Author Interview | Colm McElwain

Every now and then, I am blessed with the opportunity to communicate with authors directly and more often than not, these interactions, no matter how little it may be, never cease to amaze and inspire me. Recently I read and reviewed Colm McElwain’s James Clyde and the Diamonds of Orchestra. I believe every writer has two stories to tell – one is of the book itself and the other is on their writing journey.

Here’s my recent interview with him! If you have further questions, do give me a buzz and I’ll be sure to let him know. 🙂

1) What and/or who inspired you to write James Clyde? 

A lot of different things really! I was inspired by other popular children’s books and films. This would include Disney films, Harry Potter, Indiana Jones and Superman, to name just a few.  Sometimes scenes within a film helped me write certain sequences. For example, if I was writing a battle scene I would watch a war or battle sequence and try to describe what was happening. If I was writing a flying sequence I might watch ‘Superman’ and again try to write down what I was watching. Then I would go back to my manuscript and rewrite my sequence until I was happy with it. I really wanted the reader to feel like they were right there with the characters. I must admit that one of the scenes with the children flying was inspired by ‘The Snowman.’ Do you know the scene where the young boy flies into the sky holding the snowman’s hand?  I thought that was a magical moment and tried to capture that sense of wonderment in my opening flying sequence. My story was set at Christmas and it was snowing too!  This helps – the setup is very magical to begin with, so the rest of the story can take off from there. Ideas are everywhere. Some of the sequences in my book would cost a fortune to produce in a film, but the joy of writing means I can write them down for free.

2) What are some of the challenges you face in your writing journey?

In the actual writing, linking all the loose ends together can be tricky.  However, there’s nothing that can’t be overcome. The answers are there.  It might take several rewrites and a lot of hard work and head scratching, but I found the solution always presented itself, eventually. I sometimes encountered problems with the story, but that might happen in draft 2 or 3.  By draft 25 or 30 I would have solved the problem.  It just takes time and effort. Perhaps leaving the story for a while and then coming back to it with a fresh perspective. I’m afraid, writing a book is a long-term project. Everyone is capable of it though. I still do face challenges in promoting my book. I would love to write a sequel one day, but first I want James Clyde’s first adventure to do well. So thank you for reading and reviewing.

3) Who is your favourite character in the book and why?

Well the obvious answer is James, I suppose, but I really do love them all.  I do like James’s story arc.  It feels complete by the end.  However, any good story needs strong bad guys! I had to see things from Gilbert’s point of view, just as much as I did from James’s.  I went with the idea that Gilbert doesn’t actually believe he is evil. He believes he’s doing the right thing.  I felt this would be an interesting angle.  The reader can actually put themselves in Gilbert’s shoes.  He is a man in his 60’s and feels like things have passed him by.  He wants more.  I think in a way everyone can relate to that. The lure and mystic of the diamonds and obtaining power entices him into making bad decisions. His greed also gets the better of him.  Then I also like Kila.  He is obviously a strong character in the story and James needs him in order to survive.  I like the relationship that exists between these two characters.

4) Are you looking into writing a sequel for James Clyde?

Yes I do feel 2017 would be a good year to make a start.  Why not?  I do have a good idea of where the story could progress. I just needed a break after writing, James Clyde and the Diamonds of Orchestra. I worked six years on it and it’s still an on-going process with promotion now the main objective. It’s important to enjoy life, as it’s an adventure too!  So instead of writing about an adventure I decided to live my own for a bit. However, I do intend to give it a shot in 2017.  Hopefully it might happen one day!

5) If you could mention only 3 unique points about the book, what would it be?

Magical diamonds sought by many, faith in miracles and in oneself, and a young boy who will never give up on his grandfather’s wish.


More on the Author 

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Colm was raised and educated in Monaghan, Ireland. He is a business and physical education teacher and likes reading books, watching films and playing sport. He has always loved storytelling, whether through literature or film.  James Clyde and the Diamonds of Orchestra is his first novel and brings a very fulfilling creative experience spanning a number of years to an end. Colm’s inspiration for James Clyde and the Diamonds of Orchestra were other great books and films in the children’s fantasy genre. He grew up reading Roald Dahl’s magical books and journeyed to Narnia whenever he read C.S. Lewis’s book series. In film he loved the ‘Indiana Jones’ and ‘Back to the Future’ movies.  Colm wanted to instill that sense of swashbuckling adventure into his own novel.

