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Product Details

  • Series: The Witchcraft Wars
  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1453803378
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453803370
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,173,434 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

I'm an Australian writer currently living in beautiful South East Queensland. I've been writing for as long as I can remember and my only dream was to one day be a published author. You can imagine how ecstatic I am to be finally living that dream. I write predominantly fantasy fiction but am currently exploring other genres including a soon to be released mystery/thriller, a series of paranormal mysteries as well as a series of children's books aimed at the 3-5 age group. I will, however, always return eventually to fantasy, as that is my first love. In addition to writing I'm also a voracious reader and consider myself a student of life. I seem to have an almost infinite curiosity about the world. As a result, after a serious accident rendered me unable to continue working, I decided instead to immerse myself in the academic world. I have been studying various subjects for over a decade now, obtaining two BA's along the way and I'm now working on a Master's degree. On the downside though I can be easily bored and have a tendency to flit from one subject to another, giving each new topic my full and passionate attention - until something else engages my curiosity :) To relax I enjoy boxing [just watching now as I am no longer able to compete], yoga, horse-riding when I'm able, doing jigsaw puzzles and tapestry. I consider myself a Christian, albeit a slightly esoteric one with a great respect for the Buddhist philosophy. I'm also a pacifist, a little bit 'atypical', dedicated to my family and friends and I adore travelling. I love animals, tattoos, dye my hair dark purple and have every intention of growing older disgracefully - life's too short to be conventional :)

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I'm an Australian writer currently living in beautiful South East Queensland. I've been writing for as long as I can remember and my only dream was to one day be a published author. You can imagine how ecstatic I am to be finally living that dream. I write predominantly fantasy fiction but am currently exploring other genres including a soon to be released mystery/thriller, a series of paranormal mysteries as well as a series of children's books aimed at the 3-5 age group. I will, however, always return eventually to fantasy, as that is my first love.

In addition to writing I'm also a voracious reader and consider myself a student of life. I seem to have an almost infinite curiosity about the world. As a result, after a serious accident rendered me unable to continue working, I decided instead to immerse myself in the academic world. I have been studying various subjects for over a decade now, obtaining two BA's along the way and I'm now working on a Master's degree. On the downside though I can be easily bored and have a tendency to flit from one subject to another, giving each new topic my full and passionate attention - until something else engages my curiosity :)

To relax I enjoy boxing [just watching now as I am no longer able to compete], yoga, horse-riding when I'm able, doing jigsaw puzzles and tapestry. I consider myself a Christian, albeit a slightly esoteric one with a great respect for the Buddhist philosophy. I'm also a pacifist, a little bit 'atypical', dedicated to my family and friends and I adore travelling. I love animals, tattoos, dye my hair dark purple and have every intention of growing older disgracefully - life's too short to be conventional :)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Game Guy on June 16, 2013
Format: Paperback
This product is based in part on materials owned by another publisher and used here without permission. The author and the owners of the infringed properties have been notified. In particular, the author uses as the basis of her fantasy setting a map that is directly copied from the D&D Expert Set (Copyright 1983 TSR. Inc.), as well as place names and the names/likenesses of characters that are part of that setting.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Christa Polkinhorn on September 5, 2010
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"Ursula's Quest", book two of the Witchcraft Wars by Tracey Alley, takes us further into the fascinating world of magic and witchcraft the author has set up for us in the first book (Erich's Plea). This time, the focus is on Ursula. She is the sister of Slade, the former crown prince of Vestland turned druid. Ursula, together with her childhood friend, Ming, a warrior monk from the Black Lotus monastery, sets out on a mission to save her father, King Erich, who has been imprisoned by the witch Shallendara. At the same time, but unbeknownst to Ursula, her brother Slade and his companions set out with the same goal, to save the king and the country from an impending war and destruction. In addition, the magician, Lord Nexus, a former student and lover of Shallendara, also tries to gain power over her and thwart her plans. For that, he allies himself with the knight Lord Michael. Nexus, however, has his own, possibly sinister, agenda.

"Ursula's Quest" is once again full of intriguing characters and fast-paced, fascinating events. I love the many references to ancient myths. Having three parallel plots in one book could easily lead to confusion in an author less skilled than Tracey Alley. I found the transitions seamless and the overall story easy to follow. And once again, I felt "at home" in her fantasy world and could identify with the motley crew of characters.

All in all, again a real treat. The one criticism I have: I think the book could have benefited from one more editing pass. The plot could have been tightened a little in certain places and some of the grammatical blunders cleaned up. Yes, I know, those darn English comma rules (I struggle with them all the time). Well-placed commas, however, make for greater clarity and improve the pacing. This, however, didn't prevent me from enjoying the story and I look forward to part three!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Maggie Naylon on November 20, 2010
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I am loving this series and am eager to get my hands on the third book. I won the first book Erich's Plea in a Goodreads giveaway and quickly purchased this second story on my kindle. I have really enjoyed reading both of Alley's stories and can only hope that #3 is not far off!

Update: Through emails with Alley I have discovered that Slade's Destiny #3 in the Witchcraft Wars series is slated to come out at the end of this month. I highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys fantasy; I am so eager to read the final book in this series!
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Storyline: Since I've already used the "right up my alley" pun already, I'm just going to be blunt and say: Ursula's Quest was wonderful. Tracey Alley has picked where she left off with Erich's Plea and continued with a new, exciting story that is hard to put down and leaves the reader clamoring for more!

Ursula is plagued with dreams of her father's voice telling her that she must find the missing key to save the kingdoms. She must leave the safety of the Monks of the Black Lotus and strike out across the desert lands of Kemet to reach the Temple of Life and she must do so even at the risk of her unborn child.

All the while, Slade and his companions are fighting their way across the wilds to find his father and try to stop the evil witch from winning a war that will surely end their world as they know it.

Grammar/Spelling: I think another beta-read would be a great idea. And it might help with the comma conundrum of which there is a lack of. (There is a lack of commas, not the conundrums. There are plenty of challenges...the key, the Dark One, the upcoming war... A LOT of conundrums abound in the story...)

Character Development: As usual, Ms. Alley's characters are both well-defined and quite captivating. With Ursula's Quest, we really get to dive into Slade's sister side of the story and learn how she came to be part of the Black Lotus. Like Slade, she wants nothing more than to find her father and save the kingdom from the evil witch, Shallendara's, plan to conquer the kingdom and let chaos reign. She worries that her unborn child will keep her from making the ultimate and difficult decision of choosing to fight and risking the baby or fighting and losing everything that is important to her.
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