Lynette Hill is an American writer who lives in middle England with her partner Ruth and Badger, their cat.
As a print journalist she has reported on elephant races and professional magicians, worked as copy editor and layout artist for the Daily & Sunday Oklahoman and covered amateur sports and recreation for the Washingtonpost.com’s Entertainment Guide in Washington D.C.
When not writing she enjoys hiking, traveling, music and live theatre. She is taking advantage of her time in England to explore the places made famous through folklore. She has climbed the coastline around King Arthur’s castle in Cornwall and visited his apparent burial place in Glastonbury. She knows where to buy a magic wand in London and has made a wish from inside the Uffington White Horse in Oxfordshire.
‘Half note’s Song’ is her first novel. ‘Octavia’s Journey’ will be her second.
In the city of Albermarle artisans sing the songs their ancestors learned from dragons to shape glass. When plague strikes they are asked to create a forbidden healing mirror. This piece is banned because one wrong step in the making will turn the mirror into an all-devouring monster. How will the glass singers save those they love if their efforts produce an unstoppable horror instead?
on Oct. 16, 2014
Dragons be damned, indeed!! This interesting mix of genres makes for a very fun read!
This well-written fantasy science fiction thriller takes you on a fascinating journey a creatively imagined universe. We have elves, goblins and space exploration, oh my! If you are looking for a new take on space opera, this is the book (and series) for you. This complex whodunnit takes elements from science fiction and fantasy and weaves them seamlessly together.
I instantly connected with the main character and her challenges. All of the characters are well rounded, with believable storylines. S.T. Xavier has created a fun, well thought out universe. I love the use of magic as technology. And this book has given me a whole new category of insults: I might have to use ‘you armor-licking dragon humper’ as an insult myself sometime. The author’s vivid imagery and powers of description really bring the story and characters to life.
Once I started reading I didn’t want to stop. I can’t wait to read more from this very talented and imaginative author. I highly recommend this book. I’m really looking forward to reading the next story in the Ugly Dirt Box Universe series.