Tuesday, 6 January 2009

Seabird by Sherry Thompson

This review is a part of the CFRB tour running this week. For more information, see the links at the bottom of this post.

Seabird is an alternate-world fantasy with a reluctant heroine dealing with issues of confidence and calling as she travels on her unintended journey in a fairytale-like fantasy land full of bizarre colours and cultures as well as sinister forces and imaginatively-contructed monsters.

Cara is unwillingly snatched from her beach holiday after buying a mysteriously compelling seabird necklace. She finds herself in a world of purple foliage and periwinkle skies, and of the Three Peoples who wait for the visit of this Outworlder. Understandably shocked, she tries to tell them there's been a mistake - she can't possibly be the one their prophecies speak of. So she runs from the tasks they tell her she must complete, thus encountering trouble of even more immense proportions.

The character of Cara is highly endearing, trying to deal with a situation that's put her far out of her depth. She's in over her head and it shows in her halting attempts to take action. Disasters aplenty make for exciting reading. How will Cara and her new friends get through?

The best thing for me was seeing Cara turn from denial to acceptance of the call she must answer if the Three Peoples are to be saved. It's not easy by any stretch of the imagination - but it's the easiest thing in the world to let yourself be drawn into the story.

Technically, the book cold have used some more editing in places and a little polish on the cover design. But it's a terrific first effort and I look forward to seeing more from this wonderfully imaginative author.

This is a book that's definitely worth re-reading to appreciate new depths.
You can buy it here.

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Monday, 5 January 2009

Moving Day at last!

Hey everyone,
I moved into my new place yesterday and then some people came over for a BBQ...it was a great day! This video shows some before-and-after footage plus hello from local friends :)