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- Print Length: 347 pages
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- Publisher: RoseWolf Books (February 27, 2016)
- Publication Date: February 27, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01CBUPHOU
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,391,305 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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When her mother disappears Kaelia desperately needs to find answers. She has to start in Mortiswood, a forest where magic has a place. Kaelia has been told she needs to find someone who will be her destiny. Who is it, has she already met him? While she's fighting to stay alive and to keep her friends as safe as possible Kaelia also has to discover which higher plan she's supposed to carry out. She isn't alone, which helps a little. She has a good friend, a loyal wolf that accompanies her and help from unexpected sources. Will Kaelia manage to remain unharmed or are her enemies too strong for her to handle?
Mortiswood Kaelia Awakening is a great magical story. I immediately loved Kaelia. She's fierce, she can stand her ground, she is fearless, she has a good heart and she is extremely loyal. She has a wonderful companion in the form of a wolf. I liked that idea a lot and it was my favorite part of the story. At first it seems like Kaelia is alone. When her mother goes missing there is nobody left. Fortunately Kaelia meets people who are on her side, she can certainly use some allies. There are plenty of battles to fight that she can't win on her own. The interaction between Kaelia and the other characters was often surprising, which is something I really appreciated.
Gina Dickerson's writing is easy to read and she knows how to build tension. Mortiswood Kaelia Awakening is a fast-paced story. I loved the adrenaline and the fighting scenes are fabulous. I truly enjoyed reading this book and can't wait to read the next book in the series. Gina Dickerson has given it a good start and I'm curious to find out more.
I was very pleased to be given a copy of this book by The Book Club on Facebook in return for a fair and honest review. All views are my own.
“For everyone who sees a little magic in the ordinary”
Nineteen years ago on the Isle of Stone a tall menacing figure demands that Father Peter hands over a child that has just been born, and when a younger man scares it off, the figure turns into a hideous black cat with flanks of rotting flesh. This is our introduction to the strange world that is about to reveal itself to us.
Kaelia is introduced to us with her friend Bay at the age of eleven, playing in a local playground that will play a significant role in her life. She is a happy, seemingly normal young girl with her life ahead of her, when out of the blue strange things start to happen or rather she makes strange things happen. Fast forward to present day, Kaelia and Bay are now nineteen years old and on a trip out with their college, when an unthinkable accident happens – or is it? Kaelia begins to think that strange forces are at work, the “them” that her parents have warned her about. So begins Kaelia’s journey to discover her destiny, by way of a magic book, a huge wolf in a cave, and a journey to the Isle of Stone where a long lost grandmother lives. Maybe she will hold the answers to Kaelia’s questions and shed some light on the mysterious Salloki whom her parents had warned her about.
A confession. I really haven’t read much fantasy fiction, probably only Harry Potter and the Twilight series in recent years, with my kids. So I wasn’t sure what to expect from this young adult series opener or whether I would like it. But one of the things that I love about being a part of a book club, and specifically The Book Club on Facebook, is being given the opportunity and encouragement to try different genres and new authors.
This book came along at a time when I have been having what us “spoonies” (chronically ill) describe as a flare and as such I have been tied to the sofa for more hours than I would prefer, and equally have had periods of brain fog which doesn’t lend itself to Tolstoy. Ms Dickerson’s Kaelia was perfect for me! I found the book easy to read and quickly became totally absorbed in the trials and tribulations of this young flame haired lady as she learnt to harness her powers. The mix between the real world and the magic world sitting right under the nose of us mere mortals was just right. I enjoyed the suspense as Kaelia discovered her birth line and those pledged to help her in her task to fulfil her destiny. There are some lovely characters – particular favourites of mine were the students at the magic academy, Cadence and Jade, the Sifars – and even the wolf, a Vallesm, takes on a character of his own. The darker characters are described so well: Thom who emanates a stench of decay and changes into a horse with putrid, rotting flesh in order to re-enter the underworld; Bran, the Necromancer who can bring back the dead, is dressed in black and described as the other side to the coin of Kaelia – is his interest and friendship for Kaelia genuine or purely a means to an end?
