I want to give a shout-out for a client of mine, Sara C. Snider, who has just published a terrific fantasy novel, The Thirteenth Tower.
I know it’s terrific because I edited it. Sara has a natural prose voice that draws a reader in, and the story is involving, imaginative, and touching. Here’s the synopsis from the back cover:
In adversity lies strength beyond imagining.
Abandoned as a baby, young Emelyn’s life as a housemaid in the quiet village of Fallow is unremarkable—and empty. That is, until a host of magical creatures arrives and inflicts terrible misdeeds on the townsfolk. Inexplicably immune to their enchantments, Emelyn joins a pair of Magi intent on stopping the cause of the trouble—and who claim to know of her parents, promising Emelyn answers to a lifetime of questions.
But the answers Emelyn seeks prove to be more elusive than she hoped, and the world outside Fallow more perilous than she imagined. Magical creatures roam the land over, attacking yet another town before coming after Emelyn. The key to her survival—and finding her family—lies deep within her, if only she can conquer her doubts and believe she is more powerful than she ever dreamed.
In a journey that explores facing one’s fears amidst the uncertainties of an unknown world, The Thirteenth Tower is a magical tale of discovery, growth, and of love’s enduring strength.
The world Sara creates is fresh and involving, with magical creatures that are real, endearing, and sometimes funny. The protagonist, Emelyn, is a courageous young woman on quite a journey that includes very real , very scary dangers. I highly recommend it.
I also designed the book for Sara. It was a true partnership—she had a vision that led to commissioning special cover art, and she also suggested the font. I had the pleasure of putting it all together and designing the interior, where I was able to contribute more graphic design touches.
I highly recommend The Thirteenth Tower to you. You can get a “look inside” for the Kindle edition here. Sara is well into writing the second book in the series, and I can’t wait to read what happens next.
For what it’s worth,
© 2014 Ray Rhamey