Kestrel's Midnight Song [NOOK Book]

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The land of Gable—renowned for its birds, revered for its legends and secrets—is home to the grandest castle in the known world. Inside this castle, in a narrow cell atop the dungeon tower, the legendary Marauder known as James Kestrel awaits his hanging.

This is the story of a simple shepherd boy named ...
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Kestrel's Midnight Song

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Overview

The land of Gable—renowned for its birds, revered for its legends and secrets—is home to the grandest castle in the known world. Inside this castle, in a narrow cell atop the dungeon tower, the legendary Marauder known as James Kestrel awaits his hanging.

This is the story of a simple shepherd boy named Micah. And how he falls into the elaborate scheme to free James Kestrel . . . and unleash the secret Kestrel has so carefully guarded for years.

WINNER of the 2010 Bronze Moonbeam Award

NATIONAL BOOK TOUR in the Fall of 2010
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Editorial Reviews

Christian Miles
J.R. Parker's debut into the literary world couldn't have been better. Though still in his teens, his craftsmanship is on par with Rowling's and his world-building skills are up there with Tolkien's. I lived and breathed with the characters, and every surprising plot turn threw me for a loop. The motley crew populating Kestrel's Midnight Song are a charming bunch; unique and captivating. After the last page fell, I immediately began to miss them all—even the villains.
Jill Williamson
Parker writes an imaginative tale, filled with adventure, mystery, and unique characters. The storylines intertwine and keep the reader turning the pages, desperate to see how it will all work out. I can't wait to read the sequel.
Wayne Thomas Batson
Because of his youth and genre, people will no doubt compare J.R. Parker to Christopher Paolini. I don't claim to be a prophet, but I think Parker very well could be better . . . Marauders, stolen children, haunting mystery, and ever-present danger make this a book worth reading.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013556263
  • Publisher: Flaming Pen Press
  • Publication date: 11/9/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 580 KB

Meet the Author

J.R. Parker has been daydreaming for as long as he can remember, and recording those daydreams for nearly as long. He started writing Kestrel's Midnight Song around his fifteenth birthday, finished the first draft around his seventeenth birthday, and submitted it to the publisher shortly thereafter. He has lived in Idaho his whole life, but his mind resides in various pockets of the clouds.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2013

    BAD RP

    Yup

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2012

    Eaglefeather

    Name- Eaglefeather
    Clan- ThunderClan @ "thunder rose"
    Description- A brown shecat with golden tabby and white patches, and amber eyes
    Personality- Loyal, friendly, and energetic.
    I'm pretty active!! ;)

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2012

    Moonsecret

    I am an all black she cat with white on my ears muzzle tip of my tail chest and paws. I have no clan but if I did I would be very loyal. My father was Brokenstar and my sisters Scareyes and Darkeyes. Please don't judge me by my kin's actions. All I want and all I need is someone to love me for me. And stop thinking about my kin. If I had kits they would be my pride and joy. I would never leave their side or abandon them like my father did to me. Please respond.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2012

    Smallfern

    Age: 11 moons clan: none, but searching description: a small yet slender silver tabby she cat with a long slim tail and slim legs. Shes very stuborn but VERY protective of those close to her. She will do anything and everything for her mate. Shesloyal and on frequently. I want kits but no s**.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2012

    Shadow

    Hi im a black she cats with green eyes. I am not in a caln. Im SUPER active no lying. Im kinde feirce loving and loylal i want kits but no you kniw what. I am an experenced mother. Iv been looking for a mate. So i would live to meet you

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2012

    Dragontail

    Hi my name is Dragontail. I have a beautiful goldenpelt, green eyes, a long tail, and large but not huge ears. I'm caring, and loving, i guess im active too. My clan is eagleclan. I'm a great hunter parcially due to my power, im a shapeshift. No, you dont sound mean at all.
    Hope we can be mates :P
    -Dragontail

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2012

    READ THIS

    Fireflower steps out im the former leader of midnight clan but anyways i made an rp its for weres if u dont no what tht is its a person who turns into any animal the sme one every time and its pretty amazing u can still do this if u join tht go to result first result asap to join we need ppl! Btw i need a mate im silver plz post somewhere to meet fireflower on into the wild and ill meet u there thx soooooooo much and plz join my rp and spread the word thx u rock also can somebody post an ad in into the wild for my rp? Im locked out

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2012

    Q

    Is this the icetail that was in my Commandoclan?~Darkturret

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2012

    Leyla to others

    A beautiful girl in short shorts and a bikini like top with a perfect body and long curly golden hr sits alone. Im in charge here.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2012

    To all warriors

    Hey! If you are here to join the midnight clan, then your in the right place! Make sure to describe your cat-self, and ask ME if you would like to join. Thanks!! - Icestar (PS This book is really good! I enjoyed it!)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2012

    Kesterel's Midnight Song is filled with a beautiful language of

    Kesterel's Midnight Song is filled with a beautiful language of writing and characters that makes me proud to own a copy of my own. The colorful characters, the sceneary and the plot is enticing and entrancing. Jacob Parker is an inspiring author and treasure in the literary world. I look forward to his next book.

