REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Curse of the Tahiéra by Wendy Gillissen

Wendy has very kindly offered one copy of Curse of the Tahiéra for an Alternative-Read giveaway! (See below for further details!)

Title: Curse of the Tahiera
Author:Wendy Gillissen
Genre: Fantasy adventure / spiritual
Reviewer: Sassy Brit

Bound for the North through the forest of Gardeth, home of unnatural evil spirits, young Rom, a half Tzanatzi and half human boy, befriends both Yldich, an Einache Shaman, and Eald, an Einache boy. But this is no chance meeting. Little does Rom know that Yldich has had several Yaever dreams about him; dreams that will entwine their fates forever. Yildich believes that Rom can free the Einache people from a rising darkness of evil that has been brewing for five-hundred years, and yet Rom is a mere boy, without a clue to who he really is. He has so much to learn if he, and the Einache people are going to survive.

Together Rom, Yldich and Eald embark on a life changing odyssey as they are thrown into a new way of life, where the veil between his world and the underworld grows thinner each day, and people depend on him. Soon Rom is to learn that this spiritual journey will gain him the courage to learn things he never thought himself capable of, but sometimes uncovering buried secrets comes at a price. Will he be able to face his fears for the final battle and overcome the weight of the world that has been put upon his shoulders?

What a marvellous book. This is a coming of age, young adult tale, filled with a deep spiritual understanding, which I am positive has much to do with Wendy Gillissen's experience as a past life therapist, and her specialisation in dream-work. I found a few editing errors, such as  characters "knitting their brows" one too many times, but overall the depth of Curse of the Tahiéra was so richly detailed with a structured plot, and a believable mystical setting, I found it hard to put down. It's been a long time since I've read a fantasy adventure like this and Wendy Gillissen has a style of storytelling that brims with imagination. It is layered with stories, within this story.  She peppers words and expressions from the Tzanatzi /Einache languages throughout, but not in a way that distracts, as some books can. For your convenience these are explained at the back of the book, along with an artistic picture Gillissen drew of the lovable character, Rom. Personally I think this portrait is so good it needs to be moved to the front and not hidden away at the back. All in all the Curse of the Tahiéra is a clever debut novel, and the message is that with the understanding of our dreams anything is possible to achieve.

Sassy Brit

Wendy has very kindly offered one copy of Curse of the Tahiéra for an Alternative-Read giveaway!

To enter please:
1. Follow my blog!
2. Leave a comment for Wendy at this post "Wendy's interview with AR" I know she will be very happy to hear from you!
3. Please come back here and leave a comment with your email address to say you have done everything required to enter!  Easy! And thank you.

NEWS FLASH: CHANGE OF COMPETITION RULES! This competition is now open to anyone, wherever you live. Wendy has very kindly offered to ship worldwide! Thank you. :) 
Ends 31st October, 2009.

I know this book is being requested like hotcakes over at LibraryThing! The "Inside Story" by Sassy Brit and her Gang!
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  1. Following and commented :)
    Sounds like a good book, thanks for bringing it to my attention. I do like to find new books,and interesting worlds

    blodeuedd1 at gmail dot com

  2. Thank you so much Sassy, for your wonderful, warm and sassy review! I'm so glad you enjoyed the book:)

    I'm especially pleased the Einache and Tzanatzi languages heightened your involvement in the story!

    I would love to repost your review on my blog with a link back to you, is that o.k.?
    Have a great weekend! Wendy

  3. Hi, Blodeuedd!

    Thank you for your comment and for entering. Good luck! :)

    Hi Wendy!

    Thanks for your kind words, too. Now, of course I would love you to share my review.

    Have a good weekend yourself - what's left of it!

    Happy writing.

  4. I'm getting a copy of this book from Wendy to review and I'm really excited to get it after your review! Can't wait to get my grubby hands on it...

  5. I am following and I also commented. :)
    This one sounds like a good book. :)

  6. @ Aarti: Grubby hands, LOL! Your review copy will be in the mail soon!

    @ Milka! Good luck!:)

  7. I'd love a chance - okay I've commented LOL!

    I'm a follower. Thanks so much for the giveaway.


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  9. Followed & commented as well :)

    Many thanks for hosting this giveaway!

  10. I'm so glad Wendy joined me at Facebook (ancient and celtic music,nature, spiritualism and so much more)
    I would love to read this book and I'm wondering if it was written directly in English, which is, I think, not the mother-tongue of the author?

  11. I am a worldwide entry so I will grab the chance to enter !..

    I have become a Follower to see what your blog is all about and have left a comment on Wendy's interview.

    Thank you.


    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

  12. @ Regy: Nice to meet you here too:)
    Funny how people seldom ask, but you are right, English is not my mother tongue, and yes, I did write directly in English! (Ik ben Nederlandse van oorsprong.)

    @ Carol: Hi Carol, thank you for entering! I like how this giveaway is quickly becoming an international event;)

  13. Please enter me, icejew at gmail dot com

    Great Interview.I have left a comment and I am a follower now.

    Thanks for the contest.

  14. I'm a NEW follower & I left a comment on the Wendy's interview with AR post.

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

  15. I follow and I commented.
    I found this through a link, but I will keep an eye on the blog.
    I have one of my own, but it's in portuguese.

    Best wishes!


  16. Followed & commented!

    alannakurt at gmail dot com

    Very excited!

  17. I've done everything needed!

    educhico AT gmail DOT com

  18. Oh, goody!
    I'm up for this.
    Done everything!

    catarina {.} magoito {@}

  19. I follow and commented!
    goncalo DOT mil AT gmail DOT com

  20. Thanks for this giveaway!
    Don't think I will get lucky, bu no harm in trying!

  21. Did you get my previous post?

  22. Just count me in, ok?
    Blogger is acting strange!


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