Diane Lynn McGyver grew up along the wild shores of Nova Scotia, Canada. She spent her summers running barefoot through the forest and sailing on the sea, and her winters building snow forts, skating and playing hockey. She began writing at an early age, filling Campfire Notebooks with tales based on her imagination and her adventures.
She currently dwells on a small homestead where she raises children, Toggenburg goats and heritage-breed chickens. Her work has appeared in more than a thousand publications since 1997.
She is the author of “Shadows in the Stone” (traditional adult fantasy), “Pockets of Wildflowers”, “Twistmas - The Season for Love” (both adult romance), “Fowl Summer Nights” (humour) and “Nova Scotia - Life Near Water” (anthology). The second book in the fantasy Castle Keepers series “Scattered Stones” will be launched May 6, 2016.
To learn more about her books and future adventures, visit Diane's website (dianelynnmcgyver.com), or follow her on Twitter: @DLMcGyver.
on June 21, 2012 :
I don't often read fantasy, but I have been following this author and the premise of her story sounded intriguing. I was not disappointed and found I was unable to put the book down. This may be fantasy but the characters are very real. Ms. McGyver has created characters you care about as they deal with their personal demons, suppressed feelings, secrets, magical powers and unrequited love. Alaura of Niamh, my favourite character, is both tough and gentle, as well as mysterious. Bronwyn and Alaura have a unique relationship which can also be frustrating at times. The child, Isla, will capture your heart as she has her foster-father Bronwyn's. The author paints a palpable picture of the land of Ath-o'Lea, sparing no details. A number of fantastical creatures make their appearance adding colour and interest.
Many characters are introduced in this book and I had trouble keeping track of all of them. I also felt there were too many questions left unanswered at the end of the book. What happened to Isla? What secret is Alaura keeping and why can't she join with Bronwyn? What is wrong inside Aruam Castle? Who is the traitor? What is, "The Prophesy"? I may be kept up at night wondering.
This is the first book in The Castle Keeper series and I look forward to reading the next three books to find the answers. This is a great read for those who love fantasy and for those who are new to it.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
Cheryl L. Davis
on June 20, 2012 :
Shadows in the Stone is captivating in its simplicity. It is fantasy explored with simple, concise language that any reader can (and will) enjoy. I don't normally read fantasy but the town of Maskill pulled me in, and very much became 3-dimensional. Alaura and Bronwyn's love is pure, as is their adoration for Isla. Their journey to find the young hauflin is fraught with trouble and Diane Lynn McGyver captures the danger in a succession of well written action scenes that keeps the reader engaged.
It delves in to a world that exists only in our imaginations, and yet we are drawn in to it as though it is real. I look forward to the next installment of the trilogy and recommend this book to anybody who is hovering on the edge of the fantasy world.
(reviewed 30 days after purchase)