Welcome to the Wendy D. Walter’s blog hop!
We would like to begin by thanking Wendy for the opportunity to review this book and for offering our readers a chance to do the same. Below you will find a synopsis of the book, review and the rules for the contest. Enjoy! We did.
ABOUT: Ambril’s Tale, The Return of the Dullaith
Fourteen-year-old, Ambril struggles with the mystery surrounding her father’s death when she moves back to the mysterious town where she was born. When she accidentally uncovers a secret which threatens to destroy her entire family,
she continues her quest, against all odds, to clear her father’s name. But will she be able to claim her magic and heal the rifts in her family?
Ambril’s Tale, The Return of the Dullaith has received great 4-5-star reviews. Readers are impatiently demanding Book Two, which will be out early Spring 2013.
REVIEW: 4 out of 5 Stars
Fantasy lovers of both the young and old will be delighted at Wendy D. Walter’s new novel Ambril’s Tale: Return of the Dellaith. From beginning to end, the novel is an exciting twist and turn of magical events. With moments reminiscent of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, the tale follows Ambril as she and her family return to Trelawnyd, a land filled with irritable gnomes; angry bicycles; houses with chicken feet and feelings; and where every person, both near and far, seem to be keeping a secret. Ambril must learn to navigate her way through her new family dynamic, a new school and a town that she remembers nothing of from her childhood.
This novel is the first in a new series we are so excited to have gotten the opportunity to read the first novel. The book is a great combination of things both magical and real. Much of it is based in the magical and fantastical, combined with real-life, bringing to mind the lighthearted and youth-based elements found in the early books of the Harry Potter Series. While Ambril is given magical objects, she spends the majority of the novel doing several things all of which are relatable: 1) looking for answers about her father’s death; 2) fighting off bullies; 3) trying to make her way through school without ending up on her teachers’ bad side; 4) trying to understand her new family dynamic; and 5) trying to understand who she is.
.Ambril’s Tale is a novel that will appeal to both children and their parents. For a fun, fast read with a cliffhanger ending, check out Wendy D. Walter’s new novel!
At each blog stop on her tour, Wendy is giving away a prize, a copy of one of her books (paperback or e-book). You can also enter her 12-12-12 Grand Prize Giveaway of a sterling silver pendant of the Tree of Life, and an End-of-Tour Grand Prize Giveaway of a hand-painted gnome, hand-painted by Wendy herself! There will also be some surprise giveaways along the way! Stay tuned!
- To win a book: leave a comment on this blog post about what you like about magic to be entered to win a copy of Ambril’s Tale: The Return of the Dullaith in paperback or e-book format. Be sure to leave your email address in the comments so we can contact you if you’re the lucky winner. This giveaway ends five days after the post goes live.
- To win one of the Grand Prizes: Click the link to go to Wendy’s website and enter the Rafflecopter at the bottom of the page. A winner will be selected on Dec. 12th for the 12-12-12 for the sterling silver pendant of the Tree of Life. Here’s Wendy’s site: http://wendydwalter.com/blog-tour/.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Wendy D. Walter
Writing was an early passion for Wendy. As a kid, she wrote lots of stories, but being shy, they usually ended up under the mattress. When she finally set out to tell Ambril’s Tale, she decided not to write a story but a world, full with her own marvelous illustrations. She considers The Return of the Dullaith as just the curly tip of the fairy boot. Wendy lives near San Francisco with her husband, daughters, cat and border collie. More information about Wendy’s book and art, check her site: http://wendydwalter.com.