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I absolutely loved this story. Unlike Brock's other works, which are full-fledged fantasy novels, Amelia is a nine chapter, approximately 18,000 word novella. Even though Amelia slips into fantasy elements, it's rooted in the present-day real world, and thus speaks to a greater audience. This book is not just for adults or fans of the fantasy genre. It's a quick, easy read that would appeal to tweens and teens alike, as well as anyone who has known someone who has fought a serious illness. Brock has something really special with this story. It was funny, sad, and touching. Definitely worth the read. If my review hasn't done enough to pique your interest, then the best way to describe Amelia is by sharing the author's own words from the novella's preface, which I have received his permission to do so:
"Amelia, Battle for Ardentia, is a bit different than my usual genre of choice and people may wonder why I chose it. Amelia is a story of hope, love, joy, and tragedy. It is a fantasy that lives and breathes alongside our reality. For those who have ever stood helplessly by a sick loved one’s side, it is a horror. Fantasy has always been my escape. Growing up, I was no stranger to pain, and I do not refer to the scrapes, bruises, cuts, and broken bones common amongst adventurous and none too bright boys, but the emotional sort that cuts deep into one’s very soul. I often felt weak and powerless in the real world, a victim who could not speak out much less fight back. So I created another world, many worlds, where I was far from helpless. In those worlds, I was a warrior, capable of amazing feats of strength and skill. I was a sorcerer who could harness awesome forces, not just in defense of myself but others. I was the hero for my conjured universe whom I so desperately needed in reality. I think most people, if not all, create their own worlds at one time or another, places where they are accepted, loved, and do not suffer from any mortal frailties, physical or emotional. Amelia is sick and has been for a long time, even if no one, including herself, realized it, so she created a world where she was a warrior princess, a demigoddess, immune to fear and illness. So why did I write this story of reality and fantasy? When I was just a young child, cancer struck my mother, a few years later, my grandmother, and just three years ago, my sister. For three years, Kellie battled this horrible disease with a smile that hid her fear and a fiercely defiant scowl when faced with unbearable pain. Her bravery and tenacity in the face of such a plight inspired me to write this story, not just for her but for everyone who has ever confronted true pain or evil and spat in its eye. So this is for all of the warrior princes and princesses out there. Kellie did not lose her battle with cancer, she simply went on to her next great adventure."