Synopsis: In a dimension that is invisible to humans and inhabited by magical beings, four companions embark on a journey to free a friend and a large number of pollinating insects from the clutches of a diabolical wizard who is himself captivated by the most powerful Sorceress ever known. The heroes are sustained in their quest by humour, affection, courage and loyalty as they battle the age old evils of greed, cruelty and unfettered ambition. In this light hearted but dark edged fantasy traditional fairy tale creatures tackle their own twenty first century environmental problems.
Release Date: 1st October 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, Middle Grade, Magic, Environmental, Adventure, Friendship
Thank you kindly to author Jane Taylor who sent me a physical copy to read and review.
Review: This magical world is wondrous from the very start you are giving incredibly vivid descriptions of the world and the characters you are stepping right into.
You get sucked in and transported instantly to this fantasy world with our fairy leads that go on an adventure to save their friend, they are loyal, brave and determined throughout. Not only are we on an adventure but in a land so beautifully described you can see it before you, we also meet bees and wizards too which add to the fantasy magic of this world.
This story is so uniquely written, I don’t think I know of a book that is written quite like this one before, it is so whimsical and is so vividly described on every page. It has a sweet and important message about the environment which is rare to find in books and most especially in a fantasy book, I loved that addition to it. The friendship between the characters is so wonderful and you will love them instantly. It also features some classic nursery rhymes within the story which is really clever, poetic and enhances exactly how unique this story is.
I do highly recommend this story to anyone that loves fantasy books, as I know any fantasy readers out there are just going to fall head over heels with this cleverly crafted and beautifully unique fantasy story.
I think this book would be suitable for the 10+ age group as is has a lot of vivid detail and use of quite long words that the younger middle ager might struggle with. Though I can see this being an absolute favourite to so many children as it is such a whimsical and wonderful fairy fantasy world.
About Author: Jane Taylor is a retired secondary school teacher of Chemistry and Science who now lives near Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire.
She spends a great deal of time writing fiction, biographical and autobiographical stories, and some poetry but mainly for fun. She is a member of Stratford-upon-Avon Writers’ Circle and a writer of quite entertaining blogs on blog.honeymountainbook.co.uk
She has self- published one children’s fantasy story called Honey Mountain which was inspired by her daughter Emily’s illustrations, some of which are included in the book.
In this she set out to write a humorous modern fairy story which would allude to some twenty-first century global problems, thus harking back to her career as a teacher of science during which time she endeavoured to make science fun.
It’s no coincidence that the cast of characters in Honey Mountain has a strong female lead who uses her talents to see the struggle through to a dramatic conclusion because Jane has also taken a strong interest in gender equality during her career.
She also has a great love for history and has written a book about the career of Sir Francis Walsingham, one of Queen Elizabeth I’s chief advisers, but it is yet to be published.