The Tethered World (the rare review of an author I know!)


It’s not every day that I get to review a book by an author I personally know.

It’s not every book that I eagerly turn to the acknowledgements in first either.

But when my first edition copy of The Tethered World by a certain, Heather L.L. Fitzgerald, arrived in the mail, I did both.

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“To my sisters in Manet Writer’s Group, I’m incredibly thankful for each of you. Your encouragement, love, and laughter, your talents and insight…all add up to a great joy and delight in my life. I know my adventure is only the first to be published among the many worthy tales told around coffee and finger foods.”

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That’s my writing group! I joined the group late in the formation of Heather’s novel, so I was not very involved in the editing stage of her novel but I did spend a lovely summer afternoon with Heather on our hostess, Abby Jones’, porch after our writer’s luncheon one day in 2014, hearing about her journey as a writer, the challenges of publication, and our mutual fascination with Cryptozoology. In addition to the thrill of personal connection, I have a far deeper appreciation for all the hard-work and time that went into the creation of Heather’s book than I do with most books. All of which makes it a very special treat to now hold her book, The Tethered World, in my hands.

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What if I told you that Bigfoot creatures are real? And not only real, but quite numerous. And that they even have a hideous tyrant of a King in a subterranean land where they go by their ancient and only slightly more believable name, Trolls.

Well, you might be as skeptical as 16-year-old Sadie Larcen. She’s used to being different–being the oldest of six children, all homeschooled, one autistic, and one adopted from Ethiopia is considered strange by many, but all of that is nothing to what she learns about her family lineage.

Guardians of the Tethered World, heirs to the throne in the Land of Legend? You’ve got to be joking. But there’s no time to challenge the facts, Sadie’s parents are in grave peril. Under the guidance of her spunky Irish Aunt Jules, Sadie must enter the land of legend with three of her siblings and come to their parents’ rescue with the help of some exotic new friends. Trolls, Leprechauns, Gnomes, Dwarves, Meadow Fairies, Dragons, Clovenbears, Elves, Ogres, Hippogriffs, Nephilim, a rare sighting of a Water Nymph! –it’s a lot to take in and Sadie struggles to lay aside her own pride, selfishness, discomfort, and fears and trust God as she gets carried along on a wild, high-stakes adventure she never asked for.

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I look forward to sharing Sadie’s story with my younger siblings (who are already bubbling with excitement over a book featuring Bigfoot), and the young people of my church (among whom I’m known as Emmy the Librarian). It is challenging to keep up a steady flow of wholesome literature for voracious young readers so I’m immensely grateful for Heather’s contribution as I expect many parents will be as well. Book two is due for release this October! 

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