Review: Challenge (Ella Bandita and the Wanderer Book 3) by Montgomery Mahaffey

24909585Title: Challenge (Ella Bandita and the Wanderer book 3)
Author: Montgomery Mahaffey
Published: May 25, 2015
Publisher: Free Flying Press
Pages: 72
Genre: Fantasy
Review: ebook provided by author
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The Wanderer should have known better. Growing up with the Bard's fireside stories about the predatory seductress Ella Bandita has done nothing to prepare him for meeting her. When he crosses paths with a mysterious vagabond girl in the woods, his loneliness pulls him toward her. But the strange woman spurns his friendship. It should be easy enough to leave her behind. But the Wanderer can't pull himself away, captive to his stubborn will and the haunting dreams that linger when he wakes up every morning. Drawn in by the legendary allure of Ella Bandita, the Wanderer is caught up in a game of cat and mouse fraught with desire that is only fueled by his neighbor's disdain. Soon, the words of his grandfather's warning becomes a fading echo in his ear...always remember, follow your heart. Will the Wanderer resist in time to hear those words, or will he lose the one thing that matters to him most?

I received this book to give an honest review.
This was a bit out of my normal reading genre but I still wanted to give it a chance. 
For me this book was just okay I really liked the book more towards the end where the Wanderer becomes who he becomes. I think this book would be more for the fantasy lovers. You have the Wanderer who just travels from place to place and when he meets Ella who doesn't give him the time of day well you know he is going to keep perusing. I mean he is a guy after all. Though sometimes you should know to leave well enough alone, and in this case the Wanderer doesn't learn until it is too late for him.
Now the time frame is hard for me to place as there are ships and the lands are being patrolled which I thought was pretty neat. The characters were developed very nicely and you don't feel them to be one dimensional. Ella is more of a mystery and the Wanderer well you get a bit of his backstory as you go through the story. 
This story is a quick read though it did take me a few days to read it. 

Montgomery Mahaffey
My name is Montgomery Mahaffey. I'm a writer, a storyteller, and an indie publisher. I think independent publishing is fabulous. What an opportunity! It's both empowering and challenging to claim the power of offering my stories on my terms, and to get those stories in the hands and (hopefully) in the hearts of readers.
I write Dark Fantasy inspired by Fables and Fairy Tales.
I'd love to connect on twitter! @freeflyingpress
Or you can find me posting about the art of storytelling, fantasy, and indie publishing at the
If you love the third person bio, I've got just the thing for you:
Montgomery Mahaffey is a fantasy writer who has told her stories all over the country. Alaskan winters shaped Mahaffey as a writer, and her work is built off of the myriad of personal and collective experiences formed underneath that mystical landscape. Born in the south to a family of storytellers, Mahaffey has developed her own voice that is suffused with the temperament of the wanderer instinct. Set in a world where magic is at once subtle and pervasive, her novels bring to life symbols and stories of the old fairy tales told with wry humor and passion. In 2005 she was granted the Individual Artist Project Award from the Rasmuson Foundation in Anchorage, Alaska. Ella Bandita and the Wanderer is her first novel.


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