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The Elder Trials (Book 1)

In the Viking village of Greytree, Astrid Mace is different. She is unaware of her roots, her troubled entry into the world and the powers she possesses. Powers she will need if her village is to survive The Elder Trials. All 13 of the Neophytes (children turning 13) in the village must compete and complete in 13 trials. Can the three Lords who rule over Greytree be trusted? What are the Druid’s true motives? Will she uncover the reason behind Erik’s anger and animosity? During an annual trade with another village, Astrid uncovers some dirty dealings. Will she make the right decision? When Greytree is attacked by the Skollreaver Clan will Astrid find her powers, and will they be enough to save those she loves?


Plato Wyngard - enthralling and intriguing read.

Extremely adventurous plot, transporting the reader to the location. Couldn't put the book down, reignited my passion for reading.

Deon Cordie


The premise of the story promised a lot, and the book delivered. It rolled along like a rollercoaster, interesting plot elements concerning an intriguing time and place (1976 Vietnam). It had everything I really enjoy in this sort of story. Heroic main characters, terrible villains, realistic action scenes, death defying locations. Not to mention the traps, escapes, mythology and nail biting conclusion. 

Hope this is part of a series.

Brian Donaldson


The Elder Trials

If you love Vikings and quests and adventure (or your kidlets do), then this book is for you. Coming in at around 250 pages, it's not all that long but wow does it pack a punch.

Full of questing and intrigue as well as friendship and all around happy feels, it was a quick and easy read. I will say though, there are a few parts where it may be a little scary (there's a spider the size of a cow that's just *shudder*).

Basically if you think Hunger Games, a little Percy Jackson with some Warrior of the Wilds thrown in. And that ending is just *chefs kiss*

So I suppose all I can say now is when can I have the next one? Please? Not done yet? How about now?

Tasha Leigh