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Friday, March 17, 2023

Woodencloak (The Band of Unlikely Heroes Book 1) By Dawn Ford-Middle Grade Fantasy Book Review

Woodencloak JustRead Blog Tour

Welcome to the Blog Tour for Woodencloak by Dawn Ford,

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Book Summary

Thirteen-year-old troll princess Horra Fyd’s life changes forever after an unexpected visit from the fairy queen and her two daughters. Tales of fairies gave Horra nightmares as a young troll. Before evening falls, however, a real nightmare unfolds. Horra’s father, King Fyd, goes missing. Her woodgoblin instructor is poisoned and uses his magic to revert to a seed. And a mysterious, gaunt man wearing a cape and playing a panflute joins the fairies in trying to capture her.

Horra flees but is instantly lost in a world she’s never had to travel alone. A letter hidden in her knapsack from her late instructor informs her that a power hungry Erlking seeks revenge against her kingdom and their allies for a two-generation old war. She is tasked with getting his seed to the Weald, a magical forest. There it can regenerate into a druid, the only creature with the power to hold the balance between good and evil, and who is able to defeat the Erlking. 

However, the Erlking is always one step behind her.  Horra must fight to protect herself, but she has no magic. She accepts a gift from a dead druid spirit of a charmed woodencloak to disguise her. But magic failed her mother, how can she possibly trust it? 

Can Horra have faith and courage enough to trust a power she can’t see, and become a warrior heroine her foremothers can be proud of? Or will she allow fear to rule over her and lose everything that matters—including her life?

Book Details
Title: Woodencloak 
Series: Band of Unlikely Heroes #1 
Author: Dawn Ford 
Publisher: Scrivenings Press 
Release Date: February 7, 2023 
Genre: Middle-Grade Fantasy

****I received a complimentary book from publishers, publicists, NetGalley,book tours, and or authors.  A review was not required and all opinions and ideas expressed are my own.****

My Review

Woodencloak is the first book I've read by author Dawn Ford. I genuinely love middle-grade fantasy books and I was happy to give this book a try. The main character is a thirteen-year-old Troll Princess named Horra. Little did I know how much I'd grow to love this character. She goes from a whiny teenager to a strong, and fearless hero. Though she'd been trained to be Queen someday, she hadn't taken her life's mission seriously until her kingdom was taken over by Fairies and her father was kidnapped. 

This book has plenty of action and adventure and Horra is often in peril. She does have her huge pet bird by her side and a secret mission given to her by her teacher in that she needs to save her kingdom. Horra has to learn how to trust others, even magical beings, though magic had betrayed her late mother. She accepts a magical gift from a dead druid spirit: a charmed woodencloak to disguise her. Boy does this gift come to her rescue over and over again. 

Amongst all of the monsters, evil wizards, and giants, there were also quiet moments when Horra learned important life lessons. There is one point in particular that stuck with me when Kryk takes advantage of a teaching moment with Horra...

-Kryk’s limbs shrugged like shoulders. “Why do any of us do what we do? For good or ill we all must choose how we react to what happens to us in life. Do we seek revenge or forgiveness? It’s all up to who you are deep inside because we all have the power of good or evil in our hearts.” He pointed to her, poking the spot above her heart with a twig Horra studied the wizened wooden face. “And who am I?” “That, Princess, is up to you to decide.” 

This fun book is one that kids, teens, and adults will all really like. 

The last quarter of the book was so exciting it was impossible to put down. I'm happy that there will be another book coming soon in this series. I look forward to going back to this world that Author Dawn Ford has created.

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The Girl with Stars in Her Eyes

Meet Author Dawn Ford

Dawn Ford

Dawn Ford lives in a small town nestled among the Loess Hills in Western Iowa with her husband and Snickers, the Wonder Beagle. Dawn’s love for stories came naturally to her as a child who was lucky enough to be able to explore the Iowa pastures and countryside in search of adventure.

Dawn adores anything steampunk, is mesmerized by shiny, pretty things, loves purses, shoes, and needs at least one good, strong cup of coffee a day to wake up. Dawn’s novel, The Girl With Stars In Her Eyes, won the 2016 ACFW Genesis Award under the title, Kingdom Come. Her flash fiction stories have been featured in Havok, an online magazine. 

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