Everard by author Chautona Havig is a Christian Fantasy Fairy Tale book. Who is better to write this type of book than author Havig? She possesses a quick wit, sharp mind, and is one of the most creative, imaginative writer’s I have had the good fortune to read. This is Book 2 in the Not So Fairy Tales series, but it can be read as a standalone.
This is the story of Everard from Havilund. He is on a quest to prove himself worthy to the father of the lady he desires. As he journeys to get proof that he is in fact worthy, the adventure gets quite interesting. He encounters a feisty talking lizard as well as a dwarf with superiority issues, but wait….there’s more.
Everard must complete three tasks in order to marry his lady, Roana. Her father appears to want Everard to fail. She seems is very quiet about the whole matter. Perhaps there is something more going on here?
The author has done an outstanding job in penning this tale. Characters are more than what they initially appeared. Using twists and turns, timeless life and spiritual lessons, humor, and exquisite writing, Havig has written a tale that can be read by everyone. The pace is a tad slow in areas, but for the most part it flows along at a nice pace.
If you are searching for something different and delightful to read, here it is! I highly recommend this lovely book. Book Clubs should select it for a lively meeting. It gets 4 out of 5 stars from me. A copy was provided by Celebrate Lit, but these are my own words.
About the Book
Author: Chautona Havig
Genre: Christian / Fantasy / Fairy Tale
Release date: October 2, 2012
A Prince, a friend, and a lizard walk into a trap…
Everard of Havilund—fierce warrior, brave soldier, loyal friend, heir to the throne, and painfully shy.
The war is over! Or is it? After four long years fighting in a war that has spanned a millennium, Everard is finally going home. He has faced everything he fears most—he thinks. Alas, trouble is brewing in the little hamlet of Hidden Hollow and he has only himself to blame.
Follow Everard as he tries to slay the Dragon of Ironia, face the Giant of the Tripp Mountains, bring the Enchantress of Enervatia to justice… just for starters.
Will he succeed? Will he overcome his personal demons that threaten all he is working for?
Find out in this second installment of the Not-So-Fairy Tales.
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About the Author
Author of the bestselling Aggie and Past Forwardseries, Chautona Havig lives in an oxymoron, escapes into imaginary worlds that look startlingly similar to ours and writes the stories that emerge. An irrepressible optimist, Chautona sees everything through a kaleidoscope of It’s a Wonderful Life sprinkled with fairy tales. Find her at chautona.com and say howdy—if you can remember how to spell her name.
More from Chautona
“Can you write a short story for Kaira’s birthday? Something about a paisley princess? We’re doing a medieval theme, and Cathe is making the most scrumptious dress…”
A short story. Sure, I could. Why not? I’d throw in some things that fit Kaira and her family and some to make it not a bad attempt to write about a girl I only knew through her mother’s eyes. I’d make her hopelessly ordinary (which Kaira certainly was not). I’d give her lovely skills with a harp (which Kaira definitely has), and I’d give her the name Paisley Paisley so that, as her father, the king of Jackalopany, said “She’d be eager to marry and change it someday.”
Seventy-thousand or so words later the “short story” was done.
The silliest thing I’d ever written, but man… that was fun. Complete with a human chess game, frog pox, and heartbreaking bravery, it wasn’t great literature—Andersson would never approve—but it was mine.
It also gave me a thirst for something more… something… real. Okay, so that sounds a little weird writing about a fairy tale as “real” but in truth, it’s how I felt. I wanted to write a deliberate one, not just a wild romp through story ideas. Some elements of the first book would have to stay. For example, I’d given the first book a cheeky narrator who did a lot of “explaining” about “fairy tale terms” and definitions. She had to return.
But this time, I wanted quests daring dos, and well… yeah. I wanted something a bit more structured. I also wanted it to reflect another family I loved and cherished. In this one, a prince returns from a war lasting almost a thousand years (he didn’t fight the whole time, never fear) to report victory and does something so out of character that it sends his life in a totally different direction.
In my opinion, it has the most truly romantic scene I’ve ever written in it, but even most boys of very tender years (who still think girls are “yucky”) haven’t complained. THAT is my kind of romance!
But more than anything, Everard has honor, bravery, self-sacrifice, and every kind of love you see in the Bible. It’s the second book in the Not-So-Fairy Tales, but it won’t be the last. Leicelin has something she wants to share with the world, too.
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