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She was looking for music. She found a mystery... Elspeth Kolesar only meant to search for new songs to relieve her boredom. What she finds instead are video recordings of a race called the Aelur, kidnapped from their home by her corrupt brother Anton. Though she is as much within his power as the Aelur, Elspeth vows to help them. Will the clash between her worlds destroy her? More

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About Anne B. Walsh

Anne B. Walsh was telling stories about magic and intrigue from the time she could talk, but it took her twenty years to realize she could make a living at it. Her first novel, historical fantasy "A Widow in Waiting", has its origins in a PBS special which changed her life; her second, family-focused fantasy "Homecoming", takes its inspiration from some of her other writing; and her third, soft science fiction "Killdeer", stems from her constant interest in the ways in which the future and the past coincide.

Anne lives east of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with one roommate (Krystal), two black Labs (Buddy and Brando), and two black cats (Starsky and Hutch). Sadly, their Cane Corso mastiff, Bruce, passed away in mid-August 2013, and their first cats, Poppy and Sesame, who helped inform Anne's first collection of short stories, "Cat Tales", passed out of their lives after an accident on Christmas Day 2013. No one ever said life was fair.

Anne's parents and siblings live two hours north of her, otherwise known as just far enough away. She has also been writing Harry Potter fan fiction for more than ten years and is known best in that genre as the creator of the "Dangerverse" alternate universe (which inspired "Homecoming").

Beyond writing fiction, Anne's preoccupations include reading fiction; singing anywhere that will have her, including her church and local galas; theatre, especially musicals; all forms of cooking; and her family and friends. Within writing fiction, her preoccupations are much the same, meaning most of her stories involve loving families, delicious food, and good music. Consider yourself warned.

A number of projects continue to need Anne's attention as she writes her original novels. Among these are her ongoing fanfiction works in various fandoms such as Harry Potter and Frozen, and the themed fantasy anthologies she co-authors with her friend and fellow author Elizabeth Conall.

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H S reviewed on Jan. 5, 2016

A nice, sweet, light sci-fi. I probably should have read it before the short stories set slightly later in the same world, as some of the plot twists had been spoiled, but no matter. The short stories set in its world persuaded me to read it in the first place, so...

I really like the idea of the Aelur (cats always help make a book if they're done well, and the Aelur - something like cat/human crosses - had enjoyable aspects of both species). It did take me two tries to decipher the myth later in the book, but maybe that was just me being a little sleep-deprived or something.

All in all, worth the read if you're in the market for something light, and the humour was also good. It's a fast, enjoyable read, and it's not too heavy on the tech (I'm more of a fantasy reader, so a whole lot of tech will put me off).
(reviewed 12 months after purchase)

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