Almendra: A Fairy-Tale
Almendra, the High Lady of The Upper Kingdom, is doomed. Many years ago, in a fit of rage and broken heart, her mother banished all the men from the country and plunged it into unhappiness, loneliness and gloom. For many years Almendra’s only companions were her old Nanny and her faithful friend Woo, the wolf. Now Almendra faces a daunting task of going to The Land of Men and getting rid of the curse. But she doesn’t know the way and she has never seen a man in her life.
In comes Joannah Nibbler-Pincher, a girl with a tambourine, a bag of sad songs and a thick black choker that hides the mystery of her painful past. She and Almendra become best friends and Joannah takes it upon herself to take the High Lady and her unconventional family to The Land of Men, where Almendra intends to find love that, according to a fate line left by her mother, will have the power to restore The Upper Kingdom to all its former glory. But it’s a long way to The Land of Men and the outcome of the journey will change Almendra forever.
Jennifer says: "Imagine for a moment that you lived a life that limited your interaction with the world around you. Almendra, the High Lady of the Upper Kingdom, lives a sad and dull life. She shares every waking day with Woo, a grey wolf, and Nan, her nanny. Amendra has never seen a man before and the word “man” has never been uttered in her home. One day she stumbles upon a trunk filled with treasures, some unique and interesting to her and others not so much. She soon decides to embark on a journey to the Land of Men where she hopes to find love and break the curse her mother cast upon her and the Upper Kingdom forever.
Almendra: A Fairy Tale is a very unique story; unlike any I’ve read. While this is a short novella, it definitely has an interesting cast of colorful characters. The ending is one that you definitely won’t see coming. The history of the Upper Kingdom and the High ladies was fantastic, leaving me wanting to know more details about each of the High Ladies. Mestek includes several illustrations in the novella which, in my opinion, are placed very well within the story, adding a nice view into the authors unique vision of the characters. This is a fast and enjoyable read with an intriguing spin on the classic fairy tale."
At the moment I'm reworking "Almendra: A Fairy-Tale" into a fantasy novel and asked my publisher to take it down. More on my decision can be found HERE. Also, there's some information about 'new' Almendra here: Meet My Character.