Threadbare and the Genesis Tree

 

 

Threadbare by Bethany A. Jennings

Threadbare is a short story about a young woman who has lost control of her powers. In this magical world, powers work like threads. After a fight, Bess’s threads are tangled. She faces the choice of being strangled by them or having them severed. Unable to fend for herself, she faces a life without magic, and puts her team in danger.

I loved the world building of this story. It was immersive, unique, and fun. I’m ready for a full length novel. Bethany wonderfully handled dropping us into this world for a short time without losing us with threads, waves, Sinkholes, and Drifters. I never felt confused or turned around. In fact, I just wanted more.

Bethany kept the pace moving forward at a run with a magical battle used to show us the depth of pain Bess felt at the choice she is forced to make. The ending brought hope and light to the story. This is where I longed for a full length novel the most. I wanted to taste everything a little longer before resolution. This is the hard part of a short story for the reader. I didn’t want it to be short.

If you want a quick adventure to read during a lunch break or while standing in line, this is well worth your money.

The Genesis Tree by Heather L. L. FitzGerald

After being on this journey with the Larcen family for several years now, it’s hard to believe it’s over. I read…devoured really…this story in a few short hours spread over two days. It didn’t let up. Gone were the childish elements. They’d been buffed away by the storms of life. Only strength remained behind.

With their return home from a second adventure into the Tethered World involving Trolls and Gargoyles and the threat of exposure, you might expect the Larcen’s to get some well-deserved down time. Wrong. Evil thwarted isn’t evil stamped out. The threat of exposure still looms over them, but now with a modern twist. It takes all of Sadie and Brady to withstand the death throes of their enemies.

There are two things I loved about this book. One I can talk about in more detail than the other. Spoilers, you know.

The first is Sadie. When this Chronicle started, I didn’t really connect with Sadie. She didn’t want to visit a magical world and have adventures. She just wanted to go home and be a normal teenager. She was everything I wasn’t. I connected with Sophie. Now there was a girl who appreciated riding dragons and meeting dwarves and gnomes. But Sadie is the main character, so this is Sadie’s story. I suffered her complaints and still enjoyed the story.

By book 3, Sadie has been tried and tested in the deepest of ways. She has faced lies, monsters, torture and betrayal. She has seen those she loved hurt and even killed. Adventure has taken on a decidedly harsh tone. Sadie has been tempered. In Book 3, we walk with a Sadie who is strong. I loved it. She’s not an Amazon woman by any means, but she has had the dross boiled away and found her faith solid. Sadie is ready to fight for the world she didn’t even want to visit a few months ago.

I really enjoyed the growth Sadie endured. She has gone from my least favorite character, to my favorite.

The second thing I loved about this book was a few difficult decisions the author made. This is a family friendly fantasy that tends to favor those who don’t enjoy fantasy. It’s a gateway fantasy. If you’re someone who hasn’t ever gotten into Lord of the Rings, or Harry Potter, or any fantasy, this is the one for you. Heather never loses this element of her stories. But, in the Genesis Tree, she weaves in the cost of war in a way that kicks the reader in the gut. She takes this story out of the gateway realm for a time and gives it the heart of deep fantasy. I loved that.

I also found that the lack of epic battles worked well in this book. She worked out the details of betrayal and exposure without taking it into a mythical clash between Trolls and Gnomes, Gargoyles and Nephilim. At the end of Book 2, The Flaming Sword, I found that to be a letdown. At the end of the Genesis Tree, it felt right. Small events diffused mass battle.

The Tethered World Chronicles is now complete. Sadie is ready to join her family in their unique responsibilities. As a reader, I was satisfied. This is a wonderful series to share with your family. Children of all ages will enjoy it. It is clean but not safe. A hard balance to strike, but Heather does masterfully.

Available for Pre-order!

Review of Book 1.

Review of Book 2.

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March #WIPjoy (Part 3)

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March #WIPjoy (Part 3)

To see Part 1, click here.

To see Part 2, click here.

Moving on to the third part of the March #WIPjoy created by author Bethany Jennings. If you want to join in the next go around visit Bethany’s Twitter profile (@simmeringmind) to be updated on the next #WIPjoy!

In January, I used my WIP The Cost of Two Hands (Book1). This month I’m using The Sparrow and The Star (unfinished Book 2). I will try to refrain from huge spoilers.

 


 

Line Love Week

  1. Share a line about a cool setting.

They trooped out the door into an orange and pink sunset, a soft warm breeze, and a view Sparrow could hardly comprehend: Metropolis. A city that wasn’t bones but bright, polished metal stacked up in row upon row before her all copper, gold, gunmetal grays, and silver. Tall square buildings with round caps, thin curved buildings, large windowed globes standing on thin stalks, spiraled buildings like sharp curls, and unusual shapes she’d never heard of made a unique skyline as far to her left and right as she could see, dotted with bright hot-air balloons.

