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The New Land is a magical tale readers will love.  The first book of Daisy Bourne’s fantasy novel series will transport readers to Avalon for adventure and excitement.

The New Land is a fast-paced story that is action-packed from beginning to end.

The swordplay and battles will have readers on the edge of their seats.

The female characters in the novel are also very powerful,

a refreshing change from most fantasy novels.

Bourne describes the fictional land so vividly, readers will think the setting is real.

The descriptions of the lush greenery and mountains

are expertly paired with a map of Avalon at the beginning of the novel.

The New Land would be best for fans of fantasy novels like Harry Potter and other novels about magical powers. The Merlin and King Arthur references in the novel

would also appeal to fans of medieval fantasy. The book would also be great for readers of The Lord of the Rings trilogy or other Tolkien-esque novels about journeys.

Though the novel may appeal most to your adult readers,

The New Land can appeal to readers of all ages.

Daisy Bourne has written a book that will have readers clamoring for more.

The New Land will have readers eager to return to Avalon.

MAGICAL… ACTION-PACKED…

Tales of King Arthur and Merlin will probably always be told and retold for new generations, but it’s up to the author to keep the stories fresh.

This particular presentation does just that for a young audience.

The book is clearly aimed at younger readers, with short chapters

and several well-drawn illustrations peppered throughout.

In a tight space, Bourne does an admirable job of building this

into a believable new world and populating it with an assortment of interesting characters. Edward and Daisy are both portrayed as sympathetic, likeable characters.

Fortunately, this is the first book in a series

and readers will get a chance to revisit these characters again.

EXCITING… ENGAGING…

Daisy Bourne’s exciting Tales of Avalon Series continues

with The Land of Twydell and the Dragon Egg.

The Land of Twydell is an engaging story that readers will enjoy

whether they are followers of the series or first-time readers.

Bourne’s writing packs a lot of action in such a short novel.

The Land of Twydell is fast-paced and the diaologue is compelling

throughout the novel.

The allegory about Merlin and the dragons trying to bring peace

between the neighboring countries of Avalon and Twydell

is also an excellent lesson for readers told in an entertaining way.

The Land of Twydell and the Dragon Egg continues the sweeping saga

of the Tales of Avalon. Daisy Bourne has written a novel that will leave readers ready

to continue the series and escape to Twydell for adventure.

The story is filled with magic and adventure.

The concepts are simple enough for a young child to understand,

yet complex enough to keep minds working on linking all the pieces together.

Language used is also accessible to younger readers

without necessarily “talking down” to them.

Even in the world of magic and mystery,

manners and respect turn out to be the greater forces at work,

providing children with important life lessons without being preachy or lecturing.

The New Land Book Review

The New Land is a magical tale readers will love. Bourne describes the fictional land so vividly, readers will think the setting is real. The descriptions of the lush greenery and mountains are expertly paired with a map of Avalon at the beginning of the novel.

The New Land would be best for fans of fantasy novels like Harry Potter and other novels about magical powers. The Merlin and King Arthur references in the novel would also appeal to fans of medieval fantasy. The book would also be great for readers of The Lord of the Rings trilogy or other Tolkien-esque novels about journeys. Though the novel may appeal most to young adult readers, The New Land can appeal to readers of all ages. Daisy Bourne has written a book that will have readers clamoring for more. The New Land will have readers eager to return to Avalon.

—Pacific Book Reviews


Tales of King Arthur and Merlin will probably always be told and retold for new generations, but it’s up to the author to keep the stories fresh. This particular presentation does just that for a younger audience Bourne does an admirable job of building this into a believable new world and populating it with an assortment of interesting characters.

—US Review of Books


The Land of Twydell and the Dragon Egg Book Review

Daisy Bourne’s exciting Tales of Avalon Series continues with The Land of Twydell and the Dragon Egg. This sequel continues the saga of Merlin and King Arthur.

The Land of Twydell is an engaging story that readers will enjoy whether they are followers of the series or first-time readers. Bourne’s writing packs a lot of action in such a short novel.

The Land of Twydell is fast-paced and the dialogue is compelling throughout the novel.

The Land of Twydell would be perfect for readers who are fans of Lord of the Rings or other fantasy novels about odysseys and journeys. Young adult readers may be the target audience, but readers of all ages will love this novel.

—Pacific Book Reviews


The story is filled with magic and adventure. The concepts are simple enough for a young child to understand, yet complex enough to keep minds working on linking all the pieces together. Language used is also accessible to younger readers without necessarily “talking down” to them. Even in the world of magic and mystery, manners and respect turn out to be the greater forces at work, providing children with important life lessons without being preachy or lecturing.

—US Review of Books

“One for Sorrow, Two for Joy, Three for a Girl, Four for a Boy, Five…for Silver, Six…for Gold, Seven… a Secret Never to be Told.”


“The Exchange of Rings,” the third book of the Tales of Avalon series welcomes back friends, foes, heroes and heroines well-known to King Arthur’s people in Avalon. These include both the human and magical kind.  And wherever good and evil clash, there will always be long-time enemies or unfriendly strangers. The tale told in this book starts and ends with an exchange of rings.

Bourne’s fantasy series was inspired by what might have happened after the Arthurian legend.  What if Merlin took the wounded Arthur through a portal to another world where he survived and lives? Also, what if in this place animals speak and magical people assist their neighbours? Readers familiar with the series will enjoy reconnecting with favourite characters and wrapping up loose ends before the next adventure begins. Bourne has created a fantasy world especially geared toward the young adult market, where danger or romance must be true-to-life but suitably contained. Once again she welcomes youthful readers back to this enchanted place of kings, queens, flying brooms, and the Forbidden Forest.

-  The US Review



November, 2017
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