BEACON by Chess Desalls Book #2 Lantern series #YA #Fantasy Novella @Chessdesalls

Beacon (Lantern #2)Beacon by Chess Desalls
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Beacon is book #2 of the Lantern series of young adult fantasy short stories. I read book #1 as part of the Darkness Echoes Halloween anthology in 2015.

Havenbrim is a medieval style village in Llum. Serah Kettel has been thrown out of her family home, and seeks an apprenticeship with Master Machin, a celestial mechanic and glazier. His home is filled with strange lanterns which glow with magical light. Serah’s job is to dust the lanterns and to work out a puzzle: just how does the light get in?

With the help of moonlight, Serah discovers herself inside a globe in a far off land. This place is very strange for Serah and she’s not sure this is where her future lies. She uses a magical doorway to return home, but much time has passed since she left.

Book #1 left many questions about Master Machin, some were answered here, although, with the length of the story, there are plenty more questions left unsolved. For myself I wanted a deeper storyline to sink my teeth into and more character explanation, however I am aware that I am reading a book intended for the YA market.

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Book Description

When Serah’s life in Havenbrim becomes unbearable, she accepts an apprenticeship with a celestial mechanic and glazier. Her master assigns her the task of opening a globe framed in copper. But the glass and seal are unbreakable. The solution to the puzzle traps Serah inside the globe, and transports her to a world where she longs for home.

About the author

Chess Desalls

Chess Desalls is the author of the YA time travel series, The Call to Search Everywhen. She’s a longtime reader of fantasy and sci-fi novels, particularly classics and young adult fiction. Her nonfiction writing has led to academic and industry publications. She’s also a contributing editor for her local writing club’s monthly newsletter. The California Writers Club, South Bay branch, has awarded two of Chess’ stories first place for best short fiction. When she’s not reading or writing, she enjoys traveling and trying to stay in tune on her flute.

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Darkness EchoesDarkness Echoes by L.A. Starkey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Darkness Echoes is an anthology if six YA short Halloween style stories.

Till Death Do Us Part by L.A Starkey involves Jennifer, cheer leader and troubled child after the death of her Grandmother. She has a school project to do and because she loves all things horror, she’d like to do it on the local haunted mansion. Friend Zack has been absent all summer and she persuades him to go with her to the mansion, where she gets more than one surprise.

Witch Moth by Kelly Hall. A teenage love triangle between Kitty and best friend Jenn over a boy called Colt, ends on the night they visit a haunted house. Kitty meets brother and sister duo Dahlia and Dominic Dane at the house and falls for Dominic’s good looks and manners. But there is something more to this pair and danger lurks for all the teenagers.

The Coming Of The Skin Walker by D.E.L. Connor can be read as a prequel to her Spirit Warrior series. Walking Bear and Nine Fingers are early native American hunters. They spot a young girl being chased by a figure who turns into a wolf before their eyes. They rescue the girl who tells them of a powerful medicine man called a Skin Walker who wants her dead.

Darkness Echoes by Chess Desalls is about a strange glowing lantern in the garden of Tori’s grandmother. She discovers that inside is a young man named Jared who was once a disabled apprentice to a clever man. Tori must find a way to help Jared escape from the lantern.

Cloak of Echoes by CK Dawn is the story of Emma. She is an empathy and can feel emotions of those around her. Mattox Daniels the new boy in school has eyes only for her. But he is more than just an ordinary boy, sent to protect Emma from the Netherwalkers he has come from Camelot and the Knights of the Round Table.

Hallowed Eve by DB Neilsen introduces us to Evee Hale, a troubled child who can see ghosts. Told to run by her dead father, Evee heads to the house of Dr Crane. Evee learns she has been chosen as a Soul Guardian and must face the real evil which surrounds the story of The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow.

A good mix of spooky tales for the YA market.

This review is abased on a free copy of the book given to me by the authors.

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