Born from ink and stardust, Kiri Callaghan enthusiastically prods and catalogues the world around her. She’s driven by questions: the why’s and what if’s of life. Her peers call her fickle, seemingly unable to focus on a singular field of study. She reads, cooks, crafts, and games. Submerged in some new thing, she explores unexplained supernatural phenomena or how to make a proper cake pop. Kiri is a writer, singer, actor, and adventurer. Above all, Kiri is curious.
Kiri Callaghan currently resides in Los Angeles, California.
I cannot speak highly enough about this book. I have always felt that a truly great story doesn’t just paint a picture for you, it places you directly in that picture. From the very first pages of Alys, I didn’t feel like I was reading a book, or looking at someone’s work of art, I was there. I felt what it was like to be walking through Terra Mirum and I wasn’t just a fly on the wall. I was experiencing this with Alys, I was feeling what she felt, that is the mark of a truly great piece of writing.
I am about to embark on my third re-read of Alys, and if you haven’t read it yet, I think you should drop whatever you are doing, grab a copy, and live this remarkable story. Plus, you are supporting a truly wonderful human being if you choose to do so, no one deserves your support more.
The Terra Mirum Chronicles
Doce Blant Publishing
October 28, 2016
Wake up, Alys. It's no time to sleep., April 25, 2017
By K. F.
This review is from: Alys: The Terra Mirum Chronicles (Kindle Edition)
NOTE: Bought my copy direct from the publisher when it was released on Halowe'en of 2016. Alys is what you get when you take a bit of Lewis Carrol, a bit of William Shakespeare and a whole lot of the author's imagination and love for the written word, shake them all up and put them to paper. It's a story of a young woman escaping from a small town she never imagined she'd live to see in her rearview mirror and ending up tumbling down a rabbit hole into another world, where she has to come to terms with tragic events in her own past life in order to be the hero that world needs. There's wonders to behold, monsters to fight and flights of fancy to undertake. The author knows her inspiration (Alice in Wonderland, Jabberwocky and A Midsummer Night's Dream) very well and uses it as a solid base to craft a very personal story that touches upon themes this reader can certainly relate to: loneliness, sorrow, survivor's guilt, but also love, joy and wanderlust. The prose is good enough to inspire the reader's imagination; I certainly had no problem visualizing the scenes around the characters. Another very positive thing is that while it's a self contained story, it's also the first volume in a series, and it leaves you wanting to know more about the people you leave behind when you close the book for the last time. In my world, that's a pretty good thing. This reader is very much looking forward to more of Alys' adventures in the future.