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  • Posted February 23, 2012

    Beautiful work of words

    I have the honor and privilege to have my hands on a beautiful copy of Jacob R. Parker's book: Kestrel's Midnight Song. I am not a much of a fantasy fan, but I've been very curious about this book so when Jacob had an awesome deal I had to snatch it up and risk it. To say the least. I was EXTREMELY pleased with what I read. It is rare to read such a beautiful piece of work.

    Jacob has a real gift with words and description that just made my heart sing and thrill and sink deeper into the story with it's twisting and interwoven plot.

    The main story is divided between three characters.

    Micah is a caring shepherd boy who I instantly liked for his character, and the way he took care of his sheep. His first thought was for them and them only from the beginning to the amazing finale. His heart through this story makes him a lovable main character, whose troubles and conundrums were easy to identify with and sink deeper into the story.

    Robbyn a slave girl with a painful history with the horrible Marauders, and Drift a giant with a heart and strength as big as him who becomes Robbyn's strength and protector as they untangle the horrifying plot of the bloodthirsty and power hungry Marauders.

    To say the least I will not hesitate to purchase another of J. R. Parker's books.

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  • Posted December 29, 2011

    Masterfully Done!

    In Kestrel's Midnight Song, teenage author Jacob Parker stunned me with his genius, weaving a tale of adventure, faith, suspense, intrigue and mystery.

    Never before has a book surprised me like this one¿it is full of the most amazing and unexpected plot twists that kept me guessing until the final pages. It was incredible. The stunningly spectacular climax literally took my breath away!

    It includes memorable and lovable characters like the stalwart shepherd boy Micah, troubled tavern owner Robbyn, dedicated giant Drift, and hilarious Bart! The Beast was one of the most terrifying things ever. The Aegre Bird was breathtaking. The Caelum Flute added a marvelous flair, and the legendary marauder James Kestrel lurks ever in the background . . .

    Full of excellent adventures and several unique ideas that I've never encountered before, it is a cleverly put together, very well-written book. My only complaint is that it was over too soon¿I am desperately awaiting a sequel! J. R. Parker, in the words of Balin, "I take off my hood to you."

    Kestrel's Midnight Song holds a special place in my heart and on my shelf. I recommend it for what it is¿a truly magnificent book!

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  • Posted October 30, 2011

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    "Kestrel's Midnight Song" by Jacob R. Parker

    I have a few things to say about this book. First of all, AAAUGH!!! I know the author! (Which is, by the way, just WAY TOO COOL.) I've been following Jacob's blog since he was still writing KMS (Kestrel's Midnight Song), and I'm very happy with the result of his work. Second, that has got to be the coolest dragon/bird/BIG THING I've ever seen. Thumbs up to the cover art. Third, I'm about ready to write the review now. Here we go.

    ***

    In the tower of a castle, high above the sea, a prisoner waits to be freed. James Kestrel is his name, and a name that inspires terror throughout the land. Renowned for his knowledge of the Caelum Flute, an instrument with the capability of controlling any bird, he would be able to rule Gable, a land renowned for its exotic birds.

    At an Inn near the Kepled Sea, a slave girl hides without any protection save secrecy. If she were to be discovered as a run away, anyone could claim her. With this horrible secret, she tries to live a normal life at the inn, catering to guest as if nothing were different. She has no knowledge of the fire, or the journey with the giant, which is so soon to come.

    Farther still, deep in the mountains lives a shepherd boy, who likewise knows nothing of his impending fate. He spends his days tending to his sheep, which he loves like siblings. Soon, though, he'll have much more on his mind than just sheep. A trek is coming that will last many days, and will cause him to meet with many new friends- a giant, a slave, a former guard to the King, and many more.

    ***

    All the right characters + all the necessary writing skill + flaming sheep = A pretty cool book. Some of the characters lacked developement, but there had to be a weakness somewhere, right? :-) Mr. Parker, I am satisfied in every way. (And ready for a sequel!)

    -

    4 of 5 stars

    10+

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  • Posted April 20, 2011

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    Couldn't have been Better

    J.R. Parker's debut into the literary world couldn't have been better. Though still in his teens, his craftsmanship is on par with Rowling's and his world-building skills are up there with Tolkien's. As I zipped through this book, totally engrossed with the story, I lost sense of time and place. I lived and breathed with the characters, and every surprising plot turn threw me for a loop. The motley crew populating Kestrel's Midnight Song are a charming bunch; unique and captivating. After the last page fell, I immediately began to miss them all--even the villains. I'll be waiting anxiously for Parker to spin his next breathtaking tale.

