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Kindred and Wings (A Shifted World Novel) Paperback – August 6, 2013
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"I really enjoy this author's work! She's pretty much on my must-buy list…"
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"Ballantine has written a well-imagined novel, challenging in parts. She does not hold readers' hands through that world but, rather, trusts her storytelling ability and unfolds her world little by little as the novel advances."
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"Ballantine draws readers into a fascinating new world, peopled by characters you will genuinely care about. In this first volume of the Shifted World series, she draws from classic fantasy traditions but makes them wholly her own…. Talyn is a heroine to cheer for and treasure."
—RT Book Reviews (4/5 stars: Compelling)
"[A] worthy feat of world-building, with Ballantine cleverly giving new clothes to old fantasy tropes so that those familiar trappings (recognizable only under close scrutiny) come across fresh and wondrous….a recommended read for any fantasy fan."
"[Ballantine] has more to offer than the usual fantasy author. A very complex back story is partly revealed in this book, the first in a multi-volume series, and the characters have more nuance than in most stories set in pre-industrial worlds with plenty of magic."
—San Jose Mercury News
"Writing in a rich prose style, Philippa Ballantine has created some memorable characters who must explore who they are and decide what they can become. It all builds to a wonderful cliffhanger ending and I've already ordered my copy of the next in the series."
—San Francisco Book Review
About the Author
Philippa Ballantine (Manassas, VA) is the coauthor of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series with Tee Morris. As a solo author, Philippa wrote Geist, Spectyr, and the forthcoming Wrayth, for the Books of the Order series, as well as Hunter and Fox, the first novel in the Shifted World series. Philippa is a trained librarian and is addicted to the smell of old books. Visit her online at www.pjballantine.com or follow her on Twitter @PhilippaJane.
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Pyr, Aug 6 2013, $19.00
Hybrid Manesto-Vaerli Finn the Fox and purebred Vaerli Talyn the Hunter know they must part to fulfill their respective quests. However, each holds the other dearly though both have mixed feelings about their undesirable attraction that they deny is love (see Hunter and Fox).
Finn rides Wahirangi the dragon away from the Conhaero in search of Ysel, a sibling he never knew existed until recently. Filled with remorse for opting for survival when she joined the world ruling Caisah after they massacred her Vaerli; Talyn must choose between becoming her people's avenger and their Seer. Meanwhile her brother Byre continues his mission to save his Vaerli by entering the deadly fiery Kindred realm seeking to renew the once powerful agreement his ancestors had with the dragons.
The second Shifted World fantasy is an exciting quest thriller with three fascinating subplots starring the lead trio on separate adventures before somewhat coming together in a brisk constantly changing landscape. Although the overarching theme fails to move forward very much, readers will appreciate Philippa Ballantine's entertaining tale as the heroes and the audience never know what will happen next in a world in which a mountain becomes a lake in a nanosecond (try building an app for that map).