Fiction - Fantasy - General
367 Pages
Reviewed on 08/12/2020
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Author Biography

I firmly believe it's never too late to make your dreams a reality.

I worked at Eastman Kodak in Motion Picture film for over twenty years before the company started to downgrade. I currently work in a school district in transportation where I use software to solve the puzzle of getting 5600 students to many different schools as well as train new bus drivers.

I have always been a writer. Since high school, I have written songs, novels, short stories, and journals. My constant companion is a rescued Australian Shepard/Dachshund/Pomeranian mix from the Puerto Rican hurricanes. I taught her English—she taught me Spanish (at least enough to understand each other LOL).

I enjoy being active outdoors in all seasons and partake in many different activities from kayaking, long distance biking (one-hundred-mile bike rides in a day) to gardening. I also love movies—most genres, but especially fantasy and science fiction.

Most of all I love to write.

And some days you might see me driving a big, yellow school bus.

    Book Review

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.