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  • Posted February 25, 2011

    Kestrel's Midnight Song

    Part of me wanted to give this book four stars instead of five ONLY because I want to be able to give an even higher mark for J.R. Parker's future works. There WILL be future works for this new author. Parker was only nineteen when Kestrel's Midnight Song released, which means he's a young talent who has years to grow--not that he needs many. This book is a very strong start for him. Wonderful characterization, a solid plot, and vivid imagery. The story was told with surprising skill, especially when you consider the author's age--but even when you don't consider it.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and am very looking forward to the day my kids are old enough to read it!

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  • Posted February 25, 2011

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    INCREDIBLE! A wonderful must-read for all book-lovers!

    A few months ago, I read Jacob Parker's book, Kestrel's Midnight Song. I had heard about it before since my brother did CGI work for Jacob's book-trailer, but I hadn't heard enough to comprehend what an incredible read it would be. It hooked me quickly! I whizzed through it in two car drives and was shocked by the clear-eyed perspective and depth of insight displayed by the author. I would never have guessed it'd be SO AWESOME! Kestrel's Midnight Song is about a young shepherd boy called Micah, who won't stop breaking the rules laid down by his psychotically horrible master. Mostly, the rules concern how to raise his sheep: 'Never name your sheep-never assist another shepherd with their sheep-never trade, sell, or buy sheep. And never, ever, EVER-risk the lives of yourself or your flock to rescue one sheep in danger.' Micah doesn't heed this for some reason and always insists on diving to the rescue of his little straying sheep, even if blizzards threaten. It is his deep affection for his sheep which singles him out for a perilous quest whose end he cannot know, and upon which rests the fate of the Kingdom of Gable and the Green Isles. And in the end, only sacrificial love on his part will suffice to save both sheep and kingdom. The story follows several other characters as well, such as a chivalrous, blue-eyed giant named Drift who rescues Robbyn (a young slave) after her secrets are revealed. And to make a pun, I can't forget Isaac Ganthorn, one of the best-depicted characters in Kestrel's Midnight Song. He is a Marauder who is continually haunted by the memory of the shepherd boy's eyes, which look forever sleepy and innocent. But since ALL the characters are interesting, I better run through them! There's the Marauder King (shocking and terrifying, especially his gold tooth. That part was done with excellence) and Captain Lewell, who waits impatiently for his promotion to being the Marauder King's second. Or Bart the nonsensical who is truly clever. Or Gretchen, the former King's Wool-Spinner who informs us that everyone needs forgiveness & healing, and no-one is perfect, even old ladies like herself. And of course, there is the strange matter of Micah's father, who as it turns out is lesser than Micah; or Samuel Kamloop whose life-long passion is conversing with birds, much to his detriment. Nor should I omit James Kestrel himself, who gets his name on the cover and whose hanging is due all through the book. This book's plot works perfectly and left me baffled and guessing all the way to the dramatic, twist-and-turn end! Masterful, vivid storytelling combines with tightly sequenced and meaningful events to climax in the most striking way I have ever seen. If the book is an inside look at the author's head, then Jacob Parker must be a genius. The entire book fits together like so many wheels and cogs within an intricate device, each one interlocking, each one depending on the rest. This book also has to be the most pristinely clean book imaginable while being widely alert to detail & realism. Jacob's terrific sense of humor is, therefore, just icing on the cake.

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  • Posted November 21, 2010

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    An imaginative adventure from a promising young author

    Slave girl, Robbyn, is nearly burned to death in a fire set by the Marauder King. Drift, a giant, rescues her. Together they set off to warn King Darius that the Marauder King plans to attack the land of Gable. But will they get there in time? And even if they do, will anyone believe the claims of a slave girl and a giant?

    Shepherd boy, Micah, embarks on a journey. He must deliver a herd of sheep to the Gable Kingdom Castle. King Darius has requested that the sheep's wool be sheared for his wardrobe. Many dangers await Micah on this long journey. And little does he know that the fate of the kingdom rests on his shoulders.

    Kestrel's Midnight Song is a solid addition to the fantasy genre. Jacob Parker writes an imaginative tale, filled with adventure, mystery, and unique characters. The storylines intertwine and keep the reader turning the pages, desperate to see how it will all work out. There are several plot twists that surprised me. I can't wait to see if there will be a sequel.

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  • Posted September 26, 2010

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    Adventure is in the air!

    Explore the land of Gable! Take a ride on the elusive Aegre bird! Join the search for the legendary Caelum flute! The adventure is thick with many fantastical scapes and creatures! The plot is developed with mastery. Everything falls into place neatly, without me suspecting it's conclusion.

    The inn-servant girl and the giant could have more involvement and purpose in the story. There isn't enough thrilling material to make you read all night, but it isn't boring either.

    My rating: 4.5 stars

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2011

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