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Hidden Earth, Volume 1, Maycly, Parts One, Two & Three Paperback – February 18, 2012
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The paperback holds all three parts. This novel is chock full of extras: readers will find 10 maps, 70+ illustrations, family trees, teaser recipes, rules of a popular game played by Chukkons on Maycly, and Maycly youth organization descriptions. For adults this book provides a perfect escape from your hectic schedule. It is a joy to read to your kids, and can be used as a life building tool when it comes to morals and values. Parents and grandparents will be happy to know there is no explicit sex, profanity, or vulgarity. Your family will treasure this tale of Good vs. Evil for years to come. Also extending from Maycly will be two companion books, a full color illustration book complete with detailed descriptions and a cookbook filled with menus, recipes, and histories of the restaurant owners on Maycly. The favored dog treats of Maycly are currently available through HiddenEarthSeries.com. There is also a Hidden Earth Shop where fans can select their favorite characters and animals on apparel, jewelry, drinkware, and other popular items - whether you choose Good or Evil - also found at HiddenEarthSeries.com in the Paraphernalia shop.
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". . .Never in all my life have I read an epic fantasy that grabbed my attention from the very beginning like Maycly did." R. Holden, Co-founder IGA Four Seasons Market
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Iona has been happily married to Cole for the last five years. They live close to Iona's parents Ann and Leonard. Over the past several months Iona had become the victim to several chronic health issues, so she depended on her husband and parents help. But when Iona's family mysteriously go missing, Iona is forced to fend for herself. She has not been able to hold a job since the start of her illness and as time goes by she falls on hard times and loses everything. She has reached the end of her stash of emergency money and now she is about to be made homeless.
She had not given up on trying finding out what had happened to her family but she was becoming bitter. She had trusted SUL (Sorcerer of Unequivocal Leadership). SUL is a grand wizard creator of planets Earth and Maycly. Iona no longer trusts or believes in SUL.
When she is about to be evicted from her home a puppy called Wiskee is left on her doorstep. She becomes attached to the dog and keeps him. They are forced to sleep rough until a stranger offers them an apartment that they can stay in.
This is where the story begins to change and develop suddenly we go back to one hundred years ago and we learn all about Maycly. Giving the reader the background to what is Iona's destiny. There is a fierce battle going on between good and evil.
Iona had longed for adventure but this was not exactly the adventure she had in her mind.
Will Iona discover what happened to her family?
Will she be strong enough to face her destiny?
Good or Evil which will prevail?
This epic book is packed full with action, adventure, twists and turns and recipes!
It is a bumper of a book over three hundred pages long. There is a lot of detail and characters to take in and to help the reader do this there are some beautiful full colour illustrations. This is a brilliant idea because the reader gets to see just what Maycly is like and there so many wonderful characters and creatures, that it would be difficult to keep up with all the information with out the pictures.
I liked the character Iona and I will look forward to reading the other books in this series and seeing how Iona's character develops. Maycly is a magical book it takes you back to that lovely childhood feeling of when you still believed in the tooth fairy.
There seems no use in my laying out the premise for you because the author does that so well and a previous review also gives an excellent handle on the story. But, to follow Iona on her journey is exciting and interesting in equal measure.
This author has a talent for entertainment and or adventure on a large scale. Her sister has created some nice little illustrations to aid the imagination.
My advice...buy this for your children for it's clean, free of bad language storytelling style, but don't give it to them till you've had first read !
The author also put books two and three in e-format, but before I got around to purchasing them, she had come out with the print version, containing all three books and some delightful treats throughout, including: maps, more illustrations, recipes, family trees and descriptions important to understanding all about these awesome characters Janet Beasley has created. Needless to say, I had to have the complete book...all 700+ pages. When I wrote to the author about an autographed copy of the full-trilogy book--which I have placed in the special "collectibles" area of my growing library--I can't believe the endearing note she wrote for me. All I can say is: Wow! Thanks, Janet Beasley.
Book One begins with the main character, Iona, who has been happily married to Cole for the last five years. When Iona develops chronic health issues, she depends on her husband and her parents, Ann and Leonard, for help. Suddenly they disappear and the poor woman is forced to take care of herself. She soon uses up all her resources and is about to become homeless. She loses faith in their God, Sorcerer of Unequivocal Leadership (SUL). He's a grand wizard and creator of Earth and Maycly, but when he allows these things to happen to her, she turns from him, resolving to find her family by herself.
A mini-miracle happens when she is about to be evicted: a puppy called Wiskee is left on her doorstep. She doesn't recognize it as a miracle, but she and Wiskee take to each other and she decides to keep him. Together they brave the elements where they are forced to sleep wherever they can...until a stranger offers them an apartment.
At this time, the author flashes back a hundred years and the readers learn all about Maycly, its history and Iona's destiny.
There is a fierce battle going on between good and evil, with Iona right in the middle of the action. She had always longed for an adventure, but not of these epic proportions. All she wants to do is recapture her health, find her family and go back to their more simple life.
But that doesn't happen quickly. As the author so cleverly designs, Iona's struggles last through all three books of this "Hidden Earth" trilogy. Many questions are answered in each book, but the most important questions are: Where is her family? When will she find them? When does she discover her destiny? Will she be strong enough to fight the coming battles to claim her destiny?
But the most important question is: Which will win in the end--Good or Evil?
Author Janet Beasley answers all the questions raised in this trilogy with her masterful use of words and fantastic insight into her characters. There are numerous characters, which would make it hard to follow, but Beasley's family trees and helpful, full-color illustrations by artist Dar Bagby are touches of genius that help make the read smooth and easy.
I especially enjoyed getting to know these unique characters, fascinating creatures and the remarkable landscape of Maycly...a world as unique as our own Earth. In my opinion, when a writer brings her characters to such vivid life that we care what happens to them...well, that's when she wins her readers over. I adored Iona so much that I wanted to hug her and root her on; I would love to rub Wiskee behind the ears and cuddle up with him. In fact, I felt like I was inside this landscape with them... It was a superb reading pleasure to watch Iona develop through the years...under the brilliant pen of Janet Beasley. What a remarkable character! What an amazing writer!
Kudos to Beasley for pulling off this lengthy saga in grand style, for giving us so many surprise twists and turns, for giving us life lessons on morality without being preachy, and for a very satisfactory ending. All of that without any profanity, explicit sex or vulgarity of any kind, making this a book suitable for kids of all ages.
If this magical book were a movie--which it should be--I picture it on a colossal scale like "Lord of the Rings." If it were a painting, it would be like Paul Cezanne's "The Card Players" which sold for $259 million dollars, the most expensive painting ever sold to date.
Hollywood, are you listening?
Reviewed by Betty Dravis, October 12, 2013
Author of "1106 Grand Boulevard" (epic romantic thriller)