Title: Lioness of Kell
Author: Paul E. Horsman
Publication Date: March 16, 2015
Genre: YA Fantasy
Maud of the M'Brannoe, at eighteen already a mighty warrioress, is about to graduate as a Lioness, a special duty officer answering to the Kell Queen and no one else. The Prince-warlock asks her to fetch a certain boy from a pirate town, who could be double for his son. On their way back, someone sabotages their airship and the two find themselves marooned in an ill-reputed forest. Together, the young lioness and Jurgis the lookalike battle their way to the coast and a ship home, while finding solace in each other’s arms.
Then the four young people meet, and Basil learns of a spell that might help him. Only the spell’s creator, the infamous Arrangh Warlock, disappeared nearly a century ago. When the four young people decide to go looking for him, they start on a path leading to an old war and unsolved mysteries that will change the world. Or kill them.
A spirited fantasy story of high adventure and romantic love in a world where both magic and early modern technology flourish.
Paul E. Horsman (1952) is a Dutch and International Fantasy Author. Born in the sleepy garden village of Bussum, The Netherlands, he now lives in Roosendaal, a town on the Dutch-Belgian border.
He has been a soldier, a salesman, a scoutmaster and from 1995 till his school closed in 2012 a teacher of Dutch as a Second Language and Integration to refugees from all over the globe.
He is a full-time writer of light fantasy adventures for Y.A. and older. His books are both published in the Netherlands, and internationally.
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
I loved the world building that the author encompassed. The world was so vivid and I felt like I was there in that world while reading it.
I really liked the character development as well. Basil was well written and I found myself rooting for him throughout the entirety of this novel. I also really liked the development of Maud. She was a strong, brave and wonderful female character in this novel.
The plot was interesting enough that it kept me on the edge of my seat. I enjoyed flipping through the pages of this novel all through the night. This story is truly addicting and I'm sure most fantasy lovers will enjoy this novel as much as I did.