Dark Tidings by Ken Magee

Cover imageThis is a comic romp of a book with a mix of slapstick and more subtle humour, set partly in medieval times and partly in the modern world. Ancient magic collides with the power of the internet in an atmosphere of corruption and conspiracy. I recommend it as an original, fun read with a serious underlying theme to offset the humour.

I bought it for Kindle from Amazon. Dark Tidings: Ancient magic meets the Internet Book 1

A sequel called The Black Conspiracy has now been published.


Treespeaker by Katie W. Stewart

Cover image of TreespeakerI really enjoyed this book, and I’m sure that I would have enjoyed reading it any age from about twelve. This is the sort of fantasy that really appeals to me. There are no great battles, no super-heroes, no super-weapons. The struggle of good against evil is at a spiritual level in a world where the mind is open to the ancient magic.

Jakan’s tribe live in the forest, protected from the outside world by the veil. He is the Treespeaker, blessed with the gift of communication with Arrakesh, the spirit of the forest. He uses the gift to advise his tribe of actions they must take to preserve the balance of life in the forest and so protect their way of life.

A stranger arrives from the outside world who has somehow broken through the veil. Jakan senses the evil within him – a force so strong that Jakan cannot resist it alone. Arrakesh speaks to him and tells him to leave the safety of the forest to seek help. And so we have that other ingredient of many fine stories – a quest.

The book is beautifully written with excellent characterisation. There are no sub-plots to distract the reader; the tale flows from beginning to end with ample twists and turns to keep me turning the pages and to make me resent any interruption.

I bought it for my Kindle from Amazon where print copies are also available. Treespeaker: 1