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4.35 of 5 stars 4.35  ·  rating details  ·  17 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Ancient Canada is a story of mythology for an alternate Canada. Two sisters, Lavender and Marigold, are exiled into a journey of their known world. Using Lavender's unique ability to see life and death, they survive in the wild. Along their travels they meet a giant stone creature, a bog man, Prince Oslo of Svalbard, a race of Feathermen, and many others. Each chapter is a ...more
ebook, 370 pages
Published October 11th 2011 by SynergEbooks (first published June 26th 13)
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Rick F.
Clinton Festa writes about his novel "The mythological world of Ancient Canada (http://ancientcanada.com) may be unlike anything you've read in 1,000 years. Two sisters, Lavender and Marigold, are exiled into an epic journey of their alternate Arctic Circle. Lavender has the unique ability to see life and death in all its forms. Marigold has no unique gift, just the ability to support her sister at the right time and tell a joke at the wrong one."

I have read several novels dealing with "Alternat
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Brett Sills
Incredibly well written and a must for all mythology fans. Though the book is long, its nice to read something where every single word is carefully chosen. If you're looking for a quick page turner, Ancient Canada probably isn't for you, but if in search of something more substantial, a rich text that is incredibly memorable, it's a must read.

You can tell a lot of time and effort was put into the book and you will not be disappointed with the result!
D. VonThaer
Before we begin, I must give props to Mr. Festa for originality. Ancient Greece. Ancient Rome. Ancient Egypt. All of the above mentioned are superb places, titles and are chock full of possibilities. Ancient Canada stands alone because it is relatively unknown. And, it should not be unknown. Canada is a sleeping giant, perched above the noise of America and far from the rallies and cries of the rest of the world. It is both beautiful and inhospitable. It’s ties to Russia and the Artic make it a ...more
Chris
Disclaimer: Mr. Festa sent me an e-copy in exchange for a review.

Ancient Canada presents an alternate history and two girls - Marigold and her somewhat strange sister Lavender. It is a story of journey, and reminds me, I hope intentionally, of those quest myths that one connects with the far north. The story is told by different people as they encounter the sisters.

I also think, if I am being honest, this isn't quite my cup of tea, which is why I gave it three stars. So Mr. Festa, it's me, not
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Amy Lignor
Philosophy, wisdom, history - fantasy, paranormal, entertainment - these are two groups of words that are never put together when speaking about the literary world. Novels are separated by invisible barriers, allowing them to fall expertly into the categories of romance, suspense, YA, etc. Although there have been crossovers, where a romance is set in the paranormal world, or the historical figure comes to present day to have a few laughs, literary genres are still very individualized. However, ...more
Babs
Lavender and Marigold are sisters. Lavender can see life and death while Marigold writes up the stories. Each chapter is told from a different character. This is what I loved most about the book. Not only does Clinton write wonderful character that you can attach yourself too the research is remarkable. Watching the girls grow up through life was interesting they had to adjust to a lot of different things. The tales of myths and the twists and turns will keep you turning the pages in this wonder ...more
Brett Sills
Incredibly well written and a must for all mythology fans. Though the book is long, its nice to read something where every single word is carefully chosen. If you're looking for a quick page turner, Ancient Canada probably isn't for you, but if in search of something more substantial, a rich text that is incredibly memorable, it's a must read.

You can tell a lot of time and effort was put into the book and you will not be disappointed with the result!
Fangs for the Fantasy
This book is fascinating in many ways and the author has an incredible imagination. Set in an ancient land of semi-medieval technology, it resembles fantasy more than anything, while there are shreds of our world there, especially in the names, the world is extremely different from ours.

From Lichen to the feathermen, there is a lot of creativity here. We have a vast array of characters and creatures that largely dodge previous stories and patterns we have seen over and over again in fantasy. Lav
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Little known fact about me is that I could not decide between being a literature major or a history major. Ultimately books won out, but anytime a book comes my way with a story history elements, I have to admit I do get kind of excited about it. I love to see people's interpretations about how history played out, but this book is particularly looks at history in a new light, in a way creating an alternate history.

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Rachel at theJeepDiva
I liked this book. The author has a writing style that is all his own. At times I did feel that some parts of the story were a little too wordy but I did not notice this through the whole book. I give this story 4 stars. It was not 5 stars, only because it did take me a while to get in to the story much the same way that sometimes it takes me a while to get in to a Stephen King book.

The book tells the story of Marigold and Lavender from the point of views of the many people and mythical beings t
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Nancy (The Avid Reader)
Lavender and Marigold are sisters who has been exiled from their home in Canada. Lavender has a gift where she can tell if someone is going to live or die just by looking at them. This gift is the reason that they are exiled. They are taken to the edge of the woods and dropped off. They use this gift of life and death to survive on their journey. On their journey they meet a man made out of stone. This stone creature tells them stories of all the people and animals that have come to visit him in ...more
Richard Wolanski
Trouble Maker and a Soothsayer

Ancient Canada tells of the life of Lavender through the accounts of others. Lavender is a modest child of York the largest City in Canada. Robbed of the promise of meeting her father, her hard working salt of the earth family makes their living through farming and bartering produce—but not Lavender. To earn a living Lavender, and her boy-crazed rebellious older sister Marigold, run a studio called Mystic Garden where Lavender harnesses her peculiar talent. She can
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Barbara
I don't usually read fantasy. I was so immersed in this world that was so vividly described by Clinton Festa. There is so much originality. This is NOT a formula book. It makes you think a lot too. I participated in a group read here at Good Reads where I had access to a free file. I liked it so much that I bought my own copy. This is what is meant by Epic Journey! You can read it for the plot with the twists and the turns or you can read it for the layers of meaning or both.
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The writing is sometimes (maybe intentionally) wordy & I didn't get the post-apocalyptic setting fully on first read. Overall it's a nice read, and the ending is (view spoiler) satisfying. The MCs have some angsty buffy feel in them (which is also nice imo).
Clinton Festa
Feb 03, 2012 Clinton Festa rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
Ancient Canada is mythology for an alternate Canada. It may be unlike anything you've read in 1,000 years. Please visit ancientcanada.com for more.
Clinton Festa
Dec 20, 2011 Clinton Festa rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
From the author:

Visit www.ancientcanada.com for everything you need from the world of Ancient Canada!
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