Spotlight Book! “Lethal Inheritance” by Tahlia Newland

“ Unique to any other fantasy book I’ve read, Ariel’s weapons to defeat these horrors are focus, clarity, and spiritual power. ”  – Kate Polican

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If last night was real, Ariel should be dead. She’s not, but her mother has disappeared, there are bruises on her neck, and the hideous beast in the photo looks frighteningly familiar.

You can’t send police into a tunnel that doesn’t exist after a villain they can’t see, so when shadow demons kidnap her mother, Ariel has to mount the rescue mission herself. Hot on the trail, she enters a hidden layer of reality only to find that the demons are hunting her, and they feed on fear. Ariel must defeat them before they kill her and enslave her mother. But how do you kill terrifying demons when your fear makes them stronger?

A quirky old guide teaches her how to locate and unleash her inner power, and while battling hallucinogenic mist, treacherous terrain, murderous earth spirits and self-doubt, she falls in love with Nick, a Warrior whose power is more than either of them can handle.

Ariel’s journey challenges her perception, tests her awareness and takes her deep into her heart and mind to confront, and ultimately transcend, her fear and anger.

This book is a recipient of the award for excellence

This reader would recommend it!

Putting on young shoes, this is definitely a 5 star. The writing is every bit as good as a part of Rowling’s fantasy, and if anything the plot has more originality. I have to admit to being a bit of a long term fan of the mysterious plunge from everyday life into the realms of fantasy. The drawing into this otherness, away from this all too real existence, to weird places so many of our minds so often strive to go, is done very well in “Lethal Inheritance”. If we wish we can explain everything as illusion, of nightmare, of chemical concoction, of the the shadows on the edge of perception, or simply consider this fantasy as metaphor for our “religious” spirituality. I am sure Newland keeps a very wide range of readers anchored as well as I. Newland effortlessly draws us out of a suburban bedroom window to follow Ariel on the quest demanded by her destiny. Mental strength is the key to success, belief in one’s self, the learning to live with one’s fears and succeed despite them. The Serpentine, the snaking “river” of evil, may well have flowed into Australia through a gap in understanding that separates the land of “Dreamtime” from “La Serpentine” Mountain in the distant European Alps. Certainly the story, the invention, comes from a breadth of cultural mythology as wide as the physical distances between the Earth’s diverse landscapes. We all have to fight the snaking terrors that pollute life, some are fantasy and some real. Newland had my attention, possibly spellbound, held down by the demons, to the very last words.   –  Mr. Richard Lw Bunning

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