Book Review: Shawndirea by Leonard D. Hilley II

Shawndirea PB2Title: Shawndirea

Author: Leonard D. Hilley II

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 8/10

Purchase: Amazon

Often the smallest unexpected surprises garner the most demanding dilemmas, which proves to be the ordeal that entomologist Ben Whytten faces. While netting butterflies to add to his vast collection, he mistakenly sweeps what he thinks is the most spectacular butterfly he has ever seen into his net. Upon examining his catch, Ben is horrified to discover he has captured a faery and shredded her delicate wings into useless ribbons.

Devastated, Ben vows to take Shawndirea back to her realm, Aetheaon; but he discovers that doing so places their lives into immediate danger. To get to Aetheaon, they must pass through a portal rift deep inside the haunted cavern, Devils Den.

Once they cross the rift, Ben enters a world where mysteries, magic, betrayal, and power struggles await. He must adapt quickly or die because Aetheaon is filled with enchanted creatures and numerous races where chaos often dominates order. And since Shawndirea’s destined for the throne of Elvendale, opposing dark forces plot to prevent her from ever reaching her kingdom again. The faery’s magic isn’t enough to fully protect them, so he must trust other adventurers to aid them during their journey.

Ben Whytten is an entomologist, who likes to collect butterflies for his collection, and one day finds the most spectacular butterfly in his net…except it’s not a butterfly at all. He caught a faery, and shredded her wings while doing so. Her name is Shawndirea, and Ben, devastated at what he’s done, promises to take her back to her own world, Aetheaon. But to reach that world, they have to pass through a portal rift inside a haunted cavern named Devils Den.

Aetheaon is filled with dark and dangerous creatures, fighting for domination. Shawndirea is the heir to the thrown of Elvendale, which means opposing dark forces plot to prevent her from reaching her home, and Ben struggles every step of the way, his life threatened more than once.

The book is an excellent read, with unique, engaging characters, and a mythical world that thrumphs any imagination. I’d highly recommend this to all fantasy fans.

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