What are readers saying about Book II,
The Darkest Forests?
"Like its predecessor, this book captures the reader with its characters
and the relationships between them. The author is particularly skilled at mixing
drama with humor, and mixing old fantasy with something entirely new and his own..."
--H on Amazon
"I loved book one, and this one was even better. I didn't want to put it down,
and I didn't want to get to the end. What more does a reader want?
A lot of fun. Definitely recommended."
--R McClintock on Amazon
"Another great read, one that continues the first book’s propensity for avoiding the traditional
pitfalls and clichés of the genre. Though the overall narrative advances greatly in this sequel –
and leaves open the literary door to the follow-up through a blindsiding cliffhanger –
the characters remain the bellwether of this book and series..."
--Wallace Hartley on Amazon
"What the heck is going on in the four realms? A quest that's not really the quest.
A love triangle that has way more at stake than just a broken heart... But what is the end game? Who can we trust?
We're all in dark including The Outcasts, whose time together reveals so much about them.
This second installment will keep you in suspense while taking you on a very twisty adventure."
--Sara (a.k.a. "Team Octavia") on Amazon
"I would highly recommend the second book in the Outcast series...
There are battles, dilemmas and strife that keep the plot moving and keep the reading interested.
There are alliances, friendships and romance between the main characters... and maybe even sabotage...
I am looking forward to the third book in the series to continue on the journey with the Outcasts.
--Andrea on Amazon
"This was an interesting read. The author did a wonderful job.
I would recommend. A unique and good read."
--Katrina on Goodreads
"...As the story unfolds you come to realize that not all is black and white,
every relationship has its complexities, and truth and lies
intermingle to form reality. I can't wait for book three..."
--Heather on Goodreads
"An exciting second installment that leaves readers ready for the next!
Very hard to put down as it never gets dull.
Recommended for anyone who likes reading about fantasy worlds,
wizards, elves, epic quests, friendship, and love triangles."
--Helen on Goodreads
What are readers saying about Book I,
THE OUTCASTS: The Lies of Autumn?
“It's not about the action (although there is plenty), it's about the relationships…
As he deftly cuts away from the final scene, we are left with a non-traditional cliffhanger,
which is a perfect way for this non-traditional fantasy story to end.
While Mr. Abdella excels at all of the traditional elements of fantasy writing, …
he is really playing a much more significant game.
By developing fully realized characters, complete with distinct prejudices, heart-breaking betrayals,
and a steady growth towards new perspectives, …
his story is less about the external battles against orcs or trolls or goblins,
and more about the internal battles that all people face when encountering
those who differ from themselves. Mr. Abdella should be congratulated for writing a compelling
first novel, and for providing a story that promotes a powerful message in today's divisive world.”
--KB on Amazon
“I tip my hat to the author! This novel was captivating and I couldn't put it down…
it is not my typical genre. HOWEVER, I am so glad that I gave it a chance
because within the first chapter it pulled me in, and kept me in until the last page.
Now I'm biting my nails waiting for the next book…
This is the mark of a seriously wonderful author - to keep me wanting more
in a novel that is so far out my scope of 'normal' reading!
I HIGHLY suggest that you give this book a chance - you will be so glad that you did!!”
--Meaghan on Amazon
“Finally, some original fantasy…(T)his is not your typical fantasy adventure.
While evil leaders give orders… It is the darkness in all of us that represents the greatest danger of all,
and it is that darkness that threatens the realm and the fellowship's attempt to save it.”
--LP on Amazon
“This isn't your typical fantasy story. Sure, it has the magic. It has the adventure.
But it also has a decidedly modern edge. It has characters who
are not only navigating a mysterious quest, but navigating their own emotions...
They are at once reconciling their past individual experiences and bearing the weight of responsibility.
With twists and turns that will leave you on the edge of your seat, this is a book that
you won't put down. I am eagerly awaiting book two!”
--Sara H on Goodreads
“…(O)nce I started reading it, I couldn't put it down…There are many great things at work in this story.
The characters are complex and while they are united as outcasts, each has his or her own conflict as well.
The plot is full of surprises, and the author does a great job of balancing action with introducing the reader to the world of the story.”
--DVM on Amazon
“... I really, really liked your book. I was extremely impressed by your writing, your story - everything about it…
My only complaint is that I have to wait for the next book to come out, because I want to keep reading about these characters
and what comes next. I don't think I've read a book in this genre since the 8th or 9th grade when I (was supposed to) read The Hobbit.
Your book has made me want to explore other books in this genre. Thank you for sharing this with us."
--Mike G on Facebook
“This is a great book. Combining classic fantasy elements and themes
with witty dialogue and unexpected revelations this is a book for the ages.
The book’s exciting plot is only surpassed by its powerful message of tolerance
which is so relevant in the modern day.
Beneath the Wizards, Elves, and Morphs this book is remarkably human and connects with the reader.”
--Zach C on Amazon
“As a huge LoTR and fantasy fan, I thoroughly enjoyed this book ... can't wait until the next one!”
--LM on Goodreads
“…Abdella writes a spellbinding story which has suspense, violence, love, inter-species relationships, a good plot
and an ending that forces you to ask what is next for the four intrepid warriors
as they search for a world of acceptance of all living creatures. Good read, difficult to put down.”
--Joseph H on Amazon
“An excellent first novel. I tore through it on my summer vacation. I look forward to the sequel. Well worth the read.”
--Mark G on Goodreads
"This book is brilliantly written and incorporates societal commentary, religious themes, historical context,
... I am not usually a fantasy genre fan, but I couldn't put this book down!
Chuck Abdella engages the reader with deep character development and plot twists that keep
you guessing; and waiting for the second book!! Keep writing Mr. Abdella!"
--Katie M on Amazon
"Highly recommend! The character development is unique and diverse.
The author naturally pulls you through the group’s journey in a manner that is both comforting and
unnerving (about what will happen next of course). For anyone who likes a good adventure,
this book is for you. Cannot wait for part two!"
--Luke B on Amazon
"…THE OUTCASTS is the definition of a page turner. Just finished it today and I cannot wait for book two!"
--Christian S on Amazon
"The Outcasts is a superb fantasy adventure book…
Action scenes are exciting and easy to visualize.
The author's description of the magic and sorcery is clever and unique.
I thoroughly enjoyed it as the book picked up speed right to the finish.
The Outcasts has an exciting mix of romance, intrigue, suspense and supernatural action."
--Fred B on Amazon