Reviews, The Ends of the Earth book II

Ends of the Earth: Review by The Brick Castle

We are very pleased to receive another review from the lovely Mumsnet influencers, the Brick Castle team.

The Changeling trilogy was written for the enjoyment of the whole family, so we really value the perspective of our family reviewers, especially those with the proven pedigree of Jenny and her children. This is probably the key passge:

The author is brilliant at creating a scene, so the backdrops and imagery come really easily, and you can picture the action playing out in front of you. It all seems very plausible, and the unusual in everyday life is woven into the story, so you can almost believe these characters do exist. Although you can read Ends Of The Earth as a standalone tale, you will benefit from reading the first book in the Changeling Series, Legend Of The Lost, which we reviewed last year. 

A great story, with two very clear and dramatic backdrops and storylines running in tandem. Ideal for younger readers who want something with a bit of depth, mystery and fantasy, but with modern day characters, who are still very much like them

Thank you Jenny. Please do look up the Brick Castle for all things family and lots of book and toy reviews.

The publishers, Green Cat, are currently offering all sorts of special offers and discounts on children’s and other book genres. Pop by their shop.

The Ends of the Earth book II

Exciting News: the sequel launches

Ends of the Earth, the second book in the changeling saga and the sequel to Legend of the Lost launches this weekend.

An exciting new partnership with independent publisher Green Cat , based in Derbyshire (which also happens to be the source of many of the names of the characters in Legend of the Lost), has meant that we have printed the second run of Legend of the Lost (revised edition) and have signed to complete the first three books.

As you can see, the iconic purple of Book 1 gives way to this firebrand gold design reflecting the ongoing struggles of the ancient Cornish Trelgathwin family as they battle the physical and behavioural pandemic that threatens the family and all they hold dear.

Once again, the human, animal and Fae kingdoms entwine, however the settings expand, as the title implies, to exciting pastures new where a diverse array of new allies wait and evil takes on many different forms.

Hopefully this sequel will be as well recieved by multiple generations as Legend of the Lost has been.

Green Cat will be offering a range of bulk buying and other deals for those who would like to purchase both books in the new design or to catch up on the series to date. Do check in with them.

The entire series is now live on Amazon and all the usual outlets in hard and soft versions. And, signed and dedicated copies can be requested from Ian, by dropping us a line via the contact page.

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Full Moon Transformation

Anyone who has driven to Cornwall should be familiar with the “nearly there” or, as Legend of the Lost fans know them, “sentinel trees” that stand on a hill guarding the way. Well, this October full moon they have had a dramatic make-over. And Legend of the Lost has transformed too.

An exciting new partnership with Green Cat Publishing sees the iconic purple cover evolve into a more chilling depiction to bring out the drama in the magical adventure, just as those atmospheric red lights suggest that there’s more in the Seintinel Trees than a warm welcome. Please do drop by and check it out.

It’s fitting that this development in the evolution of the story of the changeling children comes on a spectacular new moon’s night. We’re sure the werebeasts will approve. And if you are heading to Cornwall, watch out for those trees. They’re apparently lit in solidarity with the people impacted by the pandemic.

But we know the real reason…….right?

Anyone still wanting a signed copy of the special first edition version of Legend of the Lost can try messaging Ian direct and he’ll be glad to sign one for you while limited stock lasts. But there aren’t many left…

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News Update: Competition winner and more…..

The changeling saga has attracted a solid and loyal fan base since Legend of the Lost, the first book in the series was launched. As a result we were delighted to offer one of the fans of the series the chance to win a very special prize.

Book II, The Ends of the Earth is part-based in Southern Africa as well as the ancestral home of the special changeling family, Cornwall. We tasked our readers to come up with a suitable name for one of the African animals and after some lovely and very creative suggestions, we’re pleased to announce that the winners were Suzannah Archibald and her family, who came up with a very imaginative name for one of the animal sentinels, having researched the Namibian dialect.

The Ends of the Earth is currently in production, ready for Christmas so keep an eye on the Green Cat shop and Amazon. Competition winners Suzannah and family will receive a special acknowledgement in the book, as well as a signed copy.

We’ll also be announcing the winning name suggested by the children a little closer to the release date (we don’t want to spoil the surprise).

Huge thanks to the many of you who entered. We loved them all, but there had to be a winner and it was perhaps fated that Suzannah and family hail from…..Porthleven, Cornwall, where, of course, our adventure begins.

Keep your eyes peeled for the second edition of Legend of the Lost, which has just been re-released with a chilling fresh cover.

First edition copies of the book with the iconic purple cover are still available (if you’re quick) from the Book Guild shop and direct from Amazon who are currently having a sale and, of course, you can now buy the edition with the fab new cover there too, as the rest of the trilogy will now be printed by our new publishing partner.

If you don’t already, please do follow us on twitter where, if you help share the word and re-tweet the pinned tweet you’ll be entered into a prize draw to win a signed copy of the first edition of the first book.

Reviews

Life Lessons in a Fantasy World

One of the benefits of publishing a piece of writing is the positive impact it has on others, how it touches their lives and makes the world just a little bit better. Well we were delighted to receive this lovely review the other day and I wanted to share that with you for a number of reasons.

Firstly, it’s clear that the reviewer really enjoyed Legend of the Lost, the fist installment of the changeling trilogy.

Secondly, because it’s becoming increasingly apparent that the core theme of the first book, the corruption of love into a form of pandemic that threatens the natural and super-natural world, has a lot of resonance in these dark times. As more pople use their “down time” during the C-virus crisis, more people are finding time to read. Hopefully, when they pick up Legend of the Lost they will find magic, entertainment, thrills, hope and, above all, love.

A magical advernture

Here’s what our reviewer had to say:

Legend of the Lost focuses on a world of fairies, nymphs, witches and were-beasts which discreetly exists alongside our own. It begins by the Atlantic, in west Cornwall, as a young girl meets a mermaid and quickly realises that she is deeply connected to this parallel realm. Gradually the story moves inland, primarily to English woodland, as it builds into a traditional climax of good versus evil… but with an insightful deeper message.

I thought the interactions weaving between the supernatural, natural and human worlds were well done and the sea and forest locations beautifully captured, leaving my mind full of blues and greens. The fact that the locations are real made this super-natural world all the more touchable, anyone who has strayed into woodland as dusk falls will know the feeling. And I loved the fact that the animals I see in the wild in my real life – foxes, kites, deer – mix freely here with rather more mystical creatures.

There are strong environmental themes: man has polluted his world and it is this poison which has led nature and super-nature to turn bad. Nobody and nothing – it turns out – is entirely good or bad, and even those who are more the latter may be so for good reason, even deserving of sympathy.

This is a story for older children and younger adults: yes definitely for girls, but I hope also for boys with the gifts of openness and imagination, and meanwhile there are plenty of monsters, beasts and battles to get stuck into alongside the whimsy. In fact, “Legend of the Lost” is also an enjoyable read for adults who have retained their sense of wonder, but they probably won’t be the primary readership.

Overall, beautiful writing, natural settings, clever interactions between the real and the fantastical, some great environmental themes and that good ol’ “good versus evil” climax, but where the line between the two lies is rather less clear than may first appear.

Apparently this is the first in a trilogy, and there is an accompanying interactive website for those who get immersed.

Many will.

*Signed and dedicated copies are available direct from the team or via a number of dedicated suppliers.