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A Red Tale by [Mar, Nicola]
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About the Author

Nicola Mar grew up on the Caribbean island of St. Maarten, where she wrote her first short story at age seven. At eighteen, Nicola moved to the U.S. to continue her education, graduating from Rollins College with a bachelor's degree in anthropology and a specialty in creative writing. After spending many years in the fashion industry, Nicola chose to pursue her writing full-time. She currently lives in New York City with her two dogs. Learn more about Nicola at www.nicolamar.com

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 740 KB
  • Print Length: 271 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: FoxDay; 1 edition (20 Mar. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00J5MY3J8
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and imaginative adventure 26 Mar. 2015
By TFLReader - Published on Amazon.com
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I had just finished reading Nicola Mar's short story "The Bird Key" and was so taken with the originality of the story that I went off in search of more from this talented writer. I was thrilled to find this full length novel, which I devoured in record time. The magical story of Stasia, a teenage girl who lives in a globally cooled Caribbean. She dreams of a past life of tropical seas and gets to experience this when transported to Surritz. It is here that she meets magical creatures and is given the opportunity to fulfill her destiny and change the world. A super imaginative story line that deals with past lives and some very real topics, entwined with a great coming of age story. I sincerely hope there is a follow-up or that this turns into a series. Well done.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ...a must-read for people who enjoy reading fantasy. 30 Mar. 2014
By Sharon W. - Published on Amazon.com
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Global cooling? What an interesting thought! This is especially so, in light of the fact that Earth is presently experiencing the ill-effects of global warming. Author Nicola Mar does a fantastic job in her fantasy story, A Red Tale, in which she reverses the natural scheme of things: instead of Earth experiencing global warming, in her story, it experiences global cooling.

I was born and bred in the Caribbean, so I know that the tropical islands are known for their extremely warm temperatures throughout the year, verdant hills, and white, black or pink sand beaches (according to which island you happened to be visiting). So, you can imagine how my curiosity was piqued quite early in the story when Stasia, the main character, sees the snow-covered islands of the West Indies, as the plane she is traveling in flies across the sky.

Things are certainly different in this new Earth, so different that Stasia’s dark-complexioned mother is now pale, and instead of people frolicking and having a grand time, they now have to maneuver their way around heaps of snow. Even the economy is negatively affected by global cooling as the sugarcane plant cannot withstand the extremely cold weather, and indigenous flora and fauna no longer thrive there. However, one thing is certain; one type of animal seems to be lurking around, and Stasia thinks they’re dragons. Dragons? Who will believe her?

Author Nicola Mar weaves a fascinating tale of Stasia’s adventures. There are descriptive scenes that take me to different worlds, both above and beneath the sea. Another thing that makes this story such a fantastic read is the fact that it is told from Stasia’s point of view. For that reason, it feels as if Stasia and I are one and the same person, engaging in adventure and discovery. So, for instance, when Stasia dreams of Surritz, it seems as if I’m seeing what she sees in her dream, in which plants become animals, and animals become people.

A Red Tale is definitely a must-read for people who enjoy reading fantasy. Congratulations, Ms. Mar for a job well-done!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fairy tale for a new generation. 8 April 2015
By Heather G - Published on Amazon.com
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“A Red Tale” by Nicola Mar took me completely off guard. In a world run by news organizations touting global ‘warming’ to read a tale about global ‘cooling’ was odd, and completely welcome.

We start with water dragons, because that is a very good place to start – especially in a fantastical tale that sweeps you away as quickly as the tunnel stole Anastasia. The Caribbean, once a tropical paradise has devolved into a cold environment with snow on the beaches and Cane Plantation workers out of business. It’s a strange new world that leaves the mind spinning and opens the door to the land of Surritz. Anastasia learns many things in her journeys, from past lives to the future – and everything in between.

Fast paced, captivating and all together fun, this debut novel is an adventure that will keep you reading. Strangely like Wizard of Oz yet very much an Alice in Wonderland type story, this book combines elements of dreaming, distant lands, mystique and deep imaginings.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A time-traveling fantasy/sci-fi that defies convention 7 April 2015
By Jamie - Published on Amazon.com
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This story is fantastically written. The scenes, the world, the characters are so rich and vibrant, despite the premise for its setting. Global cooling as taken over the planet and turned it into a snowy wasteland, even in places like the Caribbean, where Stasia lives. She ends up venturing into another world/time that is fantastical creatures, including water dragons, which she has professed to seeing on earth. These water dragons, and the knowledge of her her past lives might help change the past, and possibly stop Global Cooling, or make it worse. It's a fascinating concept laced with a delicate yarn of spirituality that grounds the story in something grander and more meaningful that most YA fiction.

I fell in love with the barren, yet magical world, and the water dragons, including Gito. You won't be disappointed reading this. I wasn't.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought-Provoking Adventure! 24 Mar. 2014
By Stephan - Published on Amazon.com
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I was not sure what to expect when I first started reading A Red Tale. The book’s description was unusual, but intriguing since I lived for several years on a tropical island. Once I started reading, I became addicted and could not stop. The author masterfully takes her readers on a journey into an unknown world where dragons have been living with humans. The book is written through the eyes of Stasia and hints at a variety of humanitarian issues. A great and thought-provoking book that is suitable for both young and adult readers.
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