Thanks so much to the recent reviewer of The Chronicles of Ethan Grimley III: A Walker is Born. The review can be found on Amazon UK.
Lissa Dobbs has created a magickal world with a young boy at the centre of it… all the usual emotions, needs and wants of youth but with a tincture of the fantastical thrown in to the mix.
The book is an appropriate length for the intended audience but the prose is not dumbed down because of the expected age group – this gives younger readers the opportunity to reach up in their reading expectations but also allows adults the chance to become immersed in the world of Grevared.
That Lissa is a lover of medaeval literature is highly apparent through her use of character names and weaponry.
As an adult, I thoroughly look forward to reading the next book in the series but I shall also share my son’s enjoyment when he reads and becomes equally fascinated with the tale.
Appearance: Electa has blonde hair and blue eyes. She’s short and little stout.
Family: Electa was given to her grandparents as a baby, but once she received the Shield of Evalach, they sent her Corleon for fear of reprisals from the Arcana Maximus. Electa has no idea who or where her parents are, for her grandparents never told her.
Current Home: Ymla, Corleon
Weapon: Shield of Evalach – the shield carried by Joseph of Arimathea in the Arthurian legends. It allows Electa to project a shield around herself and others.
Other Info: Electa is extremely smart when it comes to books, but she’s terribly timid when it comes to her magic, so much so that Damion and others fear that she may be more harmful than helpful as a Shadow Walker. She is loyal to her friends, though she truly trusts no one.
Favorite Foods: Electa loves Old Marshall’s fist meals above all others, but she’s also a big fan of the jelly candy she gets in Ymla. She’s cautious about eating sweets and never overdoes it, but the jellies are her true weakness. She also enjoys fried eggs and oatmeal and doesn’t like meats for breakfast.
Fears: Electa fears her own insecurities. She knows she lacks when it comes to courage, and this frightens her. She tries to step up like the others do, but she often finds herself frozen. This only feeds her fear and increases her inability to act.
Favorite Teacher: Electa enjoys history class with Mr. Bickersteth. She finds his knowledge of the history of Grevared and the various races fascinating and does all she can to learn more.
Greatest Desire: Electa wants to know who her parents are and where they went.
Age: 30 winters (the equivalent of about 12 human years)
Appearance: bright blue hair; large, blue eyes, pale blue skin
Family: Faylen is a member of the Icebreeze clan of elves. These elves once lived in the Shizzuria Wasteland but emigrated to E’ma Thalas before Faylen was born. Since then the clan has resided in the forests between Giqare and Tradespire. Faylen’s mother contracted the Fomoire madness and was sentenced to death. Not understanding what was occurring, Faylen fled.
Current Home: Ymla, Corleon
Weapon: Mirror of Aphrodite – it allows Faylen to see the truth of a person or situation and allows her to track an individual
Other Info: Faylen is extremely quiet and shy at times, but at other times she’s bold and forceful. She will often go along with what others want rather than expressing her own desires. She loves to read and is one of the best students at the Shadow Walker school, though few people, even her close friends, know this about her. She wants to return home, for she feels out of place in the human society, but, at the same time, her anger over her mother’s death prevents her going.
Fears: Above anything else, Faylen fears contracting the Fomoire madness. Though she knows more about it now than she did years before, she still doesn’t trust that it isn’t inherited. She also fears being in the human community, though the humans of Corleon are extremely tolerant of others.
Favorite Teacher: Faylen’s favorite person at the Shadow Walker school is Miss Hitherbury, the healer. While most of the students make fun of the woman because of her ample girth, Faylen finds the woman’s knowledge of healing, both magical and non-magical, to be extensive.
Favorite Foods: Faylen prefers fruits and vegetables to other foods, though she loves Old Marshall’s chocolate cakes.
Greatest Desire: Faylen’s greatest desire is to find where she fits into the world.
I’m still working on the language of Grevared, and it’s somewhat of a lengthy process. However, it’s far enough along that I can make basic phrases to put on the covers of the books.
Each one of the Ethan Grimley III books has a short phrase in Lethatu, the language of Grevared, on the cover.
On book one, A Walker is Born, the phrase ‘bakvikamin otana velobisax’ (We create our own destinies) is written along Ethan’s sword.
