Authors Showcase: Greystone Valley by Charlie Brooks



The Book: Greystone Valley

The Author: Charlie Brooks

Illustrator: Jessica Grundy

The story: Greystone Valley is a land of wizards, dragons, and warriors… and one young girl who ends up there quite by accident when her idle wish is granted.

Sarah discovers that not everything in the valley is as magic as she might’ve wished—especially the nearly illiterate wizard, the mouse-sized dragon, and the warrior who can’t stand the sight of blood. Being hunted isn’t helping, either.

Will Sarah survive this new life of hers, and can she make it home?

And, more importantly, will she ever be the same again?

About Charlie Brooks:

Charlie Brooks
Charlie Brooks

Charlie Brooks is the award-winning author of Greystone Valley, Reality Check, and Shadowslayers. He is a native of Vermont, where he got his start writing gaming articles in Dragon Magazine.

His short story “Fantasy as you Like It” won the 2006 Chaffin Award for Fiction, and his tale “Eight-Bit Heaven” won the New Millennium Writings Fiction Award. In between writing novels, he practices juggling, magic tricks, and balloon animals.

As of yet, only the magic tricks have made their way into his stories.

Review by MomBlogger:

I absolutely LOVE this book. I wish I had it in print! This story is well-written, captured my imagination and is full of adventure, danger, magic and friendship. I highly recommend this to middle grade readers who love adventure and mystery that keeps the reader guessing til the very end.

With intriguing twists and turns this story of friendship, determination and personal growth will capture the imagination of even the most skeptical reader.

The characters are well-developed. The strained relationship between Sarah and her mother is realistic, and explains the reasons for her constant fantasizing well. Her desire to escape leads to her ultimate adventure and her learning some valuable lessons along the way.

The emotional roller coaster that Sarah and her new-found friends experience kept my interest from start to finish. I can’t wait to see what the author comes up with next. Hopefully there will be another adventure in Greystone Valley for Sarah real soon.

Review by Jay Delo:

Originally I purchased Greystone Valley for my granddaughter. After reading the brief paragraph for the book, I thought it would an interesting book for her collection. Upon receiving the book I decided that I should at least read some the book before handing it over to my granddaughter.

The plan was to read just a few pages. When I put the book down, I was two thirds into the entire book. I would have finished reading the rest but a client demanded my attention on his problem.

Greystone Valley had exciting and dynamic changes almost every two pages. I was left wondering how an author could describe all this action and still developed the characters. Greystone Valley very much achieved this task and I found myself falling in love with the supporting characters as much as Sarah, who is the main character.

After dealing with my client’s problem, I finished the book, gave the copy to my granddaughter, and then bought three more copies for my nieces and nephews. I can only hope that the author will continue this book into a series and that Pixar studio will pick up the screen rights.

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