Review: Jupiter Winds

CJ Darlington is a young author with whom I have quite a bit in common. She’s a homeschool grad, a multiple genre author, and a newcomer in the indie publishing world with her company, Mountainview Books. She contacted me about reviewing her latest book, sci-fi entry Jupiter Winds.

jupiter-winds-300Kathy Tyers, author of the Firebird series and widely regarded as the top writer in Christian space opera/sci-fi today, says of Jupiter Winds, “A fast-paced, character-driven space adventure that’s reminiscent of science fiction’s golden age.”

Jupiter Winds opens on a windswept, barren landscape in 2160: the American west after wars have rendered it desolate. Cities are now under the control of Mazdaar, an evil empire, and the desert landscape where seventeen-year-old Grey Alexander lives with her sister Rin in a hidden silo is the domain of outlaws, renegades, and wildlife–all hiding out in the North American Wildlife Preserve, where rich folks go on safari and drones rarely search deep enough to catch the outliers. Everyone in Mazdaar is “connected,” joined to a network of information and personalities through brain implants. But connected means controlled. Grey and Rin, like their parents before them and the ragtag group of smugglers and black marketeers in the wilderness around them, survive by staying independent.

But things are about to change. When a smuggling exchange goes awry, Grey is tracked down and captured by Mazdaar drones–a kidnapping that begins to lift the lid on all sorts of secrets. Like what really happened to her parents, presumed dead years ago. Like the true identify of the outliers in the Wildlife Preserve. Like the horrific plans of Mazdaar for the world and its people–and the place the mysterious planet of Jupiter plays in the destiny of all.

Jupiter Winds, to echo Kathy Tyers, is a fast-paced space adventure that younger readers especially will enjoy. It’s a “Book 1,” so fans of Grey and Rin have more to look forward to. Personally, I look forward to seeing more from this author, who shows a lot of promise, in this genre. Get Jupiter Winds here.

Oh, and one more comment: the book itself, I mean the physical product, is really nicely done. It’s a professional entry in the indie world, with fabulous cover art and one of those lovely matte covers.

Interview with Enclave Publishing

Author Morgan Busse and the good folks at Enclave Publishing invited me for an interview recently, so I said yes. They asked some great questions and I enjoyed doing it!

You can check it out here, and while you’re there, take some time to explore their website. Enclave (formerly known as Marcher Lord Press) publishes some of the best Christian spec fic out there, from fantasy to space opera to superhero stores, including books I’ve loved by Marc Schooley, Steve Rzasa, Kathy Tyers, Jill Williamson, Kerry Nietz, and Morgan herself, among many others.

Review: The Warden and the Wolf King (CSFF Tour, Day 2)

At the end of every romance is a wedding, and at the end of every epic fantasy is a war–a war that will remake and reshape worlds and characters we have come to love.

WardenThe Warden and the Wolf King is the story, as the cover says, of “The Final Battle for the Shining Isle.” More than that, it’s the final battle for the world of Aerwiar, for if Gnag the Nameless has his way, the entire world will become as misshapen, lost, and miserable as he is.

It’s a thick book, bringing together as it does many threads of a four-book saga: the fates of Artham Wingfeather, Maraly Weaver, and Sara Cobbler; the haunting songs of the sea dragons and the tormented memories of the cloven; Gnag’s terrible plots and the ravages of the Fangs as they prepare to battle Ban Rona. There are new characters, too, and deeply explored backstory.

But most of all, this book is the story of the Jewels of Anniera–Janner, Kalmar, and Leeli Wingfeather–as they carry forward the tragic history of the Shining Isle and fight to give it a chance for rebirth.

Like the other books in the series, The Warden and the Wolf King combines light-hearted humour and a surprisingly goofy edge with a plot that is in many ways very serious and very sad. At the end of all this is hope–hope born of love, born of truth, and born of the importance of being named. In all of these things, this series finale is much like childhood itself.

I strongly recommend the entire Wingfeather Saga to readers of all ages. If I may put it this way, It’s not too simple for children and not too serious for adults.

CSFF Tour: The Warden and the Wolf King (Day 1)

Welcome back to the Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy blog tour! I’m excited to be with you for the finish of Andrew Peterson’s Wingfeather Saga. This series–ostensibly written for children–is one of the more memorable to come out of Christian fantasy publishing. Charming, scary, funny, and profound–it’s everything children’s lit should be, and I suspect it will endure.

WingfeatherSaga

If you need to catch up, I’ve written about the Wingfeather Saga here and here. Andrew is a prolific singer-songwriter as well as a writer, and his work is always marked by depth and imagination, as well as a faith that wrestles with deep questions and emotions. (His album Light for the Lost Boy is one of my all-time favourites.)

I’ll post my review of the fourth and final book, The Warden and the Wolf King, tomorrow. In the meantime, you can visit Andrew Peterson and the Wingfeather Saga here.

And the rest of the tour:

Keanan Brand
Beckie Burnham
Pauline Creeden
Vicky DealSharingAunt
Carol Gehringer
Victor Gentile
Ryan Heart
Bruce Hennigan
Jason Joyner
Carol Keen
Krystine Kercher
Shannon McDermott
Meagan @ Blooming with Books
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Nissa
Writer Rani
Nathan Reimer
Chawna Schroeder
Jojo Sutis
Shane Werlinger
Phyllis Wheeler