The Collector Witch: Heart of the Staff [NOOK Book]

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Rose's parents couldn't be telling her everything. Frantic to find out if she really is the daughter of an evil sorceress, she makes a rash departure on a quest to the Chokewoods, a forest of horrors which no one in her kingdom dares to enter.

Her journey is beset with challenges. Her brother Lukus accosts her in the stables and blackmails her into traveling with him. Together they evade royal authorities, survive a cyclone, escape from the castle of her betrothed, and discover ...

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The Collector Witch: Heart of the Staff

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Overview

Rose's parents couldn't be telling her everything. Frantic to find out if she really is the daughter of an evil sorceress, she makes a rash departure on a quest to the Chokewoods, a forest of horrors which no one in her kingdom dares to enter.

Her journey is beset with challenges. Her brother Lukus accosts her in the stables and blackmails her into traveling with him. Together they evade royal authorities, survive a cyclone, escape from the castle of her betrothed, and discover that trolls, Elves and cyclopses really do exist as do the perilous visions which they struggle with in the Valley of Illusions.

In the Chokewoods, they narrowly survive a horde of flesh eating devils, the fruit of the choke oak and a village of beasts who take them captive. As the beasts prepare to make a feast of them, a hag crashes through the treetops and rescues them, leading them away into a mad forest of her own where she turns them into thralls and taunts them with threats, telling them that they owe her.

Rose and Lukus soon find that life everywhere has become a desperate struggle with an evil seeking to conquer the world as liberty, privacy and fundamental human dignity become forbidden.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940045015158
  • Publisher: Carol Marrs Phipps & Tom Phipps
  • Publication date: 10/10/2012
  • Series: Heart of the Staff, #3
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 746,498
  • File size: 684 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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  • Posted May 20, 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 and Good Sister, Bad Sister.

    Ugleeuh has really got what has been coming to her all along. She's gone all ugly and stuff, so she's finally the same on the outside as she is on the inside. I wish that would happen to my ex-wife.

    It took me a really long time to read, like not only about all night, but late enough to miss work, except it was Saturday. But I know everybody would like to read this one. Five stars!

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  • Posted May 16, 2013

    The Collector Witch Evalynn Tsosie The Collector Witch is the s

    The Collector Witch
    Evalynn Tsosie

    The Collector Witch is the second book of the epic Medieval fantasy series Heart of the Staff, and is a literary sojourn, though it is also a struggle between good and evil. Queen Minuet's daughter hears a rumor that she is the secretly adopted child of Minuet's banished witch sister. When no one at Castle Niarg will give her a satisfactory answer to her questions, she sets out into the enchanted lands beyond the nearby kingdoms with her brother to find this sister, who turns out to be Ugleeuh, now a hag, malevolent and mortally dangerous.

    The story clearly suggests a dream state, a symbolic representation of the last days of childhood, about to awaken to the urgent sobriety of an adult world facing the fall of civilization. And while a fairy tale aura hovers about everything in Ugleeuh's peppermint woods, there is a palpable mortal reality behind it all, a grim piper forever in the shadows waiting to be paid.

    In spite of this being a fantasy, the characters are very believable and real, regardless of whether they are encountered in the pastoral world of Niarg or the candied world of Ugleeuh's realm, since the authors respect our sensibilities enough to not only give us glimpses of how life is for antagonist as well as protagonist, but also to give them plausible personalities. For example, my students thought that Rose and Lukus were very like how it is to be a brother and sister. And one of their favorite characters was Fuzz, a hairless bear whom they described in terms appropriate for a grandfatherly and heroic human. This is also an exceptional book, 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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  • Posted March 11, 2013

    I was anxious to begin this book, having so loved the first book

    I was anxious to begin this book, having so loved the first book in the series, Good Sister, Bad Sister. As with the first book I found this one equally impossible to put down. I was totally captivated by each of the characters, both good and bad, and anxious to learn what was in store with each page. These authors have an excellent way of laying out the plot of the story and adding a touch of twisted humor which made it very entertaining. I am totally hooked and anxious to start on the next book.

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