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Mannethorn’s Key- Book Review

Mannethorn’s Key by Simon Lindley

 

I really enjoyed this book! The story itself was so captivating that I just needed to keep reading to find out what was going on. I enjoy a story of an unlikely hero in a different world. Bart was not the hero I expected and to be honest he still isn’t. While he doesn’t start or end as a likable guy, I enjoyed him as a protagonist. As for Algarth, he was quite the unlikely villain. While he meant to do what was best for everyone, he ended up being entirely selfish. This was not the way I saw this story going.

Mannethorn’s Key starts out with a rather epic battle and then leads you on a journey with so many different pieces. Simon Lindley is quite the master of detail and I enjoyed being able to really see the world that he wanted to immerse me in. I also loved the comedy within the book, nothing makes me enjoy a book more than one that makes me physically laugh. The crescendo to the ending of Mannethorn’s Key left me on the edge of my seat and I am really looking forward to reading the next book! I definitely recommend this book to lovers of wizards, magic, dragons, and just a damn good story.

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Imitatore- A long time in the making

This has been a very long road, I know a lot of people say that but I am honestly not kidding when I tell you that this has been years in the making. I got my first glimpse of the world of Imitatore in fifth grade, I had a crazy dream about this world and knew that I just had to write it down. While I drew inspiration from fantasy universes that I had grown fond of, this one was going to be my own.

When I had first started writing Imitatore, it was absolutely terrible. I had no real set plot, my grammar was just all over the place, and there really was nothing that set this story apart from anything else that I had seen. Mind you, I was just a kid and I knew I wanted to be a writer but I did not really have much training or encouragement in that particular realm. Poems were something that I had always written, as were short stories but whether or not they were any good is completely subjective. I do know that I believed they were good and I guess that is partly what matters.

I have written and scraped Imitatore many times, too many in fact. When I went back to read what I had originally written in elementary school, I saw the basis of a really good story but it had zero discipline so it had to be redone. I set out to rewrite in middle school, then scraped it again and the whole project was then placed on the back burner for a long time due to depression and a host of other things. When I started the project back up in late high school, I was excited. Now at this time I had been handwriting everything, I was a big fan of writing everything by hand and not so much of typing. When I left for college the first time, I took my handwritten manuscript with me. Now, I won’t discuss what went wrong with my first try at college but I will say it was not my grades that were the issue. The college I chose was crazy far out of state and really expensive, when I came home for winter break I did not return and consequently left all my belongings there; including my handwritten manuscript.

After that, I forgot about Imitatore for a while but I continued to dream in the world I longed to create. Depression took it’s toll on me yet again and I did not write or do anything but work for a few years. Eventually I went back to school, met a great guy, and started to get my life back together. I graduated as a paralegal in 2016 and now am currently back in school to get my degree in psychology. This year, I began writing Imitatore again and I made it my goal to do it for real this time. No excuses, no backing out, and no giving up. I did it, I finally did something I never thought I’d be able to do. I am happy. While I’m still not sure what I plan to do once I have finished editing and everything, I am extremely proud that I have done this, despite all the obstacles in my way.

If it does come out, I hope you all read it and enjoy it. I hope you see the world of Imitatore the way that I do. I hope that you see yourselves in it and maybe find yourself inspired as well. Above all, I just hope you love it.

A. Rose