C.K. Donnelly Fantasy Author | Unsuccessful Quitter (tm)
THE 18TH ANNUAL BEST BOOK AWARDS ANNOUNCE 2021 AWARD RECIPIENTS
LOS ANGELES – American Book Fest has announced the winners and finalists of The 2021 Best Book Awards on November 16, 2021. Over 400 winners and finalists were announced in over 90 categories. Awards were presented for titles published in 2019-2021.
"Having both TRINE RISING and TRINE FALLACY take honors in the Fiction/Fantasy category was a complete surprise," said author C.K. Donnelly. "These novels are the culmination of 20 years of story-crafting and world-building...and unsuccessfully quitting!"
Jeffrey Keen, President and CEO of American Book Fest said this year’s contest yielded over 2,000 entries from mainstream and independent publishers, which were then narrowed down to over 400 winners and finalists.
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This is the fifth award for TRINE RISING and the first major honor for TRINE FALLACY.
The Jenkins Group is proud to announce C.K. Donnelly has won a BRONZE MEDAL for "Trine Rising, The Kinderra Saga: Book 1” in the Young Adult Fiction -- Fantasy/Sci-Fi category in the 15th Annual, 2021 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards. Launched in 2007, the awards are intended to bring increased recognition to exemplary children’s books and their creators, and to celebrate children’s books and life-long reading.
"Medalists were chosen from nearly 1,500 total entries that came from children's book authors, illustrators and publishers from all over the U.S. and from 22 other countries around the world," said the Jenkins Group.
This is the fourth award "Trine Rising" has received, including the 2021 Independent Press Association Award (Fantasy); 2021 IndieReader Discover Award (Young Adult); and the 2020 NYC Big Book Award (Epic Fantasy).
Donnelly can be reached for comment through Claire McKinney PR,
908-955-7579 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Donnelly's high-stakes sequel grapples with the complexities of lingering love and the ethics of war. ... A mature and deftly plotted fantasy sequel by a shrewd author." — Kirkus Reviews
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C.K. Donnelly wins the 2021 IndieReader Discovery Award for 'Young Adult' Genre!
Donnelly’s immersive second volume in the Kinderra Saga follows 16- year-old Mirana Pinal’s journey to protect her world of Kinderra from destruction. Mirana is a Trine—“One who possess all three powers of the Aspects”—and must save her people by finding her ancestor’s watch watchtower, built to defend Kinderra before it falls into the Dark Trine’s hands, while also learning about her own powers from the legendary Light Trine, Tetric Garis. Meanwhile, 16-year-old Teague Beltran, Mirana’s childhood friend and love, seeks the Dark Trine to avenge his parents’ deaths, using his skills as an herbsman to fight against the Dark Trine’s followers, the Ken’nar. But all is not as it seems, and Mirana struggles to learn who she can trust in her battle for survival.
Young adult readers will be drawn to Mirana as she fights to find her place in “war, the endless cycle of hate” threatening her people. Her journey to understand and believe in the source of her own power is painful at times,
yet often moving, and she rebels against trusting herself, as in her own words—“using the Power from Without isn’t a selfless giving of one’s life force from within the Aspects, it is taking.” Also compelling is Teague’s conviction that “my anger and grief are all I have left” as well as his desperation to be able to physically fight his enemies.
Donnelly includes a glossary of relevant terminology that, while helpful, can also overwhelm, as it charts suffixes and linguistic matters. However, that dedication to invented languages, and the maps and appendices, invite readers to delve as deeper into Kinderra as they care to; fantasy fans especially will be pleased with the convincing world that Donnelly has taken such pains to build. Naturally, this vivid voyage into a well-established realm and its ongoing battle between Light and Dark builds to cliffhanger— and exemplifies its genre.
Takeaway: Young adult and fantasy readers will relish this world of magic and war, with characters facing grief and self-doubt. Great for fans of: Cinda Williams Chima’s The Warrior Heir, Megan Bannen’s Soulswift.
Design and typography: A-
Marketing copy: A
Wow, Trine Rising was full of twists and turns that I was not expecting. Mirana is a very unique character. While you think she is your archetypal young adult fiction heroine, she is just the opposite. She is not someone who thinks she isn’t special. She knows she is special and knows for a fact that she can be dangerous to people. Author C.K. Donnelly did a great job of building Mirana’s development. Mirana is no wallflower, but she grows and learns to be more comfortable in her skin as the story progresses. The mystery behind the Dark Trine and the Ken’nar attack was introduced strategically to have maximum impact on readers. I could tell that the author planned out this whole story to make it believable, entertaining, and nail-bitingly good.