Saturday, June 19, 2010

Anjan - A Book Review and Giveaway


Larus Einarsson

I recently received this delightful book from the publisher for my review.  I enjoy fantasy and epic type stories so she felt that this would be a match for me.  She was right.

From the start you're drawn into another world (several actually, since the worlds of humans, elves, and that which is hidden is separated by a thin veil.)  The story starts with Kata, a young white witch who is destined for great things.  We follow her from the world of elves into the human realm where she meets up with the man who will aid her in the care and upbringing of a child named Anjan.  Anjan is foretold to be an integral part of a prophecy that will affect all of the worlds. 

I don't want to give too much away, because this is a lovely story full of warmth and adventure.  I think it will be a treat for readers of all ages who enjoy a world tinged with magic and classic good vs. evil.  (I especially enjoyed the fact that Kata works heavily with herbs - a woman after my own heart!)  This book is an easy read and at 216 pages, not too much of a heavy time investment.  I was happy to see that the author is planning on continuing with Anjan's saga in later volumes.  More information about the author and an actual excerpt from the book can be found at

I am offering my gently read copy of Anjan up for one lucky MoonCat Farms reader.  To enter the drawing, just tell me the name of another book you think I might enjoy reading this summer.  I'll draw a winner on Friday, June 25th.  Good luck and good reading.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes. The opinions expressed here are 100% my own. I was under no obligation to offer a positive review and received no monetary compensation. The giveaway prize being offered is the review copy I received.


  1. Try Paulo Coelho's "The Alchemist" for a great fable/fairy tale. It reminds me of a combination between Rudyard Kipling, Richard Bach, and Kalil Gibran. :D

    PS: If you don't have a Goodreads account, you should get one, if you like to talk books. :)


  2. Thank you Amber. That sounds like something I would enjoy. I just joined Goodreads - I'd seen it on other blogs & just hadn't pursued it. Thank you for the great advice & good luck in the drawing.

  3. I have a varied taste in books but I read "The Time Travellers Wife" recently and it was just lovely.

  4. Hi Bec,

    I have a very wide range myself so you never know what my next book might be! "The Time Traveller's Wife" is on my to-read list. Several of my friends really enjoyed it too.

    Good luck in the drawing!

  5. I second Amber, Jules. I read Paulo Coelho - Brazilian like me - many, many years ago and it was when I started getting into paganism. I started with Pilgrimage, then The Alchemist, Brida and The Valkyries. In the end I read some others, always with a warm feeling after reading.

    Right now I'm reading Madru, by Frederik Hetmann for my little witch, about a Celtic legend around the Celtic Tree's Tarot - and so far, it's a good read for both of us,

    Thanks for the generous giveaway!

    Kisses from Nydia.

  6. Green Rider, by Kristen Britain. Heh, you've probably already read it, as its a fantasy that heavily focuses on horses. Hm? Have you read it? So far its a series of 3, with 4 in the works. They're standard fantasy novel size, and very close to the top of my favorite books list. Not the lightest of reads, but I think it has a very good mix of dark and light elements, and its an incredibly absorbing ready. Check it out!!

  7. It sounds like you enjoy fantasy books, so...I'd really recommend The Thief by Megan Whelan Turner. It's about a young boy thief who has been caught stealing from the king, and is given the chance to get out of jail if he will agree to steal an important object. There's a lot of snappy dialogue, mythology, politics, and a twist. (It's the first book in a series, too.)

    One thing I would recommend...if you do decide to pick this one up: try to go into it blind, without reading any reviews or synopses. Believe me on this one!

    I'd also really recommend The Giver by Lois Lowry.

    Thank you very much for the giveaway - Anjan sounds really interesting, and I'd love to read it. (I will probably try to grab it from the library if I don't win!)

    anthy_stl [ATT] yahoo [DOTT] com

  8. Thank you all so much for the great suggestions.

    Nydia: I didn't realize he had so many books out there. I can see I'm going to have quite the "to read" list compiled here shortly.

    Leathra - I haven't read the Green Rider series. I can't believe I missed it, horses huh? I really enjoy when there are several books in a series; especially if it's one of those that I continually want more of.

    Anthy - It's funny that you suggested The Thief. My husband mentioned it just the other day as he's also an avid reader of fantasy. I haven't heard of The Giver. Will check it out.

    Good luck to all of you in the drawing!

  9. This book looks very interesting!
    I read so many books.....
    Okay, here's one 'Swimming with Wings'. It was a wonderful book.

  10. "Swimming With Wings" sounds interesting too. I'll have to check it out. Thanks so much for coming by the blog, good luck in the drawing :)


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