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Deadlines & Dryads: A Terra Haven Chronicles Prequel Paperback – November 20, 2017
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Praise for Rebecca Chastain’s Novels
“Rebecca Chastain’s talent is in taking a magical path not taken, filling it with charm, energy, an amazing heroine and packing it all neatly into a quick and fast-paced tale!” —Tome Tender
“unique and captivating right from the start...hard to put down” —The Reading Diaries
“Chastain skillfully writes fantasy into ordinary life.” —San Francisco Book Review
From the Author
Also by Rebecca Chastain
NOVELS OF TERRA HAVEN
GARGOYLE GUARDIAN CHRONICLES
Magic of the Gargoyles
Curse of the Gargoyles
Secret of the Gargoyles
Lured: A Novelette (available exclusively to newsletter subscribers)
TERRA HAVEN CHRONICLES
Deadlines & Dryads
MADISON FOX ADVENTURES (URBAN FANTASY)
A Fistful of Evil
A Fistful of Fire
A Fistful of Frost
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A once in a lifetime event is about to happen and the Terra Haven newspaper has given all of it's reporters 48 hours to come up with the most impressive story they can find. The winner will be sent on the trip of a lifetime and given the chance to report exclusively on an event that occurs only once every few hundred years. Kylie may be a junior reporter but she is absolutely determined to win, she even has her eye on what could be the perfect scoop. Well it was until her sneaky coworker started following her around so he could write the prize winning story on the back of her hard work. The only chance Kylie has is to make sure she gets her story written faster than Nathan can but she's going to need all the help she can get to achieve that goal.
I love how determined Kylie is and the way she is able to keep fighting for what she wants no matter how many knocks she gets along the way. Nathan is despicable but I think pretty much all of us will have come across someone like him at some point in time, the kind of person who isn't willing to put the effort in but will cut any corner he can to make sure it looks like he did. It would have been so easy for Kylie to give up and let Nathan get the better of her but she's stronger than that and I couldn't have been more happy every time she outmanoeuvred him!
Luckily Kylie has a few allies in her corner to help, starting with adorable gargoyle and reporter in training Quinn. You might remember Quinn as one of the gargoyles rescued my Mika in the original series but he's become rather attached to Kylie and the two of them make a great team. He is ridiculously cute but also a steadfast and powerful companion and I loved seeing how curious he was about everything Kylie was doing. Her less reluctant ally is Grant, member of the FPD (Federal Pentagon Defence) who also appeared in the previous books. Grant is the leader of his FPD unit but he's investigating his current job alone while the rest of his team are tied up with another case. He would rather keep Kylie out of harm's way and well away from the action but once he realises how determined she is to see things through he realises they might as well work together and ends up accepting her help.
This is a brilliant start to Kylie's series, the story is fun and fast paced and I found it an incredibly quick read. It's also full of interesting supernatural creatures that you don't come across very often in young adult urban fantasy. While the story works as a complete stand alone you get a few hints about where the series is going and I'm definitely very interested to see what happens on Kylie's next assignment.
If you haven't read anything by Rebecca Chastain yet, then you are missing out on one highly creative author. Her fantasy tales have unique characters, battle scenes and plots that set her apart from other paranormal authors.
In Deadlines & Dryads, Rebecca stepped outside the paranormal norm and weaved together a storyline I haven't read about before. She introduced to us dryads; a nymph inhabiting a forest or a tree, especially an oak tree. The dryads are in a frenzy because a sick spriggan is in their midst. That's terrible news for a dryad because a hungry spriggan will eradicate anything in its path. To a dryad, that means they are its dinner.
To solve the issue of the spriggan, Kylie and Grant go in search of Landewednack dragon's breath; an uncommon weapon used against a rare, extraordinary opponent. The battle against the spriggan wasn't your typical knife, sword, guns blazing type of scenario. Their larger than life adversary used vines, roots, and pollen mist to keep them at bay.
The fight to save the dryads, the Emerald Crown Grove, is surely one you haven't seen played out often (or ever).
Another scene you might've never read/watched before...... How about someone using magic to clean out the feces and bones from a harpy's nest?
Like I stated above, Rebecca doesn't write normal, boring stories. What she creates is memorable books that keep you coming back for more.
**FYI --- What's a sick spriggan look like? Think of a hulked out Groot (Marvel)**
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