This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (Goodreads, B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.
This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.
Reviewed by Hilary Hawkes for Readers' Favorite
The Hidden City of Chelldrah-ham: Stig’s Flight of Encounters by Stephan von Clinkerhoffen is the first of a two-book tale. Young Stig crashes his plane whilst on a test flight, and he finds himself transported in a pod of some sort far from home to a strange land where vicious and evil bat-like creatures called Bachs exist. Stig’s long journey to get back home takes him through perilous lands and situations – but at least he has his mechanical skills, a map from his father, a developing ability to “hear” the messages in nature’s beings, and a new friend called Meg who teaches him how to survive. Stig has to use all his wits and willingness to be caring and helpful too – but will this be enough to get him back to Chelldrah-ham? Who is the mystery creature following him, and how will his journey have changed him and the attitudes of the Elders and people in his homeland?
Stephan von Clinkerhoffen is a talented, excellent writer and has created a very well written and well-crafted novel. I love the writing style with all the vivid and unique imagery. The words flow along and the reader is soon transported into this “other” world of the characters where nature and The Motherland commune with creations. The gradual and the clever, unpredictable way the plot unfolds, with little stories or insights within the story, meant I was intrigued and kept guessing until the end. Stig and Meg and the other characters are unique, unusual and yet believable too. Stig learns much about himself and about life through his journey – being careful not to harm nature, finding ways to resolve conflict and face or deal with evil, as well as coming to an understanding about priorities and what matters most in life. He finds those whom he meets on the journey need his skills and help as much as he needs their assistance. Good life lessons for young readers too. There is a lovely magical feel to the story - everything seems to have a purpose: even pockets in special clothing will decide whether or not to open! A great story for YA fantasy fans and I sincerely recommend it.