"Nethermost Regained" is an official SEMI-FINALIST for the OZMA Book Awards for Fantasy Fiction, a division of the Chanticleer International Book Awards (CIBAs).
Newest Reviews ...
A first person account of the illustrated fantasy "Nethermost Regained"... "I am just a very small chunk of pages shy of finished reading your book, so am still in suspense as to the finale. ... With 4 young kids and a job, I don’t read nearly as often as I wish so it has taken me longer than I like, however, I have enjoyed it every minute - especially with the images you have interspersed – and I could see the story evolving on the big screen in my mind. The unique language provides personality to the characters and the action has made it hard to put down each time I had to." Laura Escalante, (Alumni Officer, McMaster University)
From the Foreword ...
“Nancy is a magical storyteller, a true logophile, and an incredibly talented artist. In her most recent book, she has woven her two passions into a beautifully annotated tale of family love, heroism and the triumph of good over evil … The characters are not only interesting and complex; they are believable. We quickly align our own experiences with theirs. Through these characters, the reader is opened to a view of the world that celebrates good over evil. The characters in Nethermost Regained challenge the reader to submerge themselves in a world of fantasy and fiction where they can either celebrate or question their own values …
With her intimate insight into each character, she has created [twenty] ‘digital portraits and paintings’ that add 3 dimensional clarity to the story of Nethermost Regained. … Her interpretation of specific moments is magical and through the lens of her artwork we gain a deeper connection to Nethermost and the men and women who make it special…
Nethermost Regained is a ‘must read’ for readers of all ages. Whatever your motivation…. enjoy the experience. Let yourself be submerged into the magical world of Nethermost."
Paul McElhone, PhD, Edmonton, AB
Early Readers ...
Judith Dyck … "It is an awesome book !!!!! I love all the paintings too." And "it kept me on the edge of my seat & I really felt invested in the activities of the main characters."
… “Nethermost Regained" grabbed my attention from the first paragraph. As the story commenced, the main characters all seemed quite normal and I could easily identify with them and their situations. When the fantasy aspects of the story started to weave around the narrative, I was so invested in the story, that they didn't seem odd or out of place. They enhanced an already intriguing plot. Those fantasy aspects made the book a magical read. The language & vocabulary the author used in the book were like literary "candy".
It's a book that can be enjoyed by lovers of fantasy as well as those who think they have "matured" past the stage of appreciating that type of literature.
Judith Dyck, Barrie, ON
"What I loved ...
• Nancy’s] incredible imagination in creating and developing the characters: so true to life and consistent that the reader cares deeply about what happens to them.
• Use of small, sharp descriptive details to set the tone and sense of place
• Use of language: a combination of standard English and slang to keep it lively.”
Elizabeth Duern, Grimsby, ON
"What a delightful ending. You have done so well, lots of tender moments and then there was all the excitement in it and
the characters so well drawn, I do hope someone comes upon it and makes it into a film."
Barbara Plank, Birmingham, U.K.