Emerine's Nightmare

Children - Fable
45 Pages
Reviewed on 09/19/2013
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Author Biography

Anna was born in the extreme South along some famous beaches in Chile. She is the third child and twins with her sister Elena. She grew up with four other siblings being placed in the middle. The green eyed, brown haired author found a mother in her husband’s mother and loves her dearly. She accredits her mother-in-law with teaching her many things in life.

The author loves reading, but had few opportunities to do so while growing up. Once married she was introduced to the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew books that she admits to having collected, which collections she still retains. They were what wet her appetite. A few years ago she was introduced to Tolkien’s Lord of the Ring’s and to J. K. Rowling’s writings, which she loves.

Some of Anna’s writing recognitions: She received the Editor’s Choice Award from the International Library of Poetry and had her article entitled A New American Mother published by Desert Saints Magazine. Her short story entitled Amerine—Fairy Princess won an award and was published by Kalkion Magazine. She has won second and first places with two of her yet to be release romance series. Her third book in the Silent Warrior Trilogy, Elfs in a Conquered Realm won bronze medal at the League of Utah Writers.
Five other articles about family and relationship have been published frequently in the MOMS CLUB® of Salt Lake Valley-West. Also her love story has been published by covenant in an anthology called Angels Round About.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite

Author Anna Del C Dye once again brings readers a tale filled with mystical beings. Most of her books are much longer and the main characters are elves but in this children’s book, Emerine’s Nightmare, she focuses on the fairy folk. Twelve-year-old Emerine and his father came home from fishing to find his mother murdered and their home burned. His father warned him that the shadows were hunting him and that he must find the fairy folk. As they rushed to escape, his father was constantly aware of the danger. When they attacked, Emerine’s father pushed him inside the trunk of a tree. Emerine could do nothing but watch as the shadows murdered his father. Emerine must continue on his own as he searches for the Fairy Queen and tries to elude the shadows.

In Emerine’s Nightmare, the author has allowed her imagination to rule. This children’s book is a mere forty-seven pages but don’t let that fool you: the story is not small. The plot is good versus evil but is not so dark that it will overwhelm children. The illustrations are beautifully done. I knew from previous books that Anna Del C. Dye was a talented author but I had no idea she was also a talented illustrator. My one suggestion concerns the illustrations. I would like to see more of them and perhaps a wee bit of color added. The characters are interesting. Children will particularly identify with Emerine because of his age and his uncertainty over whom to trust. This book will appeal to children 9 through 15.