Review – James Clyde and the Diamonds of Orchestra | Colm McElwain

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  • Title: James Clyde and the Diamonds of Orchestra
  • Author: Colm McElwain
  • Publisher: Matador
  • Release date: February 1st 2012
  • Pages: 246

Blurb

Alongside his friends Ben and Mary Forester, James Clyde must protect a powerful diamond from falling into the wrong hands. A strange and sinister man dressed in black is also pursuing the diamond and will stop at nothing to obtain it.

James and his friends set off on a perilous journey to return the diamond to its rightful place. But they are being hunted every step of the way by the relentless man in black and his blood-thirsty army. Outnumbered, James finds he must use the power of the diamond to escape their clutches – or become another victim of their murderous quest. So begins a journey that will transport them to an alternative world where they must confront the mysterious man in black for a final, winner-takes-all battle…


Magic? Children as heroes and heroines? A fantasy world?

Being in the Harry Potter fandom does come with very high expectations especially when I read a book with similar themes. Despite that, I decided to give this middle grade fantasy book a try. Safe to say – I am extremely happy with how it turned out to be!

It was hardly recognisable: the fabric was in tatters and the strap was cut in half. Knees trembling, he walked slowly forward. I have to get out of here! They’re getting closer. 

The first thought that came to my mind when I started reading this book was – omg, Colm can really write. He writes with so much heart and conviction. The flow was wonderful, the use of language simple yet outstanding, and overall it just made me dive into the story instantly. I was drawn to it. The chapters are short too which really helps in making good reading progress, especially for those with short attention spans! I’m sure you can relate when I say that there are some books out there that require extra effort to get through the chapters. James Clyde does not pose such a challenge – extra points for sure!

Without delay, he went to the wardrobe, took from it the black cloak and laid it out on the bed.

This was his anonymity.

This was his disguise.

James, Ben and Mary are strong characters to the plot. The trio are just knee-high to a grasshopper but their struggles and actions are monumental. Their adventures are extremely interesting to follow till the extent that they brought back old childhood memories – of the carefree life and wild imaginations. Elements of suspense in the story were also very well-crafted and added so much depth to the build-up.

“You still have much to learn and you will. You’re young. One day, you’ll claim your revenge. That I promise you.” He laid a comforting hand on James’s shoulder.

Will these children have a chance against the villains?

James Clyde and the Diamonds of Orchestra is a book which will keep you glued – the writing, plot and characters are packed with so much thought; it’s no surprise that it’s truly spot on. It was also written by an exceptional, hardworking and humble writer. I have high hopes that he will soon publish a sequel for it – and for that I am indeed excited!

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I would like to thank the author, Colm McElwain, for this review copy in exchange for my honest review!

Review – Barefoot on the Wind | Zoë Marriott

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  • Title: Barefoot on the Wind
  • Author: Zoë Marriott
  • Publisher: Walker Books
  • Release Date: September 1st 2016
  • Pages: 313
  • Companion Novel: Shadows on the Moon

Blurb

A companion title to Zoë Marriott’s critically acclaimed Shadows on the Moon, BAREFOOT ON THE WIND is a darkly magical retelling of “Beauty and the Beast” set in fairytale Japan.

There is a monster in the forest…

Everyone in Hana’s remote village on the mountain knows that straying too far into the woods is a death sentence. When Hana’s father goes missing, she is the only one who dares try to save him. Taking up her hunting gear, she goes in search of the beast, determined to kill it – or be killed herself.

But the forest contains more secrets, more magic and more darkness than Hana could ever have imagined. And the beast is not at all what she expects…


Let’s face the fact, I love a good retelling. It transports me back to my childhood days. It reminds me of the crazy things I used to do as a kid. It takes me home to this little part of my soul which is forever stuck in Neverland. When I came across Barefoot on the Wind, I knew I just HAD to get my hands on it…. and guess what? I absolutely loved it!

