Daphne and the Silver Ash by Joss Llewelyn
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Where to Get It:
Barnes and Noble (Nook)
Smashwords (all eBook formats)
For fans of The Last Unicorn, Labyrinth, Legend, and other fine stories that begin with “L”:
In the weary old city of Trevell, young Daphne happily divides her time between caring for her family and crafting the finest shoes in town. But when she is summoned to sing for a panicking phoenix afraid of its fiery rebirth, Daphne is swept up in a thousand-year-old struggle for survival between immortal spirits.
Endowed with the phoenix’s powers of air and fire, as well as the creature’s beautiful golden skin and ruby feathers, Daphne has only a few hours to save a dying tree, restore a crumbling city, and stop an invading army before the phoenix’s fire consumes her mortal heart.
What they're saying about it:
"While this was a very short book (a mere 108 pages) it was very well written. I had no troubles picturing the world that the author had created.
I loved the story behind the Silver Ash and how it came to be in Daphne's town. Unfortunately, Daphne gets dragged into the problem of the story without wanting to and ends up risking her life to save the town she lives in.
What struck me was how the townspeople were angry with Daphne, without knowing the full story of what was really happening. They were selfish and only cared about their own lives, not the life of a young woman who was stuck in a predicament and whose only thought was to save the town. It's so true to society.
I'm not sure what age group this book is intended for, but if I were to guess, I'd say 11 or 12 and up. Although don't think that it can't be a good book for adults, because I definitely enjoyed it."--Amazon Reviewer