Taathe and the Creature of the Stone A young woman witnesses her brother's disappearance and makes it her quest to find and free him. An innate ability she was born with is awakened by the emotional loss of her brother. That awakened ability to use the energies of the earth and the natural world around her by contact with it and the use of an ancient language will blossom fully as she understands it. With the heightened abilities though will also come the responsibility to use them judiciously. In her journey to free her brother she literally stumbles upon a qaagan, an energy creature who will guide her in its use and when necessary shift her sideways through time to protect her. Her understanding of self will grow as she experiences the different cultures and their peoples. She discovers a plot by a deposed religious order to undermine the present king. A plot that seeks the alliance of their northern enemies that will if successful divide the peoples of her culture and doom them to slavery. She will learn of love's sharp reprimand and know love's bliss as she struggles to decide between a boisterous life loving sea captain, Qkoub and a soldier dantuu turned wine maker Truva who lusts after life and its experiences. Some experiences are terrifying while others will make you smile in awe as she draws energy from the ancient creatures the braith and the shape shifting qaagan. You will marvel at the tidy fairies, "the fayan" that she encounters while staying with her aunt, Ocuu Hdeddes and wish you had one. It is a wondrous journey and one that at present consumes four books of her travels. This is the first "Taathe and the Creature of the Stone."
Reviewed by Karl
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!] Date Added: Sunday 16 January, 2011
This is a story with strength and stunning visual imagery. A terrific adventure amid lush settings that seem so real you can feel yourself there. From the opening chapter set in the northern Canadian landscapes, I was hooked. I loved the female character Taathe. Wonderfully written with a cliff hanger ending. Can't wait for book two!!
Reviewed by Bruce Herchenrader
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!] Date Added: Sunday 02 January, 2011
I had several people read Taathe and the Creature of the Stone ranging in age from thirteen to fifty and this is a sampling of their comments.
Monica writes: "I am on Chapter 29, just starting it. Your creativity spills from your painting now to your writing. As you know, this is not the type of book I would pick up. Once I got to the point I no longer had to go back and forth from the glossary, I really got into it. I loved the character, Taathe. I was thinking as I was reading it, the only thing better than reading a great book, is listening to the author read it."
Janice writes: "I am so glad you have already got books 2 and 3 - the ending of Book 1 had me yelling "arggggghhhhhh, nnnoooooooo - and then what happens???? Where's the next one???"
I love this story!!! This coming of age adventure story with morals and values. I love it! "
Jordan, one of my younger readers commented: "Ecrosia is well developed in language, culture and identity. A very imaginative and authentic place. As you probably guessed from my earlier comment, my favourite part of the book was Ecrosia because it felt so well-developed. It felt nice and distinct from other fantasy worlds that I've seen at least. There were a lot of details that added depth to the world: yunc colours, creatures, ships, histories etc. The invented language was also seemed authentic because of repeated conventions (double a's, q's without u's etc). There are a lot of creative ideas in here that I haven't seen before such as the braiths enveloping the house to hide it and the crystals on Taathe's necklace. Your wilderness experiences canoeing and camping also really come through in your writing.
One of my favourite scenes was when Taathe was ambushed by the gaks and she commanded Bignn into different positions to use as a shield as she picked them off with her bow. That was really neat. I also liked the scene where Taathe has to leave Bignn behind and, of course, when she finds him at the end. Taathe's dream of her grandmother was also well-done. My favourite characters were Qerhas and Teapot. I think readers are going to really like Teapot.
My youngest reader Jenny said, " I liked how you introduced the story in the prologue - it made me wonder what's going to happen throughout the book. I normally read mystery books but I like this fantasy story because of the mystery of Taathe's missing bros Paawke. I really want to know what happens next."
And Caroline writes: " Grab a blanket, a tea, unplug the phone and settle in for an afternoon of losing yourself in the world of Taathe and The Creature of the Stone!"
Herchenrader has written a story steeped in fabulous characters and beautiful visual imagery. He has woven a tale that will take you to the land of Ecrosia where you will join Taathe in her search for her bros Pawke. It is a land inhabited by unusual creatures, danger and mysticism. His story had me laughing aloud at the antics of the spiney Pugnuus, Bignn and wondering what was around the next corner as she was being chased across the land! Can't wait for book two! "
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|Size: ||7.6 MB|
|Publisher: ||the Art Mines|
|Date published: ||Dec 2010|
|Read Aloud: ||not allowed|
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