“There is a monster in the forest…”

Set in fairy tale Japan, Hana lives with her parents in a remote village on the mountains. She is on the road of self-discovery, still torn by the death of her older brother, Kyo. Ever since he was taken away by the monster in the forest, her family was never the same again. Hana always tries to be the “son” of the family, doing her very best to impress her parents, especially her father who strongly believes Hana is the reason behind his only son’s death. One night, Hana’s father was captured by the monster too, and the villagers started despising her family, believing they bring bad luck. Not one person wanted to lend in a hand to help her father, not even the bravest of men.

Barefoot on the Wind is a Beauty and the Beast retelling from a feminist perspective – empowering and enthralling. To put it simply – in the traditional fairy tale, innocent Belle did not come to the Beast on her own free will. Yet, even after taking her father as a prisoner, the Beast was lucky enough to have been awarded with her love. In Barefoot on the Wind, dear Hana went into the forest on her own free will to save her father and falling in love is last on her list of priorities. This story is very empowering and you will definitely love Hana’s brave ways.

Be wary if you ask favours of the Moon. She does not grant our wishes. She answers our prayers.

I really enjoyed the Asian twist to it. The characters are Japanese and you will get a fairly good glimpse of their culture and lifestyle. The food they eat, the clothes they wear; the little things which make them who they are. As an Asian myself, I really appreciate Zoë’s research and effort in bringing these characters to life and closer to home.

The writing of the story is simple and very easy to follow. Believe it or not, this is the very same story I told my little 5-year-old cousin when she came over for a sleepover at my place. I told her about Hana, about Itsuki, and about the monster in the forest. She was instantly attached, just like how I was too. The flow is really good and you would find this book difficult to put down. I enjoyed how the chapters were not too long too. The scenes were straight to the point and fast paced, yet perfect in unraveling the mystery – who is the monster in the forest? 

I feel very strongly for the characters. Each and every one of them introduced played a part in bringing everything together. It makes you feel whole. The development of the main characters were very in depth.

The romance was spot on too. It was gentle and kind. Attached and soulful. It is every bit of a mystery you would love in a good romance story. Every bit of sweetness you can find in the relationship between two people. And when they finally hold hands and it sends warmth in your heart, you know the writer did a magnificent job.

And he will kiss me again, I thought, almost dizzy at the wonder of it. He will kiss me a thousand times more, and in a thousand ways.  

Above all, this is a story on relationships and self-discovery. A story of faith restoration, forgiveness and determination. You will find love and comfort in every step and every turn, every chapter of this gripping tale.

“Because you still have work to do. You never needed to tell me that. Your father may have seen you in his dreams, my little flower, but I have always seen you in my heart.”

You will feel drawn to the book, attached to the characters and immersed in their adventures. This is definitely a winner for me. This is one retelling you should not miss!

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I can’t thank Walker Books enough for sending me this amazing review copy in exchange for my honest review!

Review – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child | J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne

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  • Title: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  • Author: J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne
  • Publisher: Little, Brown
  • Release Date: July 31st 2016
  • Pages: 328

Blurb

The Eighth Story. Nineteen Years Later.

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.


*Warning: minor spoilers ahead*

“Anything from the trolley, dears?” and it hits you right in the heart, I’m home.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is that one book all of us Potterheads have been impatiently waiting for, especially those who didn’t get to watch the play in London! Indeed, this is a great effort to get the celebration of 19 years later going globally though I do hope they will still try to put on the play here in Malaysia. One can dream!

I was instantly transported back to my childhood days; flipping the pages lovingly and immersing myself into the lives of my all-time favourite characters.

“Hermione Granger, I’m being bossed around by Hermione Granger.”

I purposely chose to read this gorgeous script book after the hype died down even though I got my hands on it on the first day of release! Take note that I will not be comparing this book to the previous Harry Potter books in this review. To me, this is more of a little gift for the fans, to answer some of the questions we’ve been having, and a celebration of our magical friends’ lives after the Battle of Hogwarts.

One of the major questions fans have been screaming out for years is the use of the Time Turner, the delicate timepiece for the purpose of time travel. In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Hermione used this device to save Buckbeak, a Hippogriff, from being butchered – which then contributed to the unfolding of events later on in the story. Many fans have expressed how the Time Turner could have been used for so many other important events – saving people from dying, preventing the dark side from resurrecting etc.

