Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Kid Lit Blog Hop #12 Review: Kurt Chambers: Truth Teller

 Welcome back folks, great to be on another hop.
Today I would like to share with you a book by a fellow independent publishing friend, Kurt Chambers and his book. 

Book Description: 
How could a modern day girl like Charlotte ever envisage that magic really exists? Even with her own vivid imagination, the place for other realms belonged in a child’s fairy tale. Or so she thought, until she stumbled across a hidden curio shop and an even stranger shopkeeper. He gives her a gift that resembles an antique snow dome, but this is not an ordinary globe. The world Charlotte has always known disappears as she’s spirited away into a mystical land.

This is the beginning of a lifelong friendship that changes Charlotte’s life forever. Discovered by a young elf alone in the forest, she embarks on a journey in search of a group of travelling Entertainers. She encounters heart-stopping dangers and real life monsters, but a far greater threat shadows her every move. Even the strength and skill of her new found companions cannot protect her against a ruthless druid assassin. But in this realm, Charlotte is not the vulnerable little girl she thought she was.

 My Review: 
Truth Teller is a dark and mysterious tale about a young girl named Charlotte who comes upon a seemingly harmless snow dome in a little junk shop during her holidays. Little does she know, the old man named Goffer who gave her the dome at no charge, hides many secrets behind his old eyes. Charlotte is unwittingly transported to a dark forest in another realm. A realm with Elves and Druids and Beasts that roam the forest and Charlotte finds herself in grave danger. Thankfully a young Elf named Elderfield comes to her aid. Together with Elder's father Middleton, they embark on a quest to find the mysterious Goffer, to seek his help to return Charlotte to her own realm. Dangers lurk at every turn and Elder becomes a true friend and protector to Charlotte as the mystery of the Truth Teller is revealed.

This was a rich and intricate story with dark fantasy elements, some violence and very real and endearing characters. I enjoyed this first book which I believe has set the scene for the further adventures of Charlotte and Elder when she returns to the realm.

I would recommend this to older middle grade ages 10-13 due to its dark elements and vivid descriptions.

I was given a copy of this book by the Author in exchange for an honest review.

About Kurt: 

 I live in the UK in the county of Hertfordshire, have done all my life. I’m married with three children and three grandchildren. I’ve known my wife since we went to infant school. We used to walk home together at about the age of eight and have been together as a couple for over twenty eight years. It’s the ultimate childhood romance story. My wife is, and always has been my best friend, and the one person in the world I trust the most. Aww, I hear you say, and I guess you’re right. Life is hard, and having a life-long friend to share it with does make it much easier. I’m a young granddad, which is great fun. I absolutely adore children. So much so, that I worked as a volunteer for about six years helping to run the Stevenage 17th Brownie pack. I’m still a member of the Girl Guiding Association, though not an active member at any more. Kids are cool. They can teach us adults so much if only we would take the time to listen to them. Working with children is what inspired me to start writing in the first place. Kids books obviously. I haven’t always been a writer. I spent most of my life working in the building trade as a carpenter. I actually wrote most of my first fantasy series, Truth Teller, whilst at work at the side of the road in a builder’s van. It was the only place I could get piece and quiet from my crazy household. And believe me, my house is a crazy place to live.

How to connect with Kurt: 

Twitter: emailmanROCKS
Where to find his book:

He has the second book in the series due out soon and quite a few other Middle Grade books in the works so, be sure to stop by his blog and say hi.

But wait, there's more...

Kurt has kindly offered a copy of Truth Teller from Smashwords to one of my blog visitors.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Catch you on the hop folks, and be prepared, we have another jem for Post Office Book Review, brought to you again by desperate to reach 100 links, stay tuned folks........


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  1. Nice review, Julie! I already have my own copy, but I'll help spread the word! I love this book.

    1. Hi Annie
      Thanks so much for stopping by. I enjoyed it and am looking forward to the next installment. Cheers Julie

  2. Thank you so much for your wonderful review, Julie :) I really appreciate you doing this for me. You're a star!

    1. Thanks for stopping by Kurt, see you in the blogosphere, cheers Julie

  3. Nice review! Sounds interesting. Thanks for hosting again!

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by again and I just hopped over to your review for Krista, hooray.

  4. Love a book with a mysterious curio shop...SOLD!

  5. Thanks for sharing this book with the Hop - it looks great! And thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  6. This looks perfect for my bookworm nephew in Brisbane! thanks for sharing and hosting the blog hop!

    1. Hi Piwi Mama thanks for stopping by. I think your nephew would like this definitely. I am actually from Brisbane too, lived there for 32 years but now make my home in chilly Melbourne lol.

    2. Thank you Piwi Mama :) I'm hoping to have the next book in this series out this year. It's in the editing stage right now.

  7. This definitely sounds like an interesting read.

  8. Hi there!

    I have nominated you for a Gargie Award for your outstanding work with the KLBH. You can read all about your greatness here:


    1. Aww, Bruce, I am so honoured to be nominated for a Gargie. I will treasure it on our virtual mantle piece forever and the blog button will even make it into the much awaited POST OFFICE BOOK Review, coming to you at around 90 links and desperate to reach 100. Cheers Julie

    2. Yay! Congratulations, Julie :) You totally deserve it :)

  9. Thanks to everyone who entered Kurt's giveaway. The winner has been emailed. Cheers Julie

    1. Thank you so much everyone for taking the time to read about my story. And congratulations Katie :) I hope you enjoy!

  10. Interesting review. this is a book that is perfect for you. I will be reading this soon and am now more eager to get into that first page (not that I wasn't before now). Very nice review.

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by Sue, I hope you enjoy it.