Tails by WJ Scott
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Tails Review by Award-winning Author Belinda Mellor
‘Tails’ is a classic ‘hero’s journey’ story, a coming of age adventure for Kywah, a young silvertail on the cusp of maturity, whose hopes for taking his place among his pack’s adult community have seemingly been dashed by the loss of his kind’s most prized asset: his tail. A silvertail’s tail is its connection to its environment and its fellow pack members. Sadly, the magic it contains is not only prized by the creatures but by human magicians, whose power is waning but whose ambition is not.
When fate intervenes and Kywah sets out on a mission to find the deep magic that will protect his pack from hunters eager to earn the wizard’s bounty he finds help and friendship in the most unlikely places, and danger around every corner.
This is a rich and multi-layered story that will appeal to a wide age-range. Wendy Scott is an exciting author who has a real gift for storytelling and world building and Kywah is a delightful protagonist who will have readers rooting for his success and redemption every step of his arduous journey. The pastel hued world the silvertails inhabit is one that readers will look forward to revisiting in (hopefully) many books to follow.
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Sometimes loss is all that saves you.
Heart-stopping, tail-dropping adventure from award-winning children’s author WJ Scott.
Last summer during the dreaded hunting season, Kywah lost his tail, his magic, and his value as a silvertail. Now the hunters have returned and he's terrified. Especially when he recognizes Samsa, the very hunter that cut off his tail and ruined his life.
But when the pack becomes trapped in the foothills with no escape, Kywah realises he’s their only hope. Without a tail, he’s worthless to the hunters and their wizard masters. If he can escape, he can find help for his pack. All he has to do is locate the Wise One and retrieve the Deep Magic.
Which would be hard enough even if he still had the magical tail sense his kind are born with. But what choice does he have? If he doesn’t take the risk, his pack will lose everything. And because Kywah knows exactly how that feels, he can’t let it happen.
You can call me, TC. My parents might as well have plugged a neon pulsing bull’s eye on my back “direct all lame name jokes here.” Yes, my given names are that bad. Even my new best friend Jett hasn’t managed to excavate this privileged information. So unfair; Jett’s parents named her after a rock guitar goddess (so much cooler).
My personal stats:
Age: 13 years old (going on 3000 mummy years according to my Uncle Max; he’s an archaeologist like my parents).
Eyes: Blue (or bloodshot from too much reading if you listen to Aunt Letty; she’s Max’s twin and an eco-journalist).
Height: still growing (note no Supermodel needs to feel threatened by my growth spurts).
Hair: blonde, braided (with one purple braid). Well, purple is my favourite colour.
Accessories: ear-buds and gloves (I’ll explain later why I wear gloves most of the time).
I live with Aunt Letty in Hokitika (it’s a Cool Little Town on the West Coast of the South Island of NZ).
Three years ago my parents disappeared while on an archaeological dig. It’s been tough, and I miss them every day, but I haven’t given up hope one day I’ll find out what happened to them.
Letty isn’t a typical “old” auntie (no tightly permed hair, support stockings, or denture breath) she’s a 26 year old flame-haired, vegetarian dynamo. Hokitika town have nicknamed her as the Eco-warrior.
Her twin, Max, lives in Australia, and I have a full on adventure when I visit Uncle Max in Sydney. He needs to prove that the Gosford Hieroglyphs are real or he’ll lose his archaeological funding. And that’s where I come in as I have a secret supernatural gift; I have visions when I touch ancient artefacts with my hands. So that’s why I wear gloves. Yes, this does single me out as a bit of a freak at school, but I’ve learned to live with it.
I haven’t confided in anyone, including Max and Letty, about my talent, so it makes it rather tricky when I try to help Max prove his theory that Ancient Egyptians visited Australia.
Three International Awards:
Wendy Scott has a New Zealand Certificate in Science (Chemistry), which allows her to dabble with fuming potions and strange substances, satisfying her inner witch.
Wendy writes fantasy and children’s novels.
One of the creeds she lives by is to always – Live a life less ordinary!
WJ Scott shares books, photos and thoughts from NZ.
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