Wednesday, November 9, 2016

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Whenever I get to the end of a series I liked, I go "Now what? I don't have any more. I need a new book." And often, if the series was really good, I've got a book hangover (it's totally a thing), and nothing else really seems appealing. Well, if you've come to the end of Time Captives and want some suggestions on what else you might like, you've come to the right place. I've got some suggestions for you right here. (Click on the pictures for links.)

*big, cheesy grin* If you haven't already read them, check out my other books. Across the Stars and The Experiment are both stand-alones, but Espionage is a companion to Time Captives. Across the Stars is sort of a sci-fi/non-magical fantasy, The Experiment is futuristic, almost-dystopian sci-fi, and both involve fighting for freedom. Espionage is on a more of a personal level, about a girl trying to save her father from his political archenemy.
The set I read growing up

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
Because it's portal fantasy and one of the major influences on Time Captives. Four children journey through a wardrobe into a land of eternal winter, enchanted by the White Witch, and, with the help of the great Lion Aslan, defeat the White Witch and rule over Narnia for many happy years. And then the adventures continue. I recommend first reading them in the original published order: bottom to top in the above photo.

The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander
These aren't portal, but they're Narnia and LOTR influenced fantasy books, classic good vs. evil stories. There is a good bit more magic than you'll find in Time Captives, but if that doesn't bother you, you'll love Prydain. Join Taran of Caer Dallben, assistant pig-keeper, as he finds adventure chasing a very special pig, getting rescued by an entrapped princess, meeting rather curious friends, and coming face to face with strange enemies.

Gone-Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright
This one isn't fantasy, but if you liked the old house aspect of Creighton Hill, chances are you'll love Gone-Away Lake and its sequel Return to Gone-Away. A girl and her cousin go exploring one summer and stumble upon abandoned summer homes at the edge of...a swamp? The Villa Caprice was a huge inspiration for the house Creighton Hill.

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
If the whole being unable to change or die concept was one of your favorite aspects of Time Captives, then Tuck Everlasting is definitely for you. Ten year old Winnie Foster meets a family who can never grow old or die, a concept which is very appealing to her. But how has it served the Tuck family? Because they don't seem as thrilled about it as Winnie would expect.

For Older Readers

The Rizkaland Legends by Kendra E. Ardnek
Another Narnia inspired portal fantasy, a fight against the Lady Dragon rather than Queen Toarna or the White Witch. A Water Princess and Fire Prince from our world are prophesied to banish the Dragon, but these teenagers aren't quite as willing to accept the prophecy as the Pevensies were. And then much, much later in Rizkan history, the Tela Du, the one with the Dragon's face, must kill her. The Tela Du and her best friend who looks like the Dragon's husband. The books are clean, but due to the romance, they're better suited to teenagers.

Ilyon Chronicles by Jaye L. Knight
These books are the reason I included gladiators in Time Captives. They're really deep, really awesome, allegorical fantasy stories. The emperor wants to kill anyone who doesn't worship his false gods, and it threatens the lives of a girl with a perfect memory and a former gladiator haunted by his past. Also clean, but better suited to teens because of violence and some of the themes.

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
This also greatly influenced Time Captives...and it's a classic. I made several references to LOTR, like when Jonathan thinks about catapulting heads during the battle...totally a Pelennor Fields reference. And the book at the end of Time Captives is most definitely a reference to the Red Book. Frodo and Sam's epic quest to destroy the Ring of Power in the fires of Mount Doom. The great War of the Ring. It's well worth the read. Recommended for teens due to violence and reading level. 

Wednesday, November 9th
· Book Review and Author Interview at Reflections of theHeart
· Author Interview at Bookish Orchestrations
· Character Interview at Knitted by God’s Plan ~ Samantha Hubbard
· Character Spotlight at HOPE Through the Pages ~ Ariela
· Character Spotlight at However Improbable ~ Jill Hubbard

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