Friday Reads: The Amber Ring by A.L. Walton

Amber Ring Cover (Front)Every Friday I’ll try to review a self-published book. Something that’s really worth reading, something of great quality in terms of style, technique, or just narrative.

Today I’m going to review The Amber Ring, by A.L. Walton, whom some of you know as Piscis.

I’m not much of a book reviewer, so I’m going to share with you the exact quote that kind of tells you what this novella is all about:

What were the thrills of love and excitement when they came burdened with anguish and heartache?   Given the option, would anyone truly choose to feel when it was so much easier, so much safer, so much less painful, to forsake sentiment altogether?

The Amber Ring is the story of Maya Corona, a twelve year old who has always felt different. Maybe it was because of her twin sister’s, Sofia, magical abilities, maybe it was because she knew about magic, she has witnessed it, yet she didn’t believe in it. Much like Alice in Wonderland, Maya finds herself on a journey of discovery. Or one in which she has to understand what is it that the world is all about.

Her world, the real world, or the Fairwoods, the magical land she thought she would never belong to. A novella of self-discovery, The Amber Ring shows us that any act of creation is also an act of faith, that by believing, one sees. That greatness always demands a sacrifice, and that there’s always a price to pay for love.

Magic is simply the heart conquering the rational mind; by allowing yourself to feel you can achieve greatness. Such a wonderful definition of what magic or greatness or courage truly is.

So, yeah, this story is really worth your time. And, even better, then e-book version is available for free on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, Sony, and Kobo. Also, you can download a PDF version directly from the author’s website here.

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11 comments on “Friday Reads: The Amber Ring by A.L. Walton

  1. Thank you for the review Cristian. You didn’t say what age group this applies to. Teenagers and young adults? Or is it like the Harry Potter series, able to cross the age barrier and be read by one and all?

  2. JPF Goodman says:

    Another nice aspect of your blogging, Cristian, to review self published books once a week.
    The Amber Ring does sound interesting, but is it mainly intended for children or adults? Even as a child, I didn’t like the Children’s literature tag – my first fave was Tarzan of the Apes! But there are works like “The Little Prince” and “Alice in Wonderland” that delight and intrigue all generations. Christmas is coming up, the one time of year when people will think about getting or even buying books, as presents for others! Who should I think of passing “The Amber Ring” on to?

    • It can be read by both children and adults. Actually, the stories you mentioned are incredibly complex. “The Little Prince” is more of a philosophical statement than a book meant to entertain the young ones.

      • I agree with you Cristian. I did Le Petite Prince in high school and we had in-depth discussions on it. Just as an aside, I couldn’t part with my copy. I still have it in my bookcase. I love this quote from it: And now here is my secret, a very simple secret; it is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye. ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery

  3. Piscis says:

    Thank you for the kind words, good sir!

  4. not-me says:

    Thank you, I’m always looking for a good book to read.

  5. Reblogged this on Cristian Mihai and commented:

    This novella is available for free download, but for each download the author has pledged to donate 10 cents to my cause.

  6. Tanveer Rauf says:

    Thanks for review :0 stay blessed

  7. bollydophie2013 says:

    Another self published author is Sarra Cannon. I recently reviewed her first series of self published books. They were really good. Peachville High Demons. Also available on Amazon. Excellent review. Will download this tomorrow and give it a go.

  8. kimshay says:

    I will check out this book. You should read self published author Elisha Chirchir. His book is called “My life sentences” It is on amazon and cheap as an ebook. I love it about his life in a big family in rural Kenya and his journey to America and the beginning of his journey here. I hope you will give it a chance. I am going to go and get the book you showed right now. thanks.

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