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Apr 19, 2016
The War of Words by Amy Neftzger ~ Review, author interview, giveaway,
The War of Words
by Amy Neftzger
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Book Description for The War of Words:
Sometimes there's no better way to understand reality than through fantasy, and the best way to find truth may be in a book - if you can find the right one.
Battles against darkness, a quest for truth, and a search for the book that no one can read are all part of the fantasy adventure in The War of Words. As an evil sorcerer wages war by using mysterious shadows and seeks to gain control by confusing the residents as to what's real and what isn't, the fate of the kingdom rests in the hands of Kelsey and Nicholas.
As the youngest officer in the king's army, Kelsey fights the evil sorcerer s shadows on the battlefield as she explores the kingdom searching for the key to winning the war. Nicholas, a young sorcerer in training who is mastering his craft, discovers how the right words can change the course of the future.
Explore an enchanted maze, uncover the power of words, and learn about friendship in this whimsical tale.
The War of Words by Amy Neftzger was a hilarious, fun, and very thought provoking read. I would suggest this book to anyone from middle grades to adulthood. The fantasy story demonsrated, through words (understanding & misunderstanding) how perception can destroy or create ... using words and the understanding (common understanding) can make or break a relationship or even a kingdom / war / world.
I am often not a big fan of fantasy with sorcerers, kings, and alot of imagnary characters, but I completely loved the characters in the book. Kelsey is a soldier fighting in the king's army against an evil sorcerer's shadows. When I first started reading I though, "Oh this is going to be just too unreal", but I was wrong. The book quickly picked up adding different characters with various talents and strategies and eventually gets to a hilarious gargoyle and a good sorcerer. Their witty back & forth will had me just about rolling in laughter.
Most importantly is the way the story progresses taking the reader along through the understanding of words and how important words are. How words are used, misused, understood and misunderstood is shown, not just talked about. As the story progresses with misunderstandings and consequences, the reader can see for themselves how our words not only affect the present, but also the future. Perception, how we perceive what someone is saying, can also cause happiness or damage so sometimes quick reactions to misunderstood words can cause wars, destruction, hurt, etc.
I am very thankful to have received this book free for review purposes because it is not the kind of book (fantasy) that I would have sought out to buy. I will share this book with my 10 year old and also suggest anyone of any age read it because of the truth and knowledge that is clearly presented here in a fun way without being preachy or "education talk". GREAT READ !!
Amy Neftzger is the author of fiction books for both adults and children. She has also been published in business and academic journals, as well as literary publications.
A few of her favorite things include traveling, books, movies, art, the Oxford comma, and gargoyles.
Interview with Amy Neftzger
What is the last great book you've read?
I recently received a copy of Mark Haddon's The Pier Falls and Other Stories. It was a collection of literary short stories and very well written. His style is a bit experimental, but he constructs the plots very well and I enjoy reading books that are put together well.
If you were stuck on a desert island, what 3 books would you want with you?
I'd want books that have a lot to uncover, so I'd definitely want something like Infinite Jest. That's a long book with a lot of symbolism and plenty to keep my mind busy. I think I'd also like a dictionary because I'd want to read words to remember them (assuming that I'm stuck alone). Then, I'd want something like Harry Potter because it's a very optimistic book and I think I'd need something like to keep me going.
How did you do research for your book?
This book was a little different from some of the others I've written. I got the idea from watching political debates and seeing how the candidates twist words around, so a lot of my research was watching human behavior in these settings. For example, reading stories about political candidates or watching documentaries about debates. That's the beauty of fantasy: it helps us to understand truths that we see in everyday life.
How do you find time to write when you have children?
I think it's different to find time for just about anything in today's world. I specifically carve out time every day, and even if it means that I'm writing in the car while my son is at a lesson, I find a time to write. It might not be the ideal location, but I always make it a priority. I have to confess that my husband helps out around the house, and that makes a big difference to a woman in any career.
What is your favorite dessert?
Anything with chocolate. I also love ice cream, so if you can put the two together it's perfect. Well, I do love a good cake, especially with homemade icing. And cheesecake. Or a nice fruit cobbler. Maybe the correct answer is "all of them?"
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