Friday, 27 April 2012

Book Feature & Guest Post: The Ruins of Noe by Danika Dinsmore

Original Title: The Ruins of Noe
Series: Faerie Tales from the White Forest #2
Author: Danika Dinsmore
Publisher: Hydra House
Published Date: May 1st 2012
Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy

A child born with no destiny: one of many signs that the White Forest faeries have lost touch with the Ethereals, the Ancient Ones. High Priestess Ondelle is convinced by an old proverb that one faerie is fated to travel to the former home of the Ancients, the Ruins of Noe, to find the answer. That faerie, she believes, is Brigitta.

Ondelle and Brigitta set off to save their forest once again, but when they arrive in Noe they discover something they never learned from any faerie tale. Why had this dark secret been kept from them? Why in the name of Faweh had the Ancients left some faeries behind?


About the Author

Danika Dinsmore is a poet, screenwriter, and novelist living in Vancouver, British Columbia.

A seasoned spokenword artist, Danika Dinsmore has performed at hundreds of events from Seattle’s Bumbershoot Arts Festival to the Labyrinth Poetry Series in Vienna, Austria. In addition to her performance work, Danika writes and teaches for the page and screen. The first book in her children’s fantasy adventure series, Brigitta of the White Forest, was adapted from one of her original feature film scripts. She uses the experience of creating the White Forest to teach world-building techniques in her Imaginary Worlds workshops. Book Two in the series, The Ruins of Noe, is scheduled for release in early 2012. Danika lives and plays in Vancouver, British Columbia and teaches writing courses for Capilano University and the Creative Writing for Children Society. She blogs at



By Danika Dinsmore

I love making to-do lists, but I avoid top ten lists. I tend to over think things.

I’m purposely leaving out HARRY POTTER and CHRONICLES OF NARNIA and THE HOBBIT and LORD OF THE RINGS because everyone knows those books and probably loves them already. They are always top of mind.

So other than those ones, ten more of my favourite fantasies (and fantasy series) include:

  • Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy. This is probably in my top three. A triumph if you ask me.
  • Robin Hobb’s Liveship Traders trilogy. Robin Hobb is a master at world-building and handling multiple storylines.
  • Robin Hobb’s Farseer series. Hobb is so good she deserves to be on here twice.
  • Cinda Williams Chima’s Seven Realms series. The final book (#4) isn’t even out yet and I’m already feeling sad it will be over.
  • Kate DiCamillo’s The Miraculous Journey of Edward Toulane. A children’s book that will make you cry.
  • Patricia McKillip’s In the Forests of Serre. I had to stop and reread passages just because they were so lovely.
  • Audry Neffenegger’s Time Traveler’s Wife. Personally, I’d call this light sci-fi, but purists call anything time travel “fantasy.” And since I just love this book so much, I’ll keep it here.
  • Neil Gaiman’s Stardust. I just felt so satisfied after I read this book. Sigh.
  • Richard Adams’ Watership Down. I wanted to add this 1) because it’s not traditional fantasy. Talking animal stories, even if they don’t have magic, are considered a sub-genre of fantasy though. And 2) because I forgot how brilliant this book is until I reread it last year and wanted to remind others about it.
  • Frank L. Baum’s Oz collection. Most people know about The Wizard of Oz. But so few have read the whole Oz series. It’s marvellous. And the stories will always hold a special place in my heart because my father read them to me as a child. I suppose the language is a bit dated, but I bet young children will still adore them.

Faerie Tales from the White Forest Series Order

1.  Brigitta of the White Forest - Read review here
2.  The Ruins of Noe

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