Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The Sapphire Flute - by Karen E. Hoover

It has been a pleasure to receive a copy of "The Sapphire Flute" and peruse its pages. Amazon Purchase Link HERE.

I met Karen years ago when I was looking for a writers group in my old town. She immediately befriended me and another writer as if she'd known us her whole life and just hadn't seen us for a while.

Her friendship has been something I treasure. She is amazing and her open smile and unconditional love for everyone draws everyone in. When she read to us the early drafts of Sapphire Flute I knew she was going to go far. Her ability to draw you in and weave a story around her readers is inborn.

I was able to co-teach a teen writers class with Karen years ago and just like the teenage girls, I sat there in awe of her knowledge and absorbed everything I could from her. The best part of that class was the afternoon we spent listening to Karen read the first pages of her story from first draft to the then finished draft. As we listened to those pages evolve, and why she changed them, my brain got a few more wrinkles. I learned so much from that afternoon. I knew I was sitting at the feet of a soon to be published author.

Karen, thanks for the friendship and love, the lunches, gifts, and hours of talking and laughing. Most of all, thanks for your undying belief in me. It means more than you will ever know.

The Sapphire Flute, Book 1 of The Wolfchild Saga

by Karen E. Hoover

It has been 3,000 years since a white mage has been seen upon Rasann.

In the midst of a volcanic eruption miles outside of her village, Ember discovers she can see magic and change the appearance of things at will. Against her mother's wishes, she leaves for the mage trials only to be kidnapped before arriving. In trying to escape, she discovers she has inherited her father's secret--a secret that places her in direct conflict with her father's greatest enemy.

At the same time, Kayla is given guardianship of the sapphire flute and told not to play it. The evil mage C'Tan has been searching for it for decades and the sound alone is enough to call her. For the flute to be truly safe, Kayla must find its birthplace in the mountains high above Javak. The girls' paths are set on a collision course...a course that C'Tan is determined to prevent at all costs.

The story is rich in detail and plot. The characters are wonderfully deep and well rounded. The most amazing thing, is that almost every chapter is written as a story in itself. With a beginning middle and end all in a few pages. This reader found herself pleasantly surprised at the end of every chapter as she either turned the page or closed the book. I'm not going to tell you anything more about the book, the story is one you must experience for yourself, and thoroughly enjoy.

Valor Publishing Group touts Karen as their own J. K. Rowling. I believe it. I see a grand future for my dear friend.

Price: $19.95 $17.96
Publisher: Valor Publishing Group, LLC (March 16, 2010)
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Binding: Hardbound
Pages: 370
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-1-935546-07-8
Product Dimensions: 6 x 9 inches


Pendragon said...

I'm loving The Sapphire Flute. It's a really cool read. Sweet review, btw. :) Couldn't agree more about the book AND its author

Karen Hoover said...

Michelle, you made me cry. Thank you, not only for the lovely review, but for letting me know I made a difference. That is my greatest dream of all, is to know I've somehow touched lives and knowing you've gained something more from our friendship than just the love of a writing sister means more to me than I can ever say. Thank you for this gift. Thank you so very much!