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Ruth Colter has always aspired to be an author, but it was in entertaining her terminally ill older sister that she discovered her passion for fiction writing. She and her sister created the perfect world then Ruth built characters and plots to bring that world to life. Her sister passed away in 2012 before the first novel was completed, but Janet’s love of fantasy lives on as the inspiration for the Zelfar Trilogy. Ruth says writing is work, but it’s so much fun that she still considers herself retired, at least from the corporate world. Ruth loves to hear from her readers. You can find her contact information, as well as more details about discovering her passion, on her website at http://www.ruthcolter.com. While on the site, register for her newsletter and stay in the loop on release dates for books 2 and 3 of the Zelfar Trilogy.
on July 08, 2013 :
This is a first book from a new author. I was pleasantly surprised with how good this book is. The story line and plot are unique and interesting, which is rare these days, and she does a great job telling a story and keeping you interested. I foresee a bright future for this author.
Zelfar is the name of a world with regular humans that live in harmony with the help of "serenity orbs" and having common goals. The technology is very advanced, but in spite of this babies are dying from sudden infant loss syndrome. The book starts in Zelfar with a strong female lead physician who is trying to save the babies. The book really grabs you at about the 10th chapter (they are very short chapters) when she starts reading her great grandfather's journal about the discovery of Zelfar and the world he was from - the Oregon Territory in America. Her journeys to america are hilarious and suspenseful, in addition to being historically accurate.
Many fantasy books have fairies, gnomes, orcs or other magical creatures. This book has none of those. What it does have are green diamonds for energy sources, hover spheres for transportation, and home domes with robots that are very human. Even though it lacks magical creatures, it clearly falls in the fantasy category. Zelfar is truly a fantastical place. You almost feel as if it could be true - this world could really exist. Maybe this author is more than we think?
(reviewed within a month of purchase)