The Chronicles of Trellah Review

The Chronicles of Trellah, Book One: The Perpetual Rain
“The World’s Toughest Book Critics” have weighed in, and it’s high praise for Trellah! “An excellent choice for readers eager for a suspenseful, emotionally satisfying fantasy adventure.” -Kirkus Book Reviews Fourteen-year-old Sophina Murray will be the first to tell you: Bad luck comes in threes. First, her father is lost at sea. Then, the rains start . And don’t stop. And finally, her little brother is taken from his bed by a monster straight from her worst nightmare. A glimpse into the parallel universe of Trellah – a land of giant trees, bizarre creatures, and a glowing red mineral with mystical properties – convinces Sophina that all may not be lost. But first, she’ll have to survive in a hostile world where her darkest fears live and breathe. Trellah is an original and realistic fantasy for ages 12 to 112. Parental guidance suggested for advanced readers ages 10-11 for moderate elements of horror. The upcoming deluxe edition of this book will include illustrated paintings by artist Ryan Penney. Below is a sample of this talented artist’s work.

My Review

I’ve really been enjoying the alternate universe/dimension adventure books that have been in my TBR pile lately. The Chronicles of Trellah did not disappoint. The story was really well written, characters were unique and I could picture them clearly in my head from the descriptions. This was an adventure where you start out thinking you know what’s what and the more you read the more that notion gets turned on its head. There’s very little down time in this story, so even though it’s over 200 pages it seems to go a lot quicker than most books. The ending has a nice wrap up to it, but there’s definitely enough questions left to hope for more of this series. This is a young adult novel and I would put the appropriate age at about 11-12 at least for some of the action and scary parts described.

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About Author T.S. Graham
T.S. Graham was born and raised in midcoast Maine. He has worked as a sea urchin diver, fish monger, home renovator, and in several group homes for children and adults with disabilities. His original screenplay, Stone’s Point, written as Clint Elliott, has won multiple awards. He studied English Literature at the University of Southern Maine, where, despite developing a strong dislike of the traditional curriculum focused on old, dead (and boring) scribes, he somehow managed to graduate with honors. His greatest influences are writers like Stephen King and Michael Crichton, whose talents would have allowed them to write more literary fare, but they chose to thrill and entertain instead. He now lives on a horse farm with his beautiful wife and five daughters, two poodles, two cats, two happy turtles, four playful ferrets, three fish, a corn snake named “Tiger,” dozens of chickens, and, of course, four awesome equines. The Chronicles of Trellah, Book One: The Perpetual Rain is his debut novel.

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