Book Reviews :
Amelie Trott & The Earth Watchers and Amelie Trott & The Mark of Triandor
Book Reviews: Amelie Trott & The Mark of Triandor
An artistic triumph!
I can’t remember when I’ve had a more enjoyable reading experience. Amelie Trott & The Mark of Triandor is a very beautiful book, with all the charm and entertainment of its predecessor plus some astonishing emotional depth charges. The buddings of young love are shot through with loss, yearning and separation and the reunion scene with Lucy and Michael is downright extraordinary! The pacing is terrific – just breakneck mystery and intrigue and delicious humor.
Amelie Trott &The Mark of Triandor is a work of art that will thrill, inspire and dazzle you. It is the work of a writer in full control of her craft. When you reach the last page you will not just feel that you’ve read a new book but made new, lifelong friends. An artistic triumph.
Burt Kempner: Children’s Author
A movie waiting to be made
I’m stunned! The intricacies, the weave and connectedness of the lives – I felt like I was living in their world too.
The poignancy of the stories – and the clear messages which naturally come through – make it both intriguing and moving, with some amusement too! It is definitely a movie waiting to be made…no doubt at all.
I love that it’s written for young people (of all ages!). These are the messages we all need and young people especially – with so much commercialism, purposelessness and instant gratification; and so little spiritual guidance. And here it is, subtly woven into one beautiful novel. I’m totally sold onto fiction now (I rarely read it!) but it’s such a powerful way of waking us up and reaching into us in a way non-fiction may not always do.
Stephanie Moles – Writer
I was in love from the beginning. The amount of love I had was so big I flitted between reading the chapters, and breaking off to create fan art of the characters as I went along. The descriptions and details are so good that I could see the world and all the workings clear in my mind. Okay, enough of my rant, let me explain why this series of novels could well find a cult following similar to that JK Rowling created for Harry Potter.
Amelie Trott and the Mark of Triandor was a fun read that pulled me away from my gaming sessions. I couldn’t put it down and took it with me anywhere I could until I finished it. It is a great sequel, and I can’t wait to read more. Moyra Irving has fast become one of my favourite authors.
Tabitha Wilson (13 year-old Beta Reader)
A story for young people of all ages that will leave you longing for more
If you liked the first book in this series (“Amelie Trott and the Earth Watchers”), this new one will not disappoint. It’s a rich, wonderful continuation of a great story – one for young people of all ages that will leave you longing for more.
Writer and English teacher
Amelie Trott and The Mark of Triandor is such a gorgeous love story and told so lovingly. I can’t tell you how many times the tears came.
Once I started to read it I couldn’t put it down. The author shines through like the brightest star. I really enjoyed reading it and ask myself: where will it go next? The possibilities are endless – there is so much turmoil in the world and so many tales to tell.
Co-director: The Extra Guest end-hunger charity
Book Reviews: Amelie Trott & The Earth Watchers
This book is incredible once you start reading you cannot stop. Amelie is an amazing character, she is courageous and determined. I give this book 5 big stars.
Amelie May Walton (9 year old reader)
Amelie Trott and the Earth Watchers is one of those books that every teacher looks forward to. It’s such a difficult thing to engender a love of reading in a child who feels as though they have started life and education at a disadvantage. Books like yours reach children on so many levels that each child can find some way to connect and feel ‘dialed in.’ You have written a magnificent book which will help so many children feel magnificent themselves.
Your wonderful book has become one of my favorite places to visit. What a cherished gift to me and everyone who is lucky enough to read it.
Special Education Teacher
What we call “fantasy” often lives right at the edge of reality. Authors who write books for young people know this, and the best of them know how to write for young people of all ages. Moyra Irving is such an author. She knows how to create an engaging narrative grounded in reality, blended with the right amount of enchantment and the kind of unlikely surprises that nonetheless end up seeming inevitable. With well-drawn, likeable and believable characters and with a knowing eye for the foibles of human behavior, Irving has created a story that will keep the reader turning pages in anticipation of what’s to come. What emerges is a tale of danger, humor, sweetness and solace impressive in its execution and heartening in its gently voiced wisdom. As one gets to know Irving’s characters, one hopes that this absolutely charming first volume will lead to more. As it does, this overgrown teenager will be very pleased to go along for the ride.
