Krissa needs to find the portal and figure out how to use the magical key she found before the people who killed her parents find it, otherwise her parents’ sacrifice meant nothing and an entire world will be in danger. But nothing makes sense to her since arriving at “Grandma” Athey Boske’s farm. How can she save an entire world when she didn’t even remember it existed?
Magical powers, sword fights, portals to another world, creatures that shouldn’t exist on Earth… How can any of this be real? Is Krissa really the Chosen One in some old prophecy?
So, when I first started to read this book I was wondering where it could possibly be going. A young girl and her brother driving in a car to yet another foster home. I immediately felt so bad for these poor children. Then we meet Grandma, and I went Wow, a grandma was able to foster some kids.
And then things just went all weird, and I was literally sucked into the story. So powerfully that I stayed up until 3 in the morning not only reading this book, but starting book 2. I finally passed out simply because my kindle ran out of juice. Otherwise, I probably would have not gotten a wink of sleep. And yes I had a very grumpy husband who yelled at me for keeping him up with my comments and gasps, but let me confide in you it was worth it!
This book is all about growth, finding one's self, and triumph over adversity. It has a wonderful moral underlying the story. Krissa is a fabulous character as are all the children in this book. Each of the kids have something special about them and what makes this so much fun is that the other children all know the truth not only about themselves, but about where they all come from.
Now as you ALL know I am NOT known for my patience when it comes to series type books. And yes once again this series grabbed me and sucked me in and kept me reading. I was lucky, I had book 2 in my grubby little hands. And yes even book 3. We will go into those in more detail later.
Suffice it to say I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS SERIES! It is perfect for young and old, and as I stated once my 10 year old loved it. This is a must read and I put it in the same category as Lord of the Rings. Yes I know it is saying a lot to compare a book to that, but it has that same basic quest aspect to it, and the characters are so strongly developed that I could picture each and every one of them.
It is different from other paranormal books I have read, but I definitely looooved it. Ann Snizek made me feel as if I was right there with all the characters and going through everything with them.
Tunuftol’s Fortress of Light was a wonderfully woven story full of fun, charisma and entertainment. Ms. Snizek has fully developed characters what are loveable and make you feel a gamete of emotions throughout the story. She writes in a manner that the reader feels like they are right there as part of the group in the story and the things there are actually happening around you. You are put right into the story as you read it.
Great book!! I started reading this book this morning. It was enthralling from the start and I couldn't stop reading it once I started. I'm very much looking forward to the next book in the series and eagerly anticipating the release of book 3 later this year.
I really enjoyed this book, the first in a series. The story of two kids in the Foster Care system wishing desperately for a permanent home, but finding they never seem to fit in and their case worker appears bent on finding the worst possible placements. Their story and lives are about to change dramatically.
I love Ann’s writing, she handles so much writing craft excellently! Her work makes a story so easy and fun to read. She has a nice balance of dialog, action and introspection. Descriptions and scenes are well placed, plotting is smooth. The story moves along so well, the time flies if you are not careful.
I award 4.9 stars of 5! The score would have been higher if I had not found a handful of spelling errors.
You will love this story, in fact I have a hunch anything Ann has written is going to be a great read!
I was truly surprised by this book. I began reading it and for the first few chapters, I thought, "Wow, this is a nice coming-of-age story." Then, all of a sudden, I had the rug pulled out from under me! I knew something was up by different hints and clues, but I was not prepared for what happened.
There are so many aspects of this book that I loved. This book pulled me right in from the get-go. About mid-way through it became just action-packed and I flew through it. This was a phenomenal read that glued itself to my hands. There is the wonderful array of characters, each unique and with something to offer. It is amazing that there is so much detail. The author wrote in the mannerisms and character flaws very well. The slight toying and hinting of romance that is and could be, might be, but isn't and then yet again could be captures that confusing time of middle school and junior high so beautifully.
This is the first book in a series by an indie author and, yet, there is a definite beginning, middle, and end to this book. There is not only great foreshadowing throughout the story, but also in the ending in such a way that all of the loose ends are tied up for this book and still leaving the door wide open for the sequel and the rest of the series. In fact, we are even given some ideas as to the direction the second book is headed - without saying hardly a thing. This is exactly how I want to read books in trilogies or those part of a series.
In the end, I remembered why I said I would read this book: it was written by Ann Snizek. I have not read much by her but I am not going to pass up a story she has written. She is one of those little-known authors and one to watch, folks.
I enjoyed this book immensely. (Thank you Ann!) I loved to see how much Krissa grew in this book, how she stepped up to the challenges and how fiercely protective she was of her baby brother, Micah. On her journey she learns new powers, how to control them and that her choice can affect many, many people.
It took me a little while to get into the book, but once I got into the characters I couldn't put the book down and I kept turning page after page wanting to know what happened. I found myself digging deeper into the story, loving each second, every twist and turn Ann delivered. I can't wait to read the next book; Secret of the Shielded.