EDITORIAL REVIEW of Valley of Mystery by Georgina Parfitt
Book Reviews / January 28, 2015

     A new team forms in this installment of Aithera’s travels EDITORIAL REVIEW  Georgina Parfitt January, 29 2015 This installment of heroine Aithera’s mystical journey follows the gifted girl now as a grown woman. Having mastered the gifts that she was born with, Aithera is in a position to help others. Travelling the valley and surrounded by strange storms and forces, she comes across an old man, whose memory seems to falter but who calls himself Devon. The pair are soon joined by another waif, a young girl called Jira who seems to be developing gifts of her own, and who quickly becomes like a sister to Aithera. As these mysterious three journey to discover the missing pieces of the old man’s (strangely powerful) amulet, their backstories become increasingly intertwined… The prologue does a nice job of bringing Aithera’s history back to us, and from this point on, images and phrases of the prequel recur and orient the reader, especially as Aithera’s new companions start to appear more connected to the Kilbray estate than they first seemed. The narrative moves quickly and flits between dialogue, swathes of action, exposition, and visions. To keep the reader clearly anchored through all these…

Book Reviews / January 5, 2015

On www.towerbabel.com First in the series led by enigmatic and lovable heroine EDITORIAL REVIEW Georgina Parfitt December, 10 2014 This is the first in a series following the fate of a girl called Aithera, whose miraculous birth immediately sets her apart for an extraordinary life. Born into an important position, as the first girl child of the Kilbray estate, Aithera’s infancy is shaped by the pressure of her future marriage and the possible gifts she might inherit. The book begins with a prologue, whose distant, magical tone does a great job of raising Aithera to myth-like status. From this atmospheric beginning, the Swem pair structure and pace Aithera’s story suspensefully and romantically, every so often cleanly jumping into a new era of her life, and reminding us of time’s passing by counting her summers. In this way, Aithera’s life and the world she’s growing up into comes clear to the reader, and with an increasing sense of foreboding as she grows into a more beautiful, and more dangerous, presence. Especially effective are the passages where Aithera’s possible marriage is compared to a breeding cycle or a kind of natural selection; the recurring significance of breeding, animals, and genetic qualities keep…

New Challenge Review
Book Reviews / July 27, 2014

There is a review of Demesne’s The Challenge out on Kelly Smith’s reviews. We would like to thank Kelly for reading our book and we are very happy she enjoyed it. This what she had to say:   “Demesne: The Challenge, by S.F. and D. A. Swem is one Hell of a ride! If you’re a fan of adventure/fantasy novels, you’ll eat this up. If you’re looking for a novel to test the waters, so to speak, I highly recommend this one. It’s a unique storyline with a powerful cast of characters. The description is vivid and I found myself transported to a whole new world, forgetting that I was simply sitting in bed, reading a book. It’s also a story about courage, strength and determination. You’ll read breathlessly, hoping for Jira’s victory. Good work and compelling storytelling! 4/5–nice job!” ________________________________________________________________ Take a look at Kelly Smith Reviews blog. She has reviewed many books, she is an honest reviewer and we appreciate that she is willing to reading indy books and review them as well. We have been told by those closest to us that “The Challenge” is our best work. That an independent reviewer enjoyed the journey into the Fantasy…

Reviews of Demesne’ New Beginnings
Book Reviews / October 22, 2012

Reviews of Demesne’ New Beginnings Found on Amazon.co.uk 5.0 out of 5 stars demesne new beginnings, 6 Oct 2012 By cliffy – See all my reviews  Amazon Verified Purchase(What is this?) This review is from: Demesne’ New Beginnings (Kindle Edition) Aithera is off with her friends on another adventure,3rd book in the series. I am not normally into fantasy dragons and magic but i absolutely loved these books, it takes you away from ‘normality’ for a while. the story has some great twists to it, pulls on heart strings a little too. Its good the way it it all comes together at the end, maybe a little open ended for another book?? Lets hope so!!! Thats my opinion, hope it helps, go on, its not an expensive read so worth a risk! ———————————————————————————————- This book is still fairly new on the market so not many reviews are available. Hope this one is helpful to you.

Reviews of Demesne’ Valley of Mystery
Book Reviews / October 22, 2012

Reviews found on Amazon.com 2 of 2 people found the following review helpful 4.0 out of 5 stars Getting pulled in., September 9, 2011 By Steven Swem (Puget Sound WA)  This review is from: Valley of Mystery (Demesne) (Kindle Edition) During editing and looking at the physical layout, I kept getting pulled in and started reading the story. I know the story, but ended up many time catching myself just reading it. I hope others find it as compelling as I did. 2 of 2 people found the following review helpful 5.0 out of 5 stars Magical, September 1, 2011 By Princessofmars – See all my reviews  This review is from: Valley of Mystery (Demesne) (Kindle Edition) I really enjoy the characters and their interaction. The plot line is fantastic. I’m a big fan of magic and mystery and this has a little of everything. 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful 5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting, September 24, 2011 By Linda McDonald – See all my reviews  This review is from: Valley of Mystery (Demesne) (Kindle Edition) I feel to often we ‘label’ a book, mystery, sci fi, and so forth. If you choose to not read a book because of that, this is one you would miss out on. From the very…

Reviews of Demesne’ Aithera
Book Reviews / October 22, 2012

Amazon US and UK Reviews of Demesne’ Aithera 4.0 out of 5 stars Aithera (Demesne) 19 July 2012 on amazon.co.uk By cliffy Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase Bought this book after reading snippets on twitter, although not my usual read thought I would give it a go and enjoyed it so downloaded the next one too. the story gets better the more you read into it and now cant wait for the third book. Amazon.com: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 reviews 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful 5.0 out of 5 stars Aithera (Demesne) 13 Sep 2012 By Linda McDonald – Published on Amazon.com Format:Kindle Edition Again the authors have managed to have you engaged in the story by the end of the 1rst page. The characters in Aithera are richly developed and enchanting. So far this trilogy has kept me anticipating the next book. A wonderful surprise is how easily each book stands alone also. So excited to read book 3, Demesne’ New Beginnings. 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful 5.0 out of 5 stars great read. could not put it down 31 May 2012 By Lo pow – Published on Amazon.com Format:Kindle…