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T.W. Fendley is an award-winning author of historical fantasy and science fiction for adults and young adults. She began writing fiction full-time in 2007 after working twenty-five years in journalism and corporate communications.
She fell in love with ancient American cultures while researching story ideas at the 1997 Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop. Since then, she’s trekked to archeological sites in the Yucatan, Peru and American Southwest. When she’s not writing, T.W. explores the boundaries of consciousness through remote viewing and shamanism. She currently lives in the Greater St. Louis area with her artist husband and his pet fish.
As vice president/programming of the St. Louis Writers Guild, T.W. Fendley serves as editor of THE SCRIBE, a literary publication for writers, by writers.
on Jan. 06, 2015 :
Let's get full disclosure out of the way first - I received a free copy of the book so I could review it.
Having admitted that I am extremely pleased I was lucky enough to be given this book, it is a superb read. I could not put it down and I'm not exaggerating. I started reading last night, expecting to read the first few chapters and then pick it up again today, but I never stopped. It was 1:35am by the time I finished. The plot had me turning page after page even when my eyes were demanding I stop and go to sleep.
There are ups and down and exciting action in this book which all takes place in less than a day, but feels like so much more (in a good way). Lots of pre-Columbian archaeological detail makes it feel real with the backdrop of beautifully woven fantasy that had me wanting more. The book is detailed and yet fast paced and complex and yet easy to follow. It is very skilfully written.
I also really enjoyed the characters, from Jade, the feisty teen narrating the tale for us to One Reed, the mysterious Shaman and Max, the greedy gem stone hunter. All the players are colourful and alive and very much engaging.
I heartily recommend this book to all fans of the YA genre.
(reviewed 27 days after purchase)