Book Review - Fire Pool by David E Owen
If you are interested in how a published author starts out in imagining the book, check further down this article for the "Imagining A Book" section. This section covers Book 1 of The Prophecy Stones, a trilogy which then became a quartet, by David E Owen. The Prophecy Stones control the ancient Elements: Fire, Water, Earth and Air in the world of Mundo a large landmass split in two by a giant range of mountains a thousand miles long. There is something special about this ancient mountain range for it calls people to the world of Mundo - people called "Arrivers" and in this world they have magical powers.There is already unrest, for the original inhabitants - the "Belongers" - have no such magical powers and resent the Arrivers' powers.
As the book opens, the ancient protectors of the Prophecy Stones are losing their powers and the evil and wicked Lord Mool is on the move, along with the one who betrayed the Protectors and who wants to gather the powers of ALL the Prophecy Stones into one set of greedy hands.
Only one person - Nesta - ten years old and a powerful, though untrained wielder of magic, stands between the Prophecy Stones and those who would pervert their powers. She is joined by a failed soldier and two creatures, the beautiful Wireni and the powerful Huffer. On the opposing side is the betrayer, turncoat soldiers and the evil skyke and umbra.
Books 2, 3 and 4 in this series are also now available and David E Owen has since written another novel, Evolvere, a thriller that involves a new virus from a Martian meteorite!
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What is Fantasy?
Carl Jung, the Swiss Psychologist had some things to say on Fantasy, "All the works of man have their origin in creative fantasy. What right have we then to depreciate imagination." and
"Without this playing with fantasy no creative work has ever yet come to birth. The debt we owe to the play of the imagination is incalculable.", quotes obtained from
Fantasy is one form of fiction writing that often uses events and abilities outside our known ones in this world, including magic and different laws of physics. Some famous fiction writers include Tolkien (Lord of the Rings) Terry Pratchett (the DiscWorld series - also totally hilarious) JK Rowling (Harry Potter) C S Lewis (Narnia series) Lewis Carroll (Alice in Wonderland) Lloyd Alexander (Chronicles of Prydain) and Terry Brooks (Shannara series).
All of these writers include some kind of supernatural phenomenon in their works, such as talking animals, magical abilities, dragons, fairies, wizards, witches, elves and while all of these authors may write at different levels, their books can be enjoyed by anyone of any age because the stories they write contain truths that apply to this world and life as much as to their fantasy universes.
Imagining A Book
If you are interested in writing your own fantasy novel or even if you are just interested in finding out how an author thinks up their story, you may be interested in how this author, David E Owen first imagined THIS Novel.
He was a teacher and he used imagination with his students to help them with their writing. He describes the process on his web page for the novel as, "It all started through asking my classes to close their eyes and imagine scenes as I described them aloud. These included the students and their school chairs rising up through the classrooms above ( I was based in a block with many floors ...). As they rose, still seated, I asked them to notice the look of shock on other students' faces, feel the wind in their clothes and hair as they ascended out of the block, and visualise the landscape ahead of them,....
From such beginnings, we moved on to visit other planets where few humans lived but strange creatures lurked, and so, ... the world of Mundo was born." You can read the rest of this information and more on his web site at http://prophecystones.co.uk/
- The Prophecy Stones Web Site
The official web site for The Prophecy Stomes
The Prophecy Stones
The Prophecy Stones was imagined as a trilogy and then became a quadrilogy or a quartet. Book 1 is available either as a Kindle book or as a paperback published by Austin & Macauley. Books 2, 3 and 4 are available in a Kindle edition. All are fast-paced page-turners and are suitable for anyone from teens upward. As an adult, I enjoyed this book and I would class it in the same area as that of Philip Pullman's works (His Dark Materials) and even Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl books. If you have read and enjoyed either of those, you will enjoy this series too, although the Artemis Fowl books would be classed more as funny, whereas the Prophecy Stones are more of a serious read, like Philip Pullman's work.
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Fire Pool - Three books available
You can read Fire Pool for yourself, either as a paperback or in the Kindle edition. The three books are "FirePool", "Light Seeker" and "Dark Betrayer".
The first book in the series - introduces Nesta and her helpers. Thrust into something she doesn't understand, Nesta has to learn to use her great power to save herself and her world.
The new novel - Evolvere Thriller
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