Hello everyone!! Today I have a special author over today. She has a new book coming out, so I am going to show you the Cover first and then I’ll show you my review, AND THEN I’ll show you her totally awesome pile of preciously cute animals!!! 🙂 So let me get to it!!
Journey into the mountain home of the dwarves, where an evil spirit dwells.
High in the mountains, an evil presence has unleashed a plague upon the dwarves. When news reaches River, he begins a quest to retrieve an ancient artifact that will expel the entity, freeing the dwarves from its murderous grasp. Along the way, he finds friendship in a dwarf girl, who possesses extraordinary magical powers of her own. Together they will be the key to preventing a genocide among the dwarves.
Without his knowledge, River is pursued by a powerful elven sorcerer who is determined to bind the soul of an elemental. Using a practice that has been banned for centuries, he plans to combine River’s power with his own. If he succeeds, he will possess the strength to become a god himself.”
The story features a female dwarf as a lead character, which is something hard to come by in fantasy. I hope I’ve done her justice. 🙂 I am expecting it to be released in May!
An Excerpt from the Author!
Darkness settled over the mountains. The stars hid themselves behind the clouds, but the moon’s glow fought its way through the thickness, providing a dim, hazy light. The wind gently rustled the leaves on the trees, and the creatures of the night sang softly to the sky.
Kaiya lay awake in her bed, unable to put her mind at ease. Earlier in the evening, her father had expressly forbidden her to go anywhere near town, thanks to the hostility the pair had encountered. No matter her age, he would always think of her as a child who needed his protection. She was the youngest of his children and had no husband, which gave her father the excuse he needed to carry on in the role of her protector.
She understood her father’s need to protect her, but it wasn’t necessary. Kaiya was not an average dwarf girl who was expected only to have children and run a home. Her magical powers were strong, and she had spent her life honing her talents. Without the distraction of friends and their silly childhood games, Kaiya was able to spend her days practicing magic and teaching herself to harness the wind. She was not helpless. She was a strong woman who could look after herself.
As quietly as she could manage, Kaiya rose from her bed and headed for the front door. Her urge to discover the presence in the caves was far stronger than her need to listen to her father’s warnings. She did not fear the miners. Their weapons were nothing compared to her powers. The magical being within the cave, however, was something unknown. She could not decide whether it was malevolent, and she wanted to know if it was the source of the illness that had been spreading among the miners.
As she tiptoed to the door in the darkness, she reached out with her hand to avoid tripping on any unseen obstacles in her path. To her surprise, her cloak had been hung on the doorknob, and a wooden torch was propped against the door as well. Mum, she thought. Somehow her mother knew she would be going out tonight, even before Kaiya herself had made up her mind to do so.
Stepping out into the night, she quietly closed the door behind her. Her magic could provide her with excellent night vision, but she decided to light the torch instead. She did not want to waste any magical energy that she might need later inside the cave. Creeping across the yard, she hoped Doozle would not bark and wake her parents before she could reach the dirt road that would lead her to town.
The nighttime air in the mountains was cool despite it being early summer. She pulled her cloak a bit closer to her skin, but the chill she felt had more to do with her nerves than the weather. She could sense the magic emitting from deep inside the cave and felt compelled to investigate.
Her pace quickened as her eyes adjusted to the dark. The torch in her hand provided enough light to save her from tripping over the rocks along the path. Images of monsters from childhood tales flashed in her mind as she tried to prepare herself for what might await her in the cave. Never in her life had she encountered true evil. Ignorance and prejudice had presented themselves, but not evil. The monsters were not real, but something real was in the caves, and she feared it might be the true cause of the illness.
Reaching the edge of town, she doused the flame on her torch to avoid being noticed. Being after midnight, the town was deserted, and all the dwarves were safely tucked away in their homes. If this night proved dangerous for Kaiya, there was little chance of assistance from her kinsmen.
A single night watchman stood guard outside the cave. More security was not necessary, since most dwarves did not easily turn to a life of crime. Severe punishments, including loss of limb, had been used in the past, and that had deterred most criminal behavior for centuries. The watchman was responsible mainly for keeping out vandals and teenage lovers looking for a bit of privacy.
