Jewels In Time by Kathleen Heady.
Young Brianna’s life changed the day her mother left to save herself from being burned as a witch. Brianna was left alone in the middle ages knowing just enough magic to have her called a witch, but not enough to try to save herself.
Brianna knew she had to flee but to where? She had to follow her instincts and run and run hard. Ending up in a large city she took a job as a kitchen girl and was befriended by Sir Michael a knight in King James’s court.
Brianna could not hide her magic and was accused of witchcraft and ordered to be burned at the stake. Sir Michael, helped her to escape. They just knew somehow, they had to head toward Wales where the Kings men could not follow. Not knowing magic was guiding their way.
Brianna was the granddaughter of a most powerful wizard and his witch wife. They helped to guide Brianna and Sir Michael from afar. The magicians had the power to visit forward and past in time. Brianna’s mother was banished to 700 years in the future to Dover castle during WW II so she could not cause havoc in her abandoned daughter’s life.
Brianna learns magic along the way and the truth about her past. Always staying one step ahead of the Kings men who wish to burn her to death.
Review by Augustus M. Cileone: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. A book about magic, magically written. Reviewed in the United States on July 13, 2018. Verified Purchase. “Jewels in Time” is a book about a young girl’s rite of passage in King John’s England. But what makes this story different is that the main character, Brianna, must learn how to develop her potential to perform magic. And, she must do so without her mother, who has vanished from her worldly life. With the supportive assistance of her magical relatives who occupy a dimension between various earthly time periods, a knight who is more than he first seems, and a cat with special abilities, she must escape the witch hunters of her time on her road to empowerment. The novel thus becomes a metaphor for female liberation. It is also a critique on prejudicial thinking because people may, out of fear, try to rid themselves of those who are different. The style of writing is hypnotic as it carries the reader along on a river of words that flow easily throughout the narrative. The ending is satisfying, but it allows for the possibility of returning to this enchanted realm to experience further adventures.
Review by Lizanne: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Five Stars. Reviewed in the United States on July 31, 2018. Verified Purchase. Great read! and magical coming-of-age story!
Review by Barbara Kirch: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. 12-year-old boy reader approved! Reviewed in the United States on October 8, 2018. I want more. Jewels in Time is so good. It’s a page turner with surprising twists. There is a new mystery around every corner. Brianna’s life is turned around when she has to leave her village after she is accused of being a witch. Then she learns that the king is dying, which is an interesting part of the story. Orangino is a playful, funny, magical cat, who is also a wimp. Marged, Brianna’s mother, is confused and doesn’t tell all she knows. Although I am a twelve-year-old boy, I enjoyed a story with a girl as the main character. (review written by my son).
Review by Lawrence S Brown: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Delightful Romp. Reviewed in the United States on September 16, 2018. Hop scotching between centuries, Jewels In Time by Kathleen Heady is a delightful romp. At thirteen Brianna is trying to find her place in a medieval world full of dangers both magical and physical. Without parents she must forge her own way as a possible witch and with the aid of a very knowing pet cat – or might Orangino actually be her familiar? – Brianna sets out on a journey whose steps she can never retrace. Jewels In Time is a coming-of-age yarn that will delight both young adults and readers of other ages. – review by and posted at the request of James Tichenor.
Review by Katherine Jacques: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. An inspirational journey in which the reader and the characters experience together. Reviewed in the United States on August 28, 2018.Jewels in Time follows the story of a young girl- Brianna, and her journey to find herself, whatever that might mean. She completes dangerous journeys, learns valuable lessons, and learns to be confident in her being. Searching for a family she never had, she finds her magic; in every way.
Paperback: 224 Pages
Publisher: Sage Words Publishing (April 15, 2018)
Adult Readers: Fantasy: Historical)
Adult Readers: Horror (Occult)
About The Author: Kathleen Heady grew up telling stories – to pass the time, or just to exercise her imagination. She spent her childhood on a farm in southern Illinois, where she was fortunate to have parents who encouraged her to study, read, and learn about the world. Besides rural Illinois, she has lived in Chicago, Costa Rica, Colorado, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and now North Carolina. Her current new “challenge” is learning to play the ukulele.
Kathleen has spent most of her professional life as a high school teacher, teaching English, Spanish and social studies. She shares her “almost a tree house” home with her husband and two cats, Tang and Sirius Black. She has a daughter, two sons, two daughters-in-law, a grandson and a granddaughter who are all really cool people.
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