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More Than Just An Adventure - A Kaynos History Tale (Kaynos History Tales Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Tracey Alley
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Book Description

The first of a series of short stories outlining the history of some of the Witchcraft Wars various characters.

In this tale Slade, Wulfstan, Ursula and Ming are young recruits looking for mischief and adventure. When they hear about a marauding werewolf attacking local farmers the young teens decide this is exactly the kind of adventure they're looking for... but when face to face with the monster will the teens be able to prevail?

A fun, action-packed adventure tale for teens and adults alike.

**Contained in The Kaynos History Tales: Vol 1

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More About the Author

I've been writing for as long as I can remember and it remains one of my greatest passions. Currently I have a series of fantasy novels, The Witchcraft Wars available, along with an anthology of short stories containing background information on characters in The Witchcraft Wars called The Kaynos History Tales: Vol 1. My next release will be a mystery/thriller, after which I have a series of paranormal mysteries that I'm working on and then another fantasy series set in the same mythical land of Kaynos.

I was born, raised and still live in South East Queensland in Australia. I'm a voracious reader who is infinitely curious about the world and so consider myself a student of life as well as a pacifist. I'm many things to many people. I'm a writer, poet, a sister, auntie, friend and wife. I'm happily married and come from a large, wonderful family with very good friends who are not afraid to offer blunt and totally honest critiques of my work. I consider myself extremely blessed. I also adore animals and I have two Manx kittens, a grey and white male called Dax and a smoky chocolate female called Gypsy. I'm currently awaiting the birth of my new puppy, a German Spitz. I love meeting new people. love to travel and experience new cultures.

I enjoy boxing, although a back injury means I can no longer compete but I still love watching. To relax I usually practice yoga, walking, swimming and go horse-riding when I can. I'm a bit of a collector with a selection of fine china, most of it Aynsley, Wedgewood or Royal Doulton. I also collect abstract African sculpture, genuine Egyptian trinkets, fridge magnets and coffee cups :)




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I just finished reading this short story. In my opinion, "A Very Hairy Adventure," is a remarkable achievement. I was concerned that it might be too short to portray adequately the tale that the description said it contained. I needn't have worried. The author pulled it off superbly. She even manages to include such things as the local economy, customs of the people, and the laws of the land and the reason those laws exist.

I found the tale to be vividly descriptive. The author doesn't tell us what's going on in the tale. She shows us. I like that! When you read the description of the lair, you'll see what I mean.

The characters Slade, Wulfstan, Ursula, and Ming are all remarkably well developed for a work of this length. That's always a concern when purchasing short stories. Again, in this case I need not have worried.

The battle scene is well written. The author utilizes a party of adventurers quite well, playing to the strengths and weaknesses of the characters with ease.

There were a couple of typos, but they did not distract me from the tale. In my opinion, this tale is so good that I would not take away a star from it because of the typos.

The lessons about responsibility for one's actions learned in this tale make it a good tale for one to consider reading to children. Granted, you may want to skip some of the more descriptive sentences in the lair scene for the very young.

I highly recommend this read. I'm glad that I purchased her novel, "Erich's Plea," and hope to find the time to read it soon.

If there were a Horizon Award for authors, this author would deserve one. She is definitely someone I'll be watching in the future. With a bit of seasoning, this author will prosper, and so will her readers!

If I sound excited about her, that's because I am. I am also thrilled to get to be the first to review this read.

Have a great day,
Ricky
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vividly descriptive tale that leaves you wanting more. 23 May 2010
By Ricky Sides - Published on Amazon.com
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I just finished reading this short story. In my opinion, "A Very Hairy Adventure," is a remarkable achievement. I was concerned that it might be too short to portray adequately the tale that the description said it contained. I needn't have worried. The author pulled it off superbly. She even manages to include such things as the local economy, customs of the people, and the laws of the land and the reason those laws exist.

I found the tale to be vividly descriptive. The author doesn't tell us what's going on in the tale. She shows us. I like that! When you read the description of the lair, you'll see what I mean.

The characters Slade, Wulfstan, Ursula, and Ming are all remarkably well developed for a work of this length. That's always a concern when purchasing short stories. Again, in this case I need not have worried.

The battle scene is well written. The author utilizes a party of adventurers quite well, playing to the strengths and weaknesses of the characters with ease.

There were a couple of typos, but they did not distract me from the tale. In my opinion, this tale is so good that I would not take away a star from it because of the typos.

The lessons about responsibility for one's actions learned in this tale make it a good tale for one to consider reading to children. Granted, you may want to skip some of the more descriptive sentences in the lair scene for the very young.

I highly recommend this read. I'm glad that I purchased her novel, "Erich's Plea," and hope to find the time to read it soon.

If there were a Horizon Award for authors, this author would deserve one. She is definitely someone I'll be watching in the future. With a bit of seasoning, this author will prosper, and so will her readers!

If I sound excited about her, that's because I am. I am also thrilled to get to be the first to review this read.

Have a great day,
Ricky
4.0 out of 5 stars Short trip into a fun world. 26 Jan. 2011
By R. Reed - Published on Amazon.com
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This short glimpse into Tracey's world introduces us to the group of young people who are her major characters, and a society that is not the usual high medieval fantasy setting. They still have castles and use swords and ride horses, but it seemed to me to be more renaissance than medieval. These young people are itchy to have an adventure, as young people often are, but they take on something that is harder to kill than they expect, and learn a lesson in being prepared and not biting off more than you can chew. I am anxious to read Tracey's longer works.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another in a series of good reads! 22 Nov. 2010
By intinst - Published on Amazon.com
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A short story with great action, good characters, a villain worthy of the name and a lesson at the end, what's not to love?
The author puts a lot in a small package, with believable dialog and descriptions you can see in your head.. Everything I read by Tracey Alley just leaves me wanting more.
3.0 out of 5 stars A really fun action packed adventure, 3.5/5 stars 15 Jun. 2011
By Alain Gomez - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a wonderful fantasy short story specifically targeted for a young adult audience. I actually brought up on my blog some time ago the idea that short stories could help interest children/teens in reading because they're accessible. This story is exactly that. It's engaging, fun and fast.

I really like that the author set up the framework for a series following these four young protagonists. There are many hints dropped of a greater world to be explored. The action has good pacing and the characters are likable.

The only complaint I really have about the story is that sometimes the author falls into the trap of spelling things out a little too much. This is great for longer works, but in the short story format "show me, don't tell me" is the best rule of thumb.

A highly recommended read to anyone who enjoys light, young-adult fantasy. But I would particularly recommend this as a good literary introduction to young teens who may not care for reading. There is a little violence in this story but nothing compared to what is seen in most PG-13 movies these days. I am very much looking forward to reading part two of this series.
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