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Ch’kara SilverWolf lives in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges in Victoria, Australia with her ever-patient partner and two beautiful Maine Coon cats.
She travelled around the world in her early twenties worked in the film industry in London for ten years. Then spent a year travelling in America, and after returning to Australia worked in Advertising, as well as doing volunteer work for several years in her spare time, before settling down to write seriously.
Daughter of Light & Dark is her first full length novel, and is the first in a trilogy ‘Prophecy of Nitesh’. She has written many short stories and a few not quite finished novels. Ch'kara has always had a love of fantasy, magik and the esoteric. Her interests are in "storytelling, medieval folk lore & myth, fantasy art".
Ch’kara has always had a love of mystical and fantasy creatures, she loves the characters from her writing, they are like old friends who come alive on the pages.
Some of her favourite authors and artists are Traci Harding, Terry Brooks, Sara Douglass, Kate Forsyth, Selina Fenech, Jessica Galbreth, and Ravynne Phelan
on Jan. 27, 2013 :
While I would love to give this book five stars there are few issues in the beginning chapters that need revisions before I can.
I the story is charming. A book I would definitely recommend to YA and Adults. Clean and sweet with some fine romantic elements this book should not cause a negative reaction for its content. The flash backs to the older characters lives are well written and intriguing. The quest is mostly straight forward and you want to have the heroine and her friends succeed.
This book is the first book by a talented new author and as such it does need a bit of editing but mostly only in the opening chapter. There are flow issues and one spot I noted a change in tense in the same paragraph. Saying that read past it and the book gets much better as you read along. A light fantasy read.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
L. W. Fulton
on Jan. 24, 2013 :
Very interesting book. Great world building in this story. It felt like a Tolkien type world. The creatures were interesting. I like the care of the environment and respect for other life forms that was shown in this book.
The book is sweetly romantic. There is an absence of blood and gore and graphic sex that gave me a good feeling. While the impending darkness hangs in the background of your mind, the characters are great to each other. They work together, we don't see jealousy or meanness in the primary group of creatures that help the chosen one on her quest.
The world and the characters here were very complex. I was worried the chosen would have to make this trek on her own but she has plenty of help, perhaps because she is so gracious and loyal to her friends.
I recommend this story to anyone who is looking for a wonderful fantasy with characters on a quest. The main character must constantly choose between good or evil. That is not as easy a choice as you would think it would be.
It's a very involved and wonderful world and it is filled with well thought out and complex characters. Very good book.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Jan. 20, 2013 :
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine, traditional fantasy epic, December 7, 2012
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This review is from: Daughter of Light & Dark (Prophecy of Nitesh) (Kindle Edition)
This is a fine epic fantasy. I say epic because it's clear that this is only the first installment in what will be a long and involved journey for the heroine, Montayna. She is a powerful witch who was orphaned at a young age, and found, finally, by many powerful adepts and trained to harness her power. She learns about her mother and knows that she was a surpassing good witch, but finds, to her shock and dismay, that her father was a different thing altogether... the most powerful dark lord the world has ever known!
Positives- this author has a fine grasp of fantasy and the vocabulary used in an ancient and archaic landscape. Her pace is languid and the mood throughout is melancholy and tension-filled.
Negatives- I tend to like action-driven books... boom,boom,boom! This is more character driven, and one must not be in any hurry in this plot-line.
If you just want to sit back and enjoy a beautifully detailed world in which magic can and does rule supreme, read this new fantasy by Ms. Silverwolf.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Dec. 19, 2012 :
I found Daughter of Light & Dark to be an imaginative and readable story, full of readily identifiable sympathetic and colorful characters. I enjoy a traditional fantasy quest, and this book fits right in that genre. A young heroine - inexperienced and facing appalling danger while on her quest. She gathers wizards, elves, faeries and wolves to her and throws herself into her quest to rid her world of an evil that threatens it.
The story is well paced as evidenced by the fact that it never drags on, even though there isn't the usual overdone swordplay action often seen in fantasy novels.
It is a tribute to the storyteller that she keeps the readers attention without the use of the sometimes artifice of action, action, action. There are enough crisis situations to keep the story moving and exciting.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it, and I look forward to the next edition. I was reminded of early David Eddings 'The Belgariad'.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)