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Book Review — Desprite Measures by Deborah Jay

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Deborah Jay is a fantasy author. When she’s not busy writing books, or reviewing other’s books, Deborah is busy in her ‘real life’ being a professional horse rider, trainer, and judge of competitions. I honestly don’t know how she keeps up and manages to write fabulous books. I just finished reading one of her books, Desprite Measures, which is an urban fantasy novel. I have to admit, it was different for me to jump into this genre as I usually read nonfiction, and chick-lit for my great escape moments, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It had me turning pages (or should I say clicking pages on my kindle), quickly, as I became concerned for the main character’s demise and mission.


An Entertaining Fantasy with Heart and Compassion Desprite     Meet Cassie Lake, the loveable water sprite. She’s an elemental who has the ability to transform herself to human form. Cassie is often caught between two worlds; experiencing the emotions of love and compassion as a human, while out of her water form. In the beginning, Cassie meets Gloria, her polar opposite. Gloria is a fire element. They both are trapped by the magician Liam who wants to experiment with their elements, which would have detrimental consequences if he succeeded by having the two elementals touch. In a clever ploy, the two escape and the story continues with Cassie’s quest to stop the mad magician with the help of Gloria and some other wonderful characters such as witches, vampires, and Euan the silkie, from seeking them out to carry out his plans.

One can’t help but to cheer Cassie on after encountering so many predicaments in her quest to save the Loch in Scotland from exploding by the hands of Liam. This was a well-written story and a delight to read.

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D.G. Kaye is a nonfiction/memoir writer, who writes from her own life experiences and self-medicates with a daily dose of humor.


    • dgkaye

      Yes it was Sue. Sometimes it’s always nice to step out of our usual reading and try something new. 🙂 xo

  • Deborah Jay

    Deb, thanks so much for such a lovely glowing report 🙂
    Cassie is tremendous fun to write, and it’s always great to hear that readers enjoyed her story too – there is a short story coming out very soon, that follows on from the book – yet more fun!
    I write (and read) fantasy because I get enough of the real world to deal with in my day to day life – stepping outside it is a welcome pleasure and keep me sane!

    • dgkaye

      My pleasure to review Deb. I know it took a long time to get through my TBR to your book, but better late than never. 🙂 I now look forward to reading The Prince’s Man! And funny you should mention about a short story coming out following the book, because I was going to suggest (as a request) that you may want to consider another volume of Cassie’s adventures. Lol, I’m so good at ideas for other writers and sometimes get stumped for my own writing. 🙂

      • Deborah Jay

        LOL. I’ll send you a copy when it’s finalised. I also have an idea for another after that.
        Desprite Measures is planned to be the first of at least a 5 book series, but just now I’m committed to finishing The Prince’s Man book 2, as that’s my best seller and I have people demanding the next one 😀

  • Carol Balawyder

    I too don’t normally read fantasy. Somehow I equate fantasy with swords, monsters and violence. Deborah Jay’s book does not at all seem like that. In fact, it seems more like romance and you’ve tempted me to try her book.:)

    • dgkaye

      That’s exactly what I thought too Carol. Sure, there is fantasy situations involved, but yes, the premise of the story does involve some romance and the spirit of the human heart, even though Cassie is not a real human. It’s a lovely pleasure read. 🙂

    • dgkaye

      Thanks Kate, for stopping by. Yes, it’s sometimes a good thing to expand our minds and test the waters out of our comfort zones. 🙂

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