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Zaria Fierce and the Enchanted Drakeland Sword
Author: Keira Gillett
Illustrator: Eoghan Kerrigan
Narrator (aubiobook): Michele Carpenter
Release Date: November 6th, 2015
Publisher: Keira Gillett
Pages: 270 (Paperback)
Genre: MG | Fantasy | Adventure
Series: Zaria Fierce #2
Read: from November 1 to 5, 2015
Source: Author | Kobo
Get the Book: Amazon (e-book) | Amazon (print)
Princess, you are needed.
If Zaria Fierce had her say, being a princess would mean you’d never have to wait for news. In the eight months since Olaf tricked her, Zaria has felt a near constant mixture of restlessness, listlessness, and hopelessness. When the time comes to fix past mistakes, she is more than ready to climb aboard the ship sailing towards the giants. Summertime in Norway promises many more adventures, but also many more perils… something sinister lurks beneath the surface following her every move, haunting her, disturbing her dreams, and stealing her peace. Can Zaria figure out what it is and stop it before it’s too late?
Disclaimer: Thank you again Keira Gillett for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I was honoured to be invited by Keira Gillett to be part of her debut book blog tour, Zaria Fierce and the Secret of Gloomwood Forest, a fantastic book set on the Scandinavian folklore. It was a delightful book with beautiful illustrations and a story that had me hooked. The sequel is just as good as the first one, perhaps better and I’m so happy to be part of Keira Gillett‘s Blog Tour for Zaria Fierce and the Enchanted Drakeland Sword.
This sequel happens a few months after the events of the first book and Zaria and her friends are of to try to find a sword that will help them rescue Hart. One of the things I found amazing was the fact that the characters developed a great deal since the first book. I found them quite mature and definitely determined and loyal. Their friendship is something quite remarkable to read and Keira did an amazing job portraying each individual character. I had previously adored them all but in this book I became truly connected with them.
In this second book the friends and Hector travel through various different realms in search of this enchanted sword. I loved reading about these magical realms. The Norwegian folklore and lore are really present in these books, the fairytale side of Northern Europe simply giving the story a remarkable side that is unique. I’m beginning to get really interested in the Norwegian folklore because it’s so rich and so vast. Simply wonderful and Keira really knows how to transport it into her stories.
I liked having the opportunity to met new characters and go even deeper into the story. We slowly begin to unfold several things that were not explained in the first book. The pieces of the puzzle are fitting together and it only makes me super excited about the third book. I admit that I created a bond with these characters and with the story that can only be explained by recommending you the book.
Of course that Eoghan Kerrigan did a fantastic job with the illustrations again. They makes us not only visualise the story, but they also make the story real and alive, to me at least. I adore books with illustrations. Check them out:
I loved how he portrayed Mrs. Brown, a character I hope to get to read more about in the continuation.
In my opinion, I think Keira‘s writing in this book also developed. Her descriptions of not only the characters and their feelings but also of the setting was more detailed and, in a way, more beautiful. Just like the characters and the story are growing, her writing is also becoming quite amazing.
I congratulate Keira Gillett because her series only gets better. Not only are the characters growing with their adventures as we are as readers. As I mentioned on my previous review, this is definitely a story worth sharing with our family. And if I had previously said that this series was a delight to Narnia and Spiderwick fans,I will consider The Enchanted Drakeland Sword as a potential children’s version of The Lord of the Rings.
PS – just a side note: my blog is quoted on this book. Thank you so much Keira Gillett for such an honour ❤
Magical Norway by Keira Gillett:
Hi everyone! I’m so grateful to be back at Ner’s wonderful blog. My name is Keira Gillett and I just published my second novel in the Zaria Fierce Trilogy. The trilogy is about a thirteen year old American girl who is transplanted to Norway and encounters the magical world when a river-troll kidnaps her best friend.
I love the world of Zaria Fierce, which crisscrosses all over Norway. In Zaria Fierce and the Enchanted Drakeland Sword, Zaria and her friends learn more about the magical realms hidden from human view. There are so many things to see, to do, and to discover. I thought I would give a brief description of each of the places Zaria and her friends have visited or heard about in the course of their travels.
Glomma – The Glomma is a river that bisects the city of Fredrikstad and is the home of a nasty river-troll named Olaf. It was somewhere along this river where Christoffer was held captive in Zaria Fierce and the Secret of Gloomwood Forest.
