Originally from Toronto and then raised in Barrie, Ontario, Shannon currently makes her home on the Canadian Forces Base of Petawawa with her military husband and school-aged daughter. Having developed a taste for storytelling at an early age, Shannon hasn’t been able to escape its clutches since, and now spends as much of her time feeding her literary appetite as possible. When she isn’t writing fantastical tales saturated in mythology and folklore, she can either be found reading, gaming, or enjoying the company of close family and friends.
Whispers of Nowhere is the first novel in the trilogy of the same name. If you’d like to know more about Whispers of Nowhere, its sequels, or any of the author's other works, you can reach her through the various social media links provided.
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Whispers of Nowhere
by Shannon Rohrer
When Gwen stumbles upon the artifacts her father brings home one night, she accidentally releases the powers locked within them. Now it is up to her and her two mysterious guardians to reclaim those lost powers before they fall into the wrong hands. In a world ruled by mystical beings, the trio are in a race against time, with the fate of all worlds hanging in the balance...
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The Rising Dawn
on Aug. 19, 2017
The Rising Dawn is one of those stories that once it begins, it takes you in its clutches and doesn’t let go.
I had the privilege of reading the first handful of chapters when Ellicia Dawn was still writing it, and it hooked me from the onset. So naturally, when I found out she’d published it, I had to get my hands on a copy. As expected, it didn’t disappoint—allowing me to devour it within a single day.
The reader is taken on a journey with Erick—sometimes in first person, as he’s creating a written account of events, sometimes third person, as things unfold—through his story; a story beginning before he was even conceived, in a world where magic is as natural as breathing, before a new order moves in, making it so that all who display magic are cast out like proverbial lepers. We start off with Erick’s parents: his father, James Viere, and his mother, Clara. Unable to carry a pregnancy to term, Clara and James seek the help of Veinin, a powerful magic-user who acts as a liaison between the people of Havar, and the Rejected—those cast out for bearing magic.
With Veinin’s help, the couple are able to conceive—and from there, the story unfolds, the sense of urgency becoming ever greater as political footholds are gained and lost, with sinister forces leading them every step of the way.
There is so much I could say in this review, but to do so would spoil it for others. So as far as the plot is concerned, all I will say is it was fantastically done. Ellicia created a world that feels very authentic and real; a world full of politics, social structure, a unique magic system, and strong, complex characters—be they the main protagonists, the supporting cast, or even the villains. The writing was beautiful, neither over-the-top, nor simplistic. It was eloquent in all the right places, while direct and to the point in others, and flowed almost effortlessly. While I did find the odd error (a point of view switch not marked by Erick’s writing of events or living through them, or the odd typo) the story itself was an absolute pleasure to read, and one I’ll be sure to return to again in the near future. Moreover, it remains open for a sequel, which I can only hope to read in the near future.
So if you’re looking for a new, hidden gem in the epic fantasy section, I completely recommend giving The Rising Dawn a try.