The Landland Chronicles #2
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Title: The Thinking (The Landland Chronicles #2)
Author: Dallas Sutherland
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
LANDLAND BECOMES ITS OWN SAVIOUR …
The Greying snakes across Bigriver towards Landland … all the lands are in turmoil. Meah combines her power of thinking with the magical Book of Colours, and joins the Bigriverland army to fight the horrid Firbog. Faith, Hope, and Charity, the white many-headed-winged-thing, returns. Auntie Beryl has become the evil Queen Berilbog– she must be stopped. Many-headed-winged-things soar high over battle-fields, three-humped-beasts-of-war go on the rampage, and, from out of the mists of the greying, slithering Homunculi goad them on.
Meah's magical plans are not what Landland needs– Firbog hordes swarm across a dried up Bigriver into Landland, cutting their way through The Scented Forest, all the way up to the tip of Mount Beacon.
Chaos reigns supreme, Landland writes its own story … but the story is all wrong. Meah looks for a way to escape. Will she find her father, The Biggo, again? Can they win their way home– should they leave Landland and all their friends in the clutches of Auntie Beryl, the Grey Lady?
Over the last twenty-five years, the Author has exhibited a creative bent across a range of industries including graphic design, fine arts, and trompe l'oeil murals. He has lectured in fine arts and studied Art History, Literature, Adult Education, and Creative Writing. Works include play scripts and short stories. The Greying is his first published novella, with further books planned as part of the fantasy series. He draws inspiration from myth, legend, and fairy tales.
He lives on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia with his partner Kerri, and daughter Ruby.
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‘Look, it’s the little slithering things,’ Meah cried.
Nera searched the sky overhead. ‘We’d better make sure there are none of those many-headed things lurking about.’ Quick, Meah, get us down closer – over that first rank.’
Faith, Hope and Charity flew along in front of the first rank of Northhaven footsoldiers. There was no movement in the ranks.
‘There, I told you so. I’ve never seen those weapons before Meah. Would you just look at that,’ Nera said.
Meah grinned. ‘Well, I have. They’re muskets Nera. You’ll soon see what they can do.’
The white beast flapped higher above the battle-field as the three-humped-beasts-of-war ran snorting towards them with the squeals of Homunculi piercing their ears. And the horns blared, the drums thumped, and the tapping tapped.
‘Give them their orders, Meah, quick!’ Nera yelled, waving his arms about, before picking off a Homunculus rider with an arrow.
Meah tossed her head from side to side. ‘But, I don’t know what to say, Nera. I’ve only ever seen musketeers in movies and then there was this re-enactment once before.’ She tried to remember what might be the right thing to say – what orders to give.
Nera twisted around and thrust his face towards her. ‘Movers – what are they? It’s a shame you didn’t think any officers or sergeants to go with them.’
‘Oh, okay, I’ve got it now. I think it goes something like this … front rank fire, second rank advance, first rank reload, second rank fire, third rank advance, second rank reload, third rank fire, first rank advance, third rank reload, first rank fire …
While Meah continued to think out her commands, down below on the battle-field the result of the thinking was instant; upon Meah’s orders the regiment of musketeers released volley after volley at the oncoming three-humped-beasts-of-war. Dead and injured animals lay strewn across the ground between the Firbog and the Northhaveners. Three-humped-beasts-of-war growled and groaned in agony, while what was left of their Homunculi riders, grovelled and loped away into the mist-bank.
The booming of the musket fire had silenced everything, even the drums and the gurgling horns. There was no more tap tap tapping.
The Firbog left their dead and dying behind on the battle-field, too, as they ran back into the mist.
At times it was difficult to follow what was happening, but I think that is because I didn’t read the first book. The story meanders off track near the end and I wasn’t sure if it was setting up the next book. However, it is an interesting premise.
I give this book 3 out of 5 clouds.
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