The Guide by T. J. H. Boggis

When young Clara Brown awakes to the sound of a wolf howl in the garden she soon finds herself drawn into another world.

The Guide is a fantasy story that opens in the North-East of England around the time of the depression. The plot follows the journey of young Clara Brown who meets a wolf called Kai in her garden who tells her that he has the cure to her Mother’s illness. Under instruction from his master, Lord Tarano, Kai tells her that if she agrees to enter his world and help them with their problem first then she will be given the means to save her Mother’s life. With her mind in a whirl Clara agrees to go with Kai into his world but she cannot shake off the feeling of unreality. She feels drawn back to her safe warm bed and while every instinct screams at her that this cannot possibly be real she feels compelled to continue, for even the smallest possibility of helping her Mother is worth risking everything for.

  • Classification: Universal
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  • First submitted June 24, 2008
  • Last updated June 24, 2008
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  • Walden Carrington's avatar
    Walden Carrington wrote 4 years, 11 months ago

    I love stories about animals in the fantasy genre and this awesome tale titled The Guide shines from the author's brilliant imagination. Backed with enthusiasm.

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    SusieGulick wrote 5 years, 3 months ago
    Dear T.J.H., I love that everyone lived happlily ever after - unlike my memoir - maybe some day. :) Before I began to read your book, I was prepared by your recap/pitch,which was very well done. :) Your story is good because you create interest by having short paragraphs & lots of dialogue, which makes me want to keep reading to find out what's going to happen next. I'm "backing" your book: When you back a book, it only improves ...
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    lizjrnm [Retired] wrote 5 years, 5 months ago

    This is awesome - what an incredible imagination and a real talent for putting it into words! You make the idea of a talking wolf acceptable and the characters are very down to earth even though they are also fantastical! BACKED with pleasure - thi sneeds a green arrow next to it so PAY ATTENTION AUTHONOMITES!

    Liz
    The Cheech Room

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    Roe wrote 6 years, 2 months ago

    I think this is well executed and I shall continue to read more. An interesting premise that drew my attention in the first place. I shall continue to read but in the meantime happy to back

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    Elaina wrote 6 years, 2 months ago
    Hi Tom Books with wolves and dragons- one can say they are a dime a dozen. And YET, isn't it strange how EVERY time a book with a wolf or a dragon in is picked off a shelf? I believe we love the fantasy of it and the legends surrounding them, the mystery. Guide doesn't disappoint! I already love your Kai and I'm certain the younger generation will as well! This is well written. Of course (like me) you can ...
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    JohnB wrote 6 years, 3 months ago
    Hi Tom, This is highly enjoyable writing and its nice to see the wolf cast as a hero for once - Shelved. I read straight through the first four chapter. You write descriptive passages really well. Not that its important in a fantasy, but the last wolf was killed in Britain in 1743 ( see http://www.wolftrust.org.uk/a-lastwolves.html ). I enjoyed the relationship you built up between Clara and Kai and the way you send them off into the night and make ...
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    Silver1 wrote 6 years, 7 months ago
    Just finished reading chapter one. The idea you presented in your summary sounds very promising. A girl trying to save her mother's life by traveling to a different world. One suggestion: You got me hooked when Clare points out to herself that wolves are non-native to the area. That is when my interest spiked. Until then I felt it was mostly, "So what? There's a wolf. I wouldn't go out and say hi, myself personally." I would suggest cutting the ...
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    alex [Retired] wrote 6 years, 8 months ago

    I am enjoying this. You create a convincing setting, full of menace and dark forces. I look forward to the final chapters.

    Alex

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    Tom Boggis Author wrote 6 years, 10 months ago
    Thank you very much for the comments, you have no idea how happy they made me :D I'm glad that you're enjoying The Guide but if you stopped reading after Kai's apparent death don't fret! Sorry to spoil it for anyone else but he's not actually dead so you can carry on reading safe in the knowledge. There is a lot more of this that I've written but haven't got round to posting yet. I only have another 4 chapters ...
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    JAK wrote 6 years, 10 months ago
    I came to this via the pitch me section and was immediately interested in your description of The Guide. I've now read, and very much enjoyed, the first five chapters. What has struck me most is the dream-like logic of the structure. Though much of the desfcription is very intense, it remains very evident that Clara is not in her real world and that her family concerns matter a great deal. This contrasts with the very strong drawing of the ...
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    janharper wrote 6 years, 11 months ago

    I only read the first chapter because I am not really a fan of the fantasy genre but you write well and I could picture what you were describing which is always a plus. Looks good.

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    Tom Boggis Author wrote 7 years ago
    Hi Lorrie, Thanks for taking the time to have a look at my book and thanks for the comments. A common theme I'm getting from the comments on my books is my overuse of adverbs so I guess I'd better address that as soon as I have time. I'm about to start work on chapter 8 of The Guide so before I do i'll go back and strip it down a bit. Hope you have time to take a look ...
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    Lorrie Porter [Retired] wrote 7 years ago
    Woken by a wolf howl, a girl sneeks out of her father's house to investigate, an action which leads her into an adventure. I particularly liked the line 'the draft that blew through the house ruffled the hem of her nightdress.' It was very visual and evocative. One point I would mention is your use of adverbs. You use sleepily, sharply, longingly, tentatively, slowly, falteringly, eerily - to name but a few. I always find a highlighter pen useful for ...
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    Claire de Lys [Retired] wrote 7 years, 1 month ago

    Only read the first chapter but looking good. I like the mystery to it but then I'm a bit of a mystery junkie. Just one suggestion: maby a few more comas to lighten it up a bit?
    I'll get back to reading more soon, hate leaving a book half read:)

  • Tom Boggis's avatar
    Tom Boggis Author wrote 7 years, 2 months ago

    Thank you very much for your wonderful comments and thanks for being the first person to comment on this book. There is still a lot of work to do on it (I am currently only half way through chapter 5) but I am progressing quite quickly and any comments I receive can only make the piece stronger. I hope you feel compelled to read on and see what you think of the other 3 chapters I have posted up :)

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    kwasumang wrote 7 years, 2 months ago

    good first chapter. you are able to paint spectre and fright, create an atmosphere of suspense that holds attention. enthralling use of language here and there, delightful description of emotions.... i am not a great fan of fantasy but i like what you have done here, you are a beautiful creator.