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"Our mundane world seems to have a number of gates to strange
places and adventures to suit every occasion and purpose. FAITH
& FAIRIES, with exciting encounters between young humans strong
in disbelief, and magic as old as the first tree, has opened another
such to entice the explorer. As one can truly say--a good read!"
"An enchanting tale full of humor and whimsy, reminiscent
of such young adult classics as THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA...full of wonder and imagination, yet feels familiar and
real. There is much to like..."
"...a finely crafted, haunting tale of adventure, sacrifice
and love that fondly recalls the young adult fantasy novels of C.S.
Lewis, Andre Norton and Madeleine L'Engle."
"Author C.S. Haviland has composed a mythical and magical
turn of events in FAITH & FAIRIES. Some compare the story
to C.S. Lewis' THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE."
"Rarely do I read, nor enjoy fantasy novels but I am
very happy to say this is one I like very much. I think its because
I can relate to the characters, unlike other fantasy novels that are
about long ago societies, or worlds very different from our own. It's
the story of several teenage boys who enter a magical world that becomes
more interesting page after page. Haviland is in the class of L. Frank
Baum, Terry Brooks, or Stephen Donaldson who are some of the authors
I have enjoyed."
"FAITH & FAIRIES is a sweet fantasy
story filled with wonder, magic, and fairies. There is also a good deal
of action and adventure. Kissing as a healing method for fairies, quite
an interesting concept."
"All I can say is, when is the next one coming out? Very enjoyable and original. ... There was nothing in this book that set off echoes of anything else I ever read, and that is a very hard thing to accomplish."
"I love this book! I love it...it's so good! I am recommending
it to everyone I know!"
"FAITH & FAIRIES is one of the greatest
books I have ever read. If you like fantasy, humor and a little bit
of romance, then you picked up the right book. This is one excellent
story. I call this book great and fantastic. I couldn't stop reading
it and when you read all the way to the end, you would be wishing for
"When I read the first chapter, I was immediately 'sucked'
into the book and I could not stop reading it. I even got in trouble
once for reading it when I was supposed to be getting ready for school!
... I really like the idea of faithcraft... The final battle with Loni
versus Horde Kaa was absolutely incredible..."
"I think you captured a sense of humor in it that had
me chuckling even in the dire times and your fight sequences at the
end, particularly with the bow being used as a combat weapon, were very
"This novel gave me the opportunity to let my imagination
flow freely......I felt like a kid again."
"...I did my doctoral dissertation on British Fantasy
in children's literature and had it published in book form in 1993...
My perspective therefore, is from the point of view of a literary critic...
You make wonderful use of 'mixed' mythological traditions. I like the
references to Greek/Roman (in terms of 'dryads'), Northern or Teutonic
('trolls', the 'Father Tree'—which reminded me of the World Tree
'Ygdrassil' in northern myth), Celtic (the Great Stag) and what I interpreted
as 'New Age' mystical references (I recall the use of 'crystals' etc.).
I find this intriguing. While such techniques have been used before,
you have a fresh way of handling them. I was reminded of C.S. Lewis'
mixed mythologies in the seven CHRONICLES OF NARNIA and also
Pullman's HIS DARK MATERIALS... Your approach is original and
varies from what we often accept as 'the norm' in High Fantasy.... I
am really impressed by the richness of your writing."
"The story was amazing!!! It was such a great combination
of fantasy, exciting adventure, and the power of faith needed to empower
our lives. I know it will be a great seller for young adults. We will
lend our copy to our friend to read."
"I wanted to let you know that my sister and I absolutely
loved your book. It is one of the few books we both read and both
loved. It was a great book with a very original plot. I enjoyed it
so much I finished it in one day."
"As soon as the kids reached the tree, the book took off and I was hooked. Now I'll look forward to seeing your next book."
"The first book was absolutely awesome! I especially loved the part where Scott found out what his family heirloom was. I was hooked until the end. I can't wait to see what happens to Scott and Katy."
"...I absolutely loved it. The story simply captivated my imagination and transported me right there...I have not enjoyed a story this much in a very long time....Not only could I not put it down but I wanted more when it was done...."
"...I very much want to travel to New York, explore the state in hopes of finding Father Tree and the Woodkeepers. In the meantime though, I’ll just not-so-patiently wait for the sequel…"
"...I read it to [my kids] over a period of a week or two as a bedtime story and we all loved it... Highly recommended!"
"...With laugh-out-loud dialogue, deep characterization, original creatures and ideas, and non-stop action, FAITH & FAIRIES is a definite win for readers of all ages. The novel is definitely faith-based, but is not a hit-you-over-the-head treatment of spirituality and is appropriate for any reader. I give FAITH & FAIRIES a recommendation of Excellent and encourage anyone who's looking for a fun, Christian, fantasy tale to pick this one up immediately. You'll definitely enjoy it."
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