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The Chronicles of Hawthorn: A Magical Fantasy Adventure

By Rue

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Yet another generic YA book about a young girl ostracized from society because she isn't like everyone else. Can I get another plot please?

Synopsis

An ancient prophecy. A deadly enemy. A young girl’s fight to save her people and her own soul.

4 books. 800+ pages of magical fantasy that spell fast-paced adventure.

Follow Flynn Hawthorn on her magical journey as she struggles to find the courage to fulfill her destiny, fights for the future of her people, and finds an unlikely love that defies all odds.

Growing up as the daughter of the High Priestess was never easy, but now that Flynn has reached the age of initiation she can no longer hide in the shadows. Stepping into her new role should’ve been easy, instead she and her best friend find themselves knee deep in troubles beyond their abilities.

From petulant faeries to evil witches, Flynn will have to push beyond her limits to reunite the Book of Shadow and Light. If she fails everything she loves will fall into darkness.

The Chronicles of Hawthorn Box Set contains four books from the best-selling young adult fantasy series. If you like historical fantasy, magical adventure, deadly enemies, and unbreakable friendships that readers have called, “truly a wonderful read for all ages," then you’ll love Rue’s spell-casting spectacular.

The Chronicles of Hawthorn felt like a generic convulsion of the greatest fantasy novels trying, and failing, to be one great fantasy novel. From the lack of setting, to overly generic plot points and randomly thrown together names, there were many issues found within the book. For the purpose of this review, let's start with Setting first.



Perhaps after reading some of the best female writers of our time like P.C. Cast, Charlaine Harris and Rachel Mead, I expected a little too much from this book. There were so many generic words that sounded as if they were strung together from a random website generator that I wasn't sure which one was the title of the location of the book. All I am sure of is that it was supposed to be an island, and that there are other islands near by and that's questionable.


The setting felt as if the author had too many things trying to happen to focus on one idea and pinpoint them all down. Because of this what little names involved the setting either sounded computer generated or used the same letters, making them hard to keep up with. Traditionally, I would have preferred the author keep the setting simple, as opposed to the complex world they tried to build.


Apart from the name, we didn't get much information about setting. I feel like I have no defined idea what the houses looked liked or even really what the forest looked like and this created distance between myself and the book. I would've loved to see more detail. I wish the world building was just a tad bit stronger.


Lastly, Flynn herself was completely annoying. She spent most of the book complaining about how her mother didn't love her. By chapter two, I was bored and tired. For one, can we get another subject please? What about a book where the family stands with the MC against the town or something? Relational conflict doesn't always have to be about family.


Of course, by the end of the book, Flynn masters the elements she needs to not only save the day, but gain approval. This gave me serious concerns about the message that the book was sending to young adults. I wouldn't want my child reading a book that tells her to conform to society for approval, or that who she is isn't less than good.


Overall, there were a lot of different concerns with this book and because of that, I have to give a 1 out of 5 stars. There's just not enough clarity or voice overall to make this book stand out or make the message strong and personal.

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Synopsis

An ancient prophecy. A deadly enemy. A young girl’s fight to save her people and her own soul.

4 books. 800+ pages of magical fantasy that spell fast-paced adventure.

Follow Flynn Hawthorn on her magical journey as she struggles to find the courage to fulfill her destiny, fights for the future of her people, and finds an unlikely love that defies all odds.

Growing up as the daughter of the High Priestess was never easy, but now that Flynn has reached the age of initiation she can no longer hide in the shadows. Stepping into her new role should’ve been easy, instead she and her best friend find themselves knee deep in troubles beyond their abilities.

From petulant faeries to evil witches, Flynn will have to push beyond her limits to reunite the Book of Shadow and Light. If she fails everything she loves will fall into darkness.

The Chronicles of Hawthorn Box Set contains four books from the best-selling young adult fantasy series. If you like historical fantasy, magical adventure, deadly enemies, and unbreakable friendships that readers have called, “truly a wonderful read for all ages," then you’ll love Rue’s spell-casting spectacular.

The Shadow Stirs

She had found a spell. The spell.

Deep in the Caves of Matamoe in the barren land of Southeil, the Shadow Witch smiled. Her gnarled, bony finger tapped the worn parchment in her tome of dark magick.

For years Magdelana Katipo had searched the ancient text for a way to breach the mantle of magickal Mist that protected her enemies to the north. Finally, she had the answer.

The simplicity of the solution pleased her and her wicked mind spun with possibilities. She memorized the list of ingredients and slipped out of her hidden chamber to secretly collect what she needed.

She could trust no one with her plan.

Magdelana returned to the room and scrutinized the instructions from the Book of Shadow. She placed the herbs in her mortar one at a time and ground each ingredient in a counterclockwise pattern with the stained pestle in her right hand. Once the herbs and oils had been crushed to the proper consistency, she poured them into a small pouch.

The High Priestess of the Shadow Coven of Southeil placed the pouch directly on her personal altar, held her gleaming sapphire wand over the precious blend, and chanted the time-faded karakia from the page.


My gift you will receive,

Your mind you will leave.

My thoughts will fill your head,

My actions become yours instead.

This hex bag, our one true link,

Into my power you deeply sink.

You are the vessel, I am the heart.

No magick word can tear us apart.

You may speak no word to reveal my ploy,

Or your very soul I will destroy.

By my will, so it will be.


Magdelana repeated the spell twice more, tightened the bag, and tied three knots in each end of the drawstring. She braided the strands together and tied three more knots. Nine knots to bind the spell.

When the moon rose high in the night sky she would use her knowledge of creature magick to find proper transport for her hex.

The people of Aotearoa would soon know the power of the Shadow Witch.

About the author

RUE is a multiple award-winning fiction author and in her spare time, she makes films. Her respect oral traditions and the seasonal magick of nature inevitably brought her work to the world of fantasy. The story of Flynn Hawthorn has been part of her heart and imagination for nearly a decade. view profile

Published on April 04, 2017

200000 words

Genre: Epic fantasy

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