Birthing Ella Bandita by Montgomery Mahaffey
Genre: Dark Fantasy
4.1 average on 10 reviews
Seven years of silent treatment brings a young woman to the edge of despair. Her father, the illustrious Patron, has refused to speak to her since she was thirteen, and everyone in the village follows his rule. One day, the girl realizes her twentieth birthday has passed, and she is now the age when she would enter society as a Woman – if only she wasn’t an outcast. Knowing her life will never get better, the girl decides to end the aching silence within her in the depths of a violent river. Just before plunging into the icy water, a voice behind her utters, “There is a better way.” The Sorcerer of the Caverns stands at the bank, holding a promise. He has the power to end her ostracism, but as the girl knows, a change of destiny this drastic must claim a fair price.
SwanSong by Lynne Cantwell
Genre: YA Fantasy
Rhyn, a widowed Wolleni, depressed over the death in childbirth of his beloved half-Tslyddi wife, is ordered by the king to marry his dead wife’s sister. But the new wife becomes jealous of Rhyn’s children — two sets of twins, a girl and three boys — and plots to turn them into swans. The spell goes awry, and the children are only partially transformed. Worse, they must spent 900 years in their new shapes, in ever more wild and isolated places — and they have no guarantee that they will ever be normal again. But least they can still sing.
Based on the Irish tale of “The Fate of the Children of Lír,” SwanSong is the story of how Neeve, Kennet, Corwin and Kyl cope with their transformed bodies in a land where magic is dying.
Jimmy ‘Guitar’ Velvet isn’t even a has-been; he’s a never-was. After a short trip to the bottom of a river, Jimmy undertakes the adventure of a lifetime. The celestial bureaucracy ships him to Rock ‘n Roll Heaven, where he meets the true icons of rock ‘n roll — and learns that even ‘heaven’ is relative. But, what impact can a small-timer like Jimmy make on the biggest stage in the universe? If you remember the music of Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, Jim Morrison, Roy Orbison and Janis Joplin, you will find much that resonates in Rock ‘n Roll Heaven.
Jimmy ‘Guitar’ Velvet isn’t a has-been; he’s a never-was. After a horrible accident, Jimmy undertakes the adventure of a lifetime. The celestial bureaucracy ships him to Rock ‘n Roll Heaven, where he learns that ‘heaven’ is relative. But, what impact can Jimmy make on the biggest stage in the universe?