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Katharina Gerlach was born in Germany in 1968. She and her three younger brothers grew up in the middle of a forest in the heart of the Luneburgian Heather. After romping through the forest with imagination as her guide, the tomboy learned to read and disappeared into magical adventures, past times or eerie fairytale woods.
She didn’t stop at reading. During her training as a landscape gardener, she wrote her first novel, a manuscript full of a beginner’s mistakes. Fortunately, she found books on Creative Writing and soon her stories improved. For a while, reality interfered with her writing but after finishing a degree in forestry and a PhD in Science she returned to her vocation. She likes to write Fantasy, Science Fiction and Historical Novels for all age groups.
At present, she is writing at her next project in a small house near Hildesheim, Germany, where she lives with her husband, three children and a dog. Katharina Gerlach has had various short stories published in Germany as well as a non-fiction e-book in US-Fantasy author Holly Lisle’s "The 33 Worst Mistakes Writers Make About …" series.
on June 15, 2013 :
What I like about all of Katharina's books is that, even in a fantasy setting, she's done historical research to give you that extra feeling of being in a world that's actually real. Magic carpets nonwithstanding :)
Amadi is a strong, engaging female lead - far too rare in MG fantasy IMHO - and the story is complex and engaging, although there were one or two places where I wished the story would move a little faster. All the characters are well-developed, and will keep surprising the reader with their actions - not everybody is what they seem, and some people might give you a real shock.
One thing to be aware of, if you're thinking of buying the books separately, is that they are very closely connected. The first books leave issues unresolved, to be picked up in the sequel.
My recommendation: If you like fantasy adventure, especially something in the style of the Arabian Nights, go and give this book a try!
(reviewed long after purchase)