Do you ever find yourself in the realms of fantasy? I know I do. At times I think my life is one big fantasy (she laughs at the crazy idea of a normal life!).
When I attended school, my teachers thought my daydreaming affected my learning. But they knew nothing of the adventures I went on gazing out of the classroom window! The contours of clouds called me to other worlds, promising thrills beyond the blackboard. (Yes I am that old!) I used to be asked to grace the class with my attention, but the call of my creative imagination lured me away time after time.
Points Worth has just had that same effect on me. The decorating I am supposed to be doing faded away as soon as I picked up D. C. Marino’s novelette. Its introduction to the Kingdom of Ruins Series has me…. Ok, you nearly got me there! To read further scroll down to My Penny’s Worth, where all will be revealed.
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Sometimes fantasy can seem too improbable and distant for the reader to make a connection. However, Points Worth catches your breath from the moment you begin reading. It is different, fresh and new and had me journeying to this small port town in a rush.
“The ocean was known to hold back a day of tides when differences of opinion needed to be settled.” What a sentence to draw you in. How could an ocean hold back a day of tides? What differences of opinion could an ocean have? “The water spoke in a low, distrustful tone.” Say what? Tell me more…
I loved the flow of this novelette, the descriptive language especially and what is a “nautical linguist?” My mind said dolphins, but D. C. Marino is a linguist earthquake when it comes to describing her fantasy world. As a writer, she explodes on the pages delving out line after line of action. “And what was the final script from the Caletain Sea?” Mystified? So was I, and I got to read the answer! Oh, the joy. I want more than this novelette.
Fortunately, there is more, (phew, I wipe my brow in relief) you can’t leave me like this. No, really there is a longer book, this is just a taster. The riddle has just begun, and I can’t wait to continue the adventure.
The sea talks? You have to be kidding me; it does in this book! Keep talking I want to know more.
Would I recommend this novelette?
I did not like this… No, I loved it. Would I recommend it, I totally would, especially if you like fantasy and something completely different. Its thirty-one pages packed with pieces of a wider jigsaw will make you want to know more, well IMO anyway.
For me, Points Worth deserves ***** stars.
*I received this book for free. No compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.*
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About the Book
Title: Points Worth
Author: D.C. Marino
Release Date: March 30
For centuries the small port town of Points Worth has been able to communicate with the ocean in its own language. But the water has just gone silent and its last word has shaken those able to translate it. A knowledge of sea-script won’t be enough to mend the broken relationship between man and the deep. Gil, a young nautical linguist, will have to break rules and search the past to discover why the ocean ceased its tides—or had them stolen.
Points Worth is a novelette set in the world of Kingdom of Ruins, and is a prequel to the first book in the series.
About the Author
D.C. Marino is a dedicated reader of history books and fantasy novels, both of which occupy an equal amount of space on her bookshelves. But it wasn’t until she realized how one breathed life into the other that she became addicted to finding the intersections of the real world and the fairy story. Still more: what those intersections about us as a creative, curious people. Kingdom of Ruins is her debut novel.
Guest post from D.C. Marino
I’m so excited to celebrate the release of Points Worth with you! To start, I’ll share a funny secret: this little novelette was never in the plan. The idea came at the last moment, at the suggestion of my publisher. I had never intended to write a prequel to the Kingdom of Ruins series, but when I began fleshing out this small story, it took on a personality I couldn’t ignore. Not only did I fall in love with the sea-salt setting and gutsy characters, but Points Worth is now planned to continue as a mini-series of novellas, each one to be released between the full-length novels!
Who is Gil?
Gil, the main character and hero, is who I blame for the speed of my commitment to this storyline. He inspires me. Calamity has befallen his small port town and fear is driving even the wisest of the townsfolk to make dangerous decisions. Instead of swallowing the easiest explanation for the disaster, Gil goes in search of the truth against one of the most powerful men in the town. He’s scrappy, inventive and knows his history. Though born in the hills, he’s a natural seafarer. I wanted to keep following him right off the page. And so, his story has only just begun to sail the unknown ocean.
The Kingdom of Ruins Series, where does Gil fit in?
On the flip side, the Kingdom of Ruins series takes place on land. But this isn’t a default setting. The land is a character in itself and interacts with those that live upon its soil. It even takes sides in war. This same concept was extended to the sea in Points Worth. Which is appropriate, as they are part of the same world. In fact, the town of Points Worth is only a few days’ ride away from where the main novel takes place. Which leads me to the last thing I wanted to share with you. Gil will show up as a supporting character in one of the main novels. I love this because, though the reader will know Gil very well, the main characters in Kingdom of Ruins will not. You’ll suddenly see Gil from another’s perspective, which should be interesting and sometimes comical.
I will say no more. Land and sea must tell the rest of the story.
Thank you for coming! I hope you enjoy the ocean-air and the adventure it inspires!
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