The Cat Blog Diaries
The Cat Blog Diaries is a fun and entertaining picture book for children and cat lovers of all ages. In Book One, Aragorn talks about cats, computing and blogging from a very personal perspective and in a most informative and cat-like manner.
You can expect more books from The Cat Blog Diaries this year. In Book One, Aragorn sets the stage and the introduction. Rico and other cats will get their say in some of the upcoming books for this series as they endeavour to mark their territories in the publishing world. 🙂
The Wizard, The Girl and The Unicorn’s Horn
In this first instalment from The Chronicles of Geo, The Wizard, The Girl And The Unicorn’s Horn presents you with a children’s fantasy the whole family will enjoy.
Prepare to be transported to the magical land of Geo where people, goblins and even trolls live in relative harmony until things are drastically changed when the evil shadow comes with his demon hordes.
Suddenly, the fate of the people along with all of Geo rests in the hands of an old wizard, a ragtag bunch of goblins, and a mysterious little girl.
Without warning, the wizard stops and motions the goblins to be still. The goblins listen intently but hear nothing. They sniff the air but don’t smell anything. They look to the top of the mountains but see only the sky beyond the peaks.
Grog’s followers look at him, but he just shrugs his shoulders. No sooner had he done so, than their eyes suddenly widen. The shadow sweeps over the mountains and descends upon them in the time it takes them to gasp.
There is menacing laughter in the shadow. The goblins raise their clubs and look around them. Grog stands, legs apart, patting his hand with his club. The wizard stands still, a steady, but firm grasp upon the staff at his side. He shows no emotion and remains silent.
The laughter fades and is replaced by a whisper.
“I knew you would come, old man. Are you missing your stupid simple peasants?”
The wizard remains silent.
“Lost your tongue, have you? Oh, I know, you didn’t expect a confrontation so soon did you?”
The wizard still remains silent.
“What’s this rabble you have with you? Goblin retards? Is that the best you can do? Well, I suppose that’s all you get when you waste your life shepherding such pathetic creatures. When I have wrested this land from you, they shall cower before me even as your simple peasants do, if I decide they can be useful, that is!”
This time the wizard breaks his silence with surprising power in his voice. “Enough!”
With that simple word, the wizard raises his staff and light emanates from a crystal at the top of it. The shadow withdraws at a rapid pace.
Silence befalls. The goblins stand with a look of shock on their faces. Only Grog is standing there with a silly grin on his face. Finally, he speaks.
“Shall we go on?”
“No, we shall rest tonight Grog. He won’t come back.”
“How can wizard be so sure?”
“He got what he came for. He wanted to test the strength of my magic, that’s all.”
My daughter and I are always ready to read stories with unicorns! Magical? Even better!
My daughter liked the unicorn and the rich fantasy presented throughout the story. I loved Elyysa, the strong female character who still has something to learn – don’t we all? And she does it with grace. I also liked how the different character groups worked together, despite their differences.
Knowing a little bit about the author – he is a musician too – I can see how this book has a positive message throughout, although death is a part of the story.
You have to read this book, and I encourage you to allow your pre-teens to read it too, it is full of lovely storytelling, charm and positive messages.
—Avid Reader (2019)
I really enjoyed this story. It has a lovely pace to it, there’s a kind of lilting country atmosphere despite the drama. The style is simple, straightforward and engaging and I was drawn into it straight away. My lad is six, but is quite a good reader and he would love this. I’d definitely recommend it for 6-10 year olds but I’m 46 as I write this and as far as I’m concerned it’s also a fine quick read for this particular adult. M. T. McGuire
This is a great fantasy tale with superb characters. Kevin introduces goblins, trolls, a wizard, wargs, the girl, and the Pegasus. Oh, and humans too. It’s an adventure story for any age, with some thoughtful messages. There are some tough and harsh moments as every being strives to avoid and fights against evil. Some don’t make it, hence the realism mixed in with the fantasy, yet, we are left with hope for the future. Roughseas