So this story essentially does that; tapping into the what ifs and maybes, begging the question – can we really change the past with a single spin of a Time Turner?

“It is exceptionally lonely, being Draco Malfoy. I will always be suspected. There is no escaping the past.”

I didn’t mind at all that it was in a script form. It was a rather unique experience for me, and I certainly enjoyed it. The scenes were nicely organized – short and sweet. The writing was easy to follow and the narrations helped to set the mood perfectly.

I personally thought that they got Draco, Ron, Harry and Ginny’s adult characters spot on while Hermione was alright but I wish they had showed more of her intellect and strength that we have all come to love. There was lack of story on the other Weasleys and the Dursleys too, which was disappointing as it would have made the story more complete and well-rounded.

Overall, my favourite takeaway is Scorpius Malfoy and Albus Potter’s friendship. It is genuine and heartwarming, and will leave you with so much love in your heart. Scorpius is definitely my favourite character in the book! The friendships and family relationship were built up really nicely and you will follow the characters’ journey in understanding each other better, having the confidence and faith to strive together, and getting pass their differences.

There is just nothing much like it. :’)

It wasn’t THE 8th book for me but I still enjoyed the lightness of it and the storyline. Be prepared to be transported right back into our much missed childhood adventure and have your wands at the ready to find out – who exactly is this Cursed Child?

“Those we love never truly leave us, Harry. There are things that death cannot touch.”

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Review – A Court of Mist and Fury | Sarah J. Maas

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Blurb

Feyre is immortal.

After rescuing her lover Tamlin from a wicked Faerie Queen, she returns to the Spring Court possessing the powers of the High Fae. But Feyre cannot forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people – nor the bargain she made with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court.

As Feyre is drawn ever deeper into Rhysand’s dark web of politics and passion, war is looming and an evil far greater than any queen threatens to destroy everything Feyre has fought for. She must confront her past, embrace her gifts and decide her fate.

She must surrender her heart to heal a world torn in two.


Lately, I have been in the mood for retellings – both movies and books, and since I just read A Court of Thorns and Roses over a month ago, I knew I needed to catch up on the sequel FAST before I stumble upon any spoilers. (Social media is a dark, DARK place for those seeking a spoiler-free good time.) A Court of Mist and Fury left me in a very bad state after – sleepless nights, fever, book withdrawal syndrome – well you get the picture. I’m thankful for my bookish friends though whom I could fangirl with as that really helped me get through the hangover. Yes, fan arts and all, which I still have as my phone screensaver.

Despite recovering from all that, I still find myself staring right back at the book sometimes, in between trying to hide from the secrets I now know of and yearning to reach out and dive into this magical world all over again. Think starry nights, glittery waters and gorgeous mountains all around you. The Night Court, that’s the place you would want to be in. Sarah, WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO US?

A Court of Mist and Fury is a retelling of Hades and Persephone, a classic Greek methodology on how Persephone, the daughter of goddess Demeter, was kidnapped by Hades, the God of the Underworld, and later became the Queen of the Underworld.

Similarly, in A Court of Mist and Fury, we will see how Feyre’s time in the Spring Court alongside Tamlin, the High Lord of the Spring Court, soon came to an abrupt end after she was taken away by Rhysand, the High Lord of the Night Court, to the grand, magnificent, gorgeous Night Court. During her time at the Spring Court, Tamlin was watching her every move, overprotecting her from harm and keeping secrets from her. Though Tamlin meant well, Feyre was suffocating inside – it deteriorated her very soul. As she starts a new chapter surrounded by new people, who soon became her friends, she goes through an emotional spin after deciding to stay on at the Night Court and cut all ties with her past, Tamlin and rest of the Spring Court. She chose a new life away from her dear lover Tamlin to be a member of his enemy’s Court. What. A. Story. 

“And I wondered if love was too weak a word for what he felt, what he’d done for me. For what I felt for him.”

A Court of Mist and Fury is the second book to my current favourite fantasy-romance series and it certainly did justice (and more) in bringing the characters to their strongest, giving them the opportunity to shine through. The new characters played a big role in the rest of the story, and I soon fell in love with Rhysand, who is ultimately, not as he once seemed.

