Wyndano's Cloak

Wyndano's Cloak

by A. R. Silverberry

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BN ID: 2940013170162
Publisher: Tree Tunnel Press
Publication date: 08/08/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

A. R. Silverberry holds a BA in music and a PhD in psychology. Feeling the call for a creative life, he's a watercolorist, pianist, and composer.

Silverberry's family is filled with successful writers, actors, artists, and musicians. He remembers being fascinated at an early age as his father explained how to create a plot by throwing together characters with opposing motives. Before he was old enough to write, he stole away with his mother to dictate a story. The love for fantasy was stimulated by a babysitter, who, with a seemingly endless supply of Oz books, read him to sleep. Fairy tales, Tolkien, and the spine-tingling tales of Robert E. Howard sealed the deal.

Silverberry has been a licensed psychologist since 1991. He works with children, adolescents, and adults; and continues to balance his clinical practice with writing. Wyndano's Cloak is his first novel.

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Wyndano's Cloak 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
MGFairfax More than 1 year ago
A.R. Silverberry's "Wyndano's Cloak" is a beautiful story of the development of true friendship, told with whimsical imagination and a large dose of piquant humor. The magical format works beautifully as the heroines Bit, Pet and Jen make the journey through the portal to The Plain World and back again. The adventures in The Plain World are quirky and funny but ultimately moving. The fact that the three strongest characters are all teenage girls makes this book a great candidate to become a classic piece of literature for young women. Most importantly, it is a darned fun read!
WRP68 More than 1 year ago
Wyndano's Cloak by A.R. Silverberry is a five time award-winning fantasy novel sure to be enjoyed and cherished by readers 10 and up. Settle in as this talented new author takes you on a grand adventure in the magical, wondrous Kingdom of Aerdem. A story with one strong, well-developed female protagonist is rare. Here two heroines take center stage: the brave yet vulnerable Jenren, who grew up as an orphan in the dreary, magic-less Plain World before she learned of her royal bloodline, and her shy but determined best friend, Bit. Princess Jenren, or Jen as she prefers, receives a mysterious message foreshadowing doom. She immediately suspects the return of the evil Queen Naryfel. Jen calls a family meeting, her father and mother, the King and Queen of Aerdem, her brother Dash, and Dash's fiancée, Bit. The family agrees that Naryfel will soon strike-but strike who and when and how? The King and Queen refuse to live in fear and carry on with royal business such as a masquerade birthday party for Dash. Despite Jen's best efforts, the castle is soon under siege. Jen and her mother are abducted while Dash and the King are trapped by a supernatural plant with branches that constantly tighten their deadly grip. Any attempt to remove the growths will surely kill both father and son. Bit embarks on a quest for a doctor who can free Dash and the King from their bonds. Along for the trip to Plain World is the Countess Petunia. Pet is more suited to her lavish lifestyle than a harrowing journey and may have her own agenda. Meanwhile, Jen must learn to trust a strange young man named Blue to escape from the wicked Queen Naryfel. Through the clever use of back-story, Silverberry allows us to see the magic and power of Wyndano's Cloak and how Jen's first attempt to use it almost cost her life. Finding the Cloak and overcoming her fear of using it may be the only way to stop Naryfel once and for all. A.R. Silverberry's creativity and imagination are second to none, but it is the character development that really shines in Wyndano's Cloak. These young ladies are easy to relate to and cheer for. Whether it's Jen who learns to trust others and herself, or Bit conquering her self-esteem issues, or Pet who learns compassion, they grow and mature as the author puts each through a series of ordeals testing their makeup. Silverberry is no slouch either when it comes to plotting a page turner, as he has infused enough conflict and suspense to keep the most distracted reader intrigued. His knack of closing various chapters with a cliffhanger is a brilliant technique that won't let you stop reading. Frightening creatures, a horrible antagonist, friendship, courage, and more in a coming-of-age soon to be classic that is certain to keep kids entertained and away from the TV and video game system for long stretches. Highly recommended and rated a Must Read for fans of Young Adult fantasy. Reviewed by William R. Potter for Reader's Choice Book Reviews.
