Work-in-Progress: “A Midsummer Night” by Sherie Greer

You can read "A Midsummer Night", a work-in-progress, by Sherie Greer, here, on Goodreads...
You can read “A Midsummer Night”, a work-in-progress, by Sherie Greer, here, on Goodreads…

“A Midsummer Night”, by Sherie Greer, is a copyrighted, work-in-progress.

The blurb:

Elizabeth escapes into the enchanted woodland of the nymphs where she is offered protection from a world and a life she has to leave behind.

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Fantasy is a genre that takes me back to those childhood days when my little friends and I would play make-believe. A Midsummer Night, currently a work-in-progress, would not have been a story that we would have pretended…at least not before we turned at least 12 years old…but only because the winged nymphs and magic things are entwined in a bit of murder and mayhem!

But when it comes to fantasy stories like this, I’m still the little girl who likes to play make-believe. I love this story.

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A P’Review’

Elizabeth’s mother has died some time before, and left her with no protection from her father, who has no other use for her than use as a tool to secure the family’s ‘fortune’. She has had the misfortune to be promised to an evil man in a marriage of convenience, but Elizabeth is determined to escape her fate.

She is wedded on Midsummer Night, but late into the celebration, when her husband becomes drunk and aggressive and begins to beat her, she attacks him and, thinking she has killed him, runs away into the forest. Elizabeth is terrified when she hears someone – something – following her. In a panic, she trips and falls to the forest floor, where she looks around, trying to see through the darkness, for whoever is trailing her…

…and spies fairy lights!

Minute creatures, flitting around on the tiniest of wings, surround her and reassure her that they are there to help, at the behest of Marrok, the wolf, who had once been tended by Elizabeth’s mother when he was injured to the point of death – it was he who was tracking her, in order to keep her safe…and so the story truly begins.

Elizabeth is magically transfigured into one of the creatures…at least to the same size as they…and taken to the kingdom of the woodland nymphs, where she is told she may stay for the rest of her life, so long as she does not contact any who dwell in the human world. Safe at last, she accepts that she will undergo training in the ways of the nymphs in order to fully join their community, and tries to reconcile herself to never seeing her siblings, ever again.

But the husband from whom she escaped was not dead, though his injuries should have insured that he was. Upon his revival, he sent hunters to find her, preferring her to be brought in alive to face his wrath. In the process of the hunt, the entire enchanted kingdom of the nymphs was in danger of being discovered and destroyed.

Elizabeth knew in her heart that she must return to her husband in order to save the nymphs from discovery, but with the help of the Nymph Queen, Winter (and to her detriment), a doppelganger is created to take her place.

More magic ensues…but I will say no more.

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This story portrays a serene world under the great trees of the forest. You can smell the earth, feel the softness of the mosses and even taste the delicious concoctions that are prepared by Elizabeth’s companion and keeper, Blossom. It is just a lovely story.

If you would like to follow A Midummer Night as it unfolds, please feel free to click on the (working) book cover above, where you will find it, and Sherie’s bio and more of her work, on Goodreads.

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“Wrath” & “Tredan’s Bane”, by Lita Burke – a double review

Wrath, by Lita Burke, is free on Kindle right now...click here to get it from Amazon!
Wrath, by Lita Burke, is free on Kindle right now…click here to get it from Amazon!
ebook: 17 pages
Published December 13th 2011
ASIN:  B006NY2SZC

Wrath is the very, very short prequel to Tredan’s Bane, by Lita Burke. Similar to a prologue, but much more involved, it introduces the reader to Ms. Burke’s fantasy world of Sye in much the same way that a pilot episode does for a soon-to-be wildly popular television series.

Wrath familiarizes the reader with a brand new concept of magic, wherein the “essence” of magic is transferred, replenished or used via an Enchanter’s Kiss, each of which, depending on the Enchanter who imparts it, has a different, seductive flavour!

Do not go into even this little book with preconceived notions of what to expect in the land of Sye…it is a world unlike any I’ve ever read before. For this reason, I would suggest that a visit to Ms. Burke’s website is in order, preferably before starting this first book, but certainly before you go on to Tredan’s Bane (review below).

A wonderful read!

 

Don't forget to get your copy of the sequel to 'Wrath', "Tredan's Bane", here on Amazon!
Don’t forget to get your copy of “Tredan’s Bane” (sequel to ‘Wrath’), by Lita Burke, here on Amazon! Click!
Kindle Edition: 549 pages
Published March 25th 2012
ASIN:  B007ON0RC2

Magic, enchantments, dragons…all fantasy books have any or all of these, but the land of Sye, also gives us dragonettes, Maji’kers, and Enchanters, with their seductively flavoured kisses, which impart to the recipient the essence needed for the particular magic practiced in this book.

Our story continues from the prequel, Wrath (above review), with Lanith searching for her missing husband, Tredan, who disappeared during an attack at their magical curio shop. Ghosts and Enchanters (one in particular!) guide and aid her in her search, along with her and Tredan’s little dragonette, whose loyalty goes beyond the norm.

Lanith searches through the worlds of the living and the dead for Tredan, in a race to find him before the ‘Chuch Magicians’, enemy of the Enchanters (think “Inquisition”, sort of), either stop her, kill her or destroy his ghost, and in the process, finds rest in a love which fills the void left by her husband’s passing.

Tredan’s Bane tale is a beautifully crafted tale, although initially it was difficult to get into. This is in NO way due to any shortcomings of the book, but rather the fact that I had those heretofore mentioned ‘preconceived notions’!

This world of fantasy and magic is such a complete removal from any other…at least in my experience; it is imperative that, to savour every tittle and morsel of the world of Sye, the reader must forget all s/he has ever ‘learned’ about other worlds before venturing into this one!

My suggestion would be that, before entering through the gates of Sye, the reader first visit what was once called the ‘Welcome Center which Ms. Burke created on her website, which explains their culture…and their unique magic!

But even if you wait until your journey to Sye is over (which should take awhile, since this book doesn’t signify the end of the journey!), Ms. Burke’s site is still worth a visit.