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November 16, 2014



 The Sword of Demelza

An Australian Fantasy Adventure
J.E. Rogers

WINNER! Moonbeam Children's Book Awards. Gold Medal!

WINNER! Reader's Favorite International Book Awards. Bronze Medal!

WINNER! Benjamin Franklin Digital Awards. Gold Honoree!

WINNER! Book of the Year Finalist! ForeWord Reviews - 2013, Juvenile Fiction

Told in crisp, page-turning prose, readers of all ages will find this to be an engaging novel built around a framework of moral guidance.

WINNER! Honorable Mention – Writer’s Digest 2013 eBook Awards!

“Beyond excellent, from the terrific illustrations on the cover and throughout the book, so well-placed by the author to convey the character’s depth in plot.”

Judge, Writer’s Digest eBook Awards 2013

Cynric, King of Demelza, is haunted by his past. In an effort to escape it, he wields a powerful sword, commanding his dragon lizards and a malevolent thylacine, to wreak havoc throughout the realm. Villages are burning and innocent creatures are dying.

Erik and Emma, two young marsupials, and Devon, an orphaned red fox, are on their own personal quests; two to save a life, one to destroy another. When their paths cross, these natural enemies forge an unusual friendship. Soon they hear of the devastation caused by the evil king and they realize that their personal objectives must be put aside. Even though that decision will affect their own lives, and the lives of the ones they love, they are determined to help their fellow creatures. They put themselves at risk by joining a motley crew of animals, whose main objective is to end the reign of King Cynric.

A final battle will take place in the shadow of Fortress Demelza as the king’s forces clash with this rag tag band of creatures from the countryside. The fate of Sunderland and its inhabitants is at stake.

From the Author: The Sword of Demelza is a middle grade fantasy where endangered animal heroes roam the pages, and the Australian landscape comes alive! A glossary at the end of the book provides information about the unusual flora and fauna found within the story, and only on the continent of Australia. Wonderful Illustrations throughout the book will help bring the creatures to life. A sneak peek of The Gift of Sunderland, the second book in the Australian Fantasy Adventures, is included.

Filled with profound lessons of loyalty, friendship, tolerance and dedication to a cause, J.E. Rogers delivers a fantasy filled with excitement and unforgettable characters. It is truly an exciting journey, populated by fascinating beings. A must read for every child, young and old!

Jan Kardys, Chairman, Founder at Unicorn Writers' Conference, In

  • Paperback: 338 pages

  • Publisher: Acadia Publishing Group, LLC (April 5, 2013)

  • Language: English

  • ISBN-10: 061570994X

  • ISBN-13: 978-0615709949

About the Author
J. E. Rogers PUBLISHERS WEEKLY: In this entertaining debut, Rogers uses her love of Australian wildlife to deliver a rousing Redwallesque fantasy, in which a coalition of creatures embarks on an epic quest. Erik and Emma, kowarie siblings, must gather the ingredients to brew a potion to save their mother, who is dying from the bite of a brown snake. They're sidetracked when they meet Devon, a red fox looking to avenge the deaths of the bilby monks who raised him from childhood; this brings them into alliance with a rebel army amassed against the tyrannical king Cynric and his vicious thylacine enforcer, Flitch. While the elements of the story are all familiar, Rogers gives it a twist with her use of exotic and often endangered species, crafting an adventure that fits right in the anthropomorphic animal fantasy mold. The story is accompanied by a number of finely detailed pencil illustrations by Atherfold and Hulbert, which help bring the odd creatures to life and allow readers to properly envision sword-wielding marsupials and wombat-riding warriors. Ages 6–12. She lives in Connecticut with her family, which includes a standard poodle named Phoebe, and a cantankerous cat named Libby.


This book is made of its characters, a balance that keeps the reader turning the pages and becoming interested in the story overall.  This book doesn't have the normal boring cliches that put the story together.THE SWORD OF DEMELZA is  different, new and fun.  The setting is part of that, a different version of Australia. It'a a lesson about all the endangered species of animals.  Simply wonderful for any reader.The author has definitely done a large amount of research and has done her homework well.  The book is filled with detail and lots of research. What, to me made the book so interesting was that the characters were written with love and anyone who reads this book, from children to adults, can learn and gain from this book.  The unusual animals from the Outback, animals that have so many human characteristics that they come alive right before your eyes.THE SWORD OF DEMELZA is a Heroic Fantasy.  The characters go against those greater and stronger then themselves.  They are just ordinary people who take on the occasion, no matter what it may be. They face with bravery in times of fear and danger.  They make such sacrifices to save friends, family and their home land. The plot never slows.  The author keeps the plot moving at a pace, not too fast and yet fast enough to keep the readers attention. As noted above, the book has gained many awards and many wonderful reviews.I don't want to give anything else away, so everyone needs to read this wonderful heroic fantasy adventure to see how the author brings it all to life.Pick up a copy and follow this wonderful adventure into another land that is engaging, surprising, intriguing and so much more.

I was given a complimentary copy of THE SWORD OF DEMELZA by J.E. Rogers for my view of the book.  No other compensation took place.

I would give this book 5 STARS.





1 comment:

Jeanne E. Rogers said...

Thank you very much for this review, Gayle. Book two, The Gift of Sunderland, is complete and going through some final edits. It should be available shortly after the first of the year.