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The Treasure of Gwenlais: The Rienfield Chronicles Book 1 by [Magee, M.T.]
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For Immediate Release:Oct. 20th 2016
 
Reader's Favorite recognizes "The Treasure of Gwenlais" in its 2016 international book award contest.
 
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 "Readers' Favorite is proud to announce that "The Treasure of Gwenlais" by M.T. Magee is a Finalist in the Romance -Fantasy/Sci-Fi category in our 2016 International Book Award Contest."
 [A Young Adult, Medieval epic fantasy romance, inspired by Gaelic history and folklore. Author M.T. Magee, inspired by her Scottish heritage and her husband's Irish lineage, lovingly weaves a tale that whispers of mystical Gaelic kingdoms.]
 Learn more at readersfavorite.com/book-review/the-treasure-of-gwenlais
 International Amazon Bestseller
Voted #1 Best fantasy romance (not urban) and #1Best First Book in a Fantasy Sci -fi series on Listopia
Silver Medal Winner of Ireland's Drunken Druid Award
"First Novel" Finalist in the 2016 IAN Book of the Year Awards
Readers' Favorite Finalist Book Award for Fantasy/Sci-fi Romance 2016 -
Chosen by Book Works for "Book of The Week". 
 

Mary Anne Yarde's writing blog I love historical fiction. I love fantasy fiction too.

 The Treasure of Gwenlais : The Rienfield Chronicles Book 1
 by M.T. Magee,combines both genres.
Lets have a quick look at the story.
It is said that it is easier to hate, than to try and understand a race that is so different from our own. The Rabkin are such a race. They are a frightening species, feared by the humans, for they are renowned to be exceptionally swift killers and a deadly force to be reckoned with.

Prince Caleb of Heathwin, longs for peace and security for his kingdom and he has secured a fragile alliance between his people and these mysterious creatures.
But dark forces move against this delicate alliance.Unexpectedly a tribe of Rabkin attack a small defenseless village in the neighbouring  kingdom of Gwenlais. These Rabkin are different from the others -they have no respect for life or for death - and they bear different markings to the resident Rabkin tribes. They are strangers, outsiders,mercenaries.
Princess Laurel of Gwenlais is just seconds away from death. The Rabkins have murdered her much loved mother - the Queen of Gwenlais - and they are now hunting her. Prince Caleb saves the Princess just in time. This blatant disregard for life shocks him, and knowing the Rabkin as he does, he cannot understand it.
Laurel and Caleb have always been close, despite living in separate kingdoms, and the events that are about to unfold draws them closer together. But their newfound love is as fragile as the peace between the kingdoms and there is an unknown enemy that threatens to destroy everything...
What did I think?
The joy of Kindles is that it tells you roughly how long a book is going to take you to read. According to my Kindle it was going to take me just over 31 hours to read The Treasure of Gwenlais. So either my reading speed is exceptionally slow or this book was incredibly long.Turns out it was the latter! I have to be honest, I would not normally even attempt to read a book that is this long - I just have not go the time to devote such a large portion of it to one book, but the description of the story intrigued me. After doing some quick calculations in my head, I realised that each chapter was going to take me over an hour to get through. So I quickly decided that if Chapter 1 did not hook me in,then I would give the rest of the book a miss. Two hours later I looked up from the book to check the time, and realised that I was late for an appointment!
I absolutely adore the world that Magee has created. I am trying to think of something to compare it to - think of the dramatic backdrop of Game of Thrones, a pinch of Narnia, a dash of Lord of the Rings and a very large splash of the greatest romance you have ever read and you may be getting somewhere. Actually, I don't think even that description gives it justice. Dare I say...this book is an original?? If there is such a thing.
The attention to detail is exquisite. It is almost an hour-by-hour chronicle of what is happening in these peoples lives - but instead of becoming bogged down in the detail, which is always a risk when writing like this, it just gave me athirst to read more. It became almost like an addiction. This book monopolized all my spare time and I became ever so slightly anti-social for a week or so!
Magee is obviously passionate about her Irish and Scottish ancestry and the world she has created has a whisper of the kingdoms of the ancient Celts. Although in her world, it is perfectly acceptably to drink tea and eat dainty sandwiches! Rightly so. And occasionally a man eating plant will try to kill you...such is life.
Every single one of the characters that you meet in this book is not only unique, but also believable. She breathes life into every single person she talks about, be it a hero or villain.King or servant. Human or Rabkin.
I adored this book. I loved the world, the characters, the plot, the intrigue and the romance. What a beautiful, beautiful story.
I am so glad I took a chance and read Chapter 1. What an adventure I would have missed out on if I had passed it by. Now hurry up, Magee, and write book 2. I want to find out what happens next!


