Small Press Reviews: Treasure in a Field: The Fullness of Time by J. Ellis Blaise.

Review by Jenna Zerbel, Orange Hat Publishing | Ten16 Press

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Wesley Delaine’s deepest desire is for the kingdom of Nantes to return to how his mother described it in his childhood—a land of magic, beauty, and peace. The writings of his great-grandfather, the long-lost King Gaspard, speak to such a time and serve as proof of Wesley’s lineage. Bound by secrets in the writings, Wesley and his brothers cannot reveal that they are the true heirs to the throne until the prophesied fullness of time.

Left to interpret the prophecy after their mother’s death, the brothers make a pact not to reveal their lineage until all four are of age for the throne. Yet, when the kingdom’s walls are breached by pirate trolls, a sorcerer’s violent winter storm threatens everyone’s safety, and a growing rebellion seeks to turn the Delaine siblings against the king, Wesley faces a risky decision.

Who does he trust to save the kingdom?

J. Ellis Blaise accomplishes several feats in this young adult adventure novel, not the least of which is his ability to seamlessly weave stories together from a wide breadth of perspectives. Across all the narratives contained in this novel, characters’ personalities jump off the page, giving readers countless reasons to feel invested in the action—of which there is plenty. Yet, what’s even more engaging than the chase scenes, magical escapades, and battles is the complicated dynamics between friends, family, and foes.

Another highlight is the immersive worldbuilding. Blaise manages to craft a vivid setting that expands across cities and mountains, islands and caves. His vibrant descriptions guide you through a bustling kingdom, a sunlight-drenched meadow, and the icy sting of a winter curse. Reading this novel is like watching enchanted spells manifest before your eyes.

Avid readers of young adult fantasy will fall in love with this delightful book. Blaise wraps everything up in a climactic, satisfying ending, while still leaving the door open for future installments. I, for one, can’t wait to see where the next adventure leads Wesley and his friends! 

About the Book

Treasure in a Field: The Fullness of Time

“Treasure in a Field is an edge-of-your-seat must for fantasy readers of all ages. This kingly quest will take you on an irresistible journey peopled with rich characters, exotic locations, and magical beasts around every corner.”

—Nancy McConnell, author of Into the Lion’s Mouth

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Article originally Published in the April / May 2023 Issue: Voices.

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