This modern setting fantasy was very interesting especially for its mix of Nordic theology with an American Midwest setting. I really enjoyed the personal growth of the main character in the first book Stork and how she discovered how to fit into the small town her mother was from.
The second book Frost was fantastic for me mainly because the heroine rescues her boyfriend from the clutches of evil. I like it when the roles are reversed and the female is the rescuer.
The third book Flock deals with consequences from both of the other books and neatly wraps things up in such a way that with a group of people our heroine is able to rescue the world from evil but with a serious drawback of giving up a lot of the very things that made her unique.
For more about the author Wendy DelsolWendy Delsol you can visit her site.
All book cover photos were stolen from Amazon.
One of the lovely places we discovered a few years ago was the Kubota Japanese Garden in South Seattle. It is an absolutely amazing garden created by one man who emigrated to Seattle from Japan in 1907. He had established a gardening company and in 1927 purchased 5 acres in the Rainier Beach neighborhood of Seattle. Fujitaro Kubota wanted to showcase the beauty of the Pacific North West in a Japanese manner. Several other public examples of his work include the Seattle University campus as well as Bloedel reserve Japanese garden on Bainbridge Island. Fujitaro Kubota was awarded in 1972 with rare honor from his native Japan of the Fifth Class Order of the Sacred Treasure, “for his achievements in his adopted country, for introducing and building respect for Japanese Gardening in this area.” He died the following year at age 94. It took until 1987 for the City of Seattle to acquire the historical landmark as a park.
The Kubota Foundation has much of the history above on there website as well as current park information.
And now some photos from my last visit to the park.
There are five books in this series, also referred to as the “Faery Series” on the author’s homepage. I eagerly waited and devoured them all upon their release. The series tells the story of four siblings from Faery who inhabit the four seasons realm and their parents. It deals with an ancient enemy of faery and how each sibling find their partner and help with the defeat of the enemy. I love how all are equal and that the females are just as likely to be the heroines and save people as the males.
These were just very satisfying reads and I have read them several times now. They actually take up bookshelf space as they are worth reading more than once.
Each book title is a link to the cover page and foreword from the author’s website.
I must confess that upon finishing this book I actually wrote a fan email to the author. This time I received an answer and found out that I had apparently written to him on his birthday. I adore faery tales of all kinds but East of the Sun and West of the Moon was always my favorite growing up. Dennis’s retelling is an expanded but faithful rendition of the story.
To learn more about the author and see a list of his other books might I suggest either his wikipedia page:
or his author page and more about his other high fantasy setting Mithgar
Small confession that all cover pictures were copied from Amazon.
A good friend of mine had a birthday the beginning of March. She had told me how she wanted a real cute purse for when she went out without her children as she was tired of diaper bag size bags. It still needed to be big enough for her water bottle and other items she needs to carry with her. She also told me about an adorable pleather owl purse she had bought but due to her chemical sensitivities couldn’t even touch as it. I used her owl purse as a jumping off point, along with some inspiration from Pinterest and some help from my Mom had me designing this:
I am really pleased with how my initial drawing and then the pattern Mom and I came up with translated to the finish piece. Since I have a similar waterbottle I was easily able to confirm that it fit fine along with room for everything else.
I adored the color combo and it was perfect for my friend. The best part was how excited my friend was with her gift. Once I started everything I wanted to make a little zippered bag to match so she could have a way to organize her purse.
Both purses together!
Give me hope for a few other designs I have sketched out.
Want to read about a heroine who learns her own destiny and how to save both her own world and the world of the Fey?
What I loved most about this particular series was the combination of how the author combined the increase in technology with the world of the Fey and how the consequences of that interactions turns out in the long run. Unfortunately there is a lot of the guys trying to save the heroine but ultimately she is the one who saves them all.
This site has an amazing overview of the entire series, links to interviews with the author and even wallpapers for download.
The authors website:
This is a series I only recently discovered and wow was I missing out. There are four books in the series starting with The Naming.
This was an epic fantasy along the lines of Tolkien. In some ways I found this a much more rewarding and rich world than some of the standard epic fantasy I have previously read. I really loved the main character Maerad and how her coming into herself, her femininity, and how the challenges were atypical. Her challenges were all the more engaging for her point of view. They were fairly hefty books to finish but I enjoyed them and often stayed up late reading each book. I really liked the recurring theme throughout her books that how you react to your choices and what happens to you matters. Strong people can learn to move on and get better. The author shows several examples of the opposite throughout the series and you learn that your choices matter.
To learn more about Pellinor:
From the author’s website: