” I set my expectations high hoping to relive what some avid readers have experienced with this book. I read it and I was not disappointed. I found it totally fascinating and I was hooked from the very first page…. All the twists and turns that Kal and his friends encounter along their heroic adventure will keep you on the edge of your seat…. This epic will surely gain notoriety as more readers become aware of it making it a potential movie series in the near future.”
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I was born and raised in Toronto, at the high water mark of the baby boom, the eldest of five children. My parents were refugees from war-ravaged Europe, from the small country of Slovenia. Apparently I didn’t speak a word of English until I entered kindergarten at the tender age of five or six. I say “apparently” because I hardly remember the experience of first going to school from a unilingual home environment. It was such a seamless transition and occurred so early in my life that I all I remember is being at school and taking to the English language in a profound, visceral way, like a fish to water. I can’t recall the time when I did not love the shape and texture of words, their evocative power, on a deep level, with an inner, instinctive knowledge and appreciation. Of course, I quickly became an avid reader, although my reading was largely self-directed. The multi-coloured Andrew Lang fairy books were a key element in the nurturing of my imagination. I devoured them, as I did the Robin Hood and Arthurian legends as rendered by Howard Pyle. I found any sort of history or historical fiction dealing with pre-modern times, especially the middle ages, to be hauntingly evocative. Then, when I was a teenager, the richness and depth of The Lord of the Rings utterly transformed the landscape of my imagination. Steeped in what he called “northernness”, charged with a stirring, archetypal power, Tolkien’s world touched a deep emotional chord and caused the first stirrings of a desire to sub-create. (more…)
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The Stoneholding by James G. Anderson & Mark Sebanc – Baen Books.
Elizabeth Haydon, author Rhapsody and The Dragon’s Lair recently had the following to say about The Stoneholding:
“A genuinely thrilling beginning to what is sure to be a resounding epic. Anderson and Sebanc craft their tale in a voice that is fresh but also very familiar, like an ancient melody with new lyrics. There is something deeply satisfying about The Stoneholding. It’s a wonderful read and I look forward to the next book in the Legacy of the Stone Harp.”