  1. Share a line (or several) that makes you smile.

“Well, well, well, by the beautiful Sundance’s golden hair, I must have struck a chord with that one.”

“Who’s Sundance?” Sparrow ran her sleeve across her face.

“Who is Sundance? Do you not know the stories of the Guardians of the Material World?”

“I have no idea what you’re talking about.”

“No idea!” the snail huffed. “No idea!? Genesis? Quinn? Ronan? The Justicar? Crow and Olive? Please tell me you’ve heard of Crow and Olive?”

Sparrow shook her head wanting to get back to the Sons of the Dragons.

“Jack? Have you heard of Jack the Wolf and his Unlit Companion?”

“No…”

Ebenezer groaned. “I have suffered a mortal wound.”

 

  1. Share a line that makes you feel the pain.

A keening wail came from just ahead. Royce’s hair stood on end. He’d never in his life, even as his parents died and his siblings were taken, even as the leader of the Dragons, even when they found Tom-ears’ boy among the Clowns, heard a sound like the breaking, ripping of a soul. He rushed forward. In the gloom and smoke with the fire burning to their right stood Skip. His gun hung from the tips of his fingers and fell. Ash shifted into the air as it struck the ground and bounced. The horrible sound continued to rise from Skip. Pink’s face drained of all color. Malarkey, Shifty, and Babe hurried to his sides.

 

  1. Share an intense line.

Girls with faces wrapped in scarves, hair shorn, and round wide eyes, poured from the Mall and raced towards the battle.

 

  1. Share a line about love.

“Yes, you do.” Mrs. Cummbers broke in. “You surely do, child. But, you aren’t saved, Adele, by what you did or didn’t do, or by what you will and will not do.” Mrs. Cummbers took Adele’s hand. “You’re saved by my salvage. I already took your punishment for you. You made the choice to do what is wrong and you will have to bear the consequences of that, but I already took your punishment.” She pointed down to her legs which no longer worked. Very gently, she pulled Adele into her arms. “Now it’s time to do what’s right.”

“‘Not to earn my salvage, but because of my salvage’. That’s what Jonah said.” Adele’s eyes glistened in the lights gleaming in the night.

 

  1. Share a line that amuses you.

“Genesis save me,” Ebenezer swore. “I’m not ready yet, Sacrifice. She can’t communicate very clearly.”

“Okay, okay.” Sacrifice disappeared then returned. “I’ll be back. You know how Heart is.”

“Silly boys, give a snail a chance.”

  1. Share a line that wrings your heart. (SPOILER ALERT)

The body. Soul looked at the body. He saw gray skin, scarred. He saw disheveled brown hair and a pointed nose.

“Oh King!” He rushed towards Cry of the Storm. The disk Jonah meant for him to have at Christmas thumped against his thigh as he ran. Dead. Dead. Dead, it said with each strike. Soul pulled Jonah’s cold body off the back of the horse who danced to the side. Soul gathered Jonah’s body close, rocking his boy, trying to warm him. Haze bent down one hand on his shoulder.

“It’s my boy, Haze. They killed my boy. They killed him.”

All the Feels Week

  1. What kind of relationship is at the heart of your WIP?

Love in many different forms is at the heart of my WIP. I have a handful of romances, but I have many more elements of friendship, brotherhood, loyalty, parent/child, and love as a choice made, not so much a bubbly emotion.

  1. If you could enter your WIP for a day, what would you do there?

I would split my day between riding Cry of the Storm through the snow, and curled up somewhere in Greenhome with a hot apple cider and Lazarus at my feet with all my heroes around me.

  1. How do you feel about your WIP right now?

I vacillate between absolutely adoring it and feeling overwhelmed by how much work is still left to be done.

  1. Have you ever cried about this WIP? Why?

Funny enough, I was just working on a single sentence and started crying…so yes, I’ve cried over this story. You should know, I cry pretty easy. Commercials can make me tear up. This story takes place after the apocalypse for a handful of people. The worst thing that could happen, did happen to them. That’s how Book 1 ended. Book 2 starts with the aftermath of the loss of families, homes, and friends. Added to that is the upswing of the story into a little bit of hope. Sometimes hope is as painful as loss. Lots of tears. Some happy. Some sad.

  1. What makes you the proudest about this WIP?

I’m not really sure how to answer this question, so I’m going to reword it. The things I’m most thankful for about this WIP are how far it’s come even with all my health issues which sometimes keep me from writing at all, or limit me to only a few minutes here or there. (50,000+ words) I’m also thankful I get to work around so many Christian themes, Christmas, and that at some point I will get to introduce a group of characters that I love, who I thought would never see the light of day.


 

Thank you so much for reading about my WIP. I love sharing it with the world!