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Wendy Altshuler is an award-winning screenwriter who explores myth in new media. With a degree in psychology and a Master of Arts from Columbia University, Altshuler documented the work of international choreographers and wrote and produced regional programming for three years. In 2001 she founded Arborgate Media to create projects that inspire, enrich and entertain through the media of film. Altshuler writes fantasy novels and currently works in the art of stop motion animation. She is represented by a WGA-accredited agent.
on Aug. 30, 2012 :
Nadia's Heart is a fantasy tale set in a magical world. The story begins in the village where young Nadia is growing up knowing that she is different, that something is amiss and when a mysterious stranger appears she goes with him in search of the truth. She travels to the Land of Silence, where the secret to her past lies, and finds terrible things there and some answers those these are not fully explained in this, part one, of the story.
From the outset there is a moody atmosphere that reminded me very much of European folk tales, something like Hansel and Gretel or Rumplestiltskin in tone. Often, those kind of stories have very dark undertones and though they are enjoyed by children on one level have much more depth and scope.
I don't have a lot of experience of reading this kind of modern fantasy story and I got a little lost at the beginning of the journey, maybe because the author `knows' the world she has created so well, there were times when the descriptions could, for me, have been a little clearer. In the second half of the book I felt more `at home' and accustomed to the setting.
There are a few clunky sentences dotted through but nothing that deterred from the story and here and there some really poetic phrases to enjoy and some truly beautiful descriptions.
Nadia's Heart is an unusual and quite haunting read possibly suitable for `older' young adults or adults with a love for this genre. I see there are several books in the 'Evergreen' series and I would imagine fans could easily be caught up in this intricate world and keep coming back for more.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)