Dive into the beautiful and magical Kingdom of Splendania! This is the first book in the new fantasy adventure series for children age 8+, and fans of How To Train Your Dragon, Earthsea and The Wizards of Once.
“This book reminded me of Aesop’s Fables in that the world-building is in-depth and vivid, and there are a lot of fantastical elements. Including a sword imbued with magical power and pixies leaving breadcrumbs for an enthused Vanadae, which is especially interesting because the story alludes to a big magical future for the princess.
Tales of Splendania: A Golden Wish is an entertaining and magic-filled read that promises more excitement in later books.” – Rosie Wylor-Owen, Author of The Rogue Valkyrie Series
About The Story
In this ancient and mystical land, the most marvellous and dangerous magical creatures roam the lands and skies. The beautiful and valiant Princess Vanadae must find a way to protect her beloved Golden Unicorn from the most dangerous creatures of them all — the people of Splendania themselves. All of whom are completely hellbent on capturing and killing magical creatures, the Golden Unicorn most of all.
Vanadae must find and protect the majestic Golden Unicorn before Magnus the Mighty, her father and the High-King of Splendania becomes the first to slay this wondrous creature and ensure his rule over the three realms; Theos, Valastry and Ovamthia.
Will the Golden Wish, granted once in a lifetime to the members of the royal family, cause the malevolent Witch of the Woods to come out of hiding and continue her vengeance against the royal families of Splendania? Will the courage of Vanadae’s brother, Prince Galderon, protect her from the dangers in the Spellbound Woods and set them on a path to fulfil their destinies?
This debut novel from T.O. Griffiths is perfect for all the family to enjoy together.
The sequel, Tales of Splendania: A Heart of Ice, is coming soon.
“This book is so creative and the author really does have a way with his words! His descriptive writing leads your imagination through a magical journey of fantastical monsters, intriguing characters and marvellously enchanting kingdoms – it kept me fully engaged and eager for the next line, page and chapter. The only downside to this book is that there’s not more of it. Engrossed from the off and already yearning for the second book. Seriously well done T.O Griffiths!” 5/5
“Absolutely loved this book, I love fantasy so I bought this book for myself, but I’ll definitely be buying it again for a friend’s daughter! Looking forward to the next one!” 5/5
“My daughter tried everything to get out of reading her books. Since she was given this book everything changed. This book is a great fantasy book, captured her imagination and she reads it every night before bed. Lovely to see her enjoying what she is reading and showing this much interest. The book itself has over 100 pages, we choose the paperback version, the letters are large so it’s easier to read for beginners and the pages aren’t white but in ecru colour which we much prefer. The story is very engaging and lets imagination loose. The wording is smart and for everyone who loves unicorns, dragons and fantasy this is a top-shelf book not only for the little ones! Definitely highly recommend to all my friends and family to get one as totally worth to get one!” 5/5
“My 2 kids loved the book and were disappointed that it had to end – hoping for a follow-up edition soon – highly enjoyable and helped their reading too!” 5/5
Meet T.O. Griffiths
Born and raised on a beautiful farm overlooking the Black Mountains and the Brecon Beacons on the border of Wales and England, T.O. Griffiths grew up fascinated by animals, sharks most of all. He was lucky enough to be surrounded by farm animals – including the magnificent peacocks – and a stunning view. As a boy, he used to write short stories and poems, somewhat inspired by Alice in Wonderland.
With a large collection of swords, axes and armour himself, his fascination with weaponry has helped inspire certain characters T.O. Griffiths has created in Splendania.
With a busy job and life moving forward, time to focus and complete the book became a labour of love for T.O. Griffiths, but something he was determined to accomplish.
The story coming into existence was completely spontaneous; he was asked to make up a bedtime story for his girlfriend to help her sleep. It was not helpful, however, as he was then up all night, writing it down instead of finishing the story for her, until now.
Tales of Splendania had been rattling around T.O. Griffiths’ head for many years and the story evolved and swayed this way and that, and now, he is extremely excited to share it with you and hopes you enjoy it as much as he has enjoyed creating the World of Splendania.