“He thinks he’ll be remembered as the villain in the story. But I forgot to tell him that the villain is usually the person who locks up the maiden and throws away the key. He was the one who let me out.”

Despite loving the overall plot and writing, I do have a few issues which I badly feel should be highlighted:

Firstly, the introduction of New Adult content was very unexpected and too early in the book. As the story progressed, the following scenes were much better structured but dear, oh dear, the first scene was a disappointment for me as I felt that even though it was important to showcase the love Tamlin and Feyre had for each other, its timing was rather off-putting.

Secondly, I’m sure you still remember how highly I spoke of Sarah’s writing. Don’t get me wrong, her writing in A Court of Mist and Fury was just as good if not better – beautiful prose, elegant writing and excellent world-building. However, there was one thing that bothered me, the repetition of a phrase – “tear into ribbons” – which I came across in A Court of Thorns and Roses AND a few times in A Court of Mist and Fury. I wasn’t a fan of this at all so it was indeed a letdown.

Thirdly, the introduction of new characters. Too many characters were introduced at once so I was caught re-reading a particular chapter a few times to tell them apart and get a feel of whom they were. This was rather irritating for me but as soon as I got pass that, I did enjoy and follow the said characters with hardly any trouble.

Fourthly, Tamlin’s disappearance in most of the story. I won’t go in detail on this but hey, you’ll see.

Overall, this book was – surprising. I was surprised at myself for not liking it at first (my expectations were huge!) because of the few weaknesses I found very early in the book, but soon, I did love it, but certainly not enough for me to close one eye to my earlier impression of it, which is why I struggled with the overall rating.

I did however, enjoy everything else greatly. I enjoyed the new relationships that grew due to Feyre’s earlier bargain with Rhysand and the friendships that formed in the Night Court itself. I was on my toes for practically the entire second half of the book, praying hard for the dear lives of our new found friends, and this story really shows us how at difficult times, it is the silent heroes who play the biggest role in fueling the team spirit against evil.

This story was indeed a work of art. I’m pumped up and ready for what is to come! Give it to me, give it to meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

“I am broken and healing, but every piece of my heart belong to you.”

Oh and yes, Rhysand is BAE. Please come soon, Book 3? Pretty, PLEASE?

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Review – A Court of Thorns and Roses | Sarah J. Maas

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Blurb

Feyre is a huntress.

She thinks nothing of slaughtering a wolf to capture its prey. But, unlike all mortals, she fears what lingers mercilessly beyond the forest. And she will learn that taking the life of a magical creature comes at a high price…

Imprisoned in an enchanted court in her enemy’s kingdom, Feyre is free to roam but forbidden to escape. Her captor’s body bears the scars of fighting, and his face is always masked – but his piercing stare draws her ever closer. As Feyre’s feelings for Tamlin begin to burn through every warning she’s been told about his kind, an ancient, wicked shadow grows.

Feyre must find a way to break a spell, or lose her heart forever.


Let’s talk about how happy I feel to finally revisit my favourite Disney story through this well-told Beauty and the Beast retelling.

Let’s talk about how I picked up the PERFECT book which made me fall in love with Fantasy all over again.

Let’s talk about how great a writer Sarah J. Maas is, certainly worthy of her throne.

Let’s talk about A Court of Thorns and Roses – and how I will force you to read it, if not we can’t be friends!

A Court of Thorns and Roses is a story of Feyre (“Fay-ruh”), who was taken away by Tamlin, Lord of the Spring Court, to Prythian (“Prith-ee-en”) after she mercilessly slaughtered a wolf when she was out hunting. It turned out that the wolf was no ordinary one, it was a faerie from Prythian, leaving her to pay back for what she had done. Being the backbone and carer of her family, it was with heavy heart that she left – out to venture into the world of the unknown with her captor. She soon met many among the High Faes, the ruling nobility in the fae world.

“I found him carefully studying me, his lips in a thin line. “Has anyone ever taken care of you?” he asked quietly.
“No.” I’d long since stopped feeling sorry for myself about it.”

As you would have expected from a Beauty and the Beast retelling, the relationship between Feyre and Tamlin soon grew, and trust me, you will feel the heat. A relationship built from trust and care; sure to make you close the book at certain parts, place it on your chest and just sigh. This is a perfect blend of Fantasy and Romance, and my, oh my, I loved every bit of it.

