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The Last Stand of Daronwy
     

The Last Stand of Daronwy

by Clint Talbert
 
Twin Hills is a dying forest in an abandoned Texas oil field, now skirted by a residential neighborhood. Its protector is an ancient oak tree called Daronwy, who has turned the forest's pain into a dark magic that it hopes can keep the remaining trees safe from further harm.

The spell was working, too--until a young boy from the nearby neighborhood, Jeremy

Overview

Twin Hills is a dying forest in an abandoned Texas oil field, now skirted by a residential neighborhood. Its protector is an ancient oak tree called Daronwy, who has turned the forest's pain into a dark magic that it hopes can keep the remaining trees safe from further harm.

The spell was working, too--until a young boy from the nearby neighborhood, Jeremy Trahan, is drawn to the woods in search of the magic he senses instinctively. By finding the magic, Jeremy hopes it will help him escape the boredom and bullies that plague his life--just like in all the books he's read.

But as he gets closer to discovering the gateway to the other world that the spell hides, land developers descend on the fragile forest with bulldozers and chainsaws. Will Jeremy seize the chance to leave his mundane world behind, or will he stand and fight for his haven?

"There have been hundreds of stories that glibly tell of young people plunged into fantastic settings, but very few of them make you really FEEL what it's like to struggle in two worlds, to bring the experience so vividly to life that the tale swallows you. Clint Talbert manages just that in this beautifully written gem of a tale. Get this book!" -- Ed Greenwood, author & creator, the "Forgotten Realms" series

"Clint Talbert has crafted an intelligent fable about friendship, courage, and standing up for one's beliefs. Jeremy's quest to save the last remnants of a once proud forest pits the dogged idealism of youth against an adult world that has given up all hope for a happy ending." -- Sean Mulcahy, author, "Slip Sliding Away"

Editorial Reviews

The Midwest Book Review - Jack Mason
For a debut novel, "The Last Stand Of Daronwy" by Clint Talbert must be considered an impressive success. A deftly woven, complex, original fantasy story that engages the reader's total attention from beginning to end, "The Last Stand Of Daronwy" is highly recommended for personal reading lists and community library YA fiction collections.
Jack Mason
For a debut novel, "The Last Stand Of Daronwy" by Clint Talbert must be considered an impressive success. A deftly woven, complex, original fantasy story that engages the reader's total attention from beginning to end, "The Last Stand Of Daronwy" is highly recommended for personal reading lists and community library YA fiction collections.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940016472065
Publisher:
Barking Rain Press
Publication date:
05/26/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
238
File size:
5 MB

Meet the Author

Clint Talbert has been writing since kindergarten. He began writing new adventures for King Arthur and his knights since that was what he had read. His neighbor introduced him to C.S. Lewis and then Tolkien, and his world never stopped expanding. By day, he leads Mozilla's automation and tools team, working to broaden the reach of the open web. By night, he's working on his next novel.

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