Published: April 2016
Like most elves, Kyla's first year away from home presents certain challenges: meeting new people, finding a suitable field of study, and learning to yo-yo. Unlike most elves, Kyla runs afoul of Erebus, the god of darkness, who plans to bathe the world in eternal night. Kyla must leave her carefree adolescence behind and master her fears if she hopes to save the Earth and the people she loves within it.
This is the first book in a trilogy that explores the hidden world that manages our own, where air spirits carry the winds and earth elementals spin the world on its axis. Inside this world Kyla Nim tries to discover her role against unusual odds.
WHERE TO FIND DANIKA JAYDE:
This book kept my attention from beginning to end. Even the initial interaction of the Goblin Grizzlesnout with the protagonist of the tale, an Elf named Kyla, I was entertained. The story changed views quite fluidly and the writing style of the story itself flowed well. The highly diverse fantasy and mythology references was very fascinating adding a great setting to the tale. I could slightly liken it to the idea of the Percy Jackson novels with its demigod camp or even Harry Potter with its specialized classes. But the story is all its own.
The characters themselves were developed very well; the reader can get a true sense of the personalities they have. I think everyone has met an expressive chatterbox like Kyla, an over-bearing leader-type like Eunoe, a quiet yet strong spirit like Aspen, and a slightly arrogant yet good intentioned person like Aura.
I really enjoyed the story; it has an intellectual explanation for almost every natural occurrence in nature, but with a fantastical twist. For example, the world turns because it is the job for beings at the centre of the earth to turn the big wheel that spins the world (who even at one point go on strike so the sun does not set for a few days) or the mythological reference that gravity occurs due to invisible cords attached to everything and the people working in the “gravity well” do a good job of making sure nothing floats away.
But what I enjoyed most is the fortitude of the main character Kyla. That in all her self-doubt she had the belief in herself to try. That even with the voices of other people telling her that her plan wouldn’t work she was going to go for it anyways. From the start of unintentionally making herself the target of the main antagonist Erebus, to the end, she took each step with the intention to go down fighting.
This was a very entertaining read and I will be anxiously waiting for the next piece if there is to be one.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
One outlet I have found is writing. Over the years I have written scripts, stories, and even a novel, none of which have ever seen the light of day. Some of them were garbage, but some were pretty good and I've hung on to them should the opportunity arise to pull them out. My handicap in visual arts does seem to transfer to writing: I'm not a word artist. You know how some authors can describe a mundane event and wrap you up in their brilliant descriptions? The people with the ability to create emotion and tension in the simple act of doing dishes or sipping a cup of coffee? I'm afraid that is not something that comes easy to me.
What I am good at (I think) is world-building, characters, and story-lines. My goal in writing, therefore, is not to 'wow' people with my brilliant prose. My goal is to have competent prose. The kind of writing that, at least, is not a hindrance to the reader. So I guess I might call myself a story-teller rather than a writer.
Though my recent work history was as a government employee, deeply entrenched in the bureaucracy, I am not a bureaucrat by nature. I did well at my job but even my manager told me I was in the wrong field. I have always tried to infuse some creativity into my work, no matter what my career, so hopefully this writing thing pans out. This blog is a record of the journey. Hopefully it will be a long one.
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