When Erik and Emma, two young marsupials, befriend an orphaned red fox named Devon, it’s a very odd friendship to say the least. Normally these two different animals would be enemies, but because of the devastation caused by the evil king, they all set out to help their fellow creatures. They’ll learn many things along their journey, but the question remains are they able to survive the battle they face ahead?
I have to say that the first thing that made this story very appealing to me, even before I read it, was the fact that the entire storyline was based around animals. When I actually began reading the book, the story came across so vividly to me that I saw the scenes playing out in my mind. The sketches included throughout only enhanced this already fabulous story. I found the list of characters a bonus considering there were so many animals making appearances throughout the pages, that referring back to the list, from time to time, made it easier to keep track of each one. This author knows how to pen a story that will keep children and adults alike on the edge of their seat. I highly recommend this book to readers and I’m so glad I was given the opportunity to review it. Well done, Ms. Rogers!
WINNER! Moonbeam Children's Book Awards. Gold Medal!
WINNER! Reader's Favorite International Book Awards. Bronze Medal!
WINNER! Benjamin Franklin Digital Awards. Gold Honoree!
WINNER! Book of the Year Finalist! ForeWord Reviews - 2013, Juvenile Fiction
Told in crisp, page-turning prose, readers of all ages will find this to be an engaging novel built around a framework of moral guidance.
WINNER! Honorable Mention – Writer’s Digest 2013 eBook Awards!
“Beyond excellent, from the terrific illustrations on the cover and throughout the book, so well-placed by the author to convey the character’s depth in plot.”
Judge, Writer’s Digest eBook Awards 2013
Cynric, King of Demelza, is haunted by his past. In an effort to escape it, he wields a powerful sword, commanding his dragon lizards and a malevolent thylacine, to wreak havoc throughout the realm. Villages are burning and innocent creatures are dying.
Erik and Emma, two young marsupials, and Devon, an orphaned red fox, are on their own personal quests; two to save a life, one to destroy another. When their paths cross, these natural enemies forge an unusual friendship. Soon they hear of the devastation caused by the evil king and they realize that their personal objectives must be put aside. Even though that decision will affect their own lives, and the lives of the ones they love, they are determined to help their fellow creatures. They put themselves at risk by joining a motley crew of animals, whose main objective is to end the reign of King Cynric.
A final battle will take place in the shadow of Fortress Demelza as the king’s forces clash with this rag tag band of creatures from the countryside. The fate of Sunderland and its inhabitants is at stake.
From the Author: The Sword of Demelza is a middle grade fantasy where endangered animal heroes roam the pages, and the Australian landscape comes alive! A glossary at the end of the book provides information about the unusual flora and fauna found within the story, and only on the continent of Australia. Wonderful Illustrations throughout the book will help bring the creatures to life. A sneak peek of The Gift of Sunderland, the second book in the Australian Fantasy Adventures, is included.
Filled with profound lessons of loyalty, friendship, tolerance and dedication to a cause, J.E. Rogers delivers a fantasy filled with excitement and unforgettable characters. It is truly an exciting journey, populated by fascinating beings. A must read for every child, young and old!
Jan Kardys, Chairman, Founder at Unicorn Writers' Conference, Inc.