- Series: Under the Mountain
- Paperback: 70 pages
- Publisher: By the Light Books; 1 edition (September 22, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0994398999
- ISBN-13: 978-0994398994
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.2 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,021,108 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Heart of Mountain: a short novella (Under the Mountain) (Volume 1) Paperback – September 22, 2017
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About the Author
Jeanette O’Hagan first started spinning tales in the world of Nardva at the age of nine. She enjoys writing secondary world fantasy, science fiction, poetry, blogging and editing. Her Nardvan stories span continents, time and cultures. Recent publications include Blood Crystal Heart of the Mountain, The Herbalist's Daughter and Lakwi's Lament. You can find her other short stories and poems in anthologies such as Futurevision (pub Sept 2017), Glimpses of Light, Another Time Another Place and Like a Girl. Jeanette is also writing her Akrad’s Legacy Series—a Young Adult secondary world fantasy fiction. Jeanette has practised medicine, studied communication, history, theology and a Master of Arts (Writing). She loves reading, painting, travel, catching up for coffee with friends, pondering the meaning of life. She lives in Brisbane with her husband and children.
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This story was compact and well-written, with a suspenseful dilemma that had to be seen through, but that was brought to resolution as part of this efficient story. I found the characters to be credible, and though they were not all human, they were relatable, with resonant human qualities. After reading this book, I was open to reading more and was glad to discover it was part of a series. Five stars.
Even though this is marked YA it is very interesting and much deeper than I anticipated for such a short tale in this genre. The length will make it more appealing to a younger audience as well as adult readers who are looking for something fast paced with no words wasted. I look forward to reading the next part.
The story is fast-paced and never stops moving. Editing was professional and never spoiled my enjoyment of the tale. A worthy read for anyone looking for a YA tale of protagonists unwilling to accept an unfair fate.
I would argue this is on balance a children's story, for middle grade readers as the protagonists seem young. The plot is linear and clear, the violence clean, the hope real, the storyline engaging and the danger is present but not fear-inducing. An enjoyable quick read.
I received a free copy from By the Light Books. All opinions in the review are my own.