Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Book Review: Candlewax by C Bailey Sims

Candlewax by C. Bailey Sims
Publisher:  Terabyte Press
Publication date:  April 03, 2012
Genre:  MG/YA, epic fantasy, adventure, romance
ISBN:  9780983981110



Summary:  A medieval masterpiece of adventure, romance and horror, younger readers of Paolini and Cashore will gobble up this award-winning debut. 


An Ancient Prophecy. A Powerful Relic. An Insatiable Evil. When all three converge, the fate of every living thing will be in peril. 


All her life Catherine had hoped to see a fairrier cat. No book, no scroll provided to her by her tutors had ever mentioned this legend, much to her frustration, and now-at the worse possible time-she was getting her wish. Only, in her wish the cat wasn't about to kill her. 

A 732-year-old fairrier cat the size of a horse has killed his fair share of hunters. Driven to the brink of extinction for the supernatural powers of his coat, is he indeed the last of his kind? 

Sheltered, 16-year-old Catherine is about to find out. Unwitting heir to the Ancient Onyxes, she flees an arranged marriage only to stumble upon the cat's secrets, the force of the ancient relic she wears, and the dangerous mission they must undertake. 

Hidden under a desert that was once a fertile land, millions of predators are waiting to feast again. Catherine must discover the secret of the Ancient Onyxes and stop the creatures known as trodliks before they consume everything in their path. A whispered prophecy becomes her only guide and a rejected suitor just might be the one warrior she desperately needs. 

For readers ages 12 and up

Review:  Candlewax is an epic adventure set in the fantastical land of  Lackanay.  Princess Catherine attempts to run away from her life, and an arranged marriage  she wants no part of.  Before she gets to far, she is propelled into a journey to save the land she was escaping.  Along the way, she meets Spelopokos, a fairrier cat who leads her into a new life as the wearer of the Ancient Onyxes.  She is to fulfill the ancient prophesy that will save Lackanay and Spelopokos.  

Candlewax is full of action, romance, fantasy, and adventure.  It quickly gets the reader involved and cheering on the characters.  The descriptions of the Kingdom of Lackanay are so vivid that you feel like you are right there.  All of the character depictions are robust and leaves no doubt to who is good and who is evil.  The story is fast-paced, and engrossing.  It leaves your senses in overdrive.  

I found the story to be very creative.  There was so much going on all at once, yet very well tied together.      At times, parts of the story were really drawn out, but in the end, you had a true feeling of what took place.  I am very much encouraged that this is only the first in the series.  I cannot wait to read more about Lackanay, Princess Catherine, King Cyril, and the farrier cats.  

Middle school students through adults could very much get wrapped up in this epic tale.  It is slated for release on April 03, 2012 - make sure you pick up a copy and read it for yourself.

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