I am Ocilla
by Diane M. Graham
ISBN-13: 978-1927154199 (Trade Paperback)
Pub Date: March 2012
Publisher: Splashdown Books
A young woman awakes from a deep darkness to find herself in an even darker prison. She only knows her name, Ocilla, yet the rest of her life is a vague memory. She’s been tortured, she can’t walk and her body is a reminder of hideous deeds done that she has no recollection. Voices whisper in the deep caverns of her mind, but they are too thin to grab hold of and find out who she was. Then the miraculous happens; she is rescued by tree men and the incredible adventure begins. Traveling with her rescuers, Ocilla learns that a great evil has fallen. This evil curse had pitted kingdom against kingdom for five hundred years and unless the Chosen One rebukes this evil then death awaits for all. Who is this Chosen One? Ocilla wonders. Each of her traveling companion are certainly qualified for the task, she muses. With each step and each encounter along the way, Ocilla painfully learns that she is the Chosen One; it is she who has the power to put an end to the curse and drive the Evil One away. As they journey pieces of Ocilla’s former life comes creeping back and a new strength and determination begins to lift her up.
Ms. Graham has crafted a well paced adventure filled with intense action and heart pounding moments that will cause the reader to catch their breath. The intriguing cast of characters makes it a book kindred to The Lord of the Rings or The Chronicles of Narnia. Some readers may take exception to certain things in this book, but all in all, it’s a great read. — Mark Randell