Greystone Valley

Greystone Valley

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ISBN-13: 9781938821332
Publisher: Grey Gecko Press
Publication date: 04/15/2013
Pages: 166
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

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Greystone Valley 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Angie_Lisle More than 1 year ago
The main character, Sarah, has lost her father and has isolated herself from her friends and family with fairy tales - until she gets trapped in a story and has to find her way back. This was a quick read and a fun story for kids that reminded me of the fantasy books I read and the movies I watched when I was a child - The Labyrinth, The Never-ending Story, Willow, Narnia. The world feels more like the land of Once Upon a Time and isn't as developed as Narnia but the Greystone Valley concept works because it carries the fairy tale theme through the entire story. I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Si Ning Yeoh for Readers' Favorite If you (or your kid!) are in the mood for a light-hearted story of magic and battles, humor and adventure, you might be interested in giving Charlie Brooks’ Greystone Valley a whirl. Greystone Valley  tells the tale of Sarah, a dreamy young girl dealing with the death of her father. In her grief, she has withdrawn from her friends and family, taking refuge instead in the marvelous adventures her imagination and storybooks can conjure up. Her self-imposed isolation is interrupted, however, when she is unexpectedly plunged into the strange new world of Greystone Valley. Baffled and bewildered, she inadvertently attracts the unwanted attentions of an evil warlord bent on multiple world domination and battles with him and his monstrous beast-men army through dragon caves and magical castles. Along the way, she allies with Kay, an inept young wizard, Dax, a cheerless old warrior and Keeley, a chirpy little dragon, and through her adventures with them she is gradually reminded of the true value of friendship, loyalty, courage and home.  I found Charlie Brooks’ Greystone Valley to be a relaxing way to while away a lazy afternoon. My favorite part of the book was definitely Sarah’s companions, all of whom stole the show whenever they popped up in the plot. Each of them initially seemed friendless and were misfits in their own way - Kay with his ineptitude, Dax with his gloominess, and Keeley with her tiny size - so it was quite heartwarming to see them forge a strong bond of friendship and loyalty to each other and to Sarah. I only wish that we could have learnt more about their back story - the tantalizing hints we’re given about their past just makes me certain that any story focusing upon them would make for a vastly entertaining read too. All in all, I found this a fun read!
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
My Review 4 STARS I am always surprised at myself for picking what ebook to read based on cover. I have tons of ebooks to read on my kindle but this cover drew my eye since I received it yesterday. Covers that are bland or no picture I have harder time choosing, even if I like the author better. Greystone Valley as lots of different characters. Some human and most from a different land that has magic, dragons, wizards, warriors, fey, trolls and Evil man who wants to conquer worlds not just where he is or the place he is from. It is full of action, drama, heroes, magic and accidents. Sarah is the main character. She is twelve. She wants to live in her room reading books. She does not want to face reality. Her mom is worried about her and is trying to get her to face the world. One morning Sarah wakes up to a boy about her age yelling at her to get out of his room. He is wearing a big purple robe and a pointed hat carrying a big book. He threatens her and turns himself into a frog. Kay is a sorcerer who has lots of problems reading his book of magic. He is being chased by bad guys wanting his magic book. Sarah follows him when he runs from the villagers who are going to turn him in. She thinks she is dreaming till she is hurt. Kay and Sarah are on the run and meet some others who are willing to help them. Baelan is a warlord and comes from a different world. He has conquered some of Greystone and wants to get into the Greystone castle. It is supposed to open doors to lots of different worlds. He wants to go and conquer more worlds. But the door is sealed and can only be open with magic. He believes Kay with his book of magic can be forced to help him. Aries is a general and helps Baelan he is half human and half horse. He is mean, big and tough. He is leading an army to capture Kay and now Sarah. He evens has captured dragons working for him. Every time Kay reads a magic spell it does not work like he thinks it should. Sarah has a easier time reading his magic book than Kay does. Kay has been learning from his father but now he all alone. Kay really can't read the book but she knows what the spells are for and how to pronounce the foreign words. They go from one problem to the next and make friends and enemies all along the way. It is a fun adventure fantasy book. It is a clean book. I look forward to reading more from Charlie Brooks in the future. I was given this ebook to read as part of Librarything Early Reviewers program. Asked to give honest review of it in exchange. Publication date: 4/15/2013 Publisher: Grey Gecko Press ISBN-13: 9781938821332 166 pages
MichaelMcCasland More than 1 year ago
Greystone Valley is a wonderful story of a young girl fed up with her life and then finds out that not all dreams are illusion. She actively uses her tenacity and her willingness to fight for what's right and is justly rewarded for her efforts throughout. I wholeheartedly recommend this book for readers everywhere but especially for younger readers who love fantasy novels with magic, dragons and a few fey thrown in as well. Charlie Brooks brings us a wonderful universe in the world of Greystone. 
A_Stevens More than 1 year ago
Greystone Valley is your standard coming of age story. A young girl with some trouble in her past escapes her problems through books and dreams, and discovers that there is more to her than even she knew. Along the way she makes friends and comes to realize that maybe the adventures she travels in her mind aren't all they're cracked up to be. I definitely recommend this story to younger readers in the 10-13 ish range. Especially if you are looking for a way to transition into more advanced reading. The writing is simple enough to understand, the plot is easy to follow and the battle scenes are well thought out and very mild, all without being too childish. The ending sets the stage for a series of novels for our heroine to take part in, and I very much hope to see sequels sometime soon.