Books,  Celebrate Lit

Quests and journeys ….

life is full of them. That’s why I believe many people use quests and travel in their story telling. The most outstanding in my mind at this moment are Pilgrim’s Progress, The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings and Chronicles of Narnia. And now we have video games, where there are main quests and side quests, leveling up and moving on to level up again. Whether a person is writing from the Christian world view or just borrowing from it, this is the life we live as Christians. God gives us challenges. We, by His good grace “level up” and are faced with bigger challenges. Darkness and evil exist in this world, Christians are here to shine light in the darkness. The quests and challenges we go through, are often sent to help break the “residue darkness” that is in us due to innate sin nature. (This is why we don’t always see Christians being what Christians should be.)

When I saw the title to Shadows’ Sorrow, I thought … “Oh no … sounds depressing!!” In the past 4- 5 years, I’ve been through a collection of shadows and sorrows and wasn’t quite up to reading about more. Then I saw it was in the fantasy genre … I was apprehensive again, because I love the genre and get so disappointed if the story isn’t satisfying. But I decided to sign on to review it anyway, the description seemed good … in reality, the description didn’t do it justice … it was VERY good!!!  It was a page-swiper (  🙂  I read on Kindle app).

Then I saw the author’s name … I thought “Wow, named after one of the iconic fantasy characters in literature, Galadriel from The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. And she’s taking on a fantasy, those are big elven shoes to live up to.” And she did it!!

About the Book

Book Title: Shadows’ Sorrow

Author: Galadriel Pittman

Genre: Fantasy

Release date: May 18, 2018

“I will become these shadows’ sorrow. I swear.”

A disillusioned guardian, a four-footed philosopher, an honorable thief, Trouble, and an unexpected inheritance against the end of the world? Bring it on.

An ancient evil has recently reawakened. Raven, a young Deinya warrior disillusioned with his people, has accepted a quest from his one-time master for old time’s sake. But when he catches a thief, Tara, his life hurls down an unforeseen path. With the help of others they meet along the way, they race to find the secret to the Rakon’s downfall before the nations again succumb to darkness.

MY THOUGHTS

Epic, I can’t wait for the next one. The pace was nice, not too slow or encumbered by description and not so fast, that I could not absorb all the details. The cast of characters was great, I connected with each in one way or another and enjoyed their interaction. The love story part (seems every fiction has to have that) was near perfect, none of the usual cheesy nonsense about electricity and butterflies and all that – just the way I like it. Maybe a teensy bit cliche, but honestly, I’ll take cliche WAY over “electric cheese”. The story line is compelling. There’s mystery, with enough answers to keep it from being tedious and confusing but not enough to make you feel like you’re learning everything all at once. Usually, I do a “what I liked/what I didn’t like” type thing, but honestly there isn’t anything I didn’t like.

Click here to purchase your copy!

About the Author

I am Galadriel Pittman, a mother of two, wife to a supportive amazing husband, daughter, sister, friend, worship singer, school cafe manager…the list goes on. I am blessed with many roles to fill. And now, finally, author. Some of my earliest memories are of my parents reading to me–Chronicles of Narnia, Xanth series, Lord of the Rings…but they never read them fast enough for my liking. So, I learned to read. As a voracious reader from the age of three, my goal as a child was to read every book in the world! Sadly, reality dictated that there were more books than what my town library held, and new ones entered all the time! Perhaps taking a sideways step in that dream to become one who created those new entries is not surprising. As a child I enjoyed telling my younger siblings stories, and as a teen, I created my world with a friend. Over the years, I added to that tale. Recently, I decided I wanted to find out what happens next— so here we go!

For more information and updates on books, go to galadrielpittman.com or find me on Facebook at Galadriel Pittman

Guest Post from Galadriel

Maps. I’ve always loved them. Like Bilbo Baggins, I would pour over them, plotting where I had been, where I wanted to go. I spent hours doodling them. There’s something calming about making squiggly lines. So when it came to creating a world, the map had to be one of the first features for me to make.

Fast forward a couple of decades to when I decided to get serious about finishing my story. I pulled out my old hand drawn in pencil map and thought, “This needs an upgrade.” Enter my amazing husband. He took my original map and drew it on the computer, adding wonderful details like trees and mountains. The final touch was the nod of homage to C.S. Lewis: The known world of Morovia prepared for his majesty by the adventurers Clark, Shawn, and Lewis.

And now I offer this portal to my world as part of the giveaway! An 11”x17” color copy of the map inspired the theme for the gift basket giveaway.

Blog Stops

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Artistic Nobody, October 27 (Spotlight)

Bigreadersite, October 27

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 28

Janices book reviews, October 29

Carpe Diem, October 30

A Baker’s Perspective, October 31

A Reader’s Brain, November 1

Pause for Tales, November 2

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Galadriel is giving away a a themed basket that includes a color copy of my world’s map, a journal, a day planner, a pen, a pen carrier, a mug and some tea packets!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway!

Click the HERE to enter.

4 Comments

  • Katherine Good

    No “electric cheese.” hahahahah I love it. I do like electric cheese, but it’s nice to have a break sometimes. I’m not a fantasy fan, but I’d definitely add it if I were. It looks like the cover doesn’t do the story justice.

    • Florence

      Go check out my post about Electric Cheese … drives me nuts. 🙂 I know others must love it, because there’s a lot of it being written. Honestly, I don’t look that closely at covers, if they are pretty, I’ll notice, otherwise I don’t pay attention. It is VERY true – you really can’t judge a book by it’s cover. I’ve read great books that had crummy covers and I’ve read books that I should have stopped at the cover 🙂

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