I have a really awesome Fantasy book to share with you today that I really enjoyed reading called Shawndirea: Chronicles of Aetheaon, Book One written by Leonard D. Hilley II.
Often the smallest unexpected surprises garner the most demanding dilemmas, which proves to be the ordeal that entomologist Ben Whytten faces. While netting butterflies to add to his vast collection, he mistakenly sweeps what he thinks is the most spectacular butterfly he has ever seen into his net. Upon examining his catch, Ben is horrified to discover he has captured a faery and shredded her delicate wings into useless ribbons.
Devastated, Ben vows to take Shawndirea back to her realm, Aetheaon; but he discovers that doing so places their lives into immediate danger. To get to Aetheaon, they must pass through a portal rift deep inside the haunted cavern, Devils Den.
Once they cross the rift, Ben enters a world where mysteries, magic, betrayal, and power struggles await. He must adapt quickly or die because Aetheaon is filled with enchanted creatures and numerous races where chaos often dominates order. And since Shawndirea’s destined for the throne of Elvendale, opposing dark forces plot to prevent her from ever reaching her kingdom again. The faery's magic isn't enough to fully protect them, so he must trust other adventurers to aid them during their journey.
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I am a huge Fantasy fan because they are just so magical and because I can escape into their world without feeling like it's a part of my world, if that makes any sense. I especially love the ones about faeries, dragons and so on. So, Shawndirea was right up my alley!
Shawndirea is a Princess in her world of the faeries and she does have enemies that don't want her to become the Queen but the funny thing is, she doesn't want to be Queen either, so it's kind of pointless, but her enemies haven't asked her about her desires so they don't know this except for her mother.
She decides to visit our world to find her soul mate, disregarding the fact that she is tiny and humans are not. That is how she meets Ben and he agrees to follow her back to her world because he owes her for destroying her wings.
Once they get there, he has to change his name to Roble because faeries don't much care for humans and especially ones that come from our world. They start right from the beginning to have all kinds of escapades and dangerous encounters with demons and spirits and all manners of things that don't want them to return to Shawndirea's world.
There's a lot going on in Shawndirea's world and if they can't get back in time to help save the world that she lives in, things can get very ugly very fast. They meet and pick up several strangers along the way that end up being friends and allies. It's an unlikely group of allies, but together they can overcome a lot if they manage to stick together and help each other out.
This is really one of the better Fantasy books that I have read in awhile and I think you will enjoy it immensely! I can't wait for Book Two, because the journey is just beginning for them all!
About the Author:
Leonard D. Hilley II is a native of Ohio. Born in Middletown in 1966, his family moved to Alabama when he was six months old. At the age of three he was reading books. By age eleven he wrote his first novel.
Leonard spent most of his youth exploring the bluffs, meadows, and woods in the Pleasant Hill community near Fort Payne, Alabama. When he was ten years old, he viewed Dr. McKabe's insect collection and immediately his love for biology was birthed. He collected and reared butterflies and moths for many years.
Leonard currently lives in the mountains of Kentucky with his wife and two children where he is busily working on more novels, a screenplay, and a children's picture book.
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