John Scritchfield spends his days caring for his four children and his nights wearing costumes and pretending to hit people with blunt weaponry. There is very little money it. He holds an MFA in Acting, which he puts to use as the Creative Director for the Calvin Theatre Company at Calvin University in Grand Rapids, Michigan where he also teaches. In his free time, he enjoys playing Dungeons & Dragons, reading, writing, and spending time with his wife, children, and two cats (Jasnah and Vin). Oh, he's also the Booknest co-Admin.
The House of Sacrifice by Anna Smith Spark is the third and final installment of the Empires of Dust Trilogy and finally answers that age old question, who would win in a fight: an entire fantasy world filled with people, magic, and dragons or one murdery boi?
The answer may surprise you.
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis is a fantasy classic. Ask any number of adult readers of fantasy what their first fantasy book was and many will list one of the Chronicles of Narnia. I don’t have statistics to back that up, but it’s a trend I’ve observed. I am no exception to this. The book was recommended to me by my third or fourth grade English teacher, and I read it reluctantly…School had taught me to hate reading. Wardrobe was the first book to really capture my imagination, forcing me to make full use of the library next door as I tore through the rest of the series with a theretofore hunger I’d never experienced. So it was with some excitement and nervousness that I revisited Narnia while reading it to my oldest son (age 5).
Erin Swan’s YA fantasy debut Bright Star follows Andra, a slave girl left mute by a traumatic event early in the story. When her master’s son is slain by assassins, she finds herself caught up in a rebellion against the corrupt government. If the rebellion is to succeed, Andra will need to find her voice, realize her potential, and become the leader Paerolia needs. Luckily, she has the help of a dragon.