Allbooksreview More than 1 year ago
The rest was a kaleidoscope of tilting and falling, of wandering lost, with no way out, no way home, no way back to a world of light and love, until the mist melted away and she collapsed, shaking in a pool of sweat. A dark omen of chaos and destruction threatens Jen's newly peaceful world. Shadows of the past are brought forwards as threats to their future. Dark times move in towards them, threatening to shatter the haven created. The mystical; Wyndano's cloak may be her only chance to save those she loves from peril, but to succeed she must conquer the fear that churns within her and face up to the dark times ahead. With the terrifying events drawing closer and time running out Jen must face the world head on before time runs out. Peter Allan Adler; writing as A.R Silverberry, has weaved a tale of intense imagination and wonder. Creativity seems to be pulsating through his veins as he takes pleasure in many other forms of art besides writing; including watercolor, piano and also composing. With a family filled with successful writers, actors, artists and musicians Peter remembers a childhood of early musings and a love of stories. Aside from his artistic skills Mr. Adler also has been a licensed psychologist since the year of 1991. Wyndano's cloak is a wonderfully written novel that I didn't even put down until it was finished. The characters are easy to relate to and yet they are still far from average, people will surely love this book and the adventures it takes you on. As the pages turn you find yourself in a wonderful tale of fantasy and bravery. In my opinion, Wyndano's cloak was a well- written tale creating an adventure we may only find in the deepest corners of our imagination. I believe that this book would be enjoyed by many people and that it would be an enriching choice for personal bookshelves everywhere. A.R Silverberry's story was one that I will likely be re-reading very soon. Wyndano's cloak is highly recommended by Kirsten Bussière, Allbooks Reviews
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
There's a new book that has just hit bookstores and if you're a fan of teen fantasy, you'll want to grab a copy and get reading - it won't take you long to get lost in the magical world of Aerdem. Author A.R. Silverberry's debut novel is a tale of mystery, suspense, heroes and most importantly, heroines. The action picks up on the first few pages where we meet Jenren, the princess of Aerdem. Jenren, or Jen to her friends, is enjoying a run through the kingdom when she is given a whispered warning in the wind. Something bad is going to happen. But what? Jen rushes home to her parents, the King and Queen. Together with her brother Dash, and her best friend (and brother's fiancée), Bit, they discuss what the warning may have meant. Jen believes it signifies the return of Naryfel, an evil queen who is determined to hurt Jen's family. The King dismisses the warning and then decides that he, and his family, will attend Count Pompahro's party, a combined coming out party for Lady Vieveeka and birthday party for Dash. But things don't go as expected and soon Jen and her mother are kidnapped and Dash and the King are entombed in an odd growth of magical branches that nobody can destroy without killing the prisoners. At this point, Wyndano's Cloak follows two separate stories, that of Jen and her mother and a second adventure involving shy Bit and Countess Petunia. While Jen tries to both escape and rescue her mother, Bit sets out to find the only doctor who might be able to help the King and Dash. Wyndano's Cloak had something exciting happening on just about every page. With chapters bouncing between Jen's and Bit's mission, the reader is kept in constant suspense. A chapter would end with a cliffhanger, but that story would not pick up for another chapter or two. Meanwhile, the previous nail-bitter would resume forcing ever longer readings to see what would happen. The character development in Wyndano's Cloak is what will likely draw many young readers to the story. Jen and Blue may appear brave and daring but they each struggle with uncertainty, while Naryfel is deliciously evil and conniving. But it is the relationship between Bit and Pet that took center stage for me. I believe many readers, particularly young girls, will identify with Bit, a shy young woman who has overcome much but still sees herself as not worthy of the Prince's affection. As she struggles with her poor self-esteem, and Pet plots how to foil the journey, the two stumble upon an orphanage that is reminiscent of a scene from a Dickens novel. The metamorphosis that spoiled, bratty Pet undergoes comes to a head at this unlikely stop and helps build this character into somebody the reader may want to cheer for. Quill says: Wyndano's Cloak is the type of novel that is too long to read in one sitting but is impossible to put down. You're going to be very tired in the morning!
