Today is the day! Micheline Ryckman’s latest creation, a new YA Fantasy called CHARTING STARS, is officially available to buy now!! Ryckman is a talented artist and has been setting aside some time to dedicate to bringing her work to life in a new way through books! Keep reading this post to find out more!
(The Nine Realms Tales #1)
May 21, 2021
Talia Benson would consider herself fairly ordinary. Anyone would. Diligent student, only child to a single mother, protector of three cats—nothing crazy has ever happened to her. And Talia wants it to stay that way: stable. Her knack for making friends, along with her obsession with the stars and her love for skirt pockets, coffee, and art, is more than enough to keep Talia happy for the rest of her days—that is, until a single evening in front of a blank canvas becomes the adventure she never dreamed she wanted.
Now, Talia finds herself lost in a world completely unlike her own, a land where monsters roam and magic thrives, where wars are born then die at the wave of a hand, and where strange entities decide the fate of those who live among the Nine Realms. The guardians of these foreign lands have seen a great shift in the heavens. Something has changed, a prophecy has been spoken—a darkness is coming. But maybe, just maybe, an ordinary girl thrown between worlds could be the key to saving it all.
Charting Stars is the first book in a spirited, heartfelt young adult fantasy series by Micheline Ryckman that will appeal to the minds of those who’ve always felt, well, ordinary. Talia’s adventures prove that even an average everyday girl can have skills enough to be a hero. And she’s joined on her journey by a lovable cast of characters—some human, some furry, some covered in ivy vines—who will steal your heart away.
Thank you to the author for sending me a copy of this book for review!
Charting Stars is the beginning to a new YA fantasy series full of whimsy, adventure, friendship, magic, love, and so much more that will have you curled up in a pool of warm sunshine, sipping tea, and delightedly turning page after page as you follow this enchanting tale from beginning to end. This book was a very quick, fun read, and I’m certainly interested in reading what comes next! It’s also such a wonderful added bonus that, as Micheline Ryckman is an artist, we get to see these characters, places, and moments brought to life over on her social media. If you want a break from the trend of dark drama and angsty youths, looking instead for something simply fantastical that will carry you away to a new world, then this is absolutely the book for you. A perfect read as springtime begins to make way for summer (I don’t know why, it just felt like perfect timing to me haha).
Artist, illustrator, author, book lover. Illustrator for the graphic novel Charting Stars, and author of the YA fantasy adventure, The Maiden Ship.
Micheline Ryckman lives with her family on a farm in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. She is co-owner of Whimsical Publishing, and an accomplished artist/illustrator in multiple mediums. The Maiden Ship is her debut series, and in spring 2021 her new Charting Stars series will release as well.
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