The Hidden City of Chelldrah-ham

Stig's Flight of Encounters Volume 1

Young Adult - Fantasy - General
300 Pages
Reviewed on 02/03/2016
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Author Biography

I ​still don't know what I want to be when I grow up. I don't even know if I want to grow up.
My ideas for writing come from the stuff I enjoy doing.
As a kid I used the countryside as my personal playground. We built carts and raced them down the hills, we tried to see who could ride their bike highest up the steep scree slopes. We fell off, made repairs to our bikes and ourselves and did it again.

Then in my engineering days we would try out new ideas some worked, some really didn't and there were near misses, but we put it right and moved forward, and had fun doing it.
Now I make "stuff" as my wife calls it. It might be artwork or rebuilding motorbikes, writing my novels or tinkering with my classic car​—but I love it!

I also love the countryside and nature—I like to walk it and live it, which is handy 'cos so does my little dog who I call Poppet.

    Book Review

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.

Stephan von Clinkerhoffen

Editorial Review

"Strange creatures, exotic landscapes, and an innocent inventor make this story a welcome addition to the genre." — ForeWord Clarion Reviews (4 stars out of 5)
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