Today we welcome author Marva Dasef to the Girls Succeed blog. Talk about succeeding, Ms. Dasef poses the question--How does a fantasy girl succeed, namely, Kat the Witch? She's the main character in Ms. Dasef's fantasy series, The Witches of Galdorheim.
If you are into magic. imaginative characters, and locations, then you'll love these stories. I mean really, Ms. Dasef has cooked up a stew of amazing characters and situations which will make you laugh and cry. You will cheer for Kat the teen witch and boo the mean old hag. It's a fun read!
How Does a Fantasy Girl Succeed? by Marva Dasef
It doesn’t seem fair to compare regular humans with fantasy characters. After all, most fantasy characters have some magic to back them up. But if a fantasy girl, in this case a witch, doesn’t have control of her magic, she has to draw on her girl power to succeed instead.
Katrina (Kat) has a witch mother and a regular human father (witches are also human, but just happen to have talents we regular humans don’t). She’s got the witch power churning inside her, but every time she tries to use it...well, it ain’t pretty. Her poor bunny has to put up with being turned into green goo and furniture breaks instead of levitating.
She’s a little jealous of her half-brother’s ability to use his inherited magic and knows she’ll never come up to the high standards of her mother, aunt, or any of the other witches on Galdorheim, the witches’ home island in the Barents Sea.
Her father, frozen in an ice cave when Kat was a tot, came from the Sami tribe of hunters and fishers who live in the farthest northern reaches of Siberia. Kat figures if she’s a magical failure, she should find her father’s family and live with them. So she decides to run away from home. Not an easy feat when you live on a ice-bound island in the Arctic.
She has what it takes to succeed. Not magic, but grit and determination. Nobody succeeds if they’re giver-uppers. She does enlist the assistance of an elderly and crotchety witch, Mordita. Without magic, Kat has to obtain some cold weather gear. Any of the other witches on the island would conjure it up themselves. So think of Mordita has Kat’s answer to having an Eddie Bauer’s store in town.
She also asks her brother for a couple of spells-to-go which she can invoke safely (e.g., without blowing up or turning anything into green goo). When Rune hears about her decision to leave, he insists he has to go along to help. Another thing a girl who wants to succeed can do is to call on others to help. Not to DO her work, but to mentor or provide tools she can use on her journey to success.
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To find out how Kat does in her quest, check out the Witches of Galdorheim series. They’re available in ebook and print formats from Amazon. Here’s a bit about all three books in the series.
|Available in eBook format and in print from Amazon|
A klutzy witch, a shaman's curse, a quest to save her family. Can Kat find her magic in time?
Follow the adventures of Katrina and her half-vampire brother, Rune, as they chase down an evil shaman. Dodging the shaman's curses on a dangerous trip across the ice-bound arctic seas, they meet both friends and foes. Kat and Rune must find the shaman and stop him before their beloved island home is destroyed.
Shipwrecked on a legendary island, how can a witch rescue her boyfriend if she can’t even phone home?
Traveling with her newly-found grandfather, a raging storm catches them unawares. Kat is tossed into the icy seas, while her brother and grandfather travel on to find help. Kat is rescued by an unlikely creature, and Rune is captured by mutants. Only the magical Midnight Oil can save her brother, but an evil forest elemental is trying to stop her.
A magical trip to Stonehenge lands a witch in the Otherworld where an ancient goddess is up to no good.
Kat is on her way to an exciting trip to a faroff land, but is led astray by a jealous rival. Caught in the Otherworld with a has-been goddess trying to kill her, Kat has to defeat the goddess and rescue her brother from the hag's clutches.
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