Archive for August, 2015

Five glorious golden stars

Posted by on Sunday, 30 August, 2015

It’s been a very long time since I last posted. Holidays and life in general have got in the way of updating the web site but yesterday I received a long awaited email. At the beginning of April I submitted the fourth book of the Agnil’s Worlds series, Agnil and the Centaur’s Secret, for review at the Readers’ Favorite web site. Readers’ Favorite is an important American book review site. There are two ways you can obtain a review there, one is to pay for it and the other other is to sit tight and wait for a free review. I don’t believe in paying for a review in any case, so I waited…and waited.

I’d been keeping my fingers crossed as the first three books had all received five star reviews on this site and I was delighted when, once more, I saw the five glorious golden stars at the top of the page!

This is what the Readers’ Favorite reviewer, Emily-Jane Hills Orford, said:
“In Agnil and the Centaur’s Secret by Susan Navas, Agnil is a young girl with an eye for adventure. Since she’s only part human, the other part elf, Agnil has some unusual, magical qualities and her adventures don’t just happen in the human world. In fact, these adventures happen in the in between world as well as the elf world. Her adventures lead her through portals to find hidden treasures that may or may not explain who she is, who her family is. It also helps her adapt to her dual ancestry.

You see, Agnil is also an elf princess, and she has already experienced several adventures and saved the elf world from evil and disaster. When a special book appears in the elf library that is centuries old and believed to be written in the language of the mythical creatures, the centaurs, Agnil is called by her grandparents, the King and Queen, to find the stone in the human world that will help the elfs read this ancient language and unravel the mysteries that this text records. In so doing, Agnil must seek the help of her father’s girlfriend, even though Agnil’s mother, an elf, is still very much alive. Torn by the conflict of two families within one, Agnil begins to find a way to reach out to this girlfriend without betraying her love for either her father or her mother.

Susan Navas has written a delightful story on a par with C.S. Lewis’ Narnia books. It is a wonderful fantasy tale of the ongoing, ever present battle between good and evil. The fantasy world of the elfs is coupled so well with the real world of a contemporary young girl struggling to come to terms with her parents’ separation and a split family. This becomes an underlying theme, but the plot leads the reader through an exciting series of adventures. Very well done!”

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