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  • Posted April 29, 2009

    Starfinder: Book One of the Skylords

    John Marco's flowing style immediately draws the reader into the world of Moth and Fiona, two youths who end up embarking on an adventure far beyond what they anticipated. The story is smooth, fast paced, and filled with ups and downs as Moth and Fiona search for help in a forbidden land where humans are not generally looked upon as welcome visitors. If you're seeking an escape from the real world this is definitely your ticket.

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  • Posted March 14, 2009

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    young adult readers will want to follow the escapades of those two teen courageous explorers

    Tired of unchecked adult supervision holding them back, especially her family's political power, teenagers Moth and Fiona flee from the highest city in the world Calio where anyone can become anything except their elders hold the young back. Leaving the city on top of the mountain, they climb across the foggy Reach until they reach a strange land with strange beings.

    The Skylords greet the outsiders with hostility. They also realize Moth carries a gizmo that once belonged to them until a traitor fearing their growing power stole and hid it. They want their device back even as Moth remains ignorant how to utilize it. Making matters worse for the teens, Fiona's grandfather, the governor of Calio, arrives in a dirigible warship that the Skylords attack with their flying minions as they reject sharing the skies with anyone especially lowlife humans.

    The attitudes of Moth and Fiona make each an endearing realistic thirteen years old as they want to be treated by their elders as adults with the accountability of tweeners so when that fails to pass, they run away. Their adventures in the Reach are exciting especially when they encounter the malevolent Skylords. However, so much side plotting occurs that fans will have difficulty keeping track of the prime focus. Still this rambling fantasy sets up the Skylords saga in which young adult readers will want to follow the escapades of those two teen courageous explorers.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted May 29, 2009

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    Must-read, and NEEDS a sequel!

    The short version of my review is that Starfinder is one of the best books I've read in a long while - something I never thought I'd say about a book featuring youthful protagonists and designed to be Young Adult-friendly.

    I generally don't like YA fiction, and haven't read it since before I hit the age of 10. Even the massively successful Harry Potter series failed to capture my interest on a consistent basis. In fact, the only such book I've managed to re-read as an adult has been The Hobbit - so when I say this book was thoroughly engrossing and enjoyable, that is really saying something.

    Plainly speaking, Starfinder is a sweeping epic on par with any fantasy series out there. The book can be read on any number of levels, each of which could well appeal to different readers. There's the coming-of-age story of the protagonist Moth, the quest for a mystical object in the Starfinder, the emerging family dynamic between Moth's friend Fiona and her grandfather Rendor, and much more - all set against a backdrop of magical lands and travel through the air that really come alive. And as if that isn't enough, along the way, Moth and Fiona meet dragons [including Merceron, who immediately became one of my all-time favorite dragons, right up there with the likes of Tolkein's Smaug and Gordon R. Dickson's various dragons], centaurs, mermaids, and the dreaded Skylords themselves.

    For readers who want a book that will fill their minds with possibilities, and their imaginations with endless panoramic views of a magical world, this book should be high on the reading list - no matter how old they are. What Marco has done exceptionally with Starfinder is to create characters with depth without sacrificing their viewpoints or turning his younger characters into mini-adults, even as he created a world and its creatures that beg to be explored in much more detail.

    Without any exaggeration, I can't wait until the second Skylords book is published.

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