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The Steward
by Christopher A. Shields   

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Publisher:  Weald Fae Journals (TM) ISBN-10:  0615691560
Pages: 

326

Copyright:  Aug 28, 2012 ISBN-13:  9780615691565

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Maggie O’Shea begins a remarkable journey – one full of Fae, magical powers, dangerous physical and mental trials, and two surprisingly gorgeous young men ... and one is Fae.

 Maggie O’Shea expected the worst when her family relocated from the lively beaches of Boca Raton to the secluded forests of the Ozark Mountains. What she didn’t expect was a new beginning – one full of Fae, magical powers, dangerous physical and mental trials, and two surprisingly gorgeous young men. These aren’t the fairies you’re familiar with, but dangerous superpowers embroiled in an enduring struggle among themselves over the fate of all humanity. Some want to protect us, and others would love nothing more than to see us, and especially fifteen-year-old Maggie, dead and buried. Now, torn between her new duties as Steward of the most sacred Fae land and her burgeoning love for Gavin, a powerful Fae, Maggie must fight to protect her family, her friends, herself, and the fate of the entire world.

Join Maggie as she learns that fairy lore is not as far from the truth as she had believed, but neither is it anything like the tales in books or movies.  As she navigates the treacherous schemes of the magical Fae, Maggie must become a quick study if she hopes to protect the lives of many, and possibly all, people from the insidious plot the Unseelie Fae have planned for centuries.

The Steward is the first book in the four part series: the Weald Fae Journals by Christopher Shields.


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Unique twist on the modern young-adult fantasy/romance epic
5 Stars: This is not the type of book I typically read - I'm more of a horror guy, and not the Twilght variety of horror either. The story drew me in very quickly though, and by the second chapter it was racing along quite briskly. Unlike Twilight, we have a likeable and STRONG female lead who doesn't rely on boys to save her or tell her what to do. The magical creatures are based on classic Irish and southern American folklore about the Fae (sometimes referred to as fairies - a derogatory term) which is quite interesting, and the locale - the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas - was quite unique. The pacing was breakneck and the plot was entirely unpredictable to me. By the end, I was thoroughly drawn in and looking forward to the next book in the series. I'd give it an enthusiastic 4-1/2 stars.

A New Kind of Fantasy!!!!!!
5 Stars: Every once in a while we all discover something new. Something profound and unique that causes us to become distracted from the mundane and stressful elements of everyday life. We overlook our worries, our pains, our hurts, and even our hang-ups as we escape. For me one of those escapes is always found in fiction.

On more than one occasion I have cracked open a book to find myself moved by the words scattered across the page. There is nothing more magical when one can find themselves lost in the realm of fiction, especially one as magical as what I discovered with Christopher Shields book "The Steward: Book one of the Weald Fae Journals.

This story took me back; to a time when I was little, hiking through the woods where I would create my own world of magic. The Steward is set in Arkansas along the Ozark Mountains. Christopher has brought us a story where modern day life collides with ancient folk lore that has come alive. Giving us one of the strongest female characters that I have ever read Shields leads us to uncover some of the mysterious history surrounding the legendary town of Eureka Springs Arkansas.

The story follows the life of Maggie, new to the Ozarks and struggling to fit in. But what is far more important is the strength she summons as she encounters the Fae. The discovery of what I once dismissed as silly Celtic lore was both educational as well as entertaining. I highly recommend this for anyone that wants to discover a new type of fantasy...


A fantastic read!
5 Stars: I found myself consumed in this book and could not put it down. I found myself dreaming at night about the Weald Fae. It was an awesome experience! The author really knows how to bring fantasy to life in a captivating, quick-moving, adventure with twists and turns. A GREAT read. I highly recommend this book.


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