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Ambril's Tale, Return of the Dullaith [Kindle Edition]

Wendy D. Walter , Wendy D. Walter
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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A three headed dog, a vicious flower, a fairy and a walking house. They swirl around the top of Ambril's Ashera and bedevil her in life. Ambril makes friends with some of the locals as she tangles with ornery garden gnomes, angry bicycles, and a magical garden that she comes around to calling home. Along the way, she also manages to learn about the magic that will become her destiny.
Ambril’s life changes forever when she discovers a medallion locked inside an ancient puzzle box, called an Ashera. She soon finds out that it is one heck of a monster magnet. Though it does help her make sense of the strange, magical things that she stumbles across. Just what does it have to do with the mystery of her father’s death? Ambril struggles with this question when she uncovers secrets about her father which threaten to destroy her entire family.

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Normal teenagers are thrust into a world of magic in this heartfelt, occasionally hair-raising story for the Harry Potter set...The cliff-hanger ending will leave readers craving the next installment. Bound to satisfy young readers hungry for tales of magic, adventure and friendship.  -Kirkus Review

Walter practices a magic too few writers are capable of wielding: putting readers right there in the story where they can see and hear and smell everything, yet never burdening the story with endless description. She's given readers a story, characters, and a writing style they'll be eager to come back to.  -SPR

About the Author

Wendy D. Walter has sketched and written stories about magic since she was a kid. When she set out to tell Ambril’s Tale, she decided not to write a story but to write a world...so much more fun that way. She considers the first in the series, Ambril’s Tale, The Return of the Dullaith, as just the curly tip of the fairy boot. Wendy lives in her beloved San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, daughters, cat and ball-obsessed border collie. She is often to be found at her favorite coffee shop writing furiously or literally in her closet laboriously editing, editing, editing... The illustrations are pencil sketches. But contrary to some of her character’s opinions, Wendy has no trouble with technology and loves to mesh her paper sketches with her digital artwork. For more information, try ambrils-tale.com and wendydwalter.com

Product Details

  • File Size: 876 KB
  • Print Length: 318 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Angry Bicycle Press; 2 edition (June 23, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008EALE3A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,270,331 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars IndieReader Review October 10, 2012
Format:Paperback
Fourteen-year-old Ambril Derwyn is moving again for the ninth time in almost as many years. Both she and her older brother Zane heartily dislike their soon-to-be step-father, Feldez Petri, whose new house is waiting for them in Trelawnyd, a small town far from their San Francisco home.

The family is making a clean break with the past and putting all their old furniture in storage, as it won't look good in the new house. "New furniture! New clothes! New life!" her mother exclaims. As the movers wrestle with a cabinet, a small box falls out and hits Ambril on the head. She shows it to Chinese herbalist Chao Feng who explains that it is a puzzle box and helps her open one of its compartments, where they find a jeweled medallion. "Guard it well," Chao Feng tells her.

On the way to their new home, Zane and his mother argue. He wants his mother to tell Ambril why they left the town eleven years before and how their father died. When Zane jumps from the van and runs into the forest their mother follows and Ambril is left alone. An explosion rocks the van and smoke billowing above the forest changes into a demon that chases Ambril through the forest; she is rescued by a monster-eating tree and a walking house.

This is Ambril's introduction into Trelawnyd's ancient and now forbidden history. The magical and mundane are deftly mixed throughout the book with some enchanting results, among them a neglected garden truly run wild and grumpy garden gnomes.

At its heart, this is a coming-of-age story of a teenager investigating a corrosive family secret. Left mostly to her own devices, as her mother turns to Feldez and Zane to the cool kids, Ambril finds friends among the school outcasts.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely New Fantasy Novel June 26, 2012
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Ambril's Tale is a simply delightful new novel! The story line and characters are incredibly creative, and really set this book apart from other fantasy novels available today. I couldn't put it away, and stayed up all night reading it! Perfect for both kids and adults who are still kids at heart.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rousing fantasy adventure September 28, 2012
By TPP
Format:Paperback
This is a great book that will be enjoyed by kids and their parents too. Plenty of action and adventure with believable and likable characters. Underneath the action, it brings up issues of responsibility, difficult family interactions, and facing up to fear. Looking forward to the next one in the series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Review from G. P. Walter on " Ambril's Tale" September 18, 2012
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"Ambril's Tale" is a story of realism and fantasy with unique phrasing and exciting happenings, told with sly humor and vivid imagination. The author has a style all her own, with an occasional word creation, such as "thrum."
I enjoyed meeting the story's characters and found them to be distinct individuals that I could picture in my mind and take to my heart, with their unusual names and accents . Ambril's devotion to her family is apparent, and I look forward to her solving the mystery of her father's death.