The silver-bearded dwarf stood at the ready with no sign of drowsiness apparent in his posture. Taking great care to stay hidden, Kaiya slowly lifted a hand and closed her eyes. A gentle gust of wind passed by the guard, gaining momentum as it traveled. In the nearby mining camp, a cart began to roll and quickly crashed into a rickety wooden table, overturning both in the process. A loud clang was followed by a crash as used dishes toppled from the table to the ground. A little too much, she thought, promising to hold back a bit next time.
The guard readied a large hammer in his hand and trudged off to investigate the disturbance. Kaiya made a dash for the cave with only the moonlight to guide her path. Safely inside the cave, the sound of dripping water filled her ears. Proceeding deeper within, the light became dimmer and dimmer, until she was forced to use magic to see. Her eyes sparkled with silver as she willed herself to see in the pitch-black surroundings.
The walls shimmered and reflected the light from her eyes. An overwhelming sense of foreboding came over her, and she hesitated in her steps. Taking a deep breath, she knew she would have to continue to find the source of the magic. Her heart pounded in her ears, but her feet kept moving forward.
She paused again deep within the cave where a rock formation resembling a large basin glistened white among the gray interior. From the ceiling, a second white formation descended, providing a rain shower into the tub below. The water rushed forth with great strength, and the sound echoed loudly from the walls. Directly behind the tub, a clear pool lay motionless. As she peered into the pool, she saw the reflection of the ceiling, which made the water appear to delve deep into eternity. She glimpsed her own face among the water and smiled slightly, amused at the sight of her eyes as they sparkled with magic.
A white light started to form at the edge of the pool, circling inward and becoming ever brighter. Kaiya lifted her arm to shield her eyes from the sudden light….
This book is a great all ages fantasy! It’s a story about good vs evil, and it’s also about finding yourself along the way. Making good decisions, never giving up, even with huge hurdles in your way, and finding friends and love make it all wrap up perfectly!! There are 4 main characters, though it mainly revolves around two. And it’s also just an all around fun story, with a fresh look in magic, elves, dwarves, and ways of life!
River is our main male character. He is different. All the elves know this, and though they don’t mean to, they still look at him a little differently than everyone else. His story is one of sad beginnings and wonderful endings. Even with this, River has turned into a fantastic young man, for elves, and he is really a great guy! Yes he is powerful, as he discovers, and he is also very willing to share his power, and help people, and make sure others are happy. River also meets another lovely elf who has different powers than him, and she is so giving of herself.
Kaiya is our main leading lady! She is some kind of powerful, but she isn’t supposed to be, because she’s a dwarf. I think she is my favorite character. She’s fiery, and hard headed, sometimes a little too curious, and yet she is loyal, and a great friend. She happens to find a friend in not only River, but in his best friend too! With River and Kaiya teaming up to defeat the evil, things are bound to get a little crazy. I loved their interactions and I REALLY LOVED that the two main characters didn’t fall for each other. They found their own love interests!! It’s great!!
The writing made this story so easy to follow. It was well written, as well as a fresh, wonderful story. It is unique and makes you feel warm and fuzzy when you are done. I loved it and I can’t wait for more. I will recommend this one to literally anyone. There’s mystery and adventure, so all ages too! And it is a fantasy, and though the characters find love, it’s not mainly a romance. I LOVED THIS! 5 FANTASTIC MAGICAL PAWS!!!
About the Author
Lana Axe lives in Missouri near the edge of the woods. She is inspired by her love of nature to write about elves, magic, and adventure. Growing up in Mark Twain’s backyard inspired her love of fiction from an early age. She grew up an avid reader and went on to study literature in college.
After eight years of jotting notes and building a fantasy world, she has finally begun releasing novels in her Tales from Nōl’Deron series. They will feature many of the same characters, but each novel will stand alone.
The author’s very cool pets!!
I had to show you guys this! She has lots of pets just like me!! 🙂 So, here we go!!
I wanna say a huge thank you to Ms Lana!! Those pet photos are so very awesome!!!! It’s amazing! And Ms Lana was so nice to contact me and offer me this book! I am now a HUGE FAN! I can’t wait to share more of her books in the future! 🙂 Thanks guys, for stopping by and hanging out with us!!