I found a new Indie author recently, and was delighted by her books. Lari Don writes for the Middle Grade audience, and her stories are full of adventure (absolutely perfect for her readers).
About the book:
Helen has absolutely no interest in becoming a vet like her mother. So she isn’t best pleased when asked to help an injured horse. Only this horse isn’t entirely normal – and nor are his friends. Without warning, Helen is thrust into an extraordinary world full of magical rituals, fantastical creatures and a dangerous, powerful beast known as the Master, who would destroy it all. Everything hinges on finding the lost Book of Wisdom before the Winter Solstice. Can Helen work out the riddles and help her new friends to make amends for a foolish prank?
I loved this book although it was clearly aimed at Middle Grade readers. The characters were fun, and Helen became very real for me. Her reluctance to do what she had to do mixed well with her sense of duty. I kept turning the pages wishing the story were longer (and I’m well past 40yrs of age). The mythological creatures are fairly well known, but they had their own personalities which made them unique. I loved the way the story twisted this way and that, bouncing new problems into Helen’s path whenever I though she was getting closer to the truth. This book is well worth a read. I was glad to discover that there are more books in this series, and although I hardly ever read series, I will read this one.