by C. Bailey Sim
Expected publication: April 3rd 2012 by Terabyte Press
A medieval masterpiece of adventure, romance and horror, younger readers of Paolini and Cashore will gobble up this award-winning debut.
An Ancient Prophecy. A Powerful Relic. An Insatiable Evil. When all three converge, the fate of every living thing will be in peril.
All her life Catherine had hoped to see a fairrier cat. No book, no scroll provided to her by her tutors had ever mentioned this legend, much to her frustration, and now-at the worse possible time-she was getting her wish. Only, in her wish the cat wasn’t about to kill her.
A 732-year-old fairrier cat the size of a horse has killed his fair share of hunters. Driven to the brink of extinction for the supernatural powers of his coat, is he indeed the last of his kind?
Sheltered, 16-year-old Catherine is about to find out. Unwitting heir to the Ancient Onyxes, she flees an arranged marriage only to stumble upon the cat’s secrets, the force of the ancient relic she wears, and the dangerous mission they must undertake.
Hidden under a desert that was once a fertile land, millions of predators are waiting to feast again. Catherine must discover the secret of the Ancient Onyxes and stop the creatures known as trodliks before they consume everything in their path. A whispered prophecy becomes her only guide and a rejected suitor just might be the one warrior she desperately needs.
For readers ages 12 and up.
I received Candlewax as an ARC. I am not always into fantasy novels, but the premise sounded good, so I thought I would give it a try. I am soooo glad I did because this is one of the best books I have read. It has good guys, bad guys, a really bad guy, traitors, soldiers, kings, princesses, and magical beasts. Oh and can’t forget the castles. It was beautifully written with chapters that split the story up quite nicely. It is easy to follow, even though there is a lot going on in the story.
There is a lot of adventure surrounding a princess whose destiny, which given to her through a prophesy, is to save her country and the surrounding countries in her realm. Unlike most stories with princesses, Catherine is actually a strong female character. Yes there is a very handsome king she is betrothed to, and yes he is sometimes her “Knight in Shining Armor,” but even though she gets into quite a few precarious situations, for the most part, she saves herself.
This is the first book in a series, but this story does have an ending. There is a bit of a cliff hanger that will be the tie in for the next book, which I am quite eager to read.
I highly recommend this book for kids in 4th grade through adults, depending on their reading level and comprehension. This is not a difficult book but there are strange words (created for this story) that could be difficult if the reader did not know how to sound out a word. This book would be good for a boy or a girl; it would be good for a girl because of the strong female character, and the bit of romance aspect. It would be good for boys because of the kings, knights, beasts, and the fighting/adventure aspect. There is absolutely no sex or even references to sex in this book, even though there is a bit of romance, which makes this one of the best books I have read in a while for kids. This book would also be good to read to your kids, a chapter at a time as a bedtime story, a la “the princess bride” style- (if you’ve ever read that book or seen the movie- you’d know what I mean).
I am not paid to review books, I do this to help you, especially parents, find books that are appropriate for your kids to read.
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