on Aug. 29, 2010 :
I enjoyed this story very much. The protagonist Hilda is so much out of her comfort zone that it's easy to empathize with her. I loved the "ancient one" who shows up (so much like my own ancient one). The obstacles Hilda has to overcome are well thought out but the language of the bikers and some of their actions (especially the way they treat their women) would make this more appropriate for older children.
Thank you for providing a fun read.
(review of free book)
on Aug. 7, 2010 :
Grimhilda or Hilda to her friends is not a nice witch. In fact, she is a wicked witch. She belongs in a land where magic is common and fairies are seen flitting by on their daily chores. Hilda is used to having things go her way, She is in the middle of doing what she is expected to do when a chance slapping of a book page in our world and the release of energy from her wand in hers, causes a shift in the paradigm. She did not ask to be transported to our world and set against the odds of being understood by humans. But she does her best to survive and return to the land from whence she came.
Paul has done a good job of portraying a trapped witch. I could feel her confusion and understand why she turned people into frogs without guilt. I knew from his portrayal of her that it was a normal thing for her to do in her world. We might see her as spoiled, throwing a temper-tantrum if she did not get what she wanted immediately, but she was not used to waiting for her desires to be fulfilled.
Paul allows Hilda to have just enough magic with her to use the common things around her and create what she needs to find her way back to her world, but she also has to overcome several difficulties, such as a motorcycle gang. He also wants the reader to understand that she could be nice if she felt she was being treated fairly. She has respect for knowledge and truth and in the end, is helped by someone who respects her and her magic.
I enjoyed Hilda, it was cute and light, a fairytale in today's world of vampires and zombies. I was rooting for her. I do still wonder if the people she used her magic on were released after a time. I hate to think that poor man is still a frog.
However, there is strong language throughout. I would rate it PG13.
Also, there are a few rare stumbles in wording but I am in awe of Paul's command of our English language as this is not his mother tongue.
All in all, a fun read and I hope to see more of Hilda here on Smashwords.
(review of free book)