“I love you,’ he whispered, and kissed my brow. ‘Thorns and all.”

If you are a fan of both Fantasy AND Romance, you’re in for a treat. However even if you are not much of a Fantasy reader but would love to give one a try, please please please choose this book. You will not regret it and here’s why:

The world building was beautifully written. This is my first read from Sarah and I must stress – I was honestly very, very impressed. I totally understand now why she is dearly loved by so many readers around the globe. I felt and saw it all – as the new world opened up before my eyes. Her descriptions were on point, her pace was perfect. She didn’t beat around the bush, no drags. It was all very direct and exciting, yet she managed to bring it together with elegance. I cannot emphasize enough how much of an amazing writer she is. I. Loved. It.  

The characters were very well-developed. Each and every main character came out strong in their own way – characters we could feel for, characters we could look up to, characters we could loathe. Out of all the main characters; Feyre, Tamlin, Lucien, Rhysand and Amarantha, my absolute favourite was – wait for it – Tamlin. I must admit that I love strong women characters, especially one as empowered as Feyre, but Tamlin is a charm. He is incredibly protective over Feyre, he does so much to give her a comfortable life and peace of mind, and the effort he puts in for her is admirable. Everything he does has her in mind, but he never once stopped looking out for his own kind in the Spring Court. He leads with a big heart and strength, both physical and mental, – qualities I adore in him. Rhysand fans, you guys can have him for now. I’m all for Tamlin at the moment. We’ll see soon if that will change in the next book!

The storyline was captivating. The chapters were short yet concise, leaving me plenty of room to think and appreciate as I progressed. The flow was smooth and I was happy that Sarah highlighted a lot on family and friendships too – such as Feyre’s relationship with her father and sisters, and Tamlin’s friendship with Lucien. Overall a good balance of positive lessons to learn and life hardships to appreciate.

Many people I know struggled with the rating of the A Court of Thorns and Roses especially after how good A Court of Mist and Fury is compared to its prequel. But I’m standing my ground. This book is an excellent opening to the trilogy and I would definitely recommend it, hands down.

“I was as unburdened as a piece of dandelion fluff, and he was the wind that stirred me about the world.”

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I have yet to read the sequel A Court of Mist and Fury. If you are interested to buddy read it with me, do let me know!

Review – Let Me Fly Free | Mary Fan

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  • Title: Let Me Fly Free
  • Author: Mary Fan
  • Publisher: Glass House Press
  • Publication Date: July 5th 2016
  • Pages: 60

Blurb

Fire fears nothing. And Elaia is about to show her world that she doesn’t, either.

Like the rest of her kind, fire nymph Elaia is bound to her homeland, a forest whose borders were closed centuries earlier in a peace agreement between the humans and the enchanted creatures of the Terrestrial Realm.

But her heart is as restless as the flames she casts, and she secretly yearns to defy that order.

When a mysterious threat creeps into the forest, an invisible beast that leaves a trail of death in its wake, Elaia is determined to fight back and protect her people. Before she can, however, she must learn what the beast is … and the answers lie beyond the borders of her land.

Defeating this evil means she’ll have to go outside the rules, but she’ll do anything to find the answers she seeks—even if leaving her homeland means not only breaking the law, but risking her own life.


Let Me Fly Free is a story of Elaia, a fire nymph, and her tireless journey in protecting her homeland from evil.

This is my first time reading Fantasy in novella form so I do appreciate Mary Fan’s work in the world building which must have been a challenging task. It was really easy to follow and the descriptions did justice in painting the magical world in my mind. I loved the main character, Elaia, as it reminded me of my favourite childhood character, Tinker Bell, from Peter Pan. She had an elegant yet strong attitude to her, which was a winner.

Unfortunately, the plot to me was very plain as there was nothing particularly special about it. The beginning was fine but as I progressed in my reading, I wasn’t drawn to the story and just when I was looking forward to the climax, I was extremely disappointed as it was too rushed for my liking – that’s it? 😦 

Despite not enjoying the book, I must credit the author for gifting us with Elaia’s heroic voice. She showed very strong will and determination as the heroine, which I adored.

Thank you Glass House Press for sending me a copy of this book to review!

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