- Series: Book 1
- Paperback: 280 pages
- Publisher: Bernice Fischer; 1 edition (September 27, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0620615540
- ISBN-13: 978-0620615549
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,097,356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jeff Madison and the Shimmers of Drakmere: A magical fantasy adventure (Book 1) (Volume 1) Paperback – September 27, 2014
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The author has done a marvelous job developing her characters, giving everyone a voice of their own. The interaction of the characters is often humorous and the dialogue helps bring each character to life. Even the bad guys shine in such a way that one cringes when they are in a scene, but it adds to the fun and heightens the anticipation of what's going to happen next. Courtesy of SPR Bestseller Book Reviews
Don't be surprised if you hear, "Just one more chapter" and not just from the children. The ending is a race to the finish and will leave many breathless.
Your adventure awaits, readers. Don't miss out on this imaginative and exhilarating story. And one can only hope that the next installment in the series will be out soon. Highly recommended." Courtesy of SPR Bestseller Book Reviews
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Jeff Madison and the Shimmers of Drakmere takes young adult fantasy fiction in a new direction. Based on the title and the opening chapter, I honestly thought I was about to read a Harry Potter knock off. However, this is actually quite far from the magical world in the Rowling series. The group of warriors Madgwick belongs to are described as the “sandman” who keep away nightmares and help children to sleep. Occasionally, a child is born a dream catcher and can be used by the darkness in Drakmere to bring terror to all children’s’ dreams. Unique and interesting, I greatly enjoyed this new approach to the genre. It moved quickly and was very well edited. The characters were dynamic and acted with their own agendas and motivations. Nicely done!
I was wondering how this novel impressed many readers to its side. I just downloaded this one and started looking at my kindle on my couch (around 11 a.m) and it just driven me with so much excitement and pleasure to read and finally was half way by 5 p.m (with few breaks). I felt so happy that I didn't miss it. BTW, all credits to the author, Bernice Fischer for making such a great narration with fun filled and amazing characters on her dice.
In case you can’t tell from that last sentence, there’s a lot of humor in this book. Jeff is the type of 12-year-old you often see in adventure movies, inexperienced yet brave, and possessed of the sort of sarcastic wit befitting a much older hero. Even after seeing such fantastical sights as his brother disappearing through a glass door, he struggles at first to accept the reality of the world he has entered into. His initial sense of disbelief helps to draw the character in slowly, accepting the world of Drakmere at the same pace as its hero.
As we learn more about the world of Drakmere, we also meet characters such as Angie the witch, Gwyndion the Sandustian warrior, and of course Madgwick. These are only a few of the characters who make appearances of varying lengths in Fischer’s well-crafted fantasy adventure, aimed at young adults but accessible to older readers who enjoy the wonder that comes with exploring new worlds populated by interesting characters such as these.
As Jeff, his friend Rhed, and their new friends in Drakmere try to stop the evil king from ruining the dream world for children all across the Earth realm, the reader is treated to a delightful dream world crafted by an extremely talented author. And, as a strange moment involving the character of Thirza seems to suggest near the end, this will likely not be the last time we are able to embark on such an adventure.
The author did a good job with the details on all the characters, not just the plot overall. Some parts can be bit graphic and gory so if that is not your thing then at least you are aware but that also goes for the good things in the world of Drakmere. This is why reading a book is better than watching a movie, and this book has the potential.
Jeff Madison and the shimmers of Drakmere is a must read.