The Sisters Grimm. Continue reading
Modern magic, ancient enemies, and Arthurian legend collide in the explosive sequel to The Invisible Tower, which School Library Journal praised as “a surefire hit with the legions of Rick Riordan fans.” Continue reading
An ancient painting, a magical labyrinth, and skeletons found in a locked room.
For centuries, Blackhope Tower has been shrouded in intrigue, centering on a labyrinth and painting in the Mariner’s Chamber. When fourteen-year-old Sunni Forrest visits the tower and sees her stepbrother, Dean, disappear, seemingly into the painting itself, she must find him and risk being drawn into the heart of the Blackhope enigma. This action-packed debut follows Dean, Sunni, and her friend Blaise on a journey to the heart of an age-old mystery. Continue reading
Astrid Llewelyn is now a fully trained unicorn hunter, but she can’t solve all her problems with just a bow and arrow. Her boyfriend, Giovanni, has decided to leave Rome, the Cloisters is in dire financial straits, her best friend’s powers seem to be mysteriously disintegrating, and Astrid can’t help but feel that school, home, and her hopes of becoming a scientist are nothing but impossible dreams.
So when she’s given the opportunity to leave the Cloisters and put her skills to use as part of a scientific quest to discover the Remedy, Astrid leaps at the chance. Finally, she can have exactly what she want–or can she? At Gordian headquarters, deep in the French countryside, Astrid begins to question everything she thought she believed: her love for Giovanni, her loyalty to the Cloisters, and most of all her duty as a hunter. Should Astrid be saving the world from killer unicorns, or saving the unicorns from the world? Continue reading
Just as readers have been transfixed by the stories, characters, and deeper meanings of Lewis’s timeless tales in The Chronicles of Narnia, most find this same allure in his classic Space Trilogy. In these fantasy stories for adults, we encounter, once again, magical creatures, a world of wonders, epic battles, and revelations of transcendent truths.
Out of the Silent Planet is the first novel in C. S. Lewis’s classic science fiction trilogy. It tells the adventure of Dr. Ransom, a Cambridge academic, who is abducted and taken on a spaceship to the red planet of Malacandra, which he knows as Mars. His captors are plotting to plunder the planet’s treasures and plan to offer Ransom as a sacrifice to the creatures who live there. Ransom discovers he has come from the “silent planet”-Earth-whose tragic story is known throughout the universe!
The bestselling creator of “The Dangerous Book for Boys” introduces the explosive, magical, and adventurous world of the Tollins. Complete with thrilling stories of danger, glorious drawings, maps, and diagrams, this is the definitive guide to these remarkable little flying creatures. Illustrations. Continue reading
The future of the Warrior cats hangs in the balance in the thrilling conclusion to the action-packed Omen of the Stars story arc.
The epic conclusion to the Omen of the Stars story arc from #1 nationally bestselling author Erin Hunter. This book will also include the latest challenge in the ongoing Warriors Adventure Game.
The end of the stars draws near. Three must become four to battle the darkness that lasts forever…. Continue reading
In the first book of the Halfling Trilogy, Nikki Youngblood discovers she’s the central force of a madman’s plan, and turns to three half-angel boys for protection. With the Halflings, she’s completely safe. Everything except her heart. And Mace’s soul. Falling for him could ensure his eternal ruin. Continue reading
About The Gates of Heaven Series
Eons ago . . . heaven decreed seven sacred sites to be established throughout the kingdom: the sha’har sha’ma’yim or Gates of Heaven. These sites were placed to prevent evil from gaining a stronghold in the world of humans, and were guarded by Keepers. Yet, over time these stone structures have been destroyed, vandalized, or abandoned, and thus evil has now spread. However, evil is no match for heaven, and so as those living in the realm confront evil in its many forms, they experience heaven’s hand guiding them, as is traditional in classic fairy tales.
Fairy tales have an uncanny staying power, and the need for the archetypes of myth has never been greater. Most traditional tales carry the message that blessings follow those choosing honorable principles and seeking heaven’s will. Fairy tales inspire hope, while at the same time impart life lessons as a hero or heroine ventures out into the world on a classic “hero’s journey.” Those of us raised reading fairy tales have had these values inculcated in us from early on, but it seems no one has taken the path of reinventing traditional fairy tales and turning them into full-length, original novels.
This is the aim of The Gates of Heaven collection of fairy tales: to draw from traditional, well-known classic tales and combine these elements with new storylines and deep characters. Designed to follow in the tradition of C. S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia (but for a more adult and sophisticated audience), these tales meld humor, purpose, and inner struggles as characters seek heaven’s will for their lives.
The series is set in a world not unlike our own. Central to the many various villages and lands is the kingdom of Sherbourne, which is also the hub of the series. Each tale is set in a different land, featuring different characters and one of the sacred sites, although in all the books an occasional character will wander off the page and appear in another’s story. Continue reading
A foreboding evil is slowly creeping around the heart of the Freelands, threatening to choke away its very life. The Lords of this mass of evil are after eternal power – and if they succeed, the lands will plunge into an endless blight. Unfortunately, most of the people of the Freelands are unaware they face an ominous future – and those that know the truth are in dire straits. Continue reading
Unwittingly chosen to join an army of fairies, who fight for the Light of the One, a teenaged girl learns about spiritual warfare as she attends a military academy with fantastical beings. Continue reading
Thank you, Margaret, for letting me share about my new book, The Merchant’s Daughter. Just to introduce myself … I am the author of The Healer’s Apprentice, which was a Christy Award finalist, and I live near Huntsville, Alabama with my husband and two daughters. I have a degree in special education from The University of Alabama, and I was a teacher and a missionary once upon a time. We have a crazy, long-haired, snow-white dog that runs away a lot, which often leads to interesting situations, but we won’t go there. God uses all kinds of things to keep … Continue reading