Title: Wind and Fire
Author: Cheryl Landmark
Publisher: Asylett Press
Release Date: December 2009
Received eBook from author
Goodreads:Zardonne, Master of the Dark Rift, has ripped a hole in the fabric of Tellaron and invaded with an army of hideous demons. Oblivious to the dangers and evil brewing beyond the borders of the quiet Ardis Valley where she lives, nineteen year old Tenya toils through a life of dreary loneliness and drudgery plagued by strange, disturbing visions, yearning desperately for the beautiful mother she had not seen since she was three. Her life is abruptly turned upside down when she is abducted in the middle of the night and sent on a perilous journey that will test her courage and the fledgling powers buried deep within her. For not only does she discover that her missing mother, Elea, is a powerful sorceress able to control the forces of the wind, Tenya also learns that she herself possesses a singing power that manifests itself as white fire throughout her body. Can she find her mother, and the strength to use her own powers, in time to save Tellaron from the evil Demon Master? Her world depends upon it.
Cheryl Landmark is the first author to ever contact me for a review. So, naturally, I was psyched and said yes! Not to mention, she’s Canadian, and I happen to have a soft spot for local authors.
I found Wind and Fire to be very Lord-of-the-Rings-esque. The main character Tenya embarks on an epic quest and there’s a lot of traveling. Not typically my cup of tea but it’s good to switch things up every now and then. Landmark creates a pretty remarkable world in this novel; full of magic, courage and fantastic creatures. The variety and vastness of her universe is staggering, particularly considering the book is only 232 pages.
The writing at times was a little dry and over descriptive. I would have liked to have learned more about the characters and less about Tenya and her sidekick’s travels. I feel that this book could have benefited from more revisions and edits. That being said, it is still a great novel considering it’s this author’s second one, and her first published work.
Wind and Fire is an easy read that’s ideal for avid readers of fantasy quests. It’s best suited for fans of the young adult genre but adults will also find it to be an enjoyable read. What a great start for this debut author! I’m grateful for the opportunity to discover this new and upcoming writer. I expect big things from her next published tale!
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I don’t think the cover is very inspiring. I think it should be redesigned with a flame and a wisp of air twirling around each other and nothing else. I think that would be more intriguing.
I have this one waiting for me, so I was really happy to see your review. I love epic Lord of the Rings type quest stories, so this sounds right up my alley. Thanks for your review!
@aussieinenglad – The cover could definitely use some work but I didn’t want to be too harsh. It being her first published novel…
@Small Review – LOTR lover? This book’s for you! 🙂