A new fantasy author brings a fresh approach to the Quest story

book of daysTITLE = THE BOOK OF DAYS

AUTHOR = K.A. BARKER

GENRE = FANTASY, FRIENDSHIP, ADVENTURE  

INTEREST LEVEL = YEARS 10+

An unusual world is presented in this fantasy story by a brand new author. A world where half the country believes in magic and the Days (the gods of their magical world) while the other half deplore this reliance on magic and will do all they can to eradicate it from daily life.

All 16 year old Tuesday  wants to know, though, is who she really is and why she was sent to sleep in “the Unreality House” , the place where people go to be forgotten. Equally important is why has she been awakened NOW by Quintalian and can he be trusted?? He has promised to take her wherever she wishes to go, even on the perilous journey to find the Book of Days and learn the truth about her background.

Along the way Tuesday is ably supported by the skilled warrior woman , Hester and  a blind Librarian’s assistant (Riley) and she really does need all the help she can muster when she comes up against the cruel and brutal, Sterling who is relentless in his desire to end Tuesday’s life.

Will she survive to finish her quest? Will her friends stay true when put to the test? And most importantly, can she find the Book of Days or has it gone forever?

Fans of fantasy are sure to enjoy exploring this new world.

Recommended (dma) ****  

A story of a mouse …and a mouselike girl ….

3 loves of persimmonTitle = The Three Loves of Persimmon

Author = Cassandra Golds

Genre = Growing up, Quest, Romance

interest level = Years 7 and up

This is a beautifully designed book: from the quaint, old fashioned cover to the charming endpapers and filigree design at the beginning of each chapter. The design hints at the quaint, old fashioned story that lies within. Structurally, there are in fact 2 stories – the one that opens the book is about an aptly named mouse (Epiphany) and this part of the story feels like a YR book, with the descriptions of trains (that go chuff, chuff, chuff) and the mouse herself as being softly, velvety brown (reminiscent of a Beatrix Potter story).  This quaint beginning allows the reader to accept the second story about a strange, lonely girl (Persimmon) whose best friend is an ornamental cabbage named Rose that talks and reads poetry. There are obvious parallels in the 2 stories: both characters live or work at the railway station, both have wayward fathers who they appear to take after, both go on a quest, both have an interest in flowers. The 2 stories woven together quite cleverly until Epiphany and Persimmon quite literally collide at a climactic point in the book. Hearts are mentioned a lot in this book, particularly the notion of following one’s heart and the importance of self-belief. And amidst the quaintness there is also a delightful streak of humour, sometimes gently whimsical and sometimes more sharply sardonic. A highly original and delightful book with an uplifting ending.

Highly Recommended (dma) *****

Fantasy time

wildkins curseTITLE = THE WILDKIN’S CURSE

AUTHOR = KATE FORSYTH

GENRE =FANTASY

INTEREST LEVEL = YEAR 7

Zed and Merry have been friends since birth so they are happy enough to set out on a quest to rescue an imprisoned princess. The friends and their families have long known “The Prophecy’ and believe it predicts kingship for Zed. But what if they have misread the prophecy, what if their futures are headed in another direction entirely??

And why must they join forces with Liliana who seems to despise their world entirely. Will she bring them more trouble than she’s worth – or does she really understand more than the 2 boys??

An entertaining quest story follows in a magical fantasy world where wildkins are feared and the rebellious hearthkins could be imprisoned at any moment. Can the three heroes survive their adventures? Fantasy lovers are sure to enjoy this simple tale of adventure and romance and hidden meanings.

Recommended (dma) ***