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The Magic Shoes Series

Compass to Vinland

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Wren Larkin knows he isn’t the most popular kid in town ­– he’s too tall, too thin and lives in a house shaped like an old boot. His only friends are a murder of crows who bring him shiny trinkets in exchange for bird seed. Then Maria appears...

In just a matter of days, Wren is immersed into a whole new reality that’ll take him on an incredible journey and reveal a lineage that might be better left secret.  More


An engrossing fantasy laced with inventive sparkle and dark undercurrents.

Kirkus Review

 Compass to Vinland has it all: magic, adventure, villains, and heroes. I highly recommend this book!

Reviewed by Kristine Zimmerman for Readers' Favorite

The story was so engrossing that I truly felt transported to this legendary world, and the final chapter left me hungry for more.

Review by Dakota Love for Reedsy Discovery

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Clarity of Sight

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I sometimes think back to the festival and wish I could relive that night, at least the beginning before everything all fell apart … again.

During what was supposed to be a joyous occasion, an evil entity strikes, creating chaos in the underground settlement, and Wren is captured by the Wrathful, along with Eyota. In order to escape the mayhem and rescue their friends, Maria, Rusty, and Pan must journey up top, find allies, and fight the enemy. Along the way, Maria finds answers to her never-ending questions and discovers fate is far more powerful than she realized.



I really enjoyed this! It moved at a good pace and is unique. The characters are well developed. I haven't read the first book of the series (yet) and I was able to understand the world well and I think that shows how well the world and characters are written. 

Victoria on Goodreads and Netgalley

 I haven't been the target audience for this book for 15-20 years, but that did not make this book less enjoyable. All in all, this was a fun read and I do think that if I were younger, this could have been a favourite for me.

Fawns on Goodreads and Netgalley

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Artwork by Kat Sutherland @katspaintss


Wren Larkin  lives in a house that looks like shoe, has an unbelievable green thumb, and has no idea what to do with the magic shoes he found hidden under his house. But when others learn that the shoes lead Wren to a cloaked world called Vinland, he has no choice but to go on the run with his newfound friends. As the story progresses, it becomes clear that Wren and his shoes are pivotal to the fate of a mythical land and a long-standing family legacy.

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Maria Tovar  is the newest student at Lewisberry Middle School, granddaughter of the town's number one baker, and most likely to know everything you're thinking about. Since, ya know, she can read minds.
Especially now that she has put on the magic shoes that Wren's grandfather made for her which have amplified her abilities. While we meet her in Compass to Vinland, get ready to delve into the truth behind her past, present, and future in the second installment in the Magic Shoes Series.

Artwork by Kat Sutherland @katspaintss
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Rusty Whitaker is known as bad news in the small town he lives in, but he gets the chance to change his narrative when he finds a pair of magic shoes that give him insane fighting skills. Even though everyone in the magic world is confused that Wren's grandfather made him a pair of shoes, considering he's just an ordinary guy, Rusty is convinced his shoes were made for a reason and he intends to prove his worth with them on his feet. 

Artwork by Kat Sutherland @katspaintss

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My Story

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Dani Resh is a Michigan author and artist. She has a bachelor’s in fine arts from the College of Creative Studies, a bachelor’s in political science from Oakland University, and a master’s in fine arts from Pennsylvania State University. Dani has worked in a wide variety of fields, including a position as a prosthetic-eye painter and a legal aid paralegal for domestic-abuse victims, and is currently working in higher education. However, her true passion is storytelling. Whether it be through the written word or her artwork, she feels most alive when she is creating. 


Compass to Vinland: Book One of the Magic Shoe Series

Clarity of Sight: Book Two of the Magic Shoe Series, will be released August 15th, 2023.

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