I don’t want to reveal any spoilers and it is hard to talk too much without doing so! But what I will tell you is that this a good, fun fantasy, in my opinion ideal for young adults….and us adults who are young at heart! My teenage daughter is going to give it a go – as a Harry Potter fanatic I expect her critique to be pretty hard. So going back to my original confession…..I have another to add to it. I enjoyed this enough that I have also read the next in the series, and enjoyed book 2 even more! Roll on book 3, Gina Dickerson……
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One thing is for sure, Kaelia’s traumatic experiences from a young age will make you so relieved to have had a normal childhood. From the word go Mortiswood is gruesome and traumatic and yet you feel for Kaelia very early on in the book. I was actually tearing up within the first few pages. It is difficult creating that kind of empathy for characters so quickly in a novel, but Dickerson certainly does it. So overall, whether you like fantasy, New Adult or simply a feisty female protagonist, you should certainly pick up this book
Unfortunately over the next few years Kaelia is faced with far more tragedy which leaves her alone, she remembers that her parents told her if this was to happen she should retrieve a letter from the safe and this would explain…..
As I love fantasy/romance books this book was a wonderful read, with the added YA element, Kaelia I liked as a main character and I was pulled along with her search.
The story weaves a magical way around the Thanet coast of South England, the author also manages to tie in a real understanding of legends and mythology, that kept me gripped and entertained throughout the book, I never knew which way the author would take the story.
Add the magical creatures to the above and you can’t beat this brilliant 1st book in a series. I loved the twisted evil magic that was evident through the book.
Is Kaelia the chosen one? Read the book and find out more!
Mortiswood is one of these reviews that is going to be difficult as I don't want to spoil the fantastic story for you so what I will try and do is give you a taster of whats involved and then you are gonna leave this page and go an read it for yourself!!
It starts of darkly 19 years previous as a priest is accosted by a menacing creature wanting information on a child that has just be born, to find out if this child is The One, the setting of this confrontation gave me goosebumps but the priest is saved by a young man and the story jumps forward 8 years.
This is where we first meet our leading lady Kaelia as a young girl playing in the park with her best friend Bay, she discovers that she has magic following an accident in which Bay is hurt. Her father explains to her that she is special but she must not use her power again as They will find her, he will tell her more when she gets older but he never gets a chance to do this as a car strikes him down, a car with no driver, young Kaelia begins to realise something strange is going on.
We then jump forward to a much older Kaelia enjoying a day out with Bay, as her best friend they are extremely close but they are both head of heels with each other but disaster strikes when Kaelia loses another loved one as Bay is thrown over a cliff by an unnatural wind, the police suspect suicide but a distraught Kaelia knows better, she knows other forces are at work.
Her mother comes to get her from the day out, knowing full well the They that her husband mentioned are close to finding her daughter but she goes missing much to Kaelia's horror.
Finding herself alone in the world she knows she has to go to her parents safe where a letter from her parents waits for her along with an old book, the letter tells her that They are the Salloki and they will do everything in their power to get to her, she is urged in the letter to take the book and make her way to Mortiswood and to find Marrock, now just after reading this bit the book gave me a heart attack as there is certain scene involving a dark creature, a wolf and Kaelia's getaway from danger.
Kaelia makes her way to Mortiswood where she encounters the wolf again and she also learns of what the book contains, it helps her make her way to the Isle of Stone where she seeks sanctuary with her grandmother and begins to learn more about what she is running from.
The one thing I loved about this book is that it constantly grabs you, it thrills and scares you, the settings in the south of England was actually just perfect. As the start of a series I look forward to seeing what happens next with Kaelia and I'm intrigued by her dreams of Bay.
Fans of supernatural young adult novels should love this!
Mortiswood is awarded 5 out of 5