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Ursula's Quest: Book Two of The Witchcraft Wars Paperback – September 22, 2010
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About the Author
I'm an Australian writer currently living in beautiful South East Queensland. I've been writing for as long as I can remember and my only dream was to one day be a published author. You can imagine how ecstatic I am to be finally living that dream. I write predominantly fantasy fiction but am currently exploring other genres including a soon to be released mystery/thriller, a series of paranormal mysteries as well as a series of children's books aimed at the 3-5 age group. I will, however, always return eventually to fantasy, as that is my first love. In addition to writing I'm also a voracious reader and consider myself a student of life. I seem to have an almost infinite curiosity about the world. As a result, after a serious accident rendered me unable to continue working, I decided instead to immerse myself in the academic world. I have been studying various subjects for over a decade now, obtaining two BA's along the way and I'm now working on a Master's degree. On the downside though I can be easily bored and have a tendency to flit from one subject to another, giving each new topic my full and passionate attention - until something else engages my curiosity :) To relax I enjoy boxing [just watching now as I am no longer able to compete], yoga, horse-riding when I'm able, doing jigsaw puzzles and tapestry. I consider myself a Christian, albeit a slightly esoteric one with a great respect for the Buddhist philosophy. I'm also a pacifist, a little bit 'atypical', dedicated to my family and friends and I adore travelling. I love animals, tattoos, dye my hair dark purple and have every intention of growing older disgracefully - life's too short to be conventional :)
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"Ursula's Quest" is once again full of intriguing characters and fast-paced, fascinating events. I love the many references to ancient myths. Having three parallel plots in one book could easily lead to confusion in an author less skilled than Tracey Alley. I found the transitions seamless and the overall story easy to follow. And once again, I felt "at home" in her fantasy world and could identify with the motley crew of characters.
All in all, again a real treat. The one criticism I have: I think the book could have benefited from one more editing pass. The plot could have been tightened a little in certain places and some of the grammatical blunders cleaned up. Yes, I know, those darn English comma rules (I struggle with them all the time). Well-placed commas, however, make for greater clarity and improve the pacing. This, however, didn't prevent me from enjoying the story and I look forward to part three!
Update: Through emails with Alley I have discovered that Slade's Destiny #3 in the Witchcraft Wars series is slated to come out at the end of this month. I highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys fantasy; I am so eager to read the final book in this series!
Ursula is plagued with dreams of her father's voice telling her that she must find the missing key to save the kingdoms. She must leave the safety of the Monks of the Black Lotus and strike out across the desert lands of Kemet to reach the Temple of Life and she must do so even at the risk of her unborn child.
All the while, Slade and his companions are fighting their way across the wilds to find his father and try to stop the evil witch from winning a war that will surely end their world as they know it.
Grammar/Spelling: I think another beta-read would be a great idea. And it might help with the comma conundrum of which there is a lack of. (There is a lack of commas, not the conundrums. There are plenty of challenges...the key, the Dark One, the upcoming war... A LOT of conundrums abound in the story...)
Character Development: As usual, Ms. Alley's characters are both well-defined and quite captivating. With Ursula's Quest, we really get to dive into Slade's sister side of the story and learn how she came to be part of the Black Lotus. Like Slade, she wants nothing more than to find her father and save the kingdom from the evil witch, Shallendara's, plan to conquer the kingdom and let chaos reign. She worries that her unborn child will keep her from making the ultimate and difficult decision of choosing to fight and risking the baby or fighting and losing everything that is important to her.
Writing Style: The writing style is fluid and easy to follow. Again, Ms. Alley has incorporated her knowledge of ancient religions into the history and beliefs of her fantasy realm. Ursula and her traveling companion, Ming, travel to the Temple of Life and find that they must make it through a series of tests in order to reach their goal: the missing key. This is very closely related to the path that the ancient Egyptians' souls traveled to Heaven. Since I love all things Egyptian, (except maybe all that heat - c'mon! Couldn't they live in a more a temperate climate? Maybe even closer so I wouldn't have to travel so far to see the pyramids?!) I really enjoyed those details and loved the use of the Reverse Confession.
Continuity: No issues with continuity.
Overall Rating: 4+
Ursula's Quest written by the talented and charming, Tracey Alley is fantasy at some of its best! Ms. Alley keeps you interested without being too heavy handed with the fantasy aspect that some novels rely heavily upon. This journey is not only about elves, trolls and magic, it is about love and the recognition that there is something stronger than evil in the world: faith.
I anticipate that the rest of Ms. Alley's series will be as fresh and exciting as the first two books have been. I would recommend this story to all ages and especially anyone who is just starting out in the fantasy genre. Good job, Trace!