On book two, Cronus Attacks, ‘bildiyiniznmez hecke’ (know thyself) appears across the top of he mirror.
On book three, Revenge of Cronus, the phrase ‘untuz fitwasabren'(happy holidays) appears across the top of the hourglass.
I’m hoping that it won’t be too much longer before I have the language completed and can start really applying myself to learning it and, perhaps, adding more phrases to the books. I’ll have to admit that creating it is a lot of fun.
Ethan has settled in to life as a Shadow Walker, but as Yuletide approaches, he’s anxious to get home for the holiday. And the best part? His friends are going with him.
But life as a Shadow Walker is full of unexpected surprises, and when a new student brings an enemy into their midst, Yuletide plans are put on hold. Ethan and his friends have to deal with the threat and protect Land’s End from the wrath of an angry god.
Ethan shrugged and ducked around Kayne. “Kayne, we just now met him. I haven’t had time to think about it yet. Now, can we just go see what Mr. Merriweather wants?”
Kayne laughed. “You’re afraid we’re in trouble, aren’t you?”
Ethan looked back over his shoulder. “Aren’t you? How many kids do you hear of going to his office?” Ethan stopped and looked at Kayne. “Remember last time?”
Last time they had been in serious trouble for sneaking out and looking for Cronus. Mr. Merriweather had made them tackle the cleanup of the lobby and had grounded them, but he had lifted the punishment when Ethan and Kayne had saved Faylen.
Kayne scratched the back of his neck and shook his head. “Well, I actually wind up there a lot, come to think of it.”
Ethan laughed. “That’s because you always do stupid stuff, then you’re shocked when you get caught.”
Kayne laughed along with him. “Okay. I’ll give you that.”
The boys stopped in front of Barnabas Merriweather’s door and knocked. They waited until they were called, then they entered.
Other books in the series: (available in eBook and paperback)
The Chronicles of Ethan Grimley III: A Walker is Born
The Chronicles of Ethan Grimley III: Cronus Attacks
Learn more about Ethan’s world, read free stories, and download printable coloring pages and word searches at http://www.lissadobbs.com.
Appearance: brown hair with too long bangs, violet eyes. Tall and a bit thin.
Birthplace: Crowrest, E’ma Thalas
Family: Kayne’s parents died when he was very little, and he was then cared for by his brother Del. He left his brother’s company when he was ten winters old, just after receiving the mace, and travelled to Corleon to join the Shadow Walkers.
Current Home: Ymla, Corleon
Weapon: Mace of Tishtrya – it can call lightning and thunder
Other Info: Kayne is a born wizard, something he forgets from time to time, especially in a crisis. He’s brash and disrespectful, but he has a tendency to stay just barely on the right side of the line. He’s a fierce friend, but he also has a deep-seated anger that boils within him. He’s able to hide this most of the time.
Favorite Foods: Kayne is a sweets junkie. He always has some kind of candy in his room, though he’s careful not to let his friends know that. He also enjoys Old Marshall’s roast beef and vegetables, and he absolutely adores bacon.
Fears: More than anything in the world, Kayne fears being abandoned. Though he acts brash and confident, he’s actually quite insecure and wants nothing more than to be loved and accepted.
Favorite Teacher: Kayne doesn’t think much of education, but he has great respect for Barnabas Merriweather, the leader of the school, though he’d never let Mr. Merriweather know that.
Greatest Desire: Kayne’s greatest desire is to find someone to truly love him.
Follow Kayne and his adventures in The Chronicles of Ethan Grimley III, available on all eBook platforms. Learn more about Kayne’s world at http://www.lissadobbs.com
Well, I was going to move all this to my website blog, but I think I’d like to keep that one for author spotlights, book reviews and releases, and maybe book contest giveaways and such. Now that my feces are consolidated, maybe I can get the post I’ve been working on for this one done and up.
If there are any authors who would like to be featured, just let me know.
Those who’ve been around a while know that the first book in The Chronicles of Ethan Grimley III is A Walker is Born. Since book three is coming out this October, I decided to make the first book permanently free where I could. The above link is for the platforms where it is free. Hopefully, it won’t be long before I can have it free on Amazon as well.