living world - a truly living, sentient planet - of beauty and magic.
But there is more to this planet that meets the eye. Settlers begin to
experience changes, and lose their interest in leaving as the other
races of the strange and beautiful land begin to commune, and even
form families together. The planet plunges into war as Paul Rider, a
half-human born from colonist and native, starts a great cleansing of
non-human species. It falls to sisters Dasimbe and Cierva, as well as
their friends, to help Evergreen repel the war-monger and save their
way of life. Magic, mystery, romance, and war await in Warlocks of
Evergreen by T.I. Dunsterville.
The book is a mix of science-fiction and fantasy as the futuristic
Galactic Federal Union spreads humanity and its fellows across the
stars, leading to the ancestors of the protagonists Dasimbe and Cierva
discovering their new mother planet. An easy comparison would be to
James Cameron's movie Avatar, to which similarities are difficult to
completely ignore. The story of an assimilate outsider joining the
"native" people (here, not-so-native) against a hostile "alien" (here,
not-so-alien) force is as old as time, of course, and drawing on the
classic outline is nothing uncommon. But this analogy does little
justice in describing the originality of this piece in other areas.
The world is vibrant and alive, standing out as something remarkably
real despite its slightly discordant component parts. The writing is
very fluent and engaging from the get-go, pushing you along through
everything you need to know to enjoy the story in a very natural way
Some characters feel a tad underdeveloped, especially through
dialogue, even the prime antagonist Paul Rider whose motivations are
far from simple, yet lack enough of a personality to really feel a
connection to his madness, and this is at odds with otherwise very
strong writing of the world.
Still, Evergreen is a huge, expansive planet that seems ripe for more
stories to come out of it, and the author agrees; Warlocks of
Evergreen is simply the debut book in the Journals of Evergreen
series, itself part of the "Central Information Assessment Module" or
"CIAM" universe the author has devised, named after the device used to
record the council session Dasimbe attends, and further functions, of
The author states she even has short stories in the works, which seem
extremely fitting for this particular universe, which fits the
sprawling tales of war as much as it does more humble yarns.
To pull back to what we already have, however, Warlocks of Evergreen
is a solid science-fantasy tale with a strong character focus and a
world that truly feels alive, both literally and figuratively and a
luscious presentation with its unique cover. It's a strong first
showing from author Dunsterville and leaves those lucky enough to
discover this first installment with bated breath for a follow-up."
About the Author
T. I. Dunsterville discovered the passion for science fiction and fantasy in her early teens, when she read the “grand masters” of science fiction. Now, after years of adventure/intrigue, paranormal romance, and classics added onto that, she has developed a universe in her own head with a draft sequel, written notes, story outlines, and short stories begging to be shared.