Keridwen (The Druid Chronicles) by J.E. Handling
Caitlyn Brady always thought druids something of imagination and fantasy, but the summer before her sophomore year, in her attic, she discovers a wooden box containing pictures with dates spanning multiple centuries, all portraying her parents. When she questions them, her parents explain that they’re roughly 600-year-old, and like all druids, they are each born with a special ability called blessings. Her parents also break the news that she too is a druid, and that she’s going away to a special school known as Keridwen. Once at Keridwen, Caitlyn discovers that while the rest of the druid world has only one blessing, she has two. Attempting to not draw unwanted attention, she must train for one during the day and secretly at night for the other. All the while, a war that has been brewing between the two factions of druids, the guardians and the rogues, erupts. In order to help the guardians protect the dean of Keridwen and the rest of the school, Caitlyn must master her blessings, juggle her new social/love life, and hide her extra ability from everyone. With the weight of the druid world on her shoulders, Caitlyn must become stronger than anyone else her age and fight in a war for something she never knew existed.
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“Engaging and Imaginative”
Five Star Review on Amazon By Ramsey Sharif
What an incredible read! The plot had me hooked from the beginning with its strong character development, action, and suspense. As an English teacher, I don’t usually read books from new authors (there are too many vetted ones to choose from), but I’m glad I did. I read the book in 3 work days with 4 kids at home, that’s how hooked I was. If you’re thinking about giving this book a try, here are a couple things to know:
1. It’s creative and imaginative. It will appeal to those who enjoyed traveling to Middle Earth and Hogwarts alike.
2. The rising action is consistent. There are very few lulls in the story as the action builds and the subtle suspense constantly moves you forward.
3. It appeals to varied ages. I read it and loved it, and yet I also recommended it to my 17 year-old and 11 year-old. I would allow a strong younger reader to read it as well. The story not only transcends ages, it is appropriate for all ages.
About the Author
Jamie Handling was born in Northern California, where she currently resides after 15 years of living in various locations in the country. For the 15 years, she and her husband moved with the United States Army, giving her the opportunity to meet and make friends along the way. She and her husband, along with their two amazing children, are now settled in Northern California.
Since 1999, Jamie has been teaching high school English. Inspired by her students daily, she has taken to writing young adult fiction hoping to make a difference in the world with her writing – one word at a time.
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