Jade and the Deva by Keith Tutor and Jade Fishburn is a fascinating story with unique characters and a storyline that made it literally impossible to put the book down.
There was an audible 'NOOO' when I finished the last page. I wasn’t ready, I needed more. It was almost a type of grief having no more pages to turn, not being able to stay with the books characters until the next installment.
I started the book without knowing its storyline or any background but found myself instantly hooked to the 17 year old Jade. We can all relate to the internal struggles of being a teenager. Jade is special with 'otherworldly' friends who share a driving passion to save the world for the children of tomorrow.
At first she is a normal teenager we soon discover she is anything but. The themes of love, friendship and ingeniously giving Mother Nature a voice of its own intertwines mystery and intrigue compelling the reader to want more.
From the white sands of Sandy Point to the amazing and surreal Yattamala forest the story is set in a small pocket on the eastern coastline of mystical Australia. We are taken on a journey of self discovery from the mundane to the extraordinary. The characters are beautiful... out of this world in fact.
I recommend this book to everyone from teens to adults and to anyone in fact who enjoys fantasy.
The basis of Jade and the Deva occurred to Keith some 25 years ago, although he was yet to meet Jade (for whom the books are named). Like his younger co-author, he shares a love of the ocean, along with a great interest in the enchantment and workings of the natural world.
Although never formally trained in it, Keith has always been a writer to some degree – writing material for tertiary education, design projects, promotional material and video production. He is a thinker, an observer and to some extent a strategist, and is adept at the minutiae of creating a realistic world of impossible possibilities. The Jade and the Deva series is his first foray into the world of fiction.
Jade is a well-travelled young woman, who grew up in a sleepy NSW coastal village. She undertook marine studies at school, and became first an entry-level open water diver, then did her advanced open water ticket, training as a dive master on Lord Howe, aged 18. Jade fell in love with the ocean and knew she wanted to share that with others by changing their perspectives of the underwater world. Her exploits have included becoming an underwater videographer in the Caribbean Island of Curacao, and a scuba instructor in Honduras, Central America.
Jade has always had a passion for creating. Art, sculpture, acting, writing, music and film have always been creative outlets for her. She is inspired by our natural world and the idea of capturing its elements in both film, and words. When Jade met Keith Tutor (a family friend), with both sharing this high regard for the environment, their conversation naturally progressed, with Keith mentioning a magical story he had conceived many years prior. Jade jumped on board and thus… Jade and the Deva was born.
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Book Review by Annelyse Blatch.
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