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A Story Of Magic And Friendship
on 9 May 2013
This story is so good that I asked my wife for help in writing this review. After all, she found the book and we read it aloud together.
LAKE CAERWYCH, by J. Conrad, is an enchanting tale about the friendship of a pair of fourteen-year-old girls, Briget and Celena who attend the same high school in St. Louis. Their compatability is so strong that they feel as if they have known each other forever. The first magic introduced in the story is the magic of friendship and the author creates it by the thoughtful development of the characters.The teenage dialog is very believable (and appropriate for young ladies).
One afternoon, the girls go shopping in an obscure jewelry store by the waterfront; Bridget finds and buys an old necklace with a medallion of Celtic/Welsh origin. They do some serious research to find out the artifacts history. It eventually leads them on a summer journey to Snowdonia in Wales. The magic gets serious when they embark on an adventure where they discover a circle of megalithic standing stones, and once they enter the circle with the necklace.... Sorry, I got carried away again, magic does that to me. Read the story yourself and feel the magic
as Bridget and Celena learn that their friendship has literally survived the test of time.
Here is a quote from Chapter Seven that I believe creates magic with intrigue:
"It was as though a veil fashioned of secrets, mysteries and unknowable things shrouded the very space around the megaliths."
LAKE CAERWYCH is crafted well. Excellent chapter construction; each reads like a complete episode. The description of the Welsh countryside, its inhabitants, and events is vivid, in both the past and present. Good editing and a fluid style of prose makes it easy and enjoyable to read. I would recommend LAKE CAERWYCH to anyone that loves good fantasy and the magic of friendship.