Troubador The Lambshank Redemption

Released: 28/08/2019

ISBN: 9781838591052

eISBN: 9781838599997

Format: Paperback/eBook

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The Lambshank Redemption

A Leprechaun's Curse


Minty, a happy and carefree lamb is hoodwinked into running away from farmer Joe's farm by Ginger, a wicked and spiteful tomcat. Ginger convinces Minty that she must runaway to find the magic meadow before she is taken away to the slaughterhouse, and then slow cooked in farmer Joe's wife's cooking pot to make the stew. 

Here starts the first part of Minty's unique and wondrous adventure that will see her encounter hidden kingdoms of magic and wonder, angels and demon. Along the way Minty will face dangers untold but will also become loyal friends with creatures she never knew existed and even befriend and gain the trust of a melodramatic dragon. 

During her adventure, Minty is turned into a gnome by an angry leprechaun, who instructs Minty to enter the land of Lyconia, promising to break the spell if Minty returns with, 'A treasure without measure'. 

Lyconia is a dangerous place but poor Minty has no choice but to go into the unknown to face whatever awaits there. 

Events unfold that mean Minty must retrieve a magical spinning wheel that is in the castle of lost souls. However, this castle hides truly horrifying secrets within its walls, secrets to scare children the world over.

I actually chuckled when I saw the title of this book and just had to give it a try.

The story starts off on a farm and revolves around a young, naive lamb called Minty who, after being told by Ginger the farmcat, that the farmer's wife wants to kill and cook her, she leaves the farm to find a 'magic meadow', and her adventures begin. Along the way she makes friends and enemies and generally finds trouble of one sort or another around every corner.

'The Lambshank Redemption: A Leprechaun's Curse' is a fun romp through a land filled with fairies, werewolves, gnomes and more, and I'm sure any child (and any child-at-heart) will root for Minty at every step of her adventure.

I referred to this as a story, but it would be more realistic to call it a poem, and although I liked the overall premise i found some of the rhymes a little forced. More than once I found myself reading and re-reading some of the lines trying to make them fit, and more often than not gave up. That's not to say this was hard to read - once I got into the swing of it, it was an enjoyable amble through a new fantasy world. I was a little disappointed to see 'to be continued' at the end - and having not read the sequel yet - I felt a longer book with a full conclusion of the story would have been more effective.

I will be reading any further volumes released in the future and will ensure reviews are posted accordingly.

Overall, a fun, adventurous story that doesn't take itself too seriously.

by Suzie

A really good read, a gentle start, a story that brings its characters to life and charges the imagination. A story to be enjoyed by adults as well as children. The narrative carry's you along enjoying Minty's journey and adventures, with well thought out characters and places, drawing you into another world as you get to know the character. As you get towards the end of the book, it is in stark contrast to the beginning, and leaves you wanting to start book 2 Please!

by Julie Illingworth

Andy Rothwell

Hello, many thanks for taking time to pop into my profile.

I live in a small former mill town called Colne in Lancashire, UK. Colne is in a rural setting in the shadow of Pendle Hill, the famous hill forever associated with the 1612 Lancashire witch trials. Colne was also the birthplace and home of Wallace Hartley, the band master on the RMS Titanic; Wallace was also one of the few taken back home for their burial.

The spark to write didn't happen to me until my late forties and came from nowhere as I had never any ambitions to write, but liked to read quite a lot. Favourite authors are J.R.R Tolkien, James Herbert and the author who's stories both C.S Lewis and Tolkien would read as children, George Macdonald.

Photography is another hobby of mine and this year I was lucky enough to bag a runners - up spot on the television show, Countryfile and their 2019 calendar, getting a place on the calendar in March as one of the smaller photo's beneath the finalists.

Thanks again for stopping by.

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Winter on top of Pendle Hill.

One of the runners-up in the Countryfile calendar competition 2019
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