Readers Reviews

A Hare in the Wilderness


'Sizzling saddles sam! Turner just dialed my number, rang my bell and blew me away with this tumultuous rollercoaster, divvying out some hard knocks, off-kilters and slam dunks, propelling this little guy to staggering heights. Ingenuity and attributes in each thread you unravel with every page, your lured into this intriguing web so securely and precise, allies are forged and battle lines are drawn, exposing the soaring ups and agonizing downs, observing the arduous struggles and challenging triumphs, attentive to the deadly twists and wicked turns unfolding, launching this baby to life flawlessly. Rushing headlong into a deceptive minefield full of cruel lessons, callous atrocities and brutal tactics merge, as the riveting drama, gripping intrigue, escalating danger, electrifying suspense and nailbiting situations ensue in epic proportions, wrapping this gem up sleek, shiny and tight. The characters, interactions and charged atmosphere along with relatable qualities and individual traits add depth and diversity, transforming into amazing personalities. The scenes are abundantly descriptive with colorful details that blend and flow, creating a majestic backdrop that's so rich and lively it feels as though you're part of the story instead of on the sidelines, feeling everything the characters feel. Fantastic job Turner, thanks for sharing this little jewel with us.'




'This is probably one of the best-written books I've ever read, the descriptions were so beautiful, the words were poetic. The author really has an amazing way with words. What is more, the plot is also as captivating. The characters were well developed and so likable, from Dainn to Hagen and Keao and many others. Such a heartwarming beautiful story that should appeal to all ages. I'm looking forward to reading the second book in the series.'



'The descriptions are vivid and paint a clear picture of the wilderness and world. I enjoyed the different clans and politics involved. The connections there were also profound. While my heart was wrapping around the characters there was quite an adventure going on too. I really look forward to continuing the journey. Fans of fantasy will enjoy this beautiful adventure.'



'I always appreciate a great story that teaches powerful lessons about human nature or about how we respond to the things that challenge us. ‘A Hare In The Wilderness’ is one such book: on one level, it is a powerful story of overcoming,

of strength, and of love that will not let go. On a deeper level, it is one that reminds the reader that whatever flaw or weakness we may possess, there is far more to a person than that.



'It's been such a long time since I was so captivated by a book and my imagination. Loved every moment of it, my only negative thing to say is that I was unable to read it as quickly as I would have liked as work was so busy at the time

I was reading it! Such an inspirational, powerful, magical tale that lead me away from reality in little golden sparkly,

very moving nuggets. Thank you.'



A Wolf in the Dark 

'Once again, Turner explores themes of human nature, perseverance and overcoming in this action-packed story which is as original as its companion volume. While there are certainly moments filled with despair and fear, the author focuses the reader on the positive mental strength and determination of the lead characters in enabling them to endure their trials.'



'While the most central character is male, there is also a very strong and resourceful female lead character who personifies the qualities of loyalty and teamwork in a way that is inspiring for all readers. Something I really like to see in a story is people being united by their challenges and working together for good, regardless of gender, class or anything else that might divide them.'



'A Wolf in The Dark is a fantastic coming of age second book in this series. This long-ago legend, when kings ruled and atrocious wars were fought to take over territories and possessions, is well written with many twists and turns.

The author embedded many visual descriptions and painted images with words that held me spelled bound as

I continued to trek through this chronicle. It kept me on the edge of my seat anticipating what would happen next to the young future king. Book number three should hold just as much enjoyment for the reader.'



When the characters and the locations become as real as the valleys and fields next door all through the magical writing skills of this fine author, there lies the secret of an enjoyable book. True to life characters, whose passions, fears, and dreams are felt by the readership brought to the forefront by the writing skills of S. E. Turner.



A Leopard in the Mist

'Read this back to back with first two - A Hare in the Wilderness and A Wolf in the Dark and would honestly say this is the best so far! Any more please!'




'If you like your fantasy worlds with attention to detail and awe-inspiring action coupled with uncanny character development, this series is for you.'




'What makes one ruler benevolent while another seeks power at any cost? Is it one's upbringing or is it hereditary?

