I'm a late starter in the world of Indie publishing. I published my first novel, Leap the Wild Water, in March of this year at the ripe age of fifty-five. I've been creatively writing for years but this was the first novel I'd written which I felt was worthy of publication. I live in the wilds of Wales, a landscape which is little changed from the 19th century era in which Leap the Wild Water is set. Fortunately, unlike the landscape, life is very different now from the way it was back then, especially for women. In the past, the majority of women suffered great hardship and inequality, and were subject to blatant sexual double standards. Women were rendered powerless by the religious doctrine and cultural beliefs of the time, much as they still are in many parts of the world. Women who dared to break the rules were often cruelly punished, not only by larger society but also by their own families. Maybe its because I came from a large family of ten children, but I've always been intrigued by the ways in which society impacts on individual lives. This interest is reflected in my writing. In the main, I blog about how life used to be for rural people; discoveries I made while researching my novel. I also blog reviews about books I've found outstanding.
Leap the Wild Water
I must confess, this is not a genre I usually read but I’m very glad I read this one. I was captivated from the very first page. What a wonderful premise for a story this was! Crystal, who came from the illegitimate affair between a wizard an elfin princess in the magical land of the immortals, is taken away when a babe and left as a changeling in our real world. She is brought up by a widow who believes Crystal to be her own, though she is haunted by a dream she had on the night, unknown to her, that her real child had died.
Yet the author gives the teenage Crystal a modern, feisty edge. She is a supposedly ordinary girl in the mortal world, but who increasingly comes to realise she has extraordinary powers. Visited by a shape-changer from the Elf Realm, Crystal’s curiosity about her real origins is aroused. She meets Matt, who becomes her trusty friend, amid the dusty shelves of the town library. After being tricked into believing she will find the answers she seeks in the Kingdom of the Nine Winters, Crystal and Matt embark on a terrifying journey of discovery and danger.
Written with great imaginative flair and vivid descriptions, Lynette E Creswell takes us on a magical journey into a land of elves, witches, wizards, and Nonhawk warriors, and through evocatively named kingdoms such as Raven’s Rainbow, and the Kingdom of the Nine Winters.
This book contains all the ingredients of a great, action packed, fantasy novel. That this was a debut novel makes it all the more commendable. It is no surprise that Lynette E Creswell has built such a solid following of fans.
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