I am an avid reader in many genres – including children’s books – I read all the books I give to my nieces, nephews and now my granddaughters before I give then to them so I know what the quality is and that I’m not unknowingly passing them junk or worse.  The Sapphire Flute – book one in the Wolfchild Saga by Karen E. Hoover is one I can heartily recommend. This novel engaged me from the first sentence all the way through the end and I’m drooling for the next one in the series. Karen – Please hurry! I don’t think my heart can stand the suspense.

Ember discovers she can see magic and change the appearance of things at will. Against her mother’s wishes, she leaves for the mage trials, only to be kidnapped before arriving.  While trying to escape she discovers she inherited her father’s secret. That secret places her in direct conflict with her father’s greatest enemy.

Kayla is given guardianship of the Sapphire Flute and told not to play it. C’Tan, an evil mage, has been searching for it for decades. Any sound from the flute will call her. To protect the flute Kayla must find its birthplace in the mountains high above Javal.

C’tan will do whatever it takes to keep the two girls from fulfilling their destiny.

Karen’s descriptions are exquisite and her orchestrations are marvelous. Her fantasy writing is up there with Terry Brooks and Orson Scott Card.
I am so glad she shared her fantastical world with me and other readers.

Karen Hoover made her debut with The Sapphire Flute during Valor Publishing launch at the The Gateway Barnes and Nobles in Salt Lake City on March 16th.

Karen E. Hoover has loved the written word for as long as she can remember. Her favorite memory of her dad is the time he spent with Karen on his lap, telling her stories for hours on end. Her dad promised he would have Karen reading on her own by the time she was four years old … and he did it.

Karen took the gift of words her dad gave her and ran with it. Since then, she’s written two novels and reams of poetry. Her head is fairly popping with ideas, so she plans to write until she’s ninety-four or maybe even a hundred and four.

Inspiration is found everywhere, but Karen’s heart is fueled by her husband and two sons, the Rocky Mountains, her chronic addiction to pens and paper, and the smell of her laser printer in the morning.