Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Review & Giveaway ~ A Sabaska's Tale by J.A. Campbell

J.A. Campbell
Sabaska's Tale
Tales of the Travelers #1
Genres: Fantasy +  Young Adult, Horses
Published: July 15 2013 by Untold Press www.untoldpress.com

~ Blurb ~

To Anna, horses were more than a fascination, they were everything. Luckily, she had the opportunity to spend every summer on her grandmother's horse ranch in Colorado. Life was perfect, until she received the devastating news that her grandmother had been tragically killed. Anna knew she was the only member of her family who could take over the ranch and hopefully find new homes for her grandmother's beloved Arabians.
Anna wasn't alone for long. Her grandmother had hired a local teenage boy to help tend the horses for the summer. Anna didn't stand a chance against Cody's quiet charm and the two rapidly become friends. However, even with the responsibilities of the ranch, Anna quickly discovers the secrets her grandmother had been hiding and a legacy that sends her on an adventure she never thought possible. An adventure in the saddle of a horse that wasn't a horse at all. Sabaska, her grandmother's favorite Arabian, was a Traveler; a magical being that could travel between worlds. With Anna at the reins, they find themselves trapped in a fight against evil with the highest of stakes… Their very survival. 

~ Review ~
I’m not normally one for horses or fantasy, but the blurb of this book sounded interesting so I was happy to at least attempt to read it and I’m so glad I did.  This book will appeal to anyone from young teens to adults and had a magical innocence to it that I found thoroughly refreshing.  There was so much emotion throughout the whole story, and although it started with the death of Sabasha’s rider, it soon turned to the strength of Anna and how she is determined to find new homes for all her gran’s horses rather than have them sold at auction to the highest bidder.  Adventure slowly seeped in, and soon Anna and Sabaska were off to finish her gran’s mission in another world.  I loved the world the author built, and how all the worlds were connected to each other.  The characters all grew significantly as the story progressed, and at first I was all for Cody but Cahir slowly won me over.  Over all it’s a heart-warming story about loss, love, friendship and trust that will definitely stay with me and be read again.   

“Are we in a labyrinth?”

“Not bad, girlie,” the ghost said. “Not bad at all. Personally, I thought it would be a waste of my sleeping dust. Figured you’d die, but since you didn’t, well done. By the by, my name is David.”

“I will get what I want, and there is nowhere you can Travel with that horse that I won’t find you.” His voice turned low, icy, and dangerous.

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~ Author Bio ~

Julie has been many things over the last few years, from college student, to bookstore clerk and an over the road trucker. She’s worked as a 911 dispatcher and in computer tech support, but through it all she’s been a writer and when she’s not out riding horses, she can usually be found sitting in front of her computer. She lives in Colorado with her three cats, her vampire-hunting dog Kira, her new horse and Traveler-in training, Triska, and her Irish Sailor. She is the author of many Vampire and Ghost-Hunting Dog stories and the young adult urban fantasy series The Clanless.

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