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Book Review: Imlich’s Tale: A Woeful Buffeting at the Hands of Fate, or Accident, or Error by Elizabeth Carroll

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First and foremost, if you’re not one to appreciate a good folklore or tale of tall tales, magic, and dragons, you won’t enjoy Imlich’s Tale: A Woeful Buffeting at the Hands of Fate, or Accident, or Error. This book is for those who still have a bit of child in their heart and loves the ideas of mythical creatures and the magic of those creatures.

This is a story of Imlich, one of a “baker’s dozen” whom his mother has hatched in her nest. She quickly takes a special liking to Imlich, much like you will as you read along with his story. Imlich was among those thought to have the ability to be an heir among the dragons and it seemed to be in the cards for the future as all could see and feel. While he had no clue what that meant, neither he nor his siblings really cared. They just knew that they were hungry often and were certain that they should fly, as all dragons do. Imlich seemed to be the first to comprehend at least the beginning steps to obtaining flight and he quickly helped those siblings that were interested to join him as he taught them the moves he found that brought them each closer to flight, showing he was a leader from the beginning.

Imlich’s father, the King, seemed to be very much in love with his mother; unlike so many others who had been brought to the King to serve him in bearing him children. Most made it as the companion to the King for less than two years, some not even close to that time, yet his mother was quickly approaching the two-year mark and the comment was made to her by the King himself that it seems there may be an heir to his throne in their batch of little ones. The love seemed endless and true between the King and Imlich’s mother and the future seemed to be already written.

Had Imlich known the ways of the King, he would have understood that the King had been taken to his mother and brought her as close as she would ever come to becoming his Queen. She had been so in love with him — he seemingly with her but as was his custom he often wooed those he loved for a matter of two years and then sent them off; never marrying them. But this time it was different. This time the future was in the stars and in the eyes of the two who loved each other so very much. Imlich’s mother had been with her love for almost two years now when they called for a “Seer” to determine who the next in line would be to the throne. The Seer was called upon to give his great insight as to who the next in line to the throne would be. It seemed that both the Imlich’s mother and the King himself were both certain that it was one of her own offspring; but in particular she felt certain it would be Imlich himself.  However the Seer instead damned her and turned her and her offspring away immediately in front of everyone from ever being considered the next in line to the throne. From that evening on she never again was acknowledged by the King and was thrown to live the life that she had never thought she would live, held  in the castle area of the King to live with her guardian.

Each part of the story goes on to show you the life of both Imlich and his beloved mother as they move on through time. They face adventures and meet people much like those we have all met in life. The storytelling ability of the author makes each adventure as magical as it is and the story of a dragon and his mother growing up in a world that can often be strange and unpredictable will warm your heart. A mishap with the King makes everyone wonder aloud if perhaps Imlich truly was the one who should have been the heir to the throne, yet in their wonder they decide that instead he should be killed. As he and his mother are castaways of the rest of the Kingdom and nothing they planned to happen happens as planned, you join in the fear, the sorrow and the love of all those involved without having meant to be.

Perhaps you may even see yourself in many of the situations and enjoy the comfort of the magical creatures that you grow to love being an inspiration in the real world and what happens in it. It’s truly an amazing, magical book; filled with tender stories, frightening fears and somehow realities that are made magical. The real world intertwines with the magical one, showing you how sometimes we are caught in our own dreams only to be left alone against the world. Touching and amazingly well written, Elizabeth Carroll has a way of truly creating a world of fantasy that encompasses you the entire time you’re reading it.

If you’re one who loves to enjoy the magical wonder of the world of medieval dragons and the wonder of being lost in the magical world of a book, then you will love Imlich’s Tale. It allows you to cheer on the “good guys” and hope for the “little guys” in both the magical world of dragons and in the real world of humans. It’s definitely a wonderful way to escape into another world of magic. Keep it handy for any time you simply need to escape into a book of fantasy and a touching story of a dragon and his mother.

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