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The TrailFolk of Xunar-kun, Book Two in the Tellings of Xunar-kun Series by Tina Field Howe

The TrailFolk of Xunar-kun, Book Two in the Tellings of Xunar-kun Series

by Tina Field Howe

320 pages
The adventure to find the Parents results in more danger!

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About the Book
WINNER: FIRST PLACE in Rebecca's Reads' Fall 2009 Written Art Awards - Science Fiction/Fantasy Category In the sequel to Alysa of the Fields, the adventure continues in Book Two, The TrailFolk of Xunar-kun. It is four years later. The TrailFolk have come together to achieve another crucial task: reunite the children they rescued from the beast M’raudas four years earlier with their rightful parents. Now calling themselves the “Seekers”, small bands of TrailFolk strike out through unknown and dangerous lands to find the parents. The Seekers believe they have found them, until they learn that they are even more dangerous than the beasts they battled before.


I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the story of the quest and even more so the developments between the two clans, the Field Folk and the Trailmen. As the story progressed, we learned more about how the two clans started to get closer to each other, both by learning about each other’s customs and history as well as by more of the clan members falling in love with the members of the other clan. Tina Field Howe teaches crucial lessons in tolerance and understanding, as well as importance of being brave and open to change. Her characters are very believable and overall very likeable, with the exception of a couple of nearly perfect villains. The story moves swiftly and draws one in from the first page.

As much as I liked the characters in the story, I liked the locale even more. The world of Xunar-kun is exceptionally well drawn and in a way one of the central “characters.” It should remind the readers a lot of our world; but it also points out some things that could bring destruction to what we cherish and love, if the fundamentals of our beliefs were to be forgotten or ignored. I would like to point the readers’ attention to the story of “Orryn’s Lantern” and its significance. I do not want to give too much away here, but paying particular attention to that part of the story would be a great idea.

Tina Field Howe’s The TrailFolk of Xunar-kun by Tina Field Howe was another delightful and worthwhile read from a very talented and unique author. Although geared to young adults, those of us who remain curious and willing to learn should enjoy it greatly as well. A perfect read for a cold winter afternoon, the kindness of this story should warm you up nicely.

Olivera Baumgartner-Jackson for Reader Views

Tina Field Howe’s writing style would best be described as fanciful. Her creative style of science fiction combining elements of the post-apocalyptic, foreign planets and fantasy is refreshing. The TrailFolk of Xunar-kun, and Book One: Alysa of the Fields, are both more than worthy reads. They are for ages 10 and up, and would be enjoyed as a light read even by some adults, especially those who enjoy light-hearted, post-apocalyptic fiction with elements of romance and fantasy. I personally hope to see a third book in the series.

Ian McCurley, for Reader Views Kids


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About the Author
Tina Field Howe Tina Field Howe has been writing short stories for over 20 years and illustrating for nearly as long. This is the second in the Tellings of Xunar-kun Series (the third is in the works). She also wrote and illustrated a children's picture book - Snailsworth, a slow little story. - also published by BookLocker. Tina lives in Corning, NY, which lies along the southern edge of the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of New York.



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