What books did you love growing up?
The first book I ever fell in love with was Watership Down, by Richard Adams. My sister read it aloud to me when I was eight and I became captivated by this ragged band of rabbits and their struggle to survive. It was also around this time that I immersed myself in reading Roman mythology. Roman mythology led to Greek mythology, which led to Egyptian mythology … Long story short, if it involved gods, ghosts, or monsters, I was all over it. And that remains true to this day, really.
Who is your favorite author?
Does anyone have just one? A few of my favorite authors are: Neil Gaiman, Richard Adams, Margaret Weis, Charles de Lint, and Stephen King. But that’s barely scratching the surface.
What book genre of books do you adore?
Fantasy! When you get right down to it, fantasy novels are just modern interpretations of classical myths and legends. I love the fact that these ancient stories continue to captivate and inspire millions of readers and writers, thousands of years later.
What book should everybody read at least once?
Watership Down, by Richard Adams.
Are there any books you really don’t enjoy?
How-To books with the tagline: For Dummies. I’m already predisposed to dislike instructional manuals because, as I may have mentioned before, I have trust issues and an irrational amount of confidence, so why would I follow the instructions of a stranger when I’m pretty sure I can just figure it out on my own? But besides that, the very title of the book is an insult, insinuating that I am so stupid, I need to have information spoon-fed to me like a toddler.
For as long as Aod or anyone else could remember, the people of White Creek have lived in fear of fiends—spirits of wild places and volatile forces, servants of the dread god Sokar. For as long as history had been written, mankind had been at war with them. From the humblest village odijya to the holiest priest of the Order of Tergel, they all strove to thwart the legions of Sokar.
That was all Aod cared to know of fiends, until the day one appeared in White Creek and blame is laid at her feet. Forced to flee the only home she’s ever known, Aod finds refuge in the most unlikely company: a duplicitous changeling named Rakas, his shapeshifting cohort Ka-Rina, and a tempestuous spirit called Imago. Her understanding of the world is forever altered.
Aod and her new companions embark on a journey west to the Order’s stronghold, the citadel of Tergel, each of them seeking something different—one for revenge, one for the past, one for freedom, and one for redemption.
Buy Now @ Amazon
Genre – Fantasy
Rating – PG13
Connect with Amanda K. O’Dell on Facebook