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  • Series: Opal of the Ozarks
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Samurai Seven Books; 1 edition (October 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 099103760X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0991037605
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,422,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A dazzling debut with magical places, creatures and gemstones, plus a compelling heroine young readers will love." - Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Mark Caldwell Jones is a writer living in Los Angeles. He is currently working on the next book in the Opal of the Ozarks fantasy series and his first television series. He grew up in Arkansas and spent his summers fishing for rainbow trout in the Ozark Mountains with his family and friends. Those experiences inspired his latest novel Opal Summerfield and The Battle of Fallmoon Gap, which Kirkus Reviews called, "A dazzling debut with magical places, creatures and gemstones, plus a compelling heroine young readers will love."

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I will certainly be waiting for the next book in this series..
K. Eller
Mark Caldwell Jones does an utterly fantastic job bringing this wonderful new magical world to life, with – finally – a female leading character!
Catherine M. Edwards
The writing is very good, the story tumbles along at a great pace, and the characters are real and likeable.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By L. Collins TOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 12, 2013
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"Opal Summerfield and The Battle of Fallmoon Gap" is one of those novels that sucks you in and doesn't let go until the very end. It's a smart, imaginative and entertaining novel that explores magic, the supernatural, strong female heroines, family and adventure in a fun way that you just can't help but love. Opal is a lovable character who starts off small and lost but quickly blossoms into this wondrous woman who finds herself in a strange and enchanting world, steeped in a far reaching adventure that will test her strength, her fortitude and her smarts in equal turns. Mark Caldwell Jones managed to craft an enchanting world filled with magic, strange creatures, intrigue and romance... making you eager to keep flipping the page in anticipation to see what Opal will do next or how this strange adventure will resolve itself. From the well-written plot to the adorably enchanting artwork included in the novel, "Opal Summerfield and The Battle of Fallmoon Gap" is a wonderful and imaginative novel that certainly piqued my interest and made me want to read more in the series.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ToratheExplorer on November 10, 2013
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This was a really fun read! Think Harry Potter in the Ozarks. The writing is very good, the story tumbles along at a great pace, and the characters are real and likeable. Although this is a children's book, it is rich enough, and the writing is compelling enough, to interest and entertain adults.

I was especially charmed by all the mythology of the Ozarks that Mark Caldwell Jones worked into the story. Jones is from the Ozarks, and his love of his home is apparent in the beautiful descriptions. It's a place I have never been, but now would really like to visit!

"Opal Summerfield and the Battle of Fallmoon Gap" was great entertainment. I'd suggest it for kid from 14 to 94!
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If you've been reading my reviews on my blog, you know that I can get very long-winded when I love a book. Love, adore, whatever. I'm trying a different approach this time and will try to keep it short(er).

TL;DR -- I loved this book. Fantasy, magic, mythology, action, adventure, feisty heroine, imaginative world; you name it, it's got it. I am eagerly awaiting the next installment.

There is so much going on from the very first page of this book. You have a reader warning from Professor Hans Fromm to not go looking for the places mentioned in this book, then you have a prologue talking about gemstones and the powers they hold, and then you have a woman who discovers a baby laying in a nest of ivory colored feathers, woven in the shape of a crown; a baby foretold to her by a psychic. A very vicious and scary chase ending with a death by page 4. WHOA. And the book hasn't even STARTED yet.

There are sinister things afoot when we fastforward 15 years later. Opal, the baby in the beginning, is about to turn 16. And suddenly things just begin to happen. This book is non-stop in action and mythology and magic and veil-hopping, with wondrous creatures, some familiar albeit with a different name (like the Feratu, lead by Nos), some unfamiliar. And while we're first getting to know Opal, there's even subtle social commentary. Opal, you see, is not white. And where she lives is on the wrong side of the tracks. The whites on the other side of the tracks tend to call those from her neighborhood, rummers, which comes from the neighborhood name of Hookrum. I liked this observation and the correlation one can draw from it.

Not only is there this wonderfully epic fantasy tale to enjoy and read, but this book also has depth.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. on December 18, 2013
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Mae and Rhodes have long prayed for a child and when they find Opal, they are willing to risk anything to protect her, as their own. The infant is found with a mystical stone around her neck that would tell more of her past and future than anyone could have known. "It seemed to vibrate in her spirit like the stone played the strings of her heart
The story unfolds as a bewitching fantasy adventure which takes us deep into the dark, enchanting world of Fallmoon Gap; a long protected land inhabited by humans, protectorate wardons, and firehorses. Although it is protected by mysterious, it has been threatened by witches, wereboars, and feratus (an unusual vampire race). The fluid, fast-paced narrative exposes Opal’s innocent and strong willed character as she embodies the humble heroine. She stumbles through her destiny with the help of friends and surprising teachers. Eltheon, an elite wardon quickly became my favorite character of wise strength and humility. The author brings the story to life with such vivid details as every word entices the reader with unique descriptions such as, "The tobacco smoke hung between the women and the big house, and what they saw was distorted, but truer than what was actually visible."

I found myself clinging to every nuance of the richly written characters, through a range of emotions. The villains were wretched and invoked anger and disgust, while the delightful forces of good cracked my heart wide open. The last conflicts of the tale shocked, awed, and left me cringing with every turn. I am hoping there is another installment from this author.
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More About the Author

Mark Caldwell Jones is a writer living in Los Angeles. He was a clinical psychotherapist for over fifteen years and holds a masters degree in psychology. His self-help book "The Life Calling Formula" was the central tool he used with his clients. He's currently working on several new writing projects.

Mark's latest book is a slipstream fantasy called "Opal Summerfield and The Battle of Fallmoon Gap." It was inspired by his summers visiting the Ozark Mountains. Kirkus Reviews proclaimed the novel "a dazzling debut with magical places, creatures and gemstones, plus a compelling heroine young readers will love."

You can read more about his projects at markcaldwelljones.com and follow him @JonesMarkC on Twitter.

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