I’ve been given a book to review!
For an upcoming blog tour, I am reviewing The Watchers: Book One, Knight of Light, by Deirdre Eden. It is the debut novel of a fantasy series set in medieval England.
Ms. Eden is a writer and speaker who runs Eden Literary, a company that provides services to writers such as editing, critiquing, promotion, book trailers, and others. I feel honored that I was chosen for a Powerful Woman Writer Award by her blog, A Storybook World. You can see it at the bottom of my page and find the link to the site in my blogroll.
Eden’s Amazon biography says:
My goal in writing is to saturate my books with intrigue, mystery, romance, and plot twists that will keep my readers in suspense. I want to see fingerprints on the front and back covers where readers have gripped the novel with white knuckles!
Aside from writing, I enjoy jousting in arenas, planning invasions, horseback riding through open meadows, swimming in the ocean, hiking up mountains, camping in cool shady woods, climbing trees barefoot, and going on adventures.
She’s well qualified to write the action scenes in this book. And looks the part as well. This picture is super cool.
Photo: Zion’s Studio Photography at Amazon.com
In The Watchers: Book One, we meet fiery haired orphan Auriella, who has discovered a strange new power within her. Charged with witchcraft, soon she is on the run, pursued by wolves and the dreaded Shadow Legion. They are the nemeses of the mysterious and legendary Lady of Neviah, whose identity soon becomes apparent.
Auriella and a fellow captive, a chirpy pixie named Cassi, are rescued from the clutches of an evil hag by Ruburt the dwarf. The three friends travel through a dangerous world, until they reach the patronage of Lady Hannah, who adopts Auriella.
Enchanted by her new life and a burgeoning first love affair, Auriella begins to turn away from her destiny. But she cannot escape it for long, and soon, her comfort and safety is threatened, along with everything and everyone she has grown to love.
Through heartbreak and loss and with newfound skills and experience, Auriella must face her enemy and fight for her chance to become not only a legend but a knighted protector of the kingdom.
Though I’m not a reader of high fantasy, I enjoyed this book. Tiny pixie Cassi in particular was an amusing character. She and Ruburt the dwarf provide comic relief, and they stick loyally by Auriella through thick and thin, as real friends do.
Eden is a Mormon writer, and the theological research she draws on in her writing supports the story beautifully without being intrusive. Not being Mormon myself, I don’t know a lot of it, but the whole Watchers thing (see the Books of Enoch) doesn’t come across as preachy or even particularly religious.
I would have liked the author to take me through some of the transitions a bit more slowly–some of them seemed rushed. But I’ve just read The Lord of the Rings again and recently finished Stephen King’s 11/22/63, so the slow tempo of both those books (especially Tolkien’s) may be coloring my perception.
This story would be fine for younger readers who can handle chapter books. It’s fast-paced and the language isn’t too hard for them. Young adults and even grown-ups who like a quick read and a good adventure will enjoy it too. While reading, I found myself wishing I had a nerdy bookworm kid with whom to share it. This blog post will appear on my Facebook page, and I’ll make sure my parent friends see it.
It looks as though Eden has at least six books planned in the series. I’m anxious to see what happens next, and how Auriella’s adventures play out. I think it would make a neat animated film (or a series of them).
Find The Watchers: Book One, Knight of Light on Amazon. Watch this cool book trailer here:
Thanks to Laura Watkins and Theresa Sneed, Book Manager and Blog Tour Assistant of Eden Literary for providing a review copy to me. Now go read!