Twelve-year-old Magnolia Bannister is quite content living on her parent's magical showboat, the Theodora, a vessel that transports magicians to all points of the compass. Her world is perfect, up until the moment her parents decide to go and do something dumb, like enrolling her in a school for magician children in the city of Ilium.
Feeling betrayed, Magnolia plots to run away, but then changes her mind when she meets a three-hundred-year-old magician who gives her a special ring and tells her that "things won't go so well" in her future if she doesn't accept it.
And soon, Magnolia finds herself caught up in a madcap adventure at Gryndells when her roommate (whose pet hedgehog is not what it seems) starts acting strange and then disappears. Together with three classmates who are eager to help her solve the mystery behind five missing students and five missing dragon teeth, Magnolia is catapulted into an adventure that will change her life forever.
A story about friendship and magic in a world built
on remnants of the human imagination...
Book one of the Magnolia series is now available
in ebook and paperback at Amazon.com.
©cover art by D.L.Jenkinson
A novel by D.L.Jenkinson
In a parallel universe built on remnants of the human imagination, magic is afoot.
It is a land called Faraway, where things that are imagined become all too real, and where fairy tales come to life.
But Faraway is out of balance, and a daunting task lays ahead for people who have been kidnapped from the domain of men and women and brought here - when they discover what they must do to save themselves and return home again.
Join a large cast of delightful, iconic characters on a madcap adventure that will stir your imagination and carry you off into the very special land of Faraway.
A classic tale that you'll never forget.
Available in ebook only at Amazon.com
©cover art by D.L.Jenkinson
Reviews for Magnolia in Ilium
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Magnolia Bannister is about as unhappy as a 12-year-old magician can be. She loves her life on the magical steamboat, Theodora, traveling up and down the Mississippi in the kingdom of Faraway. Her friends are her parrot, River Joe; the giant catfish that inhabit the river; and a host of other magical animals and creatures that inhabit the forest of Ardararia. And so she is devastated to learn her parents have enrolled her at Gryndells, a boarding school for magician children, without her knowledge. Reluctantly she agrees to go. Her interest increases after a 300 year old magician foresees a life full of adventure for her and gives her a special ring. Brimming with curiosity she begins a new chapter in her life. A chapter which will bring her new friends, challenge her abilities, and ultimately force her and her friends on an incredible and frightening journey to save Ilium. Magnolia in Ilium is an enjoyable read. It grabbed my attention with an exciting story line and intriguing characters. Independent, tough, and smart, with a taste for outrageous fashion statements, Magnolia is a character who lives in my memory. Hopefully there will be more of her adventures to come.
Kathleen H. - Little Rock, Arkansas
Magnolia is a wonderful, conflicted character who I fell in love with. She's forced to attend a school in Ilium when all she wants out of life is to become an actress and singer on her parent's steamboat (which has a theater). Ilium is out of this world and Gryndells is very similar to Hogwarts but 'different.' The characters and action in this book jump off the page and the story gets so mysterious and exciting that it's hard to put the book down. I did not want it to end. I hope the author writes more of these books. A series?
Anonymous 5 star review on Barnes and Noble
Prepare yourself for an enchanting, provocative, and highly imaginative tale that you'll wish would never end. The characters are fun and dynamic, the story is exciting and mysterious, and the ending is absolutely wonderful. It's my understanding that the author is working on a series involving the same characters and school (Gryndells) and I can't wait for the next installment to arrive. Finally, there is something new and exciting in the market place.
Chris S. - San Francisco, California
I grew up loving Harry Potter and reading all kinds of fantasy books. I also enjoy female heroines, so when I saw this book, I knew I wanted to check it out. I loved every bit of it and can't wait for the next one to come out!
Anonymous 5 star review on Barnes&Noble
Magnolia in Ilium and Faraway are currently available at these locations:
ebook and paperback available at Amazon