- Taschenbuch: 150 Seiten
- Verlag: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (11. Dezember 2012)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1481226851
- ISBN-13: 978-1481226851
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 0,9 x 22,9 cm
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Midnight Oil: Book 2: Witches of Galdorheim (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 11. Dezember 2012
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Marva Dasef lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and a fat white cat. Retired from thirty-five years in the software industry, she has now turned her energies to writing fiction and finds it a much more satisfying occupation. Marva has published more than forty stories in a number of on-line and print magazines, with several included in Best of anthologies. She has several previously published books from various publishers.
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Midnight Oil was a fun, quick read with an engaging cast of characters.
Seriously, how often does anyone read a fantasy story in which the intrepid heroine has to rescue the boy? I mean, I was happy dancing all over this. Kat, the former green goo-plagued witch has come into her magical powers. She has a changeling boyfriend named Andy (who'd been a troll--the nice kind, not the stalker type). Things are going well for the most part. Unfortunately Andy ends up kidnapped by a vengeful elemental who needs Kat to lure her sister into one last fight. Oh, I forgot to mention the frozen body of Kat's father being returned to his people, the Sami, for proper burial. And a group of mutant Sami, poisoned by Russian nuclear tests who need the Midnight Oil, a potion that will heal them, also held by the same elemental.
Kat is an amazing heroine. She DOES things. She has an orca as a best friend. She gets into scrapes and uses her head to get herself out of them. And while there is a guy in her life he's not the raison d'etre. In fact, said boyfriend spends most of the book in a cavern beneath a tree. There's some romantic elements but they don't dominate the whole story.
And then there's Kat's half-witch/half-vampire brother Rune. Okay, I realize that Rune is like total fictional jailbait, but I think he's cute. And he's funny. And he's always hungry (for food, not blood).
Granted for a short book there's a lot going on, but I never felt lost. Another aspect which stands out is the setting, Northern Europe. How often are fantasy books set in this part of the world? Marva Desef's descriptions of the places and customs are wonderful (though I kept thinking about Apocalyptica and Nightwish when she mentioned Finland).
The author (rockstar that she is) provided me with a copy for my enjoyment and for review. For those of you who've read my reviews, I'm no fawning syncophant regardless of how I feel about authors. If there were issues with the narrative, characters or pacing/grammar, I'd mention them. There were none. Midnight Oil is a fun fantasy read, great for the young and the young at heart. For those of us who love kick-a** heroines (and wonder where they've gone), Kat will have you cheering.
The Midnight Oil of the title is a magical fluid held by an evil elemental spirit. It has healing properties that can only be activated when the summer solstice occurs at midnight. One of several plotlines in the book involves retrieving this oil. These various plotlines play out in alternate chapters and are successfully woven together at the end of the book.
Particularly fun are the animals with whom Kat is able to communicate (all of whom are benevolent): Salmon the orca, a skua named Skua! (with a click at the end), and my favorite, a sea monster named Ceto who once lived in Loch Ness but left because too many people were always hanging around. There is also a character named Grrk who talks in only consonants (not sure that’s possible, but it’s amusing). There’s a reason he does this: during a magical battle he was “disemvowelled” ! (I love puns!) Another quirky element is the combination of primitive magic with modern technology. The witches ride on broomsticks and use cell phones and the adventurers utilize a motor boat and a Vespa and an ultralight plane that purrs when you stroke it! Great stuff!
The series is intended for children and teens from 11 years old up, and I wouldn’t hesitate to buy this entertaining book as a gift for anyone this age group.
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