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
Crossing fantasy, fairytale and science fiction, A. R. Silverberry creates a beautiful world in danger, peoples it with delightfully ordinary people, who just happen to be a princess, the girl engaged to the prince, a duchess who’d love to be more, a magical wizard, a pauper, and more... then sends them on a quest to save everything they love. The story is beautifully told, the characters are pleasingly flawed, and wise lessons are gently well-drawn. Wyndano’s Cloak deserves to be a classic children’s novel, with its echoes of Victorian workhouses (and gruel), light hints of science (“I think it’s called a fulcrum...”), beautiful language (“little tears of joy salted her eyes”), and convincing wisdom (“Punishment will not heal... Only forgiveness and compassion...”) There are scary scenes with powerful evil, haunting scenes where intended good contends with guilt and forgiveness, delightfully memorable scenes (especially when the downtrodden children learn to value themselves for who they are), and gorgeously evocative scenes of wondrous places and a rose castle. A surprisingly warm overarching story ties it all together, with just enough complexity and depth to keep adults and children turning the pages, eager to learn how it will end. Seriously unpredictable, and definitely fun! Disclosure: I was given a free ecopy and I offer my honest review.
EmeraldBarnes More than 1 year ago
This book left me contemplating the characters and world long after it was finished! Wyndano's Cloak is a tale of heroism, in my eyes. It follows two young woman, Bit and Jenny. Each are thrown into a journey of not only adventure but one of self-discovery, and each discover how strong and how far they will go to protect the ones they love. Jen has to overcome her fears and save her family, while Bit has to break out of her shell and become the heroine no one thought she could be,even her. Each accepts their own destiny, and they become young women worthy of the title of "heroine." The story is full of adventure that will keep you longing for more, and you find yourself wanting to learn more of each of these characters. There are twists and turns that keep you guessing, and you'll long for another adventure just to stay in the story longer. Two thumbs up for Wyndano's Cloak and A.R. Silverberry's beautiful writing. Every young female (and adult as well!) should read this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was really pretty good. I thought the writing was eloquent and thoughtful. The character development was well rounded and really made you feel the characters. I felt them so much that I wanted to slap Bit around, the character was the weakest one, both physically and in a literary sense. With the spirited nature of Jen, the robust tom-foolery of Blue, and the ever wavering devoted nature of Pet (first to her father and then to Bit), you would hope that you could feel the same way about Bit. I know that we were supposed to have a sentimental attachment to her as she did to the kids in the orphanage, but for me it didn't happen. The overall plot and concept was amazing though. I enjoyed the twists, especially at the end. All together, the book was well worth the read. I would recommend it to friends.
BDFlaxy More than 1 year ago
As a mother of a teenage girl I am always searching for interesting tales of courage and friendship. The challenge is, of course, to find a book my 14 year old also likes! Wyndano's Cloak meets the criteria for both mother and daughter. The story is intriguing and uplifting and it makes for a great read. It captivated my daughter's attention. I highly recommend this book for anyone seeking an uplifting story for a teenaged girl (or boy!)
