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Ambril's Tale, Return of the Dullaith Kindle Edition

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Length: 318 pages Series: Ambril's Tale (Book 1)

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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)
  • Publication Date: June 23, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008EALE3A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,733,438 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amy Edelman on 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 By kbwheeler on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tracey on September 18, 2012
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gloria Parry Walter on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Max Tomlinson on August 26, 2012
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Audrey Kalman on July 18, 2012
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Ambril is such a delightful character. You could call her "spunky" except that she also has an endearing undercurrent of impishness that puts a little edge on the spunk. When we meet her, she's at a difficult age (14) and in even more difficult circumstances. Her mother has just uprooted her and her older brother to move back to the town where she was born.

She soon finds that this is no ordinary town. Angry plants, bicycles that drive themselves, and chatty garden gnomes are only a few of the strange creatures that populate the story. Luckily, Ambril quickly makes two close friends, Sully and Ygg, who see her through the toughest of times.

At its heart, "Ambril's Tale" is the story of a girl's bittersweet quest for the truth about what happened to her father. Along the way, she uncovers some dark secrets that divide the townspeople--and her family. This fast-paced romp through a magical world somehow never loses sight of the very human emotions that drive Ambril. Parts of it are also very funny.

Fantasy fans will definitely enjoy this book. And because the author employs the fantasy in service to the larger story, it will appeal to a wider audience: anyone who likes to lose themselves in the world of sympathetic characters.
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