The Hidden City of Chelldrah-ham

Belas Rift Volume 3

Young Adult - Sci-Fi
256 Pages
Reviewed on 01/31/2017
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Author Biography

International award winning author, Stephan von Clinkerhoffen, is a Peter Pan character. That’s why his sci-fi fantasy series “The Hidden city of Chelldrah-ham” suits younger readers and the “young at heart”.
Clinkerhoffen’s writing, conceived from his love of mechanics, nature and art is tempered by humanity and fun.
An Engineering background allows him to develop new ideas, learning from success and failure. He enjoys tinkering with classic cars and motorbikes, even built his own kit car.
Through his art Clinkerhoffen embraces the challenge of painting intricately detailed fantasy lands which depict his novels.
Clinkerhoffen spent several years volunteering with the New Zealand Red Cross after Christchurch’s earthquakes. Back in England after 14 years living in New Zealand he feels lucky to call the Cotswold countryside his home again.
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    Book Review

Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite

The Hidden City of Chelldrah-ham by Stephan von Clinkerhoffen is the third book in the Belas Rift series, an intelligently written and gripping tale that combines sci-fi with fantasy to score great success in entertainment. Readers follow two compelling heroes, Stig and Meg, chasing Anet, the evil one. They go through a portal that brings them to a completely new terrain and this spells trouble — it is Anet’s turf. This place called England could spell the defeat of the Manna and allow the evil woman to unleash her greedy creatures into Chelldrah-ham. Can the answer to their quest be in the Temple hidden deep within the earth, the temple that seems to beckon irresistibly to Stig? Can they discover what it takes to beat an enemy on her own turf, and what about the flying machine that keeps chasing them? This is a story with many twists and surprises, a work of great imagination that will take readers to strange and exciting places.

I found the writing beautiful, the plot well-paced, and the conflict masterfully developed. The idea of the Manna was new to me — could it be the creation of the author? The conflict is so well developed it seems to be what holds the story together. It is interesting to see how the characters evolve through the conflict. They are so real that readers will not have a hard time connecting with them. The author has created very tight situations for the characters and it’s interesting to see how they manage to get out of these situations. Overall, The Hidden City of Chelldrah-ham is a gripping story with a huge potential to entertain a wide audience. Stephan von Clinkerhoffen creates a very delightful story and an enchanting setting for readers.


Do you like life in the slow lane? If so you might struggle to keep up with this one.
If you know Cheltenham and the surrounding area, you can visualise each scene, and get a history lesson into the bargain, whilst following Stig and Meg on their journey.
Let’s put our black boxes aside, communicate a bit more and be a bit nicer to each other, and to nature.
Must go….I can hear the snappy-snarlies!

Stephan von Clinkerhoffen

Editorial Reviews

"Belas Rift is an enjoyable fantasy adventure that grapples with the tensions between technological advancement and respect for natural elements. The bonds of friendship, kindness, and respect for others create a synergy between the fantasy world of Chelldrah-ham and modern-day England. Belas Rift is the third book in its series. While there is an assumed knowledge of people, events, and vocabulary from the first two books, Belas Rift can stand ably alone. A richly imaginative and unique fantasy story of friendship and kindness winning out over greed and selfishness…"— Foreword Clarion Reviews 4 stars out of 5
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"Nothing breathes new life into a series like a change in setting, and Clinkerhoffen plays up the dramatic irony of the two Manna viewing the human world from the outside, with frequently humorous results… A fresh, funny adventure and the best installment in the series so far…”—Kirkus Reviews
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"Mind teasing, fantasy adventure for younger readers, Belas Rift: The Hidden City of Chelldrah-ham proves a wonderfully imaginative read with Stephan von Clinkerhoffen bringing both vision and viewpoint to the children’s science fiction and fantasy genres. With likeable characters, superb world building, and plenty of forward momentum the storyline is complex enough to hold the attention of older readers too, whilst in terms of sheer inventiveness his prose and illustrations have a majestic resonance which proves quite mesmerising…"—Book Viral
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