I recently read Shawndirea: Chronicles of Aetheaon: Book One by Leonard D. Hilley II. The book’s captivating cover art caught me and the book fulfilled my expectations. I recommend the book to any readers of the swords and sorcery genre.
Shawndirea is a pint size faery that technophobe biologist Ben snags in his butterfly net, destroying her fragile wings in the process. It’s love at first sight. Or is there something magical about their meeting? Ben vows to return the plucky faery to her homeland to repair her wings even if he has to go through Hell to do that.
He does have to go through Hell. Eventually they reach her world of Aetheaon. What follows is well-told tale of swords and sorcery. I haven’t read any recent books in this genre, although I’m a fan of Moorcock’s Eternal Champion and the Lord of the Rings. There are many similarities between Moorcock’s books and this one.
This book is the first of what appears to be a sweeping saga. There are many subplots, which hopefully will be resolved in future books.
I look forward to reading more books by Mr. Hilley starring Shawndirea and Ben.