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Nel Ashley started writing fantasy fiction and poetry as a teenager, but real life soon got in the way and it wasn't until many years later that she started writing again.
Blackfeather spent years rolling around in her head before she decided that enough was enough and it needed to be written.
By the time Blackfeather was finished, Nel had the ideas for not just the sequel, but a third book in the series too, as well as an entire folder full of other stories waiting to be written.
She describes herself as a writer of paranormal romance, mystery and myth and weaves elements of all three into her work. She is a Yorkshire lass, but currently lives in Liverpool, England, but her spiritual home is Glastonbury, where one day she hopes to meet Gwyn Ap Nudd in person.
on June 26, 2013 :
I loved this book and here's why.
Even plots of fantasy must have credible characters and Nel Ashley has gone beyond this with Blackfeather and written a story I so wanted to be true.
It ticks many boxes for me - history, romance, fantasy and genealogy (yes, really!).
I've spent many a happy hour examining historical records and headstones, so straightaway I felt a connection with Kate. This multi-faceted heroine unravels a story that spans centuries - how I wanted to be her!
There's good pace, thrilling moments and even a touch of gore - but not too much.
I already knew the author was writing a sequel - and sometimes that can be counter-productive. Can there be a satisfactory ending if the author hasn't finished telling her tale? Yes - most definitely.
As a debut novel this is remarkable and it was no surprise to me that it had been shortlisted for The Festival of Romance New Talent Award 2012.
(review of free book)
on Nov. 13, 2012 :
I read this book online at mibba.com. It is such a brilliant read. Very unexpected plot, but very much enjoyable.
I recommend people to buy this and read it, I know I'll be sending as many people as possible to do so.
(reviewed the day of purchase)