Book Review: The Locksmith, by Barbara Howe

Reviewed this for Booksellers NZ – Reposting my review from their site…

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cv_the_locksmithWho is the Locksmith, and what role does he play in this fantasy tale? You will keep this question in mind as you read through the adventures of Lucinda Guillierre, a young girl living with her stepsister Claire and her stepmother, in the magical world of Frankland, ruled by The Office.

The Office was created in historic times by the Great Coven, which established the four offices of Air, Fire, Earth, and Water, and their leaders. Each Office has a Guild, for the study and training of Witches and Wizards of each element.

Unsettled by her lack of magical progress, she resigns herself to a future as a normal person, but agrees to take her sister Claire to challenge the path to meet the Fire Warlock, to have a wish granted. She takes with her, her only true possessions her father left her —two large books…

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No wonder it’s a marked down price!

Spotted Led Zeppelin - You Shook Me at a knock-off price, and being a lover of Stairway To Heaven, grabbed it! When reading the book, I found my "editor-mind" taking over. There are So Many c**k-ups in the text it is a very poor production. * Then of course, I looked properly at the cover... … Continue reading No wonder it’s a marked down price!

Top Two Sources of “Hearts Of Valor” Authors’ Inspiration –

Hearts of Valor — Authors' Top Two Sources of Inspiration: Having had the pleasure of editing three of the stories included in this anthology. I asked every author “What are your top two sources of inspiration?” Here are their responses...  London SAINT JAMES: I did pull some of my hero’s stoic traits from a real … Continue reading Top Two Sources of “Hearts Of Valor” Authors’ Inspiration –

Athene’s Prophecy, by Ian J MILLER

The first section of Athene’s Prophecy will appeal greatly to those interested in the discussion of philosophies of the ancient Greeks, or in the military strategies of the ancient Roman armies. Athene’s Prophecy, delivered to young Gaius, sets the plot for all three books of the trilogy. Gaius is sent for training and education to … Continue reading Athene’s Prophecy, by Ian J MILLER