TCM_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Medlara appears to Jen with an important message. The kingdom is in great danger. The words are garbled but it could only mean one thing, Naryfel is up to her old tricks. Jen immediately calls together the family to warn them of the possibilities. At first, nothing seems to happen. Perhaps, Medlara was wrong. Then, just as everyone's guard is down, Naryfel springs into action. Her plan is devious and extremely well prepared. Jen and her mother are kidnapped. Her father and brother are left dying, in great need of a doctor. Hope is slim. Jen needs to find a way to escape. Bit and Pet need to come together and overcome their own self doubts, travel to another land, and find a doctor. There's not much time. Wyndano's Cloak is unique in that the majority of the main characters are female. Usually, it is the men who go traipsing off to save the day but instead these three women have to face great peril and their own selves to do what needs to be done. Don't worry, there's still plenty of action and a whole lot needed to bring the story to its natural end.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Aerdem Princess Jenren hears the whispers in the wind that warn her something horrific is coming. Out of fear for the safety of her family and friends, the princess runs back home. Her brother Prince Dash and his fiancée her BFF Bit take the omen seriously because they the malevolent Queen Naryfel is back. Her father tells them don't worry, be happy. In fact to affirm his belief he insists they all attend Count Pompahro's gala honoring the debut of Lady Vieveeka and Dash's birthday. Disaster strikes when someone abducts the queen and princess, and the king and prince are magically incarcerated in an odd tangle of branches that no one else can enter, nor the royal pair exit. Jen tries to escape, but struggles to do so because she refuses to leave her mom behind. At the same time, though she still feels unworthy of Dash's love, reticent Bit, with the help of Countess Pet, seeks the one person who might be able to rescue her beloved fiancé and her future father-in-law who are unaware what she needs to hope to succeed on her quest. Meanwhile Naryfel continues to move forward on her diabolical scheming. The story line rotates subplots as Bit stars in trying to rescue the men and Jen tries to escape taking her mom with her. Both are excellent as the heroic females, so different in personality with one an introvert and the other an extrovert; personalize their particular quest to try to rescue their loved ones before dealing with the bigger threat of saving the kingdom from the evil queen. Wyndano's Cloak is a superb young adult fantasy. Harriet Klausner
Chris_Phillips More than 1 year ago
Wyndano's Cloak by A R Silverberry ISBN 978-0-9841037-6-8 Review by Chris Phillips Silverberry's debut novel is a surprising fantasy. There are all the classic elements. There is a headstrong and determined young heroine. There are the enemies and friends. As with any good book there are friends that turn dangerous and become enemies or almost. Then there are some that appear to be enemies but are really friends in disguise. Since Jen's early life she has been apart from her family, living in another world rejected and so different. She returned after the last battle with Naryfel, her evil aunt and queen of another rival kingdom. Now she has settled with her family and they are at peace. Her father the King is in the Rose Castle and the land of Aerdem is at peace. However, Jen has an uneasy feeling that her aunt Naryfel is planning to take over the kingdom yet again. Jen is always on alert and always watching for the surprise attack. Leading the supporting characters is Bit, the young fiancée of Jen's brother Dash. There is Pet, a Countess the same age as Jen, who is a friend, but there must be something else going on. There is Yalp the dwarf magician whose magic sometimes works and sometimes works too well and, of course, sometimes doesn't work at all. The attack comes in the night. All seems to be lost when Jen and Bit take off on different quests to save the King and Dash from certain death. Wyndano's Cloak is magical with very special powers, but Jen was hurt severely when she tried to use it. However she knows that the cloak is the key to saving the kingdom. Will Jen find the cloak in time? Will the cloak be found at all? Will Bit and Dash wed? Will the King and kingdom be saved? Will Naryfel win the day? Will good triumph? Will anyone survive? Give Silverberry and Jen the chance to win the reader's heart and spend some time learning the secrets of Wyndano's Cloak. The plot has sufficient twists and turns to keep the reader's interest. The characters are solid and fully developed. The mysteries and surprises grab the reader's attention and send the imagination scurrying. This is a delightful book and can be highly recommended. This book is best for young adults and pre-teens. It would be good for their parents and teachers as well. 5 Stars Published by Tree Tunnel Press, PO Cox 733, Capitola, Ca 95010 (www.treetunnelpress.com) SRP $15.80/Amazon $15.80) Reviewer received the book from the publisher.