An epic fantasy adventure for teens and adults.
***North American Book Awards 1st Place in Fantasy 2014***
***Kindle Book Review Book of the Year Award Semifinalist 2013***
A prince is murdered.
An island sinks into the sea.
A thousand-year-old ritual foretells great evil.
A nation’s fate rests in the hands of three strangers, thrust together by their common destiny to protect the Phoenix, and their world, from destruction. The Three must learn to unite in spite of what separates them, and unlock the magic of three stones that seem to harm as much as they help.
Their journey leads through unexpected doors. Along the way they encounter a cursed people, a haunting vision, a woman on the run.
It all begins and ends with the gift of the Phoenix.
Gift of the Phoenix is an exhilarating read. … Cook creates a magic system that is intricate and unique, which can be hard to do in a genre littered with magic. The story is as much a mystery as it is an adventure. The story is very complex, and yet very easy to follow. … Cook layers her story like a seasoned pro. … I would recommend this book to anyone of any age. If you enjoy C.S. Lewis, Rowling, Tolkien, Paolini (or all of them) then do not miss out on reading Donna Cook.
Five-star Review by Will Wortner
The Gift of the Phoenix by Donna Cook is an incredibly impressive book that grips you from the very start.
Five-star Review by S. J. Dagg
This epic fantasy is, quite simply, awesome. … Ms. Cook has done a great job at creating not only the world but each individual character is richly drawn. Each voice is clearly distinct from the other, and the secondary characters are just as well drawn as the primaries.
The action is non-stop and the levels of mystery and suspense just add to the enjoyment of the work. Ms. Cook was able to draw me into the action to the point where I forgot I was reading and just became one with the story–losing all track of time.
Thank you, Ms. Cook, for a wonderful wonderful time. … I have found a new auto-buy author!
Five-star Review by Judith McCall
Q: Is this a series or a stand alone?
A: I wrote Gift of the Phoenix as a stand alone, so it won’t leave you hanging. You don’t have to wait 10 years while I finish writing a series. (You’re welcome!) However, I loved writing in this world so much I went back for more. The Lost Branch picks up where Gift of the Phoenix leaves off and is another stand alone. Enjoy!
Q: Is this book for teens or adults?
A: I wrote Gift of the Phoenix for adults but half my readers are teens. I even have some precocious readers as young as 10. For those interested younger readers, assess their reading level. If they’re reading the later Harry Potter books (book four and up), the Hunger Games series, etc., they’ll be just fine with this book. If in doubt, have them read the excerpt.
Q: Does the book take place in our world? What time frame does it take place in?
A: This is a fictionalized world with it’s own timeline and history. It has a slight medieval feel to it, minus the knights in shining armor. Or princesses with pointy hats.
Q: Is the protagonist male or female? Are there strong female characters?
A: There are actually three protagonists, all male (inspired by my three young sons). However, strong female characters play important, prominent roles in the story.
Q: Is your cover illustrator awesome?
A: Why yes. Yes, he is! He also happens to be my husband. To see process photos of the beautiful phoenix illustration and to learn more about the artist, go to COVER ART.