Wednesday, July 6, 2011

"Seabird (An Invitation and The Place of Three Tombs)" by Sherry Thompson Book Review

Genre: Christian Fantasy

Recommendation: Good

Originality – 4/5
Writing Style – 4/5
Plot – 5/5
Characters – 5/5
Aesthetics – 4/5

A new epic fantasy in the same vein as the Chronicles of Narnia and the Lord of the Rings!
(Note: Seabird is also available in two volumes – An Invitation and The Place of Three Tombs)
Cara’s life changes forever when she suddenly finds herself in Narenta, a world full of brave knights, noble enchanters, evil sorcerers, and scholarly seabirds. The teenaged Cara is one of the prophesied saviors of this world, but she has no idea what she’s supposed to do! Can she find enough faith to carry out her mission before Narenta falls to the armies of the legendary three evil sorcerers?
With humor, realistic characters, a vivid history, tons of surprises, and great pacing, this book can’t fail to please any fantasy lover. I especially appreciated the strong and loving manner in which Thompson portrayed the God character, Alphesis.
The only slightly negative thing I can say about this book is that the proofreading could have been a little better. As you read, you will undoubtedly come across a few misspelled or missing words here and there. Still, these little mistakes are not enough to cause a problem, so don’t let them distract you too much from the story.
Overall, I’m giving Seabird a solid recommendation of Good and will look forward to reading the sequel, Earthbow.
Seabird is available from Gryphonwood Press.

"Earthbow" (volumes 1 and 2) by Sherry Thompson Book Review

Genre: Christian Fantasy

Recommendation: Excellent

Originality – 5/5
Writing Style – 5/5
Plot – 5/5
Characters – 5/5
Aesthetics – 4/5
Earthbow is the second book in the Narentan Tumults. Read my review of the first volume, Seabird, here.
Wow, somebody really needs to kill that Cenoc guy!
(Just my first reaction, everyone.) Sherry Thompson has done an incredible job of creating the most malicious, vile, hated villain you can imagine. Lord Cenoc, the brutal king of Latimus, wants even more power and will stop at nothing to get it. Meanwhile, one of his knights, a man by the name of Coris, begins to feel the pull of righteousness and rebels against his evil master in an effort to save three innocent people from becoming the king’s next torture victims.
Out in the countryside, we find the enchanter Harone, Cara’s love interest from the previous volume, and Cara’s little brother, Sandy, the new Outworlder, seeking to discover what it is that they must do to defeat the evil in Latimus.
Earthbow has fantastic characters, a ton of climactic action, zombie animals and trees (kind of), and a very funny stoah creature named Khiva. I especially love how the separate characters and plotlines that Thompson starts her novel off with all naturally compliment and blend together as the story progresses.
There are also a number of spiritual lessons in Earthbow, notably, How does Satan use our own desires to work against and even control us? And, What does it mean to truly repent?
I have definitely become a fan of the Narentan Tumults and will eagerly anticipate the release of the next volume, tentatively titled, The Gryphon and the Basilisk.
Earthbow (volumes 1 and 2) are available from Gryphonwood Press.

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