Good Sister, Bad Sister: Heart of the Staff [NOOK Book]

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Minuet Dewin raised her half sister Leeuh. For many years, Minuet is Leeuh's champion. As time passes, Leeuh becomes awful at every turn. Whilst undoing her dangerous pranks, Minuet becomes the target of her hatred and jealousy. Suddenly Leeuh vanishes and returns years later, sweet as she always should have been. Should Minuet trust her, or will it be the very death of her?

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Overview

Minuet Dewin raised her half sister Leeuh. For many years, Minuet is Leeuh's champion. As time passes, Leeuh becomes awful at every turn. Whilst undoing her dangerous pranks, Minuet becomes the target of her hatred and jealousy. Suddenly Leeuh vanishes and returns years later, sweet as she always should have been. Should Minuet trust her, or will it be the very death of her?

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940044979789
  • Publisher: Carol Marrs Phipps & Tom Phipps
  • Publication date: 10/6/2012
  • Series: Heart of the Staff , #2
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 42,148
  • File size: 879 KB

Meet the Author

My name is Carol Marrs Phipps and I am a teacher turned author. I was born in Missouri, grew up mostly in Illinois and currently reside in Illinois. My book, Elf Killers, which I wrote with my co-author and fantastic husband, Tom Phipps, was released by Hellfire Publishing on July 15. It is available as both an ebook and paperback and is now currently Indie Publishedby Tom and me. We now also have the first four books in our Epic Fantasy series Heart of the Staff available in eBook and paperback formats available to purchase.Tom and I spent the lion's-share of our teaching careers in the Southwest U.S. (Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada) on different Native American Reservations. I believe we learned as much from our students as they did from us and a large number of them became the first dedicated fans of our stories. We are currently full-time writers.Not long after Tom and I married, I discovered to my joy, that he, too, loved to write. We have been writing together ever since. We are currently working on the 5th book in our epic fantasy series, Heart of the Staff, and have already completed the first four books. We expect to complete the saga with another one or two books. The first four books of this series are: Good Sister, Bad Sister, The Collector Witch, Stone Heart and The Burgeoning. We hope to publish the 5th book sometime in January 2013.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2013

    Interesting

    I enjoyed this book the characters were well developed although some of the traits were expected and some were just pushed too far the story supported the girls and their attitudes. The Phipps use a different magic fantasy world it might be slow for some and some might not like the ending. I completely enjoyed this book and will continue with the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2013

    I must admit that this genre does not always appeal to me but, i

    I must admit that this genre does not always appeal to me but, in this case, the carefully crafted storyline really grabbed my attention from the outset and kept it till the very end. The book pictured an idealistic medieval world with kings, queens, wizards and dragons.

    Unfortunately, this perfect world is split between the forces of good and evil. On one hand Razzmorten, the good wizzard, his daughter, Minuet and her loving husband while on the other hand the evil characters, Razzorbauch, who is actually the twin brother of Razzmorten, Demonica who used to be Razzmorten's wife but later became Razzorbauch's partner and lover and Ugleeuh, Razzmorten and Demonica's daughter. Ugleeuh is beautiful, perhaps even more beautiful than her half-sister, Minuet, but she is selfish and ruthless. Her actions engaged the reader's concern, because she wasn't just evil, she was very clever and shrewd with it. Here was a young woman who knew exactly how to turn all situations to her advantage. She seemed to have no conscience at all.

    The kingdom of Niarg becomes the scene of the symbolical fight between good and evil. The evil characters being related to the good ones makes the situation even more complex, as it means that while this fact didn't make any difference in the actions of the evil ones, it meant a real struggle for the good ones as they tried the impossible: to overcome the evil traps without destroying the lives of their loved ones.

    In the midst of this struggle there was another problem Razzmorten and his friends had to deal with. There was a plague in the country that killed thousand of people and seemed to be unstoppable. As it turned out later, the plague was the result of Ugleeuh's jealous actions.

    To make the story more interesting there were some animal characters too with the ability of speech who could think and behave as humans. Ocker, the raven and Hubba-Hubba, Minuet's pet bird, are very important creatures in the story line. Ocker was a very interesting character with his salesman, businessman features. He didn't show much consideration for what the outcome of his services would be but towards the end his character improved and he seemed to develop some kind of conscience.

