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August 7, 2014


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C.H. Maclean will be touring August 4 – October 31 with his YA fantasy, Two Empty Thrones!  Two Empty Thrones is the second book in the Five in Circle series

Two Empty Thrones 2
Title: Two Empty Thrones
Series: Five in Circle
Book: Two
Author: C.H. MacLean
Publisher: CNH Publishing
Pages: 242
Genre: YA Fantasy
Format: Paperback; Kindle
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With her powers growing every day, fourteen-year-old Haylwen Rightad thinks she’s safe in the magical forest. And now that she finally has the friends she always wanted, what is there to be afraid of?
But she’s not out of the woods yet. Old enemies rip through her beloved forest, threatening to haul Haylwen and her new found friends away. Their safety shattered, Haylwen and her friends are suddenly at each other’s throats. Is the friendship she worked so hard for already ruined, or is there another, unseen enemy at work?
Haylwen and her brother must unmask this mysterious enemy before they can fight it off. But even if all their enemies are destroyed, the King of the magic users will stop at nothing to ensure he’s still in power when the dragons take over the world. And he’s hidden an enemy where Haylwen would never think to look.
If no one is what they seem, who can she trust?


C.H. MacLeanTo young C. H. MacLean, books were everything: mind-food, friends, and fun. They gave the shy middle child’s life color and energy. Amazingly, not everyone saw them that way. Seeing a laundry hamper full of books approach her, the librarian scolded C. H. for trying to check them all out. “You’ll never read that many before they expire!” C. H. was surprised, having shown great restraint only by keeping a list of books to check out next time. Thoroughly abashed, C. H. waited three whole days after finishing that lot before going back for more.
With an internal world more vivid than the real one, C. H. was chastised for reading in the library instead of going to class. “Neurotic, needs medical help,” the teacher diagnosed. C. H.’s father, a psychologist, just laughed when he heard. “She’s just upset because those books are more challenging than her class.” C. H. realized making up stories was just as fun as reading, and harder to get caught doing. So for a while, C. H. crafted stories and characters out of wisps and trinkets, with every toy growing an elaborate personality.
But toys were not mature, and stories weren’t respectable for a family of doctors. So C. H. grew up and learned to read serious books and study hard, shelving foolish fantasies for serious work.
Years passed in a black and white blur. Then, unpredictably falling in love all the way to a magical marriage rattled C. H.’s orderly world. A crazy idea slipped in a resulting crack and wouldn’t leave. “Write the book you want to read,” it said. “Write? As in, a fantasy novel? But I’m not creative,” C. H. protested. The idea, and C. H.’s spouse, rolled their eyes.
So one day, C. H. started writing. Just to try it, not that it would go anywhere. Big mistake. Decades of pent-up passion started pouring out, making a mess of an orderly life. It only got worse. Soon, stories popped up everywhere- in dreams, while exercising, or out of spite, in the middle of a work meeting. “But it’s not important work,” C. H. pleaded weakly. “They are not food, or friends, or…” But it was too late. C. H. had re-discovered that, like books, life should be fun too. Now, writing is a compulsion, and a calling.
C. H. lives in a Pacific Northwest forest with five cats, two kids, one spouse, and absolutely no dragons or elves, faeries, or demons… that are willing to be named, at least.
 Find out more about the Five in Circle series.
The author wrote a fun and exciting story that has characters that bring some reality to the story along with a lot off magic.  The first book in the series if ONE IS COME and I found this book, TWO EMPTY THRONES  as good if not better. I hope another one is on the way.  Halywen Rightad, at the young age of 14 is seeking friendship.  She now finds it, as her magical powers grow.  She feels safe in the magical forest.  The author wrote this book that can be related to by a lot of young adults, wanting friends and feeling safe.  The author then wrote in the fear.  Why should she be afraid?  She's safe in the magical forest with her friends. Everybody, even adults, occasionally need a little magic and the author delivers just that.  Then some enemies of the past show up and threaten to take Hawlyen and her friends away from their magical forest.  The author wrote another reality into the story.  Once their safety was threatened, the friends were at odds with each other.  Was this the end of their friendship? Another enemy is written into the story.  Can Halywen and her brother discover who this enemy is?  What will the King do?  This book was well written, with reality that the reader can relate to.  I don't want to give away anything so pick up a copy, maybe Book One first, and find out what happened to Halywen and her friends? The author brings out a good lesson.  Who can you really trust? Or is there anyone?

I received a complimentary copy of TWO EMPTY THRONES from the author, C.H. MacLean and PumpUpYourBook for my view of the book.  No other  compensation took place.

I would give this book 5 STARS.

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