Reviewed by Brittney Rossie for Readers' Favorite  The Treasure of Gwenlais by M.T. Magee is an epic fantasy romance about a prophecy in which a female heir will unite two kingdoms. However,there are those that fear the prophecy's fulfillment and set plans inmotion to thwart it. The highly sheltered Princess Laurel of Gwenlaisfinds herself reliant on the help of neighboring Prince Caleb ofHeathwin, who is considered quite barbaric by the people of Gwenlais,but whom she has known and adored her whole life. In the fight to thwart the many threats on her life - be it man eating plants, highly trainedassassin cats, Lethal Rabkin creatures, or regular old humans - theymust learn to work together and trust each other in new ways as well asalso overcome personal weaknesses and kingdom prejudices.The fantasy elements were uniquely imaginative and added something extra to what would have been an enjoyable medieval Celtic romance. Thefantasy elements create unusual twists and turns to the journey thatPrincess Laurel and Prince Caleb must take in order to fulfill theprophecy. I particularly loved the bantering dialogue between many ofthe characters. Magee has great insight into people and humor. She hascreated lovable characters that suck you into the Kingdoms of Gwenlaisand Heathwin, and has imagined wonderful fantasy elements to create aworld that you won't want to leave.

Reviewed by Library Lacy Blogger
Beyond Amazing
Readers, take heed! This book will grab you, hold you and forever be etched in your mind. I absolutely loved it and in my opinion it is one of the best I have ever read. There are so many aspects to it and yet the author tied it all together, creating a magical and amazing book. Kind of like a bunch of balloons tied together, anchored to the story but each holding its own and bring it to life.I love everything about the book, the fantasy, the romance, and the bonds of friendships, loyalty and betrayal. The emotions are real and I was moved to tears as well as giggles. I love that the places are based on real places in Scotland and Ireland and the many different characters, races and beings. Two kingdoms drawn together, Princess Laurel of Gwenlais and Prince Caleb of Heathwin are perfect together and their love grows as they fight together to defeat the evil that befalls them. All of the characters are rich and strong and complete the story. The author's prose is perfection and most refreshing, as the genre of fantasy has become cold and hard.The Gaelic dialogue is beautiful and added so much to the story. The attention to details is impeccable and made me feel like I was right there. It is a rather long book, but it is so compelling and such a wonderful read, it did not feel long. I am extremely impressed that this is the first work by M.T. Magee. She is a brilliant writer and her style sets her apart from the rest. Her love of writing is so clear and it shows in every word. It has been awhile since a writer captured my attention as she has. Her talent and imagination are incredible and I see her becoming one of my favorites.I can not wait for the next book. I recommend this with my highest regards, it is a  Must read. Enjoy the journey and the magic that awaits you!

From the Author

The world I have created, comes from the inspiration of both my Scottish heritage and my husband's Irish descent, with pride and respect for both cultures. The beauty of the Scottish Highlands, as well as the lush rolling meadows of Ireland, serve as a backdrop for the mythical realm of Rienfield. Many of the names of villages and towns that are used are actual names of towns and villages of Scotland and Ireland. They are used in direct correlation for what their rich past made them known for and is applied with loving respect for their history in the story. Many of the names of the characters are Irish,Scottish, or Gaelic, again showing my love and admiration for our heritages.The characters also speak Irish Gaelic, from time to time, referring to it as "old speak." I hope you will find this as fascinating and beautiful as I did. I wanted to give you as readers, a unique experience in fantasy with the characters NOT relying on magic to accomplish their goals. Certain races and creatures have "abilities", that are not normally found in everyday life. However, the use of spells, sorcery, and wizardry are not utilized , as I wished for the characters to have to work for what they wanted. Though the world they live in is completely fantastical, inspired of Gaelic folklore, and truly something original and unlike anything you may have encountered in the fantasy genre. 
You will find the Kingdoms of Gwenlais and Heathwin filled with wonder, danger, adventure, romance, love of family as well as betrayal
The people, races, and beings, will beckon you to return and visit, over and again,sharing in their joys, sorrows, tragedies and triumphs.
So my friends, find your comfortable reading place, and immerse yourself in the lives of the warm, courageous, humorous, and sometimes frightening characters, which make up the world of Rienfield.
With warmest regards;

M.T.Magee 

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  • File Size: 4654 KB
  • Print Length: 1439 pages
  • Publisher: M.T. Magee; 1 edition (September 17, 2015)
  • Publication Date: September 17, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B015IQ0LW2
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