Review & Giveaway for Mother’s Curse by Thaddeus Nowak

Mother’s Curse is a fantasy novel for reluctant readers of the genre–like me. Usually when reading a fantasy book, I get mired in the world, race, and language-building details and give up before the story even gets started. While Thaddeus Nowak has created a rich world with his Heirs of Cothel series, he never sacrifices character or plot to tedious descriptive narration. I was hooked!

Our hero Stephenie is a strong, complex character–it’s hard not to root for her. Born into the ruling family as a princess, though she’d much more prefer to hang alongside her brothers and do princely, warrior things, Stephenie is also a witch as the result of a curse placed on her cruel, distant mother, who’s just waiting for the other shoe to drop. When her loyal guards go missing, Stephenie is sure her mother is behind their disappearances and sets off to the front lines to warn her father and attempt to save the kingdom from her mother’s sure-to-be-evil plot.

Though a princess, Stephenie is smart, strong, brave, and handy in battle. Think Merida meets Mulan for all you Disney fans. She is a great role model for young girls and easy to identify with for all the not-so-young readers. Word of warning:  There is some use of foul language, but its infrequent and helps build some of the minor characters.

All in all, Mother’s Curse is a great read packed with memorable characters, exciting action, and clean, concise prose. Enjoy!



Mother’s Curse is a coming of age story about the youngest Princess of Cothel and her efforts to save her father and brother from her mother’s schemes, while at the same time, coming to terms with what it means to be a witch. Get it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or iTunes.

Daughter’s Justice continues Stephenie’s journey of discovery, where she must overcome national opposition to her being a witch as well as lead her friends and protectors on a mission to stabilize her countries finances. Get it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or iTunes.

Thaddeus Nowak is a writer of fantasy novels who enjoys hiking, photography, and the outdoors. Visit Ted on his website, Twitter, Facebook, or GoodReads.

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Writing everything from Sweet Romance to Children's Books to Nonfiction, Melissa loves books, birds, and bonbons--in that order. She has an advanced degree that she never uses.

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