Amid the unfolding story of the clans and their struggles, these questions give the reader more to think about.

At more than one point in the narrative, the reader is compelled to consider those soul-searching questions again as the overwhelming power of grief resonates deeply within both the characters and the reader.'



S E Turner is without a doubt one of the best authors in today’s saturated market and A Leopard in the Mist is proof positive of this fact. The story is steeped in solid and profound imagery layered within a fantasy world with true to life characters and a fantastic plot. This page turning epic fantasy is a non stop heart pounding epic that is truly one of a kind.



A Stag in the Shadows

'I've been reading this series since the start and I am always impressed by how powerfully emotional these stories are. This one was exciting, and dark, and thrilling, and filled with suspense. The opening really sets the tone.

Peek at the look inside and you will get a small taste of the beautiful writing. This author has a real way of painting with words. Her imagery comes to life from the start and pulls you in for an immersive adventure. The characters are richly drawn and make you care, which brought tears to my eyes in this part as well. If you are looking for a fantasy to get lost in, this series is top on my must read. I am always ready to one-click with each new part.'




'This author never disappoints. I have come to really enjoy this series. Each book gets better and better as you delve deeper into the Durundal series. I love how Turner can tell the current story while still weaving a bigger picture.

She always has beautiful lessons throughout as well.'




'This series is written with a flair for detail and consistency in its world-building that is hard to find in the modern writer. The reader is transported by the magic of the artfully written word to a marvelous place of wonder and danger, where the characters are bigger than life.'



'''I loved this book. It grabs you into the story so much that you feel the grit on your face, the dirt between your toes,

the sunshine on your face.
It makes your heart wrench, your stomach twist and your head thinking about what's next.
It has the emotions of life and yes I cried in a few parts. 
This is a great read that has trials, heart, gusto, emotions and a touch of magic.

It's fantastic and I cannot wait for the next book.'



A Moth in the Flames

'What can I say... I want more. This latest book 'A Moth in the Flames' brings this incredible series to an end.

It is the end but far from finished. This great book fills in the gaps but it also reminds us of the story and its beginnings.

This book has it all. The naivety of children, the hatred of men, the wrath of jealousy,

the greatest love that we all seek, the magic of the universe and the tales of the mysterious.

This book is written so well I found my heart racing with anger then fuelled with love.

I found myself weeping with joy and could feel the warmth of the sun. I cried with deep pain when the main character Sansara lost part of herself. I was enveloped into a world that was beautiful and joyous.

I felt my heart sing with joy at Sansara's hard-won prize. I was happy but also saddened when I reached the end.

I want more. I want more of the magic, more of the love, more of the sapphire blue island. More of the sorceress.'




'This series goes from strength to strength becoming more enthralling with each book.

A Moth in the flames is absolutely brilliant, keeping me captivated from beginning to end.

The powerful descriptive scenes really pulled me in creating a real sense of being there. The story-line is both emotional and empowering. I thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to reading some more from this talented author in the future.'




'This Gem of a book shimmers and glows in the light, even the dimmest light allows it to cast off radiance from within. It bursts forth occasionally with a bright blue pulse. It's magic is clearly great indeed. It doesn't depend on what One can see or touch or taste, but rather it gathers it's energy from what One believes can happen and what the world around us is capable of. It's delightful! This is 'A Moth in the Flames' by Gem Maker S. E. Turner.
S.E. Turner has built an amazing world with her series "The Kingdom of Durundal", and Book 5 is the last in this series. This book captivated me from the beginning - when one of the first sentences states the dragons were watching Cornelius, how could it not!?
Cornelius is met by a goddess, who offers him a deal. He will father a child in order to fulfil a prophecy and in return, no man will ever kill him. Immortality in exchange for a night with a beautiful being? 
A daughter, Sansara is the prophesied child, and when she is sixteen she is sent to live on an island alone to fulfil her destiny. This is where the story unfolds and keeps going, taking us on a magical ride reminiscent of Lewis or Tolkien.
I loved this book. The characters are interesting, well written, and magical without being completely over the top. They can be related to. The world itself comes complete with map so we don't get lost; and the creatures, adventures and interaction is marvellous.'