Bring on the next book!

Ambril's Tale, The Return of the Dullaith (Volume 1)
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By Tracey
Format:Paperback
Ambril's Tale has wonderful, imaginative characters. Who knew a magical house with chicken legs existed -- well it does in Ambril's tale. When you read this book, you get a great story taking place in a rich world. The description of the characters and setting will put you right into that world. I can still see the Aunties and Fowlclun. If you are a Harry Potter lover or have been looking for your next fantasy, I highly recommend this book. You will enter this wonderful world and be sorry when you have to put the book down and get back to "regular" life.
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By M3
Format:Paperback
A cleaver, enchanting, mysterious tale that will keep you on your toes and unable to put this book down! Fall in love with Ambril and her friends as they try to save the town and still get to class on time. I absolutely loved this book, excited for the next installment and would recommend this as the "next big thing" for the kids and adults alike!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun! September 10, 2012
Format:Paperback
A fun read! I found myself entangled in the story almost as much as Ambril and her friends in the Derwyn family's dangerous garden. I mean, that place is definitely a space of life or death, depending on how well you fight the slicing seed pods and stroke the orphan-sock tree. And, if Ambril wants to give up fLit, I'll take him.
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Ambril's Tale is a wonderfully inventive fantasy that is accessible to adults, particularly if they have opinions on angry bicycles and bad-tempered garden gnomes. The story revolves around a mysteriously gifted teen by the name of Ambril who must come to terms with her father's death while she learns how to use her newly-found magic. In the town of Trelawnyd, where Ambril has moved to, such skills are not highly thought of. But Ambril and her friends will find a way. The wonderful illustrations throughout only add to the charm. It's impossible not to be drawn into a story that has this much creativity and imagination.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A magical delight!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I wish there had been a book like this around when I was in middle school. It is a great book for kids and adults. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Jenna A. Holt
5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely packed with quirky and odd characters
Take Oz. Take C.S. Lewis. Take Lewis Carroll. Take Beauty and the Beast. Take Brothers Grimm's fairy tales. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Matthew Posner
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful and engaging world.
Author Wendy Walter has done a remarkable job creating a world full of rich, unique and endearing characters. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Jadn
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastical and fun
From the very first page, Ambril's Tale grabs hold of your imagination and never lets go. Full of magic and whimsical characters, the fantastical world Wendy has created is... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Maggie Canon
4.0 out of 5 stars I'd love to see this tale on the big screen!
Mom, speaking to Ambril: "...Just stick to reality, it is safer." I would say, "No Ambril! Keep searching with your friends...it's more fun! Read more
Published 21 months ago by Jan2
4.0 out of 5 stars Look out, Harry Potter!
I have a young daughter, and it is inspiring to see the growing rise of girl protagonists in the fantasy genre for youth. Go, Ambril! Read more
Published 21 months ago by Psychologistdad
5.0 out of 5 stars Will delight and thrill you
This is a book that will delight and thrill teenagers and adults alike. Ambril's Tale, Return of the Dullaith took me on a fantastical adventure right in my back yard - the... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Michal Bental Roof
5.0 out of 5 stars An intriguing heroine's journey
Ambril's Tale will keep it readers, young and adult, spell-bound as Ambril unravels the mysteries of the magical world that is her heritage. Fun read!
Published 21 months ago by ravensword
5.0 out of 5 stars Whimsical Fun for Teens AND Adults
Ambril's Tale, The Return of the Dullaith is a delightful fantasy that both teens and adults will enjoy. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Eve Y. Visconti
5.0 out of 5 stars Ambril's Tale - a great read for guys and girls
I'm so happy to have gotten my hands on a copy of Ambril's Tale. It is a fun and engaging read and is now making its way onto the reading lists of my entire family. Read more
Published 21 months ago by LC Skillman
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Writing was an early passion for Wendy. As a kid, she wrote lots of stories, but being shy, they usually ended up under the mattress. When she finally set out to tell Ambril's Tale, she decided not to write a story but a world. She considers The Return of the Dullaith as just the curly tip of the fairy boot. Wendy lives near San Francisco with her husband, daughters, cat and border collie.


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