Trolgar – The mountain-troll kingdom is hidden from humans. It lies deep underground and is formed from the cave system. The Wild Hunt is a tradition amongst these trolls. Don’t give them a reason to call one on you.
Álfheim – This royal city is home of the elves. They’re located north of Trolgar and near their allies, the ellefolken. The city is built into the trees themselves and the walkways look like spun spider webs. They’re masters of illusions, so who knows exactly what trickery they’ve done to keep humans out.
Under Realm – Not to be confused with the underworld, this magical void was the result of a great collaboration to imprison the dragons of the world. Why dragons? Because they are truly terrible and evil beings.
Jötunheim – Is the region at the top of Norway where the sharp eyed observer can spot a giant. There are five tribes, three of which reside in Norway’s borders, the greatest of which is the Seiland Court. The other two Norwegian tribes are located even more northerly and touch the borders of Niffleheim and Jerndor.
Niffleheim – Once upon a time Niffleheim was connected in many places to the world, but after the Vikings and the Dragomir Wars they cut off the world, except directly over their territory.
Jerndor – As the High Court of the Dwarves, Jerndor is a gem of a city located just shy of Vadsø. They work closely with the southern dwarf society known as Malmdor to produce magical items from a special ore.
Malmdor – Not a very nice group of dwarves, they use slaves to run their mighty forges and furnaces. They also equipped a certain river-troll with chains to capture a young prince of the ellefolken.
Which kingdom is your favorite?
Thank you so much Keira for this amazing post about these wonderful places. It was one of my favourite things in this book to know these realms. Jötunheim and Niffleheim are two places I would love to see for real but I have a great attraction for the Under Realm… I blame the epic darkness 🙂
Filip slung his window open and tossed out his backpack. It landed in a thump in the hedgerow. Aleks pulled it out and slung it over his shoulder with his own bag.
“How’re you getting down?”
“Hopefully with your stargazer.”
“Then why toss down your bag?” Aleks asked, exasperated.
“Just in case,” Filip said with a wink at Zaria.
She suppressed a smile. She looked to the others, “Does anybody have rope?”
Aleks and Geirr both nodded. Then Geirr unzipped his bag and pulled out a neat coil from on top. He tossed it to Filip, who snatched it up as it sailed by the window. He disappeared into his bedroom and reappeared moments later slinging the coil out the window. It unraveled to the ground.
“Good,” Filip said briskly. “It’s long enough. Now let’s see if it holds.”
Filip quickly scaled the side of the house and they gathered their belongings preparing to dash. Without warning, Mrs. Storstrand stuck her head out of a bottom window and shrieked at the sight of them.
“Just what do you think you’re doing?” she demanded.
“Run!” Filip shouted, grabbing his friends’ sleeves and rushing for the street.
Aleks cursed and threw Filip his backpack while slinging his own around to the front and unzipping a pocket. He looked frazzled as he dug inside the opening. Mrs. Storstrand was quick. She was already out of the house and chasing after them. She threatened life and limb and the most terrible of all – letting Filip’s father know what he was about.
At last Aleks found the stargazer – a shiny purplish egg-shaped object perforated with stars – and almost dropped it in his haste. After a brief fumble, Aleks located the largest star, and hastily jabbed his finger into the hole. Just like that, Mrs. Storstrand froze mid-run. But so too did Christoffer, Filip, and Geirr.
Aleks looked at Zaria and to the others. “Damn,” he hissed. “Wait! How are you not frozen too?”
Keira Gillett (Author):
She graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in Drawing and Painting.
From an early age her mother instilled a love of the written word, as such she has always been a big reader.
Her first book, Zaria Fierce and the Secret of Gloomwood Forest, is about a young girl who must complete a quest to save her friend from a nasty river-troll.
Eoghan Kerrigan (Illustrator):
He studied illustration in Ballyfermot College of Further Education and has produced work for various independent projects.
He has two cats and a soft spot for trolls.
Michele Carpenter (Narrator):
She and her husband (also a voice actor) often work on projects together and help one another through the journey.
Together, they have three kids. Michele’s children love to hear her read stories and beg her to edit her narrations in the same room with them so they can listen too.
It’s partially for this reason that Michele has come to feel a personal responsibility to only record books that aren’t inappropriate for children or young adults–at their respective age levels and according to the maturity levels of the books they’re able to read.
“We never know how long we have on this earth and I’d rather leave behind a legacy of books that I’m not ashamed to have my friends, family and even future grandchildren, listen to forever.”