The Kingdom of Gammalon is taken siege by evil Lord Dravidor of Dark Vale. Its army has been driven out of the kingdom and now seeking refuge in the caves of Mount Kiznon. Their only hope lies in a man that lives in a different world- the present. Jack O'Shea, the crown prince of Gammalon takes refuge in the present world upon directions by the General of the Gammalonian Army as they seek to reinforce soldiers and weapons after a gruesome battle with the Dark Vale army. Stuck in the present world for eighteen years, he has never spoken of his heritage to his children. So when he is recalled to save Gammalon, he least expects that his four children will be journeying with him to the World of Spassenia. As they cross the gates of dimensions, they enter a world unlike they've ever known-one where magic and power prevail over all who live in it. With perils at every turn they take, they must seek the alliance of the mythical shadow warriors of the Hans Xian to win the war against Dravidor.
1. This a family fantasy adventure in the tradition of Narnia. There is everything you could wish for in the story and from the characters, including the air of mystery surrounding the O'Sheas. Very well written, this story hooks you in right from the start with the promise of strange things to come. The fantasy spans worlds and provides endearing animal characters and beings from myth and legend in a great adventure. There is such a lot happening in the story that it keeps you turning the pages, right up until the very satisfying and magical ending.
2. I love Spassenia! This new world the O'Shea family are transported to is so complete. It's full of different worlds and awesome characters within Spassenia itself. Fordyce the Centaur is my favourite because he is a guardian figure to the family. Also there's Lhao Xing (sorry I'm horrible at spelling) the warrior Panther and Hue Bella the witch. So you have a well rounded supporting cast of characters that are there to help out the O'Sheas against the villain Dravidor. From the moment they are arrive in Spassenia each of the O'Shea character learns about their unique set of skills. I din' t want to give too much away! It is an incredible first novel from Clarissa Cartharn. I want her to make it a series so we don't have to say goodbye to the characters. I recommend this book to all ages! Everyone should take a teip to Spassenia!
3. When I was first given this book as a gift, I was instantly captivated by its cover. I knew that I was in for a ride. I loved every minute of the plot. Totally exciting, with an healthy amount of twists and turns to keep you going. Often than not, you are given a "so Called fantasy" book to read but this one meets the challenge. In addition, the mystery hidden in the various plots make for a nice twist... I was totally captivated from the very first page till the end. I want more... I need more... At the risk of giving the story away, I love the various worlds depicted in the story. Oh, how I wished I was in one of the worlds... But then again, the author's use of language transported me into the worlds. The witch was indeed spooky, the description is just enough to get me on the edge. As depicted by the book cover, Dynasty O'Shea, the Throne of Gammalon is a true Gem in the fantasy world. I look forward to reading a sequel. Bravo! This is truly a keeper. You will enjoy it.
Clarissa Cartharn has always had a deep love for language. Her pursuit of it has led her to attain a BA majoring in English Language and Literature, sought a career in English teaching for six years before finally becoming a lawyer. But when she took up the pen, she realised what she was really desiring for was the cathartic release of her wild imaginations via writing.
Clarissa is interested in learning new languages and is currently on a quest on conquering Mandarin Chinese. Her quirky sense of humour and love for language, culture and people are fortunately shared by her husband, and two children."Dynasty O'Shea" is her first novel.