My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Callan is a wonderful rare character. She’s a foster child in England. But she might be from a fantasy world. The book sits on the edge between Portal and Urban Fantasy. The relatable story of this “Anne-like-luck” girl getting a new family that ships her to a premier private school soon mixes with a portal fantasy leading to another world. There’s a heavy cast to keep track of, but it gets easier as it goes on.
The book ends without ending. You’ll need to get the second one.
A few minor spots contain either an error missed by the editor, a UK versus US translation difference, or a formatting flaw caused in publication. The work is exemplary writing otherwise.
Any book that can combine the use of the names Gawain and Lorcan, from a fantasy realm yet, impresses me.
This is an honest review, written after reading the free copy I was given.
What is your favorite visual oddity for a fictional character in your books? (Example: Harry Potter’s lightning bolt scar)
Oh, there are many, but I’ll narrow them down to three.
1) The markings Nordian Saints get when they go through the Ordeal to test their character.
2) Kaela’s scar. She got it in her first battle. Doesn’t regret it for a moment, which is impressive, because she volunteered for combat when she could have done almost anything else.
3) Faolan’s scar, but you’ll need to read the books to know why. 😉
What is the most unusual character hobby you have ever come across in fiction?
Uhm… Lincoln Rhyme’s attempts at suicide when he’s not on a case. Come on. It counts. He always sets aside those attempts until the case is over.
In your opinion, what makes a character really feel unconventional?
I think the hands-down winner in my series would be the way I handle girls. You got a little taste of Kaela’s mentality. Callan’s completely different, in that she’d never write anyone off. Kaela wrote her own family off. But Callan’s just as tough as Kaela. Just in a different way.
This as supposed to standard Hollywood method of only featuring the action girl and treating everyone else as wallpaper.
In your opinion, what makes a character three-dimensional?
Complexity, but more than just throwing in “one positive, one negative, one trait and one flaw.” It’s the idea that even if characters are one way, they can still do things they hate, or knowingly act out of character. Like Steven King said (but I’m paraphrasing): You’ve mastered characterization when you realize that even serial killers help old ladies over the street.
What is your main character’s most admirable quality?
I have five, but here they are:
Callan: Her capacity to love.
Gawain: His interest in people. (Although that can be a flaw too when it comes to him.)
Darrion: His sheer determination to excel.
James: His sincerity.
Ward: His loyalty.
Is there a way your main character can change the world to benefit other people? If so, what would most motivate him/her to try?
I think they all can, and I think that’s actually part of what this whole series is about.
If your antagonist was there for the creation of the sandwich, what toppings would that character select to place between the bread slices?
Something like… the finest white bread, butter, fillet and mustard.
The Vanished Knight
The entity living inside Callan’s soul orphaned her at age eleven. By the time she’s sixteen, it’s ensured her being shunted from one foster family to another.
Her thirteenth foster assignment should be routine. Except… it’s not. A psycho in medieval armor kidnaps her and she ends up in a magical world. There, she accidentally discovers a secret her parents had kept until the day they died.
Both actually came from this magical world, but left before Callan was born. To cover their tracks, they’d lied about everything. Even who they really were.
Driven to find out where she comes from, Callan’s trapped in a race for life and death. Walking away isn’t an option, but if she stays too long, the entity will find its next victim.
In this world where secrets are sacrosanct and grudges are remembered, finding the truth will be near impossible. Especially when Callan has her own homicidal little secret to deal with.
One with a taste for destroying her life.
The Heir’s Choice
After discovering her parents had kept a whole world secret, Callan races to discover her past. Not easy to do with an increasingly agitated entity living in her soul.
Going to her long-lost elvish roots should answer all her questions. Instead, she ends up in the middle of a nightmare.
The elves are on the verge of an apocalyptic war. Their enemy, King Aurek of Icaimerith, will only be appeased if Callan marries his heir. It’s either her life getting messed up, or an entire country’s lives lost. Simple enough, right?
Because when the entity wants the elves blotted out of existence, saving them gets taken to a whole new level of complicated.
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