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DONNA COOK is an award-winning author who writes fantasy by day and wishes magic were real by night. She's an Arizona native transplanted to Boise, Idaho, where she spends time chasing the kids, exploring delicious eateries downtown, and dancing with her talented husband.
For information about upcoming novels, visit www.donnacookauthor.com.
on Feb. 27, 2014 :
Gift of the Phoenix is so good, I don’t know where to even start. It’s excellent. It’s one of those books that you read that you don’t want to end because it’s so good but then you can’t wait to find out where it’s going to go, so can’t wait to finish it. This novel puts you on an intricately woven path as you meet many characters but who’s good and who isn’t? The story, the characters, the setting, all of it is so well written, so vivid – could see the characters, I knew the characters, I felt like I was there, walking through the forest, swimming with the dolphins, being carried by a Taluga… It has all of the elements of a great story – mystery, magic, suspense, a touch of romance, intrigue… It’s well paced, had heart stopping moments, it grabbed me on page one and kept my interest all the way through.
Well done Ms. Cook. I am so looking forward to the sequel in the Gift of Phoenix series. I absolutely loved this fantasy, to me it ranked right up there with two of my favorite series, Thomas Covenant White Gold Wielder and Lord of the Rings.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on May 19, 2013 :
Have you ever wished to be a prince? Or to be magical? Or to take part in saving one of the most magnificent beasts of all time? In Donna Cook’s Gift of the Phoenix, one has the chance to experience all of that. As an avid reader of fantasy, I often encounter boring or overused plotlines---this was neither! With a fresh new take on fantasy adventure, Cook constructs an enchanting world of magic, kingdoms, rebirth, and death. Her masterful portrayal of characters leaves one feeling as if the characters are close friends, and one quickly devours the pages to know what lies in store. Each character has his own unique distinctions that any person can relate to. Even among the three main protagonists, one can choose to focus their attention on Corren, the wizard, Marcellus, the prince, or Nicolai, the young farmer. The masterful language and writing eases one through the story, and the dialogue never feels forced. The plot is quick to hold one’s attention as the novel opens with Nashua and an ancient ritual gone wrong. Then, one is introduced to the main characters and whisked away into a fantasy adventure like no other. Love, hate, fear, uncertainty, and more fill each chapter, and one will never be bored! I simply cannot wait to read more of Donna Cook’s work!
(reviewed long after purchase)
Lindsey St. Patrick
on Sep. 26, 2012 :
Emily Dickinson wrote:
"There is no frigate like a book
To take us lands away,
Nor any coursers like a page
Of prancing poetry."
Donna Cook grabs you by the scruff of you neck, plants
you on your steed, and tears away. Hang on and enjoy
the ride! It is a trip well worth taking.
I thoroughly enjoyed this delightful romp by a new author,
and highly recommend it. It is a quick read and well crafted.
I will read it again and look forward to more of her work.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)