Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Striker's Apprentice Release Day

Now Available!

As a young hunter seeks a trainer, The Chosen prepare for an unforgettable adventure.

With Nature and Phantasma back in order, Halli and Silvor have settled into their new life in Drumple. During a visit from Striker, Kaidyla and Lumina, a request from an old friend of Halli’s family sparks a new challenge when she asks Striker if he’ll train their young son, Dylan. Working with Dylan gives Striker a chance to be a mentor once again, as he had been in his past.

This brings The Chosen to an area of Phantasma Halli has never seen before. What new dangers might be lurking in the forest? Will Halli have a reason to use her powers?

But Halli and Silvor are facing a new journey of their own, one that will change their lives forever. What is in store for The Chosen’s future? Will this latest escapade prepare them for what is yet to come?


With another week of teaching behind them, Halli and Silvor enjoyed a quiet, leisurely breakfast at the tavern, catching up with their neighbors.

As he was telling her about a new student, Silvor saw a look of surprise and joy come across Halli’s face. Turning  to see what she was looking at, he saw a pretty dwarf about his mother-in-law’s age walking towards Halli, smiling at her.

“Do you know her?” As he asked, the woman walked over to their table.

“Halli!  Your mother told me I might find you here.”

“Cynthia! It’s so good to see you again.”

Hugging Cynthia, she turned to Silvor, making the introductions. “Silvor, this is Cynthia, Mom’s best friend.  She moved away from Drumple years ago with her husband.”

She turned back to Cynthia. “I’m surprised Mom didn’t tell me you were back in Drumple.”
Knowing his wife would be involved in a lengthy conversation, Silvor made his way to the bar and began talking to the tavern keeper.

“We only returned about a week ago, and we’ve been busy settling in,” Cynthia responded to Halli’s comment. “It’s wonderful to see you, Halli.  My, how you’ve grown! We’re so proud of everything you’ve done for Phantasma.  I can’t believe you’re the same shy girl who used to sit quietly with your mother and me and read all day.  Now look at you: married, and a Holy Paladin!  Where have the years gone?”

“Mom wonders the same thing sometimes. And you?  I hear you have a son.  You’ve been gone from Drumple for so long, I don’t think I’ve even met him.”

“Oh, I’m sure you haven’t.  He wasn’t born until after his father and I moved away from Drumple.  But that was 15 years ago already!”

“What does he do?  Is he a student at the school now?  I don’t remember meeting anyone new lately…”

“No, he finished his studies a year ago, when he decided to take up hunting.  Now he’s looking for a trainer.  Which is what brings me to you.  I was hoping  you could talk to one of the hunters in your group about taking him on as an apprentice.  Do you think they would be willing to do that?”

“Oh, I’m sure Striker and Kaidyla would love that!  They’ll be here for a visit this weekend.  Perhaps I can introduce you all then.  Is your son here now?  I’d love to meet him.”
“He’s right over there.” Turning to the young dwarf playing at the game table, Cynthia called, “Dylan!  Come here.  There’s someone I’d like you to meet.”

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Book Review | Looking for Alaska

Looking for AlaskaLooking for Alaska by John Green
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the third book of John Green's that I've read this year, and I'm amazed at how quickly his stories can turn. One minute, you're heading down a path you think you can see an end to, and then, Bam!, you suddenly get taken completely off the path and on to another, highly-emotional one. As this is Green's first book, I suppose I should have seen it coming, but I didn't. What I was left with was, once again, shock and awe, and many tears.

John Green writes about teenagers with such power that I feel taken back in time to my teen years, which were not always that great. It's wonderful to find some characters I can connect with on an emotional level, and take off on their adventures with them, through the good and the bad. Looking for Alaska had me laughing and crying, which I love when I'm reading.

Once again, the end of the book came with valuable lessons and some very thought-provoking issues. I discovered more about myself and the world, and how I think about things, as I journeyed with these characters throughout their adventures.

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