Delphi Altair

Delphi Altair Second Edition 9-2014 #2 a

A beautifully-written and epic novel August 7, 2014

By Kirstin Lenane

Simply put: this young adult novel is beautifully done and should be picked up by any fan of epic fantasy stories. I am very impressed by Dowdall’s ability to weave together so many characters and story-lines into a cohesive whole (it reminded me of the way Dickens and Tolkien are so deftly able to do this). The story takes place mostly in three settings: in a briny, seaside town sometime in the past, in a beautifully evocative land called Janji, and then in a familiar-seeming town sometime in the present day (where McDonald’s and Diet coke and movies exist). Whether Dowdall is evoking an other-worldly one (filled with magical creatures, such as Snagettes and Tittlecrests) or an earthly one (with clam chowder boiling on the stove and nasty schoolteachers pounding paddles on their desks), her scenes are drawn with such detail that they will pull you in, time and time again.  I really can’t recommend this book enough. Try it! You’ll be hooked and waiting for the next one.

3 thoughts on “Delphi Altair

    • Hi Justine, it feels amazing and unbelievable at the same time. Delphi Altair Strange Beginnings is a Middle Grade book but adults like it too. It is a good story, but not as well written as I would have liked. It was my first book and I had no clue how to write a novel, proofread or edit.I am so glad you like it! 🙂 Karen

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      • It’s must be a wonderfully fantastic thing! I doubt anyone’s debut novel is a true showing of their power, but there is no doubt that great things lie in store for you if you keep at it!


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