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Length: 225 pages

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From the Author

If there was a place on earth where people and trees could communicate, what would it be like? And how would such a place have come to be?

When beginning The Mazer, I had no such profound thoughts running through my mind. Instead, I had a glorious vision of a beautiful island growing out of the sea. A small place; one large town; few roads to speak of. But rivers fast and blue, fields of yellow and green, forests of darkness and depth, and coastlines of silvery gray.

Populating my little island brought a few surprises. The citizens of Southernwood, for example, are a practical lot. They've never wondered, as you or I might, why a tree should go out of its way to compose a poem or two now and again. They would certainly never think twice about idly scribbling on a leaf with a treequill, or researching their family history on the leaves in the Albatorium library, where Marchus, the archivist, would leap out of a dusty corner to help out if need be. In other ways, our islanders are very much like us, for I know nobody who would refuse an invitation to the Albatorium halls to sample some the delicacies of Winifred's kitchen!

An island and its people. And their story? Yes, this was the most fascinating part of writing - asking myself questions, pinning down reasons and motives, weaving the past into the "now" of the tale, slowly but surely understanding more about the world I was creating. It's been an incredible adventure, but that adventure is only mine. The fruit of that adventure, however -  the story of The Mazer - belongs to you.

Product Details

  • File Size: 409 KB
  • Print Length: 225 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: March 27, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JBILJNY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,269,533 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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C.K. Nolan took to heart that golden piece of advice to write about what you love. The Mazer, her first novel, is a fantasy mystery tale set on the Island of Southernwood, a world of books, old manuscripts - and trees!

A map of the island and more information about the book can be found on the author's website at www.cknolan.com

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sashka Nedyalkova on May 2, 2014
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I really liked this book. I love to read fantasy. The Mazer is fascinating. I like the sense of humor of the author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elena Doytchinova on April 10, 2014
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Beautifully written! Refreshing and uplifting. My kids can't put it down. Even gaming time has been put on hold - a real miracle!
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I thoroughly enjoyed the trees, which speak by forming words upon their own leaves, then dropping them from their limbs once the message is completed. Humans speak to them through leaves, as well, using treequills to write their own messages, so that the trees can take the messages on through their branches, then into their trunks.

There's a great reverence for the trees, which I found to be quite uplifting.

Whereas we look at trees as tools, or as important pieces of an ecosystem, the Great Trees are at the heart of everything done within Southernwood. These people recognize the necessity of the Great Aspen, the Yew at Yewlith, and all of the others. Harming a tree is a serious offense. And!

Each tree has a specific personality.

Some are whimsical, and some straightforward. All are unique. The intricacy of these remarkable trees was no doubt time-consuming for Nolan, who truly breathes life into their roots. They feel wise, patient, and honorable... and completely believable.

Indeed, the trees are more complex than the humans.

While fun to read, oftentimes the characters felt two-dimensional. This is probably due to the amount of painstaking time spent on the trees. It takes a lot of work to make a plant feel like a person, after all. I imagine it cut into the time spent on human character development.

But I did enjoy the human characters. As I said, they *were* fun. I simply would have preferred they had the same complexity that Nolan gave the trees.

(This is a truncation of my full review, posted to Undiscovered Tomes.)
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The overall premise was unique enough to get me to read all the way through, but it took some effort. The characters are pretty 2-dimensional, and there is far too much time spent in the beginning describing mundane interactions and parts of the world that are totally irrelevant. However, most of the key events and locations, particularly in the 3rd act, are not introduced or foreshadowed, and are blown through so fast I had to re-read key paragraphs a couple times. The entire last half of act 3 was very abrupt and choppy, with little wrap up or resolution for any of the characters or conflict.
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By Linda C. Greer on July 1, 2014
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great
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By MH on July 1, 2014
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Somewhat unique premise with people and their relationship to their natural surroundings. Plot is good. Character development is OK. The changing perspectives between the characters didn't seem to work very in well in some places. Assume this is a series and would consider reading on.
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