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Catherine lives on the borderline of North & West Yorkshire, the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales in England.
She is a mother of 4 children and a grandmother of 2 grandchildren. She lives in with a 3 legged dog, another daft dog and a crazy cat. Her wonderful husband assists her with the complicated world of computers that enable her to publish her works for the world to view.
Her reading is dedicated to the worlds within Fantasy Adventure, Urban Fantasy and Historical English Crime. Occasionally she turns to English Classics with Charles Dickens and the Bronte sisters being favourites.
By day she sells antique & vintage items. By night she is busy creating and writing towards her new Fantasy series, Aarabassa World.
To date there are two published books in the Aarabassa World series:-
Book 1 Guardian Dragons
Book 2 Flight of a Changeling
Book 3 Blood Bride)
on Jan. 29, 2014 :
This book was somewhat difficult for me to get into. The writing came across rather like a meandering stream with a slow, mostly even pace. Focus on specific characters lasts only a few chapters before moving on to new characters so it took a while before I could see how they were relevant to each other.
I enjoyed how the history of the Lightlands and Darklands came to be separated was given as a bedtime story for a young girl. Like so many young children, Bryley was full of questions and kept interrupting her father's tale. This was one of the best parts of the book in my opinion.
I'm okay with a shifting point-of-view having read several stories where this happens. What made the story difficult for me stay with was how slow everything moved. I did stick with it and while I never got truly engrossed in the story, I did come to appreciate the work Vickers put into creating the world of Arabassa. I've read other books that remained slow throughout that were followed by excellent sequels. There is a lot of potential in this book for Arabassa to become a great series.
Errors missed in editing that would have improved the readability of this book had they been caught. In spite of these problems, Guardian Dragons was, overall, a nice story. I will probably read the next book (Flight of a Changeling) at some point.
I was gifted a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed long after purchase)