“A multi-coloured storm”
Author: Louise Cooper
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Age: Children’s
Released: 18th May 2001 (UK version)
In the mood for some light fantasy, I pulled out one of my older books. This hasn’t been read for over ten years, but it remains one of my favourite fantasy books. Louise Cooper, the author, has passed away, making this bittersweet.
It was definitely a stepping stone in my reading obsession, and has one of the most addictive worlds that I can remember from my childhood. Since it’s due for a good re-read anyway, I thought ‘why not review it for this blog?’.
This is a children’s book, part of a trilogy, but unfortunately I didn’t get the chance to buy the second and third books. I bought this when I was very young, and hadn’t realised that books would go out of print.
Read the blurb below!
Sixteen year-old orphan, Shar Tillmer, lives at the Court of the High Margrave in the Summer Isle of the Star Peninsula.
Brought up with her uncle, Thel, in a world where magical talent, or a gift of higher power, is encouraged, Shar is disturbed – and excited – to discover that she has such a gift; she can communicate with the elementals – creatures of fire, earth, air and water who control and watch over the universe. But this gift needs to be carefully nurtured and Thel feels he is the one to guide his niece.
Shar has never trusted her uncle, and when she overhears him plotting to kill the head of the High Margave, her doubts are confirmed.
For the first time, Shar has to use her special powers to save a life, and defeat her evil uncle. In a terrifying duel with the elementals, and the gods of her universe, she fights against the evil that threatens her home and her special power . . .
Until the next time . . .