    This book is an excellent first book of a series and I can highly recommend to anyone who enjoys reading fantasy and enjoys the magic world of a fairy-tale kingdom.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2013

    .Good Sister, Bad Sister Bessie Talleumptewa I agree completely

    .Good Sister, Bad Sister
    Bessie Talleumptewa

    I agree completely with Ms. Tsosie's review of Good Sister, Bad Sister. It's the best fantasy I've read all year, and it is indeed a literary struggle between good and evil. But for me, it is something very much more. I was quickly taken by the character Ocker the raven. Ocker is the very essence of a real raven. I should know because we had one living with my son in his room for more than sixteen years. But there's more to it than that. I was raised listening to old, old tales about how the raven helped to create the world. It was by his wisdom and trickery that the moon and the stars came to be flung into the sky. His knowledge is magical and he finds game for the wolf to hunt. He can find food for you as well if you are wise enough to use him, but he is a huckster and a trader, full of mischief and only out for himself and is not to be trusted. Ocker is very like all of this, which just blows me away.

    The authors do know about birds and owls, but the rest of the story is every bit as captivating. I can't imagine any reading I'd recommend more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2013

    Good Sister, Bad Sister Victor Blackhorse This friend of mine s

    Good Sister, Bad Sister
    Victor Blackhorse

    This friend of mine said, "Hey Victor! You need to read this too. It's even better."

    And it is. You'd miss out if you dismiss it as a mere chick book because of the title. It's excellent, excellent fantasy. The two sisters aren't just sisters. They can cast spells, and one of them is really mean spirited and dangerous. She starts out wanting to drown her birthday bird, peddles sugar-like dope to a knight who eats it and gets burned alive by a dragon, and tries to kill both the man she always wanted to own and her sister.

    This may be a fantasy with magic, castles and dragons, but it is very real with a worthwhile and exciting story to tell. It takes place during the plague with its terror and lynch mobs, and you can hear the birds and see the hogs and chickens dashing after the slop thrown into the street. This book, like Elf Killers, is also such a very good place to escape to that I keep rereading it as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

    Good Sister, Bad Sister Review By: Evalynn Tsosie Good Sister,

    Good Sister, Bad Sister
    Review By:
    Evalynn Tsosie

    Good Sister, Bad Sister is a literary struggle between good and evil, symbolized by the two sisters. It is also a traditional fantasy with Medieval kings, queens, wizards with magic crystal balls and swords and proper flame spewing dragons. Set in the midst of a great plague, the two magically gifted sisters' childhood antagonisms are dangerously aggravated when the son of the king and queen chooses the wrong sister, leading to attempted murder and the release of evils which threaten the entire world.

    In spite of this being a fantasy, the characters (animal or human) are very believable and real, particularly Ugleeuh, since the authors respect our sensibilities enough to give us glimpses of how life is for a given character, antagonist as well as protagonist. I had a sister once who gave me a childhood eerily like that given to Minuet by Ugleeuh. She was bright and looked like the rest of our family, but she seemed to have utterly no conscience at all. One day she spared all of us further tribulations and died from the strychnine in her LSD. Ocker is a raven, a huckster and salesman, also without a conscience, but instead of being some sort of Disneyesque anthropomorph with hands instead of flight feathers, he behaves like a real raven in habit and mannerism and is a pivotal peddler of tidbits to the dangerous and powerful in the story.

    The pastoral kingdom of Niarg, alive with palpable glimpses of orchards and pastures, animals and summer kitchens may have an almost Tolkien flavor to it, but there is nothing, utterly nothing in the story based on anything written by him. There is a lot to Good Sister, Bad Sister. It is an exceptional first book of an epic series, the sort of story able to engage and fascinate anyone, regardless of age. I certainly was and so were my students.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2013

    I like this book better than anything else I've read this year,

    I like this book better than anything else I've read this year, except maybe Elf Killers.

    The characters are real. They're like people I know, especially Ocker. He's like a raven and he's like the dude I bought my car from.

    But Ugleeuh is the best. She's really, really like my ex-wife, who the shrink said was a borderline psychopath. It took me a long time to read, like about all night. But everybody would like to read it. Five stars!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2013

    Okay

    To many characters to keep up with.

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  • Posted March 11, 2013

    At the beginning of the book I wasn't sure if I was going to lik

    At the beginning of the book I wasn't sure if I was going to like it or not, but about a quarter into it I was so caught up in the story that I found myself looking at the clock and realizing it was 3:00 am and I needed to stop and get some sleep. I am anxious to begin the next book in this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2013

    Nice

    Cool

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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