Time Candle

Fiction - Fantasy - Epic
350 Pages
Reviewed on 06/18/2017
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Author Biography

With twenty-six years of experience as a pastoral minister and a lot more years as a mom, I’m the author of the first three books of the 4-volume Coin of Rulve series: Blood Seed, Dark Twin and Time Candle. Right now I'm revising volume 4, Leaf and Flame. I've also written a short story collection, Night Cruiser.
My novels contain elements of dark fantasy, falling in love, psychological thriller, and the spiritual journey.
Many of my themes have roots in Carl Jung's concept of the shadow, insights of traditional and modern-day theologians, and J.R.R. Tolkien's idea of the "eucatastrophe," the belief that even the worst catastrophe can be redeemed. Even though I have a ministerial background, I’m not a preacher! I believe spirituality is an important aspect of many religions and is part of what makes us human. As one of my reviewers put it, Dale “never lets religion get in the way of her highly spiritual and deeply psychological message."
My work has received commendations from Writer's Digest and Writers of the Future, as well as five-star ratings from Midwest Book Review, Reader's Favorite, and from other people kind enough to have left reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. I'm a member of Detroit Working Writers, the Alliance of Independent Authors, and Phi Beta Kappa. I'm also lucky enough to have actually touched a grey whale calf in the wild!

    Book Review

Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite

Twin brothers, Sheft and Teller, have been separated for a long time, and now they will be meeting each other in an unusual manner and in a very dangerous place. Teller’s mission is to bring his brother to the lair of the oppressor, the Spider King. Will he betray his brother or help him escape and reach the place where a small group of resistance forces are working to set their country free? But things don’t follow through as planned, for the twins find themselves in a deadly situation and poisoned. With only thirteen hours left to live, can their rescuers locate the antidote to the deadly poison in time to reclaim their lives? And why won’t Teller wear the toltyr, the pendant that proclaims who he truly is? Time Candle by Veronica Dale is a heart pounding, tantalizing fantasy that is every bit as entertaining as it is exciting.

I was pulled in by the compelling plot, and right from the opening lines I knew I would love this book. The plot follows a tale of two brothers, but there is a subplot that follows the story of Mariat and that creates the suspense which makes this story even more engrossing. Veronica Dale writes with confidence and her prose features a great setting with powerful images. Although the setting is imaginary, it leaves readers with beautiful sights, great smells, and a geography they can easily imagine. Time Candle is character driven, but the plot is boosted by a memorable conflict and the reader gets caught up in the read, watching out for the exciting and satisfying denouement. This book was absorbing and utterly entertaining.

Sefina Hawke

Time Candle by Veronica Dale is an epic fantasy novel that follows a pair of twins as they fight against the odds to survive and come out on top. This is a novel that would appeal most to a mixed audience of adults and young adults who enjoy fast paced fantasy fiction. Teller faces a dilemma as he has been ordered to bring his own twin brother, Sheft, into the Spider-King’s underground stronghold. Teller has to decide if he will follow orders and betray his twin, or if he will help Sheft reach the resistance working to free their country. Each choice will end in a betrayal, and both choices have deadly consequences. Will Teller choose his brother or the Spider-King?

Time Candle by Veronica Dale is a fast paced novel that reminded me a bit of the TV show Supernatural except without the vampires, incubus, and in a different time period. I found myself quickly enthralled by Teller as he was forced to decide where his loyalty lay and which choice he could live with. I personally liked Mariat’s character the best as she showed her strength and ability to survive when she went up against the boar-men who held her captive. The element of poison that left the twins with only thirteen hours to live really added a feeling of deadly suspense to the plot line. Overall, I really enjoyed this novel and I hope that Veronica Dale decides to write a follow up novel.

Divine Zape

Meet twin brothers Sheft and Teller, separated from each other for a long time by tragic circumstances. In a world where a Spider King sows terror and oppresses the people, Teller is ordered to bring his brother to the king’s underworld. Sheft has been expelled by the village council, despoiled, wounded and, with hands and feet tied, is sent away on the back of a mare.

Now, he will be meeting his twin brother in the dangerous Riftwood. Can Teller accomplish the mission entrusted to him and bring his brother to the enemy or will he join him and hasten towards Seani where a group of resistance fighters are waiting? A twist in the story will find the twins racing against time to save their lives. And what will become of Mariat, captured by fierce boar-men? Can she free herself? Time Candle by Veronica Dale is a fast-paced, tantalizing tale that features a huge conflict and the theme of freedom from oppression.

Veronica Dale’s novel features great imagination, from the powerful setting — a land ripped apart by conflict and featuring very exciting places — to the gripping plot and the fascinating characters. This is a story that is conflict-driven and, from the very beginning, the reader’s curiosity is aroused by the image of the banished and wounded man on the back of a mare. Time Candle has great prose and plot-driven dialogues. There are many emotional moments that will arrest the attention of readers. This is a book I read over one night. It’s gripping, absorbing, with a satisfying end.