Amazing book from a first time author. I highly recommend it for the teens in your life. – Nicole

Medar is unputdownable! From the first pages meeting Freya, the unlikely half-blind heroine to the surprising conclusion, I was transported to the land of Medar. As Freya’s family and friends struggle for liberation, the pages of the book just turn by themselves. I know it was written as a teen novel, but so far my daughter hasn’t stood a chance to read it because Mom was busy with it. Is Freya the next Harry Potter? All I can say is I can’t wait for the sequel! – Sonja de Klerk

Really enjoyed the first book in the realm trilogy by SR Manssen. Disclosure: I know the author and don’t regularly read fantasy fiction. For these reasons I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed the book – it’s fast paced, detailed (where it needs to be), and with a great sense of urgency and adventure. I liked and believed in the characters, and although they were not developed in great detail, the book really works. I found it hard to put down after the first couple of chapters. It reminded me of a recent teen fantasy fiction from renowned NZ author Maurice Gee. I’ll be recommending it to my teen and mature-reader 12yr old. Hopefully they don’t wait as long as I did to try fantasy fiction! – Karen Fehl

Didn’t put it down! I didn’t think this genre of book would be for me but this was a really great read! Hardly put it down, fast paced and engaging. Would recommend to any age group. Looking forward to the next in the series! – Abby

The perfect gift – I bought a copy of the book Medar for my teenage niece, she loved it and had this to say “The book Medar is a capturing book, it has elements of a fantasy and mystery. Once I started reading it I could not put it down with the end setting up nicely for a possible sequel (I hope)” E Kershaw (age 15)

An exciting read – Really enjoyed reading Medar and eargerly await the next book in this series. The story draws you in. I liked the Freya character because she wasn’t the standard “pretty and strong” heroine that most books have. The themes that run through the story make you think and consider your own views. An enjoyable read for the tweenage (although as an adult I enjoyed it). The writer has clearly done her homework- especially with the wrestling:-) – G