Fiction - Fantasy - General
313 Pages
Reviewed on 03/28/2013
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Author Biography

Becca Mills is an over-educated, under-exercised lover of good coffee, science, and fast cars. And books. Oh yes. She believes the world can be a rough place and that everyone deserves to leave it behind now and then. That pretty much makes books a human right, no?

Becca is currently writing the second book of the Emanations series, Solatium, which is due out in spring 2013. She also has a wonderful "day job" teaching literature and writing at a liberal arts college in the northeastern U.S.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Dianne Bylo for Readers' Favorite

Becca Mills’s "Nolander" has enchanted me by daring to be a unique concept in the paranormal genre! Beth Ryder, our heroine, comes from a small town where nothing is private, and everyone knows she suffers from debilitating panic attacks. Part of her coping mechanism is to dabble in photography, but when strange creatures start showing up in her pictures, she finds herself thrown into a parallel world filled with a menagerie of dangerously powerful creatures and magic! Beth is a Nolander, one of a gifted humans able to see into this other world with powers she never knew existed and who may become a valuable asset to the power struggles within. Lord Cordus, her seductive “master”, plays an intriguing role, as does another Nolander, Graham, who cannot be defined as just good or just evil. And who would think that the quirky and prim church lady or Beth’s nasty sister-in-law maybe part of this world too? Maybe there ARE some secrets in a small town!

Becca Mills’s writing style is fluent, peppered with the humor and earthy wit of the main character’s POV, flipping occasionally to the POV of the creature, Ghosteater. I found myself thoroughly enjoying Beth’s personality, thought process and ability to make things happen! For me, "Nolander" is an excellent first novel in this series, baiting and setting the hook with an intriguing new world, and then reeling me in for more with those tantalizing loose ends! Seriously, how could I NOT like a world that has tree-dwelling octopi?