Sunday, September 2, 2012
THE ADVENTURES OF STANLEY DELACOURT: BOOK 1 OF HARTLANDIA by Ilana Waters
Stanley's life in Hartlandia is simple yet fulfilling. His friends include Sophie and Will. Sophie is an apprentice to the local apothecary. Actually, the old apothecary has pretty much retired leaving Sophie to handle the business. She is well-trained and does an excellent job, only getting frustrated with annoying customers. Will works on his grandparents' farm. Compared to his friends, Stanley and Sophie, his job is a physical one, but he has the necessary strength and stamina to do it well.
As the adventure begins, the three friends are attending the local festival. They witness a surprise win in the annual boat race and enjoy the other entertainment and delicious food of the festival. As the events are winding down, the young winner of the boat race approaches them asking for help. He has lost his winning medal in a nearby meadow. After searching a short time, Stanley and Sophie must return to their respective jobs leaving Will to continue the search.
The following morning Stanley and Sophie receive devastating news. Will is dead. It appears he has been murdered by soldiers under the command of an evil substitute ruler. Stanley and Sophie vow to avenge their friend. Not long after, Stanley's beloved library is burned to the ground by the same evil ruler, angering Stanley even further.
What follows is an adventure that takes Stanley to strange and dangerous places. He encounters an odd principal and an unusual school, magic, satyrs, and much more. Sophie who stays at home in Hartlandia has her own share of adventure as she waits impatiently for her friend's return.
THE ADVENTURES OF STANLEY DELACOURT is a new middle grade fantasy adventure by author Ilana Waters. As yet only available in ebook format, it is the beginning of a series that is sure to thrill many middle grade fantasy fans.