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Heart of the Mountain: A short novella (Under the Mountain Book 1) Kindle Edition
"Jeanette O'Hagan creates a world rich in lore and mystery.' Kasper Beuamont, author.
"Three intriguing young characters with life changing missions struggle in a vivid fantasy world of ice and feathers." Karen Tyrell, author.
"Captivating characters and a plot that draws you in from the start. This well crafted work is recommended reading." Adele Jones, author.
"An intriguing novella with a richly detailed storyworld." Rebekah Rhoda
"It had every thing. An intriguing world, vivid characters and a fresh fantasy angle that had me hooked from the first page." Shelley Nolan, author.
About the Author
- ASIN : B01J74G9I6
- Publisher : By the Light Books (27 July 2016)
- Language : English
- File size : 778 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 72 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0994398999
- Best Sellers Rank: 933,970 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The underground world of the main characters is detailed and well thought out. It is clear the author has spent a long time working out and dreaming about these worlds, and there are many small details that provide a satisfying read.
My only criticism lies in a few editing problems, although this does not detract from the story. There is however mention of a lot of either backstory or history that gets dealt with too briefly. So some of the characters motivations and reasons for things being the way they are could benefit from being explained in more depth.
Overall this is a good book for a younger reader, and still an entertaining read for older readers.
The story follows twins Delvina and Retza who find an injured shapeshifter in the snow. They take him back to their people as offering so they can join a crew and become 'prentices'.
Heart of the Mountain is a nicely crafted story, with good flow and pacing. The characters are relatable, with Zadeki being my favourite. The world building is nicely done and well thought out.
There were places in which other characters were nasty to Delvina and Retza, but I didn't feel their motivation for being like this. Later in the story it's justified and works better.
I look forward to reading more from the author.
Captivating characters and a plot that draws you in from the start. This well crafted work is recommended reading.
I received a free copy from By the Light Books. All opinions in this review are my own
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Review: Great storytelling, you connect with the characters instantly and care about what happens. In a short story, you have to balance description with pace and dialogue so you can share the backstory without info dumping and keep things moving along, all done brilliantly here by the author. I'm left wanting to know more about this world and its races, that is always a good thing!
Delvinia and Retza were unique as siblings and yet they pulled together when it mattered. The world building was great and the characters I adored, there wasn't too much info dump or long drawn out explanations everything had the right timing attached for all their adventures and well not going to spoil it for you, but I defo want book 2 and will pick it up soon.
To me she showed just enough to let my imagination fill in the backdrop, without making me lose the story.
I'd recommend this novella to two types of readers, fantasy fans as it is a fantasy novella and you can easily use your imagination to fill in the parts of the story that have been told over and over in literature. Much like how a Batman fan might be able to fill in his origin story by now.
The other type would be the causal readers of fantasy, who like the story but skim over the worn out themes. This novella shows how those elements effect the character's lives without long purple prose.
But all is not well in the caverns beneath the mountain. The Glimmer Heart that sustains the Darane is slowly failing, and in its shadow a cruel leader who worships the Dark Ones has risen to power. The twins will need all of their courage, as well as the mysterious talents of the rescued above-grounder, to survive the approaching trouble and save the Heart of the Mountain.
This is a heartwarming tale of small people who accomplish great things. O’Hagan knows how to weave a unique and timeless fantasy, and her use of imagery and dialect makes Heart of the Mountain an especially memorable tale.
While the story is in one sense about the importance of physical light, there is also a deeper underlying moral sense that there is an even greater danger in moral and spiritual darkness.
Important messages about friendship and loyalty are delivered through Zadeki, Delvina and Reza, and those who open themselves to their influence.
I enjoyed this book, which I read easily in about an hour, and I will happily read the sequel.