Before I get started I just wanted to mention this:
I found out from Bru over at Pitch Slapped that there is an anthology looking for submissions called 100 stories for Queensland. All proceeds go to the flood victims. They are looking for uplifting stories 500-1000 words.
Here is the link to their guidelines: http://100storiesforqueensland.submishmash.com/Submit
And now for my review of The Treasures of Carmelidrium By N.R. Williams.
Summary of the book: "When a hooded man steps in front of her car, Missie is thrust through a portal into a medieval world where she encounters monsters and mythical creatures. Here, her flute has magical powers to heal and destroy and to empower "The Treasures of Carmelidrium." She is romanced by a prince and hunted by the villain. Will she find her way home? Does she want to?"
I found Williams book to hold a very special magical value. She has created a new world based off our own, which the reader can connect to, and added in a few humorous similes and metaphors to make the reader smile. I found myself laughing when the leading female character, Michelle, was transported to a magical world. her car crashed into a tree and the author gave a rather fun description of the car from the leading males, Healden, perspective, "Dirt flew up and concealed its paws, the yellow eyes never blinked even when clumps of earth hit them." (Chapter 2)
As I read further into the book I found myself willed to keep reading by Michelle's misadventures, the villains attempts at seduction, and the dialogue that helped portray each character as individuals.
Williams did a wonderful job at creating a book that gives us woman vs herself, woman vs man, man vs man, and added in some wonderful displays of magic that creatively followed the leading characters through out the book.
The author has great follow through in her plot and her characters are well rounded with quirks, some witty dialogue, and romance intertwined. I think my favorite part of this book is that Williams captured a leading female character that I could easily connect to who portrayed bravery, love, and confusion making her well round and jump off the pages.
The author also had multiple points of view, while I am not particularly fond of more then two separate points of view, I do think Williams pulls it off well.
The first few chapters are slow going, but after that the tension builds up and the pages need to be flipped.
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