The Watchers-Knight Of Light
I received an invitation to help promote this fantasy story some time ago. I don’t read fantasy but thought I should at least have a look at it, since my name was put forward by another author whose book is on beezeebooks.com.
For the record, beezeebooks is in no way connected to the author or publisher of The Watcher and this review carries no financial gain to beezeebooks.
Before I read a book I spend time looking at the first few pages, finding out who it is printed/published/edited by, who the author had dedicated the book to and a bit about the author her/himself. Deirdra Eden, the author of The Watcher-Knight of Light started writing the novel when she was fifteen and did not finish it until she was into her thirties.
During the decade or so it took to complete the book she had the assistance of many authors looking at the draft forms, offering suggestions, tweaking out wording that was of no value and generally helping to edit the book to what is now, I believe, a work of art.
The story takes place in medieval times when supposed witches were burnt alive. It begins with Aurielle, a 13 year old orphan girl watching a thatched house on fire with three children trapped inside. The flames were too intense for anyone to chance rescuing them but, without thinking, Aurielle ran into the flames and brought the children out to safety. A horseman, standing nearby, noticed that while Aurielle’s clothes were burned, her skin was pure as silk. The horseman immediately accused her of being a witch and, after a brief struggle, Auriella escaped into the forest.
Sometime later, she was attacked by an enormous wolf but, before it could kill her, Hazella, an old woman, saved her – not to help her but to use her as a slave for the next year or so. She finally escaped with the aid of Ruburt the dwarf, and Cassi the pixie, also held captive by the nasty old hag. Given time, Auriella began to learn and understand about her special powers and those of the Shadow Legion who were after her blood so that their power might be increased, enabling them to rule the ancient land. It was Auriella’s mission to win the battle of goodness over evil.
From the very first pages, I was struck by the story – it flowed so well, not a word wasted and no extra words needed. The timeline is excellent – the build-up of the story starts on page one and carries you on to the very last page without any letup. It’s a hard book to put down – I wanted to carry on reading as I delved deeper and that’s from someone who, prior to this, has never read fantasy.
I truly believe that Deirdra Eden has a winner with this – it’s a book with wide appeal, from children through to more mature readers. I loved every moment of this book and can say truthfully that it’s one of the very best I’ve read in a long time. I am highly recommending it and give it a 5 star review without hesitation. The Watchers-Knight of Light by Deirdra Eden
Michael Smith of Bee Zee Books
In England, 1270 A.D., Auriella (pronounced yurr-ee-ella) flees her village after being accused of witchcraft. Pursued by nightmarish creatures, she struggles to accept the truth about her powers.
“The Watchers” are supernatural beings in human form whose duty it is to protect and guard mankind from the armies of darkness. Unfortunately, some of these Watchers go bad.
Deirdra Eden’s The Watcher’s Series is written in a traditional fairytale style with a young girl’s discovery of incredible, but dangerous powers within herself, a cast of humorous side-kicks, (including a dwarf, pixie and dragon) a quest for greater self-discovery and purpose, and villains of epic proportions.
Watch the amazing Knight of Light book trailer on youtube.
“My goal in writing is to saturate my books with intrigue, mystery, romance, and plot twists that will keep my readers in suspense. I want to see fingerprints on the front and back covers where readers have gripped the novel with white knuckles!
Aside from writing, I enjoy jousting in arenas, planning invasions, horseback riding through open meadows, swimming in the ocean, hiking up mountains, camping in cool shady woods, climbing trees barefoot, and going on adventures.”