7 books in 7 days . . . .Spring Break Must Reads!
Day 1 – Her Highland Champion by Alexa Bourne
Day 2 – Moonlight on the Nantahala by Micheal Rivers
Day 3 – Legends of Tsalagee by Phil Truman
Day 4 – Two Moons of Sera by Pavarti K Tyler
Maybe you’ve heard of Pavarti K Tyler and the first novella in her ongoing series, Two Moons of Sera. I didn’t . . . until perusing “also reads” next to another Amazon selection. I was hooked as soon as I realized the heroine is a hybrid of “water” and “land” people.
Ms. Tyler had my attention, but could she keep it? You betcha, and let me add, WOW! This is a great story, seamlessly written with such alluring visual images that you can close your eyes and believe you’re there. The author feeds us bits of timeless wisdom in beautifully crafted prose. You may want to utilize the highlighter from time to time. It’s that good.
I’m a cautious reader of fantasy adventures. There are often so many characters, locations and Para-worldly elements thrown into the first few chapters that it’s difficult to find the story. Ms. Tyler has avoided those pitfalls by layering in details on an “as needed” basis.
The first segment of the novella series introduces Serafay, a young girl who lives an isolated existence with her mother. She’s shunned by the two warring tribes, Sualwet (the water people) and Erlander (the earth people), because of her half-breed genetics.
The back-story is sad yet sets the stage for our heroine’s journey. During capture by the Erlanders, Sera’s mother was subjected to experimentation, spawning a hybrid daughter in the process. After she escapes, the mother attempts to return to her people but they insist she kill her daughter. She chooses exile instead.
Sera soon meets another victim of cruel experimentation – a young boy named Tor. Since Tor can’t speak, she painstakingly and patiently teaches him her language. Since they are both ostracized and without friends, they form a strong bond.
This is the beginning of a very interesting tale. Think of it as a pilot to a TV series. It’s laying the groundwork but there’s much more to come. More secrets to uncover. The journey and relationships are just unfolding.
Which adds a bit of angst to this short novella. Just as you reach complete mental submersion, willing to lock the door and tell the world to go away until you’ve finished the book . . . it ends.
The second book is now available and the third is scheduled for June. If you play your cards right, you’ll have a fascinating series to keep you occupied long past Spring Break!
Two Moons of Sera by Pavarti K Tyler