- File Size: 1408 KB
- Print Length: 62 pages
- Publisher: Free Publishing (January 10, 2017)
- Publication Date: January 10, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N6PWRPY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #766,119 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Golden Riders: Part 1 Kindle Edition
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A definition from Wikipedia will aid the reader in appreciating this story. Epidermolysis bullosa (EB) is a group of inherited connective tissue diseases that cause blisters in the skin and mucosal membranes.] It is a result of a defect in anchoring between the epidermis and dermis, resulting in friction and skin fragility. Its severity ranges from mild to lethal. "Butterfly Children" is a term often used to describe younger patients (because the skin is said to be as fragile as a butterfly’s wings),"Cotton Wool Babies", or (in South America) as "Crystal Skin Children".
Everdene’s writing is informed and illuminating while she opens the window of her story about the traumas ill children confront –‘ Old Westbay Harbour. She liked staring at the glow from the lights down there until her weak eyelids grew so heavy that they sent her into a light sleep where the constantly gnawing pain became a little less noticeable. Sometimes it was difficult to go to sleep because she lay there thinking. Would she die soon? Who would look after her dog Buster and feed the gulls in the hospital park?‘
The summary of the story captures the essence – ‘Leah suffers from the rare disease Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB), and for that reason she’s lived her whole life in a children’s home and not been adopted. Her condition worsens and she’s admitted to the local hospital. At Westmoore Hospital something mysterious happens. Sick children disappear, and strange lights flicker through Leah’s room. In Room 369 hangs the magic painting "The Golden Moon". What secret hides on the other side? “Golden Riders” is about gravely sick children with rare illnesses who find their way to the golden land where nothing hurts any longer. Here they are trained to be light riders who can protect the golden secret, and fight against Shadowland that divides all worlds from each other, so that at last all children can be united with their loved ones…’
A passage from the book – ‘‘It will look as though you’re about to die, but you mustn’t let anyone stop you. If you’re on that side when the transformation is complete you’ll die because once your lungs have become golden, you’ll not be able to breathe the air there any longer.’
A strange dreamlike story that feels as though it is the beginning of a series. The author manages to allow the reader to identify with the illnesses these children suffer without ever stepping into the arena of the maudlin. Quite the opposite, this is a story of hope and commitment and despite its brevity it make s a significant impact. There is much to be learned from this magic tale. Watch this new author grow! Grady Harp, February 17
Summary: Highly recommended to readers of fantasy and fairytales.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book via a LibraryThing giveaway.
“I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This didn't affect my opinion of the book.”