Autumn (also known as Weifarer and Autumn Raven) is a travel and fiction writer currently based in Maine where she lives in a small cottage lost in the woods, which she built with her husband and with the supervision (and approval) of two Cairn terriers.
With a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bucknell University in Studio Arts and English, Autumn once considered a career in illustration. However, an ecology course at Virginia Tech led to a Master of Science degree in Ecology and Environmental Sciences from the University of Maine in Orono. After graduation with her M.S., Autumn has worked for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. This was a great job that not only let her help the environment and protect local agriculture, but also gave her a paycheck big enough to support her writing habit until finally … at long last she is now a full time writer and on-line educator!
Edwin D Ferretti III
on March 18, 2017 :
Born of Water has all of the elements of an excellent fantasy story. I love the world that the author created and the characters that she placed in my reading path. As I turned the pages I could feel the crackle of magic surround me as I followed the imaginative story the author wove. Elemental's, dragons and tree people all played a part in bringing the story to life.
Niri, a rogue water elemental, uses her powers to save a small band of unlikely heroes who are against the Church of the Four Orders. Moving by boat they enter into a world of thieves, murders and Priests of the Church who are hunting Niri for leaving the Order and hiding a magic user, with greater potential, called Ria.
I give this a five star review because it kept me turning pages wondering what dangers lurked ahead and. No cursing, sex or drugs makes this a story for the whole family. I look forward to reading the entire series of books.
(review of free book)
on July 21, 2014 :
From the mysterious opening to the clever ending I found this book very enjoyable. Always on the lookout for a series I can give my teenager to read I am glad I found this one.
Not one but 3 female leads! The story moves along at a good pace and keeps you wanting more. The author did a great job in describing her fantastical world without getting bogged down. You could certainly see and feel what the characters experienced and feel their peril.
Remembering the age of our heroes the angst they experience is certainly believable and relate-able.
This book has all the elements you want. Peril, unrequited love, coming of age, and a whole lot more.
Having found themselves thrown into this dangerous journey to protect the people they love these these heroes are believable in their fears and reluctance. It is only because of the fact that they stick together no matter what that they survive.
Some readers may nit pick little things but if you like young adult fantasy then this is a great read overall and still worthy of the 5 stars. I think it promises to be a great series.
(review of free book)
on June 22, 2013 :
Okay...I'm biased, because this is exactly my sort of book. But maybe that bias should make me more critical...but there is absolutely nothing to dislike about Born Of Water. Just as naiad Niri is born of water, then Autumn Birt is born to write.
Her story skilfully tells of an epic journey, while developing the characters of our heroes and heroines. The looks and gestures that pass between them help to transport the reader to the deck of the ship or the seat of the camel. We're not simply reading about this quest...we're there with them.
(reviewed 36 days after purchase)
on March 30, 2013 :
Enjoyable fantasy suitable for young adult audience
Four young adults travel by boat, by camel and on foot, to evade the Curse, a winged beast that kills users of forbidden magic and those who use magic outside the rules of ‘the Church’, which is composed of four orders of Elementals.
I very much liked the notion of Elemental magic. Niri’s power over water is used imaginatively in the various adventures throughout the journey, and control of air makes for an exciting battle versus the Curse. The story is well-developed and I was genuinely interested in what would happen next. The fantasy world is easy to visualise, with landscapes common to the genre, ranging from tree-dwellings to desert. There are often details that lift the description above the usual; the four temples are well-created and struck me as different.
Details of the sea journeys are especially convincing and you get the feeling that this author really knows about ships and sailing. Of course it helps the journey to have a naiad, Niri, changing the tide from time to time.
The main characters are under 20 (if you don’t count the tree-being Darag, who is considered young in his own community) and they are full of angst over boyfriend/girlfriend possibilities and over brother/sister arguments and little jealousies. Romance is innocent and starry-eyed, although the cultural difficulties of falling in love with a tree-person add some welcome dilemmas. I think a young adult reader would identify more with these emotions than I did; I find brother Ty’s possessive attitude to sister Lavinia highly irritating. There are times when I would like to remind the group that they are on a mission and that they are wasting time on petty sulks – but that is a reflection on my jaded 57 years.
I do think there are way too many significant looks and gestures, and that cutting three-quarters of these out completely would improve the pace without losing any of the emotion. The reader doesn’t need every blink and hand movement described.
(reviewed 43 days after purchase)