Hey, everyone! You’re all invited to listen to my live radio interview in Vancouver on 93.1 REDFM or online on Sunday, November 10, 7:30 a.m. Vancouver time (10:30 a.m. PEI time).
Here is the link to the REDFM website, this is the Vancouver station – http://vancouver.redfm.ca/
All you need to do is click on “listen live” when The Filipino Edition is on.
And another review message – thanks Fay!
Just finished Amulets and am soooo impressed! Written very fluidly; but then I am not surprised after all YOU penned it. Grateful and proud that you chose to showcase our culture to young readers all over the world. Secretly intrigued by the choice of names for the supporting cast, as well as the locations–I try to associate them with things and places that I know (being Filipino). Frustrated that I have to wait for the succeeding editions–how many more books are there to be in this series? Congrats, Cindy! More! More!
Oh, p.s. I liked the use of Filipino in the dialogue, too. (Tasu Wey says “Inutil” out of anger.) Might we see more of this in the coming books, please?
-Fay Balderas Ejercito
This review just in!
“Where is Book 2?”
The Lost Amulets is the first book in the series of The Amulets of Panagaea. It centres around four children who were chosen to help the Littlefolk (dwarves) find their king and, subsequently, the three missing amulets that would save the land of Dapit-Adlaw. With the company of other mythical beings the young Kingseekers are at once immersed in an exciting and dangerous adventure as they try to solve riddles that would lead them to the amulets.
The book is divided into bite-size chapters which seamlessly weave the characters and adventures into the fabric of the story. The author’s skilful description, particularly of the mythical beings, makes it easy to imagine their appearance and their personalities. This is especially appreciated if you are not familiar with Philippine folklore, myths or legends – the source of Otherfolk and Darkfolk.
The story is fast-paced and easy to follow, with enough excitement to keep you interested and sufficient emotion to keep you engaged.
The ending? Of course it is a frustrating cliffhanger. However, while waiting for the next book of the series to be published you can contemplate on nature: Is that really just a flock of large birds flying overhead? Did that grassy mound you passed make you stop? Will the subtle perfume of flowers reveal a secret?
I would recommend this book to fans of fantasy novels, teenagers, or anyone who would like an easy escape to another dimension.
You are all cordially invited to the online launch of the brand new novel,
THE LOST AMULETS by C.P. LAPEÑA on OCTOBER 14, 2013 in celebration of THANKSGIVING DAY in Canada!
Be among the first people to own a copy of this exciting new fantasy adventure set in the mythical world of Panagaea.
Mix and mingle with mythological creatures while discovering the land of Dapit-adlaw!
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