Ambril's Tale, Return of the Dullaith
Author: Wendy D. Walter
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: July 2012
Fourteen-year-old, Ambril struggles with the mystery surrounding her father’s death when she moves back to the mysterious town where she was born. When she accidentally uncovers a secret which threatens to destroy her entire family, she continues her quest, against all odds, to clear her father’s name. But will she be able to claim her magic and and heal the rifts in her family?
Ambril’s Tale, The Return of the Dullaith has received great 4-5-star reviews. Readers are impatiently demanding Book Two, which will be out early Spring 2013.
Inspired by the Fairies: Ambril's Tale, The Return of the Dullaith by Wendy D. Walter
I have always pitied fairies. It must be lonely out there among the buttercups. The traditional, sugar-coated tale of how fairies come into the world makes me sad. The one in which a flower opens and a fairy pops out with nothing but an effervescent smile to defend herself with.
How must the fairy feel when, after whirling around her forest paradise a few times, she realizes that she is alone? No family, no friends, no shelter from the raindrops…not even an extra pair of socks. If there isn’t a lumbering human to charm into feeding her thimblefuls of nectar nearby, life is tough for the little tykes.
Cut Tinkerbelle some slack
Let’s forgive fairies their character flaws. Who can blame Tinkerbelle for being jealous of Wendy, who has an entire family to support her? Did Tink have anyone when Peter flew off with Wendy? How much sorrow can you drown in flower nectar?
Championing fairy mental health So, when I sat down to write Ambril’s Tale, Return of the Dullaith, I decided to correct this serious flaw in fantasy...in the interests of fairy mental health, of course. I don’t want to ruin it for anyone, but in Ambril's Tale, there is an event called Moonrise. When the moon rises on the twelfth night of the twelfth month, fairies are born in Trelawnyd, Ambril’s hometown. This year, we’re lucky! The date happens to be 12-12-12. A propitious number, as Chao Feng would say.
If you plan to read the entire series (Book Two, Riding the Cursed Shoots, will be out in early 2013) here’s a hint: the unique vine at the center of Moonrise, the Vita Fiore, plays a huge role throughout the entire series, so be aware of where it grows and what it can do.
I won’t tell you exactly what happens, as even Ambril is a bit hazy about the details (as usual, there is a lot going on that night for her). But I will say that Moonrise is part nature, part family, and part crazy, whirling fun. I guess you’ll just have to read about it yourself to find out.
Writing was an early passion for Wendy. As a kid, she wrote lots of stories, but being shy, they usually ended up under the mattress. When she finally set out to tell Ambril’s Tale, she decided not to write a story but a world, full with her own marvelous illustrations. She considers The Return of the Dullaith as just the curly tip of the fairy boot. Wendy lives near San Francisco with her husband, daughters, cat and border collie. More information about Wendy's book and art, check her site: http://wendydwalter.com.
Giveaway: The author has generously offered a paperback or ebook copy of one of her books! To enter, simply leave a comment on this post about what you like most about fairies. Please be sure to leave your email in the comment so we can contact the winner. The giveaway will end on 12/26/2012.
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