Before we get started I thoroughly enjoyed the story! Now to my ridiculous account of reading it.
I don’t know what I was expecting when I opened this book, I did no research and did not read any reviews. I don’t normally do more than read the blurb, so this was not out of the ordinary. I was so surprised by this collection of books, I don’t know where to begin, to express my feelings about what I found!
The first thing that surprised me was that this is a children’s book. When I saw the name Helga I thought Vikings or something along those lines, boy was I delightfully mistaken!
Second surprise, it’s about forest beasts as the author calls them, at first I thought the names the people were calling themselves such as Wood Cows were clan names. Nope, they were forests creatures. (I am completely guilty of sneaking a child book series or two, emm Percy Jackson or Harry Potter.) So moving on…
The first book of the Chronicles was an intelligent, wistful, fanciful, adventure. The author builds the story wonderfully. Helga’s brother is out trading at a market far from home when, he needs to rest he ends up at a rough establishment were his kind (wood cows) are not usually welcome. There he meets an old sickly coyote that plans to make a required journey, that most of the kingdom makes at least once in their life time, not to make this journey is considered dishonorable. Well knowing how old and ill the beast is Helga’s brother decides to take his place so his honor remains intact, and so the ill beast doesn’t die attempting it. Well While doing this he causes a huge commotion is arrested and brought before the High one. In front of the High on the processed to battle guards insult generals and steal a prized possession from the High one. Managing to escape and bringing down the wrath of the High one on all of the usually peaceful Wood Cows. The High One decrees that all wood cows are banished from the Hedgelands, and that is where Helga’s adventure begins. Creative and intriguing, I can’t wait to share it with my daughter.