Today I will be reviewing a paranormal fantasy book, The Chronicles of Trellah by T. S. Graham. More about the author :
T.S. Graham was born and raised in mid-coast Maine. He has worked as a sea urchin diver, fish monger, home renovator, and in several group homes for children and adults with disabilities. His original screenplay, Stone’s Point, written as Clint Elliott, has won multiple awards.
His greatest influences are writers like Stephen King and Michael Crichton. He now lives on a horse farm with his beautiful wife and five daughters, two poodles, two cats, two happy turtles, four playful ferrets, three fish, a corn snake named “Tiger,” dozens of chickens, and, of course, four awesome equines.
Summary of the book
Thirteen-year-old Sophina Murray will be the first to tell you:
Bad luck comes in threes.
First, her father is lost at sea.
Then, the rains start. And don’t stop.
And finally, her little brother is taken from his bed
by a monster straight from her worst nightmare.
A glimpse into the parallel universe of Trellah –
a land of giant trees, bizarre creatures,
and a glowing red mineral with mystical properties –
convinces Sophina that all may not be lost.
But first, she’ll have to survive in a hostile world
where her darkest fears live and breathe.
Can she save her brother and stop the perpetual rain,
or will Sophina be another tragedy in a family that seems cursed?
Let me put the FACT right in your face. This is a fabulous book, which if ever made into a movie, would witness people throng the theaters to watch it again and again, for it would be a visual treat indeed to see the Trellah on a huge screen!. Ok, now read ahead
There are only 14 chapters in this ebook. With just about 164 pages, this is a very quick read. The protagonist Sophina, which is a lovely name by the way, is described as a strong willed and mature-for-her-age girl, from a town called Thomasville. I love how neatly the first chapter, aptly named The Perpetual rain, introduces us to the ‘ mysterious situation’ and to Sophina’s family. I could feel how interesting the story was building itself to be. The author, in very simple words, puts across emotions that pull on your heart’s strings. It was simple things like being stuck in the house with family, while a storm rages on outside. But how the family bonds together in times of peril is captured beautifully and it really moved me to the point of tears.
From the 4th chapter on, the parallel universe of Trellah was revealed in such details that I was shuddering with horror. I have a very fertile imagination and as I read and imagined those things, it made me fearful of the nightmarish creatures, explained so well in it. Trellah is a magical world with magical creatures, nightmarish creatures, two headed sea creatures, gigantic trees and more!. Here is an illustration of a ‘watcher’, who follows Sophina everywhere in the realm of Trellah, by an amazingly talented artist, Ryan Penney:
The author has extremely vivid imagination and that is how he conjured up such an idea of the world of Trellah. He didn’t make Sophina’s journey to Trellah easy, by any means, which turned this into a gripping story. Had he made her into a superhero who could face all obstacles with ease, this would have been a very weak and boring plot.The wrath of nature which Thomasville has to face is depicted in a way that I am so glad I have never had to see anything like that in my life. Tornadoes, heavy rain, sleet and every imaginable forces of natures thunders down on Thomasville.
There are times when questions arise in my mind and I just wait around for them to be answered. If it’s not answered at all in the book (which means the author hasn’t giving complete thought to the plot), I feel frustrated when I reach the end of the book. However, in this book, no questions are left unanswered, which is impressive. Another thing I noticed is that there is nothing superfluous in the entire story line. The emotions, characters and just about everything is just right.
All in all, this is a very well-thought of, fabulous and very imaginative book, perfect to be read by people from any walks of life. Kudos to T.S. Graham for bringing out such a fantastic book. I applaud him for his work. I simply cant get my head around the fact that this is his debut novel!!. I seriously can’t wait to read the second installment, named Storm on the Horizon, Book Two in the Chronicles of Trellah Trilogy!..
I give this book 5/5, which by Goodreads standards mean that ‘it was amazing’!
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How I received a copy!
I was provided a free ebook copy of this book by the author in exchange for my honest review.
Note: Look closely at the book cover. Do you see Sophina??.. Hehe…