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Book Review: Children of the Shaman by Jessica Rydill

Joanne Hall

Source: Book Review: Children of the Shaman by Jessica Rydill

A fine review of “Children of the Shaman” by Jessica Rydill, which is available from Kristell Ink – don’t forget that if you review any Kristell Ink book between now and the end of September let me know here on on Twitter (@hierath77) for the chance to win a paperback of Fight Like A Girl!

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Thoughts of Fall

Not sure what brought this on. Maybe it might have been the overcast skies, made that way by the huge fires in BC, or it could have been the really soggy weather we have been having. Nevertheless, the thoughts are now there and with them come memories.

I think it starts with the sharp crispness in the morning that heralds a change in the colors of the leaves. Some trees go flamboyant before others and not all go red, so there is a bright fall palette that evolves over weeks. Shortly after there are those smells; the rich fruity scent of crops waiting to be gathered in mixed with a sort of damp, smoky smell from the bonfires filled with dead leaves, raked up to be disposed of but still not completely dry and maybe dripping with morning dew. Flowers dwindle and dye back, except for the chrysanthemums and the fall asters. Sounds accompany all this, from the restless rustle of the leaves to the honking of vees of geese flying south. Some say the humming birds hitch a ride with them but I don’t know if this is true of not.

As the temperature drops, and then rises with the Indian summer, there are different sights of less than enthusiastic students heading back to school after the long summer break. I think in the back of everyone’s mind is the thought of snow coming, as it does and usually before Halloween. I guess this is when winter really starts, despite the official date in December. There again, our winter will hang around until the end of April or early May if we luck out. Not yet, though. Summer has a few weeks left to run.

The Book of Dragons – Cover Revealed!

I love this cover, too. Look, one of my stories is in there.

Joanne Hall

Now it’s been revealed on Fantasy Faction, I’m delighted to be able to share the cover artwork for A J Dalton’s forthcoming The Book Of Dragons. This highly anticipated follow-up to The Book of Angels, includes stories by A J Dalton, Michael Victor Bowman, C N Lesley, and me (yay!), and the cover is by Hong-Kong based artist Charlotte Pang – isn’t it beautiful?

The-Book-of-Dragons-by-AJ-DaltonThe Book of Dragons will be published by Kristell Ink some time in the very near future and will be available from all good booksellers in e and dead tree versions. More news when I get it!

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