The War of Odds by Linell Jeppsen

The War of Odds by Linell JeppsenIt takes only a few days for Sara Giddings to realize her new home is going to be even more different than she and her father had hoped. Moving quickly from one town, job and school to the next in an attempt to outrun their grief and addiction problems, Sara and her father have unknowingly landed in Ashbrook, a tiny Washington town that just happens to border on a magical thin place between the everyday world and the land of magic and monsters.

At this border, a young sprite named Pollo sees Sara and knows immediately she is a witch untrained and unaware of her healing powers. Meanwhile, Sara finds two friends, Nate and Chloe, and is amazed at how quickly they accept her. Good thing, too, because a storm is brewing in the land of the fae which will destroy humans and magical creatures alike if Pollo and his ilk cannot convince Sara to embrace her magical nature and fight the coming destruction. Sara will need all the friends she can get to face the dangerous journey ahead.

After intense training in magic and fighting, and with an obvious tip of the hat to Tolkien, Sara and an assortment of magic creatures set off on a journey to a far off kingdom. On the way, they face dragons, trolls, and giant spiders, just to name a few, and despite Sara’s growing powers as a healer, not everyone is going to make it to the Kingdom of the Elves alive.

War of the Odds gets three and a half tombstones for putting a young adult coming of age spin on the classic magical quest theme. Sara and her friends (human and otherwise) all grow up along the trip, experiencing first loves and losses, finding wells of strength inside themselves, and learning how important it is to keep hope close to your heart. I particularly like the budding romance side story, getting inside the head of both parties as they try to act like warriors instead of lovesick puppies. And the Afterword? Hey, I cannot sleep without a happily ever after.

Book Stats:

  • Paperback: 146 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (February 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1482300672
  • ISBN-13: 978-1482300673

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It takes only a few days for Sara Giddings to realize her new home is going to be even more different than she and her father had hoped. Moving quickly from one town, job and school to the next in an attempt to outrun their grief and addiction problems, Sara and her father have unknowingly …

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Marie’s first memory of reading is at 3 years of age and involved a Pizza Inn placemat. Her family was amused by her pronunciation of Oh-clay-loma. Luckily, her speech and subject matter picked up speed after that. Now Marie can’t wait until Matrix-like technology is real and she can absorb a book by plugging it into her brain/hard drive. She will always love the smell and feel of words on paper, but let’s face it – there just aren’t enough hours in a human lifetime to take in all the great stories out there. Marie pushes paper during the day but on weekends you can find her hiding backstage, doing tech jobs for live theaters. Her favorite place to read is in her giant claw-foot bathtub, with bubbles, a fruit & cheese plate, and an icy martini. Ok, she hasn’t actually got any of that. She makes due with Mr. Bubble, a box of cheese crackers, and a Diet Coke. Marie loves book nooks, dogs, scary movies, and teasing those with coulrophobia. She lives in Wichita, Kansas, with her weapon of mass destruction, a rescue dog otherwise known as Piglet.

3 comments

  1. Thank you! If anyone would like to know more about The War of Odds, feel free to contact me at http://neljeppsen.weebly.com or nelj88@hotmail.com

  2. This is a great book. I’ve read it and really enjoyed it. I have also read other books by this author and she never disappoints. She has some excellent stories for fantasy readers.

  3. This is a fabulous book I have read many wonderful books by Linell Jeppsen do yourself a favour and check them out.