Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Girls of Dirt by C.C. Hogan (Dirt, Series Two, Book One)

Girls of Dirt
by CC Hogan

Series: Dirt - Book 1 Part Two
Publication Date: December 13, 2016
Publisher: C.C. Hogan
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Number of Pages: 502 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
It is five hundred years since the end of the great wars, and Pree and Farthing's hopes of a new world are in tatters. The dragons are nothing more than children's tales, the population of Dirt is smaller, tiny countries are ruled by greedy kings and humans are poorer and struggling.

But on the Isle of Hope, the weather is warm, the life is good and Silvi Farthing, the seventeen-year-old descendant of Johnson and Mistry, is making cheese and keeping goats.

But her little dream of independence is about to be turned upside down by her misogynistic and violent brothers, and she is not convinced that her rescuer is not actually worse!

So begins a new chapter in the story of Dirt as Silvi, Be-Elin, Mab-Abin and the Ancient Ferret, Weasel’s daughter, work to bring back the dragons, and look for a country where they will be accepted by the people and can help build a better future for all of Dirt.

Includes a recap of Series One.

Girls of Dirt by C.C. Hogan (Dirt, Series Two, Book One)

Girls of DirtFive hundred years. Having followed the amazing fantasy series, trilogy, part one, Dirt, I was taken aback when the second trilogy picked up five hundred years after I left behind the characters I grew attached to. I mean, come on, this is fiction, but I felt a loss, so many heroes and heroines gone, the dragons left to save their own lives and they have been gone five hundred years. Could I get any more saddened? Yep, in the centuries that followed the great wars and the majestic dragons leaving, the bright future that Johnson Farthing fought for had not come to pass, things may have even gotten worse. Clearly without a warrior to stand behind or the dragons to impart both their wisdom and strength, the world of Dirt has gone to hell.

Then, like a beacon for hope, Johnson Farthing’s best friend, Be-Elin returned and once again, the call to arms and the need to ally strange towns and places is made. Who better to rally the people then Farthing’s own Great-Great-Great so on and so forth granddaughter, Silvi, a seventeen year old young woman who has nothing but the dreams in her heart, the small farm she has built from the ground up and the will to fight for her world. When Be-Elin offers to let Silvi be her rider, training her and guiding her along the way, both will take away the meaning of friendship, trust and love. For the aging Be-Elin, she is taken back to a time long ago and her memories will fuel her guidance. For Silvi, there is a feeling of belonging, of being treasured, of counting in a world that has stomped her down at every turn.

Welcome back to Dirt, where life is hard, trust is hard won and honor is treasured. The fight between good and evil begins again, as dragons and humans stand together, fight together and die together to make a better world. New faces, old faces and ancient secrets will be revealed as the renewed fight for Dirt begins.

C.C. Hogan is not just an epic fantasy writer, he is a creator of worlds, dragons and humans that comes to life through their thoughts, words and deeds. Blood will be shed, because sometimes it is necessary and the past will aid the present to claim hope for the future. It is impossible to truly give credit to this series and its creator, but it has become something I can re-read over and over, it is that magical.

Simply put, The Girls of Dirt has been crafted so that anyone can read it and feel the ghosts of the past standing right next to them. There is also a re-cap of the first trilogy that has captured the very essence of this amazing series. I cannot recommend reading the series for yourself highly enough, C.C. Hogan manages to blend the struggles of a fantasy world with the struggles of our own world without missing a beat. And the dragons? We should all be like them. Truly a hidden gem to be discovered!

I received this copy from C.C. Hogan in exchange for my honest review.

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