Shaylee lives with her father Grom, a former druid, away from the village. She avoids going there because the villagers, especially the children, are cruel to her. But as she enters puberty, the changes in her body coincides with dormant powers manifesting themselves in her, and her father’s revelations make it even harder for her to accept all these changes. However, with the help of another outcast, Oran, and his friendship, she discovers more abilities and her inner strength. And while together, they are capable of fighting against the whole village, if needed, and much more.
Shaylee Druid’s Daughter is a well-written novella. It is a touching coming of age story told in a straightforward way. The main characters, especially Shaylee, are well-developed. It is an excellent read for younger readers, but adults will also appreciate this feel-good story, particularly the important message it delivers.
Book Excerpt: Her heart thrummed in her chest. It felt like the embarrassment Ghazi had put her through, but instead of making her want to cry she wanted to shout for joy. The boy had asked for a kiss from her! He thought she was pretty, or nice, or sweet, or something. He didn’t dislike or shun her like the rest of the town. He was different. He wanted a kiss.
She didn’t think she would be able to answer. She had never kissed anyone before, besides Gorm, and that didn’t count. She wasn’t sure if she knew how to do it right. Finally she stammered, “Oh…y…yes. Certainly. It’s the least I can do. You were so brave.”
She stepped forward and felt her cheeks grow warm, knowing that a stupid smile stretched her mouth from ear to ear. She forced the smile away by puckering her lips. He stared, as if waiting for something. Finally he said, “Well, ye got to close yer eyes. I can’t be kissin’ ye with yer eyes open. That ain’t how it’s done.”
Her cheeks reddened at her foolishness and inexperience, but the comment didn’t extinguish the flutter that she felt within her chest. “Oh, of course.”
She closed her eyes. Her lips puckered, head tilted forward. She waited in silence.
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