Heartwood 2 Cover-Final - EBook 3-8-20 -

   Fractures continues to weave legend into reality as the world’s ecosystem is threatened by supernatural demons. Elathea already destroyed a demon. But there are more and now Heartwood is needed in Pennsylvania where another battle is about to begin. The demon is building up his power and they need to find out what and where his total annihilation will be.

   However, the battle is not just with a demon. She must also fight the one within herself.  

   She grapples with the ancient race who have claimed her as their true Xylem. They need her. They need her power. But they question her and her abilities. And because of it, she begins to doubt herself and question the decisions she makes.

   Only Tavon, the handsome Amaranth Ranger whose birth right is to protect her believes in her. But he worries too. Is it becoming too much for her to handle? Will the demands placed upon her wear her down? Will the power within her and the need to protect the natural world consume her?

   Ela has come to accept the role life has dealt her as the true Xylem—a descendant of an ancient race of women whose legend says only one progeny every hundred years or more will have the powers needed to face nature’s magical enemies. Everything is changing, the fractures are growing.

Reviewed By Jose Cornelio for Readers’ Favorite

Fractures is the second book in the Heartwood series by Nance Newman and is a gripping fantasy story that follows Elathea’s battles with demons bent on breaking the earth. Ela happens to be that one in-a-hundred-years’ descendants of Xylem to be gifted with the powers to face powerful and magical enemies. The world’s ecosystem is threatened by an invincible foe, and after destroying one demon, Ela realizes that Pennsylvania is the epicenter of the new battle. A demon is using fractures to create a powerful army, and it is growing by the minute. While she struggles with the power within her and while learning to tame and use it for a good purpose, she finds few allies, with Tavon, the Amaranth Ranger, giving full support to her. Can she gain full control of her powers and discover what it takes to save the earth from the encroaching demons?

The story begins strongly, introducing a premise where Ribesal discovers an opportunity given to him by the stupid humans drilling the delicate shale of the layer that holds the earth’s core together. The supernatural element of the story gripped me from the start and I enjoyed the subtle way the author introduces the environmental crisis into the novel. The prose is very descriptive and filled with good imagery. Nance Newman creates a memorable female character and readers will want to follow her journey as she learns to harness her gifts and use them in the battle to save the earth from unforgiving demons. Fractures is an epic fantasy written in a cinematic style; it has compelling characters and strong environmental themes. It is an easy and delightful read with short chapters and focused scenes.

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