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Ellanor and the Search for Organoth Blue Amber
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Glossary

Alendria

― the realm of the elves that can be seen as a star from Gaya/Earth; where Elly lives.

Archensoar, Archensoar Cup

― an elven sport where players ride on griffins. For a full account of archensoar, please consult ‘World’.

Arvellon Academy

― the school where Elly and her friends attend in Evergreen City.

Beast

― a gigantic snake-like monster that resides in the depths of Alendria, where the goblins live.

Bonding Ceremony

― a special rites-of-passage ceremony where an elfling who turns twelve years old receives a Royan from the Tree of Alendria.

Bor lor bau

― a Chinese pineapple bun.

Celestan Forest

― a forest in Alendria that houses the portal which connects with Gaya, the human realm.

Cross point(s)

― where the roots of the Tree lead to the surface of the ground, these locations are guarded by Alendria’s guards and protectors against possible goblin infiltration.

Earlingrand

― a special looking-glass which enables the viewer to catch glimpses of the past, present, and the future.

Evergreen City

― a large city in Alendria, where Elly and her family live.

Four Guardians

― stewards appointed by Freya to look after Gaya.

Freya

― a deity, the maker of elves, humans, and Gaya and Alendria

Gaya

― the human realm (the earth).

Goblins

― evil, monster-like creatures with reptilian features that reside in the underworld with the Beast.

Grand Canopy

― the topmost place of the Tree, where the Bonding ceremony takes place.

Griffin

― an animal in Alendria that many people keep as companions, much like pets; a creature with the head of an eagle and the body of a lion. Griffins are used in archensoar.

High Council

― a group that overlooks the welfare of Alendria, especially in protecting the realm from the goblins and the Beast.

Laisee

― a special envelope that contains money, traditionally handed out by the Chinese during Chinese New Year.

Luthains

― Yahanese equivalent of the four orbs of power that sustain the Tree of Alendria.

Maker

― divine personage, like Creator.

Manna

― a special potion with healing powers made from the sap of the Tree.

Marah

― sister of Freya.

Mount Organoth

― a volcanic mountain that formerly existed in the Dominican Republic, where Organoth blue amber was created.

Organoth blue amber

― a special type of blue amber imbued with magic, created thousands of years ago at Mount Organoth.

Pu-erh

― a popular Chinese tea.

Quill-Point

― elven version of Power-Point.

Reunion dinner

― a traditional family dinner that takes place on the eve of Chinese New Year.

Royan

― a personalized book of instruction given to elves who turn twelve years old.

Seaul, Cephrin, Lorne, Graille

― the four houses of Arvellon Academy.

Sweet cake

― a sort of pancake made with special ingredients in Alendria, a specialty of Nidah’s (Elly’s mother).

Three Flamingos

― three mean-spirited girls who love to wear pink and taunt Elly at school.

Underworld

― the place below the Tree of Alendria, where goblins reside.

Vierran

― enigmatic, warring, dark-skinned elves from the north.

White dome

― a place in the Celestan Forest which houses the portal to Gaya.

War of Wrath

― a devastating war between the goblins and the elves that took place hundreds of years ago, during which much of the Celendis clan died.

Yahana

― the ancient language of the elves; similar to Latin in the human world.
International Book Awards Finalist

Award-Winning Finalist in the "Fiction: Fantasy" category of the 2015 USA Best Book Awards

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International Book Awards Finalist

Award-Winning Finalist in the "Fiction: Fantasy" category of the 2015 International Book Awards

USA Book News the premier online magazine featuring mainstream and independent publishing houses, announced the winners and finalists of THE 2015 INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS (IBA) on May 21, 2015. Over 300 winners and finalists were announced in over 80 categories. Awards were presented for titles published in 2013, 2014, and 2015.

The illustrations in this book are really wonderful, and contribute a lot to the narrative. Ellanor is certainly a feisty character, and there is a nice energy to the book that keeps the reader turning the pages. The world building in this book is interesting...This reader did appreciate the reversal of the usual portal-fantasy structure; it was refreshing to have an elf entering the human world. The diversity in the humans that Ellanor encounters on her journeys also feels fresh and intriguing. Overall, this was a charming story.
― Writer's Digest Self-Publishing Awards

Every now and again, I pick up a book that is a potential game changer in the world of young adult fiction. Ellanor's story stands out like a bright star among the dross. I am reminded of what makes classic fantasy fiction like Lord of the Rings and the Narnia series work, not because this work is like them, but because Durham understands, like they did, how to build and grow a story. K.T Durham knows her characters and her world well, as most of the best fantasy fiction writers do. I for one can't wait for more.
― Mari

The characters—both elf and human—are well-crafted and believable. Elly’s story generally moves swiftly...While Elly’s school, Arvellon Academy, shares a lot of similarities with the well-known Hogwarts, the novel itself proves to be original. A sedate, detailed adventure of two worlds.
― Kirkus Reviews

It's been a while since I've read a book which I literally couldn't put down. It was an easy read and I got drawn into the story. The ending was quite a surprise. I would recommend it to people both young and old as this is truly an inspiring story...I can't wait to find out more about Ellanor's adventures!
― S Fu

Best book I've read in a long time and one that is now on my list of annual re-reads. The story is just so beautifully written... While there are difficult issues raised, such as racism, the author handles them with a sensitivity that left me feeling positive. This book left me with a warm glow on the inside and I can't wait to see more from this talented writer.
― Blythe Cosmopolitan

About the author

K.T. Durham
A Speech and Language Therapist during the day and a writer on the side, K.T. Durham has a dream to share the Ellanor Chronicles with readers around the world. Having spent parts of her childhood and adolescence shuttling between Australia and Hong Kong, her unique outlook on life as a third-culture individual has inspired many aspects of her fantasy novels. LEARN MORE...

Message from the author

I want to say a big THANK YOU for your continued support! As an indie author with a dream, it is always humbling and encouraging to receive positive feedback. Writing a book truly takes an incredible amount of hard work and perseverance, and I salute those who have been doing it for decades! I'm now working on the third book, which should be the second-last instalment of the series. Stay tuned!

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