The Gifting Reviews

Reviews:

"The Gifting is a unique fantasy where mental and physical worlds merge in a flight of unrestrained imagination. Unlike much fantasy I've read lately, this book soars with hope. It's a story of redemption gained through a mystical journey through earth, air, fire and water that tests the deepest recesses of a man's soul." (Read the rest of this review at Awesome Indies Reviews)

"The Gifting is merely the introduction to the Gathandrian Trilogy; it's a big world, filled with intrigues and magic, loss and redemption. It's a fantastical place where almost anything is possible, where a coward can become a hero, where the promise for more excitement and enchantment are guaranteed, and I look forward to seeing where Anne Brooke will take us next, as well as discovering what Simon's future holds." (Read the rest of this 4-star review at Top2Bottom Reviews)

"I always look forward to a new book by Anne Brooke as I know I will not only enjoy the story but I will have a truly entertaining read ... Here we venture into the world of science fiction and meet the residents of Gathandria who have been besieged, many are gone and their beautiful land is almost destroyed ... As on any quest, there is much to be learned and there are attacks along the way and Anne Brooke tells a wonderful story with fascinating characters." (Read the rest of this review at Amos Lassen Reviews)

"This story is totally captivating! I loved the imagery and vivid descriptions of the different worlds that the trio traverse. I loved the way the story flows, with the different points of view from not only Johan, Isabella and Simon, but from Annyeke (one of the Gathandrians) too. This is a tale of magic, love, loss and betrayal that had me on a rollercoaster ride of emotions. The ending is bittersweet, but it makes me look forward to reading the next book in the series. Anne Brooke has written a compelling fantasy that swept me away to a land of danger and adventure. I am adding Anne to my favourite authors list." (Read the rest of this 5-star review at Amazon UK)

"The story is at once complex and simple. Certainly, Simon's transition of a self-made coward into a man who surprises others as well as himself is a foregone conclusion at the start of the narrative. Yet it was Simon's inner journey that I enjoyed the most. … I felt that many of Simon's reactions were all too human and that being a coward had little to do with it. This rite of passage, this self-confessional expedition is what Anne Brooke deals with most superbly and subtlely." (Read the rest of this review at Facebook

"The Gifting is a unique fantasy where mental and physical worlds merge in a flight of unrestrained imagination. Unlike much fantasy I've read lately, this book soars with hope. It's a story of redemption gained through a mystical journey through earth, air, fire and water that tests the deepest recesses of a man's soul … The character development is exemplary. It's rare that you see characters grow so deeply and well supported by the action … I recommend it for anyone who likes something different and especially if they like a bit of psychological depth in their reading." (Read the rest of this review at Goodreads)

© Keith Olding 2011