Marc Gregory: Writer and English teacher
Los Angeles, USA
This is an adorable, charming, refreshingly witty, and spookily prescient book.
I can’t remember being being so sad to reach the end of a story – but then, I am sure this can’t really be the end of the story, can it? I can’t wait for the sequel(s); nudge nudge!
The story is beautifully crafted, with language at once perfectly accessible but ambitious for the younger reader. I thought the language also had, perhaps, a subtle but very fetching ‘retro’ feel to it, which I really loved.
My only regret is that the author thoughtlessly didn’t give us this book about fifteen years ago – I would have loved to have been able to read it with my own kids – we’d have had such fun together.
Thank you Moyra Irving – but please don’t put down your pen!
A truly wonderful and inspirational piece of work. Beautifully written and so carefully and intricately put together, terrific characters and sometimes laugh out loud funny too! (“Jeremy Loudly said quietly!”)
It would make a terrific film too methinks. Bravo!
Begone, Anne of Green Gables and Jane Eyre! A new heroine has stolen this reader’s heart: the plucky, irrepressible, syntax-mangling Amelie Trott. In her enchanting debut children’s novel, Moyra Irving has created a gem of a main character and set her in a wildly inventive setting. Irving keeps a lot of plates spinning plot wise, and triumphantly makes it to the end without a single crash. You’ll fall in love with Amelie, her brother and their new best friend Isla from the U.S., as they careen from (mis)adventure to (mis)adventure in a never-say-die attempt to save the planet. The heroes are heroic, the villains are villainy and the wit and humor are contagious. Would-be writer Amelie dreams of being a first-rate writer; Moyra Irving brilliantly shows how it’s done.
Burt Kempner, children’s author
This is truly both a book for our planet today and for its future. It can be read with pleasure and wonder by the young of mind and heart of any age. The writing is excellent, flowing with excitement, adventure, inspiration, imagination and hope. Care for the safe future of our planet shines out on every page, as does the triumph of good – no one is too small to make a difference. The book is highly recommended as a thoroughly good read and will be particularly appreciated for its main characters, who we instantly feel at one with.
I can’t say enough to recommend this book – a beautiful, insightful and compelling story with characters who are definitely alive and inspiring. The type of book you’ll want to read and feel you’ve gained as much as your children. Love it!
Belfast, N. Ireland
It absolutely blew me away! I had to stay in bed and finish reading it! Couldn’t put it down! Last time I was that excited about a book was when I was younger and reading Enid Blyton Famous Five books…honestly…it kept me hooked all the way…absolutely loved it. Fabulous book for children and adults. This book will leave you in no doubt whatsoever that there are more advanced people around us, with advanced consciousness levels than us…a very fitting book for the current time in our planetary evolution. Thank you Moyra Irving for bringing such a fantastic book into our world.”
What a perfectly delightful book this is!
Beautifully written and immediately engaging, Amelie Trott and the Earth Watchers brims with magical moments and has all the elements of classic storytelling. Irving has penned a tale with broad appeal, enchanting youngsters and adults alike. I would like to see this highly relevant novel taken up by schools.
Award-winning author of unique and engaging fiction
I have tears in my eyes,an uplifted heart, and a love for Amelie Trott. You really have taken us on a wonderful journey. It’s a joyful book in every way. So glad you have brought these characters to life, so they can inspire us all. Allow yourself to be moved, uplifted and inspired by the real super hero Amelie Trott. With the power of her pen and her heart you can discover the unlimited possibilities of your dream. A book sure to spark your own message of hope for humanity.
Poet and artist – UK
Just finished this sensational book. Loved it! Was in tears with the children’s peace circle. Looking forward to the next one. It so needs to be a film.