Quests of Shadowind: Sky Shifter - Book 1

Quests of Shadowind: Sky Shifter - Book 1

by L.A. Miller

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Overview

Abducted…to an Alien World!

Logan and Mindy Oakes wake up to discover everything has changed. Wrong beds, wrong clothes, wrong house. And, worst of all, their parents are missing. When they go outside, they run into a friend whose parents are also gone. In fact, all the grownups in town have inexplicably vanished. Then along comes a spider—a giant, monstrous, mechanical horror.

And that’s the least of the nightmares that will befall the brother and sister in Shadowind, a dangerous, otherworldly dimension inhabited by ghostly creatures, cyborg animals and virtual humans—a land where anything is possible, including being downloaded into a cryptic, evil role-playing game.

In order to survive, Logan and Mindy band together with other kids determined to find a way back to the life they knew and loved. Ultimately they must battle the sinister cyber-lord for the Staff of the Sky Shifter, a powerful weapon that could destroy the universe…but might also be the key to getting back home.

"This well-written tale combines two imaginary worlds popular with younger readers—fantasy and computer games…An imaginative, fun adventure that’s just the beginning of a new amalgamated mythology."
—Kirkus Reviews

The will to survive must win through the day. Quests of Shadowind is a novel following Logan and Mindy who face everything the strange world of Shadowind throws at them. Uniting with other kids trapped in this strange and cruel dimension, they are unsure of what they will have to face next, because the rule of reality doesn’t even seem to be the in play. Quests of Shadowind is a riveting work of fantasy, very much recommended.
—Midwest Book Review

"Many surprises…numerous puzzles…many action sequences…suspenseful."
—Publishers Weekly

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013444119
Publisher: Millhouse Press
Publication date: 12/08/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 699 KB

About the Author

L.A. Miller has been writing for more than forty years. His backgrounds in science fiction, astronomy, technology, and classic literature inform his work, which has included novels, short stories and music. He is the owner of Wood n Nails Music and lives in Las Cruces, New Mexico, with his wife and two dogs. He is the author of the Quests of Shadowind series, which include "Sky Shifter," "The Grounding Stone,” and "Veil.”

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Quests of Shadowind: Sky Shifter - Book 1 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Chrissy_W More than 1 year ago
The story was good. Did I enjoy this book: It’s not really my kind of book, but it was cute. I liked the characters, and though I thought it was a bit overwritten, the story was good: a bunch of teens get transported to an alien planet that’s populated with robots and creepy shadow guys, after which they’ve got to zap themselves inside their computers to complete a quest, save the planet (and their parents), and return to Earth. I felt like I was reading the literary version of a PC Adventure Game, and although it was a fun little storyline, I’m more of a Tetris gal myself. Miller did a fine job with this book (and I can only assume the others in the series as well), but it just wasn’t my cup of tea. Would I recommend it: I believe it would go over well with the pre-teen set, especially fans of Adventure Games (like Zelda, Super Mario Brothers, and Portal). Will I read it again: No. As reviewed by Melissa at Every Free Chance Book Reviews. (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)
tiffanydavis2 More than 1 year ago
Quests of Shadowind: Sky Shifter (Book 1), by L.A. Miller, is a young adult science fiction that opens up with 15 year old Logan and his younger sister Mindy waking up to learn that they are no longer on their own planet, and though all of their teenage neighbors are their with them, all of the adults are missing.  The teenagers immediately split into 2 factions, that almost come across as the good kids vs the bad kids of the neighborhood and while fighting among themselves they learn that this new planet is not going to make it easy for them either.  They encounter mechanical spiders, are sucked into computer programs, learn of a shadow beast that wants to take down the world they are now stuck in, and learn that they must find the spirit stick to stop it all.   I absolutely loved this book.  It's not often that you find a young adult read with a story line like this, let alone a story line that can keep your attention.  Miller did a great job at creating this new world in such a way that you wanted to learn more.  I had a very hard time putting this book down at times.  Book 1 is just the beginning of the series, and I can't wait to read that next book.  I highly recommend this book to readers of all ages and I will be looking forward to reading more by this author. 
JaxGrampy More than 1 year ago
“Quests of Shadowind: Sky Shifter” by L.A. Miller is Book #1 in a new, tantalizing and enchanting young adult science fiction series. Book #2 is called “The Grounding Stone” and Book #3 is “Veil”. I cannot wait to get my hands on those next two books, because “Shadowind” is the most mesmerizing YA series it has ever been my pleasure to read. In “Sky Shifter”, an entire neighborhood of young teens and pre-teens wakes one morning to find themselves in a strange place – both the houses and the geographic setting – with all the adults missing. Early in the story, one of the teens mentioned it was his twentieth birthday, but no sooner had he said it than a gigantic mechanical spider approached from out of nowhere and “beamed” him aboard! Logan and his younger sister, Mindy, were the only two others who actually saw the giant spider, and not everyone believed them. Consequently, the neighborhood was quickly split into two factions. Renowned bully, Kyle, commanded one faction, ruling by use of fear. Kyle had always disliked Logan, so the stage was set for a showdown between the two, owing to the lack of adult supervision or intervention. In conceiving Shadowind, L.A. Miller has blazed a trail into virgin territory. Shadowind exists inside a computer. All the characters, buildings, events, etc., are various sub-routines developed by a software designer. Logan, quite by accident the first time, is able to enter his computer, where he finds himself in the middle of a war game. Without a clue what to do or how to do it, he finds that he is “Captain Action”, with a Sargent Pagel awaiting his command. In short order he loses the game, and is “rejected and ejected” by the computer. Completely baffled, he finds himself back sitting at his computer desk. After a few more trips into the computer, during which Logan learns a little more each time, Logan suddenly discovered Mindy has joined him inside. Sadly, Kyle has chosen that moment to sneak up behind Logan’s friends, who are gathered around the computer watching him. Kyle breaks the interface device that allowed Logan to enter and exit the computer, effectively trapping him inside without hope of returning home. But, alas, Logan has learned the Staff of the Sky Shifter is hidden somewhere in the virtual world, and it is his mission to locate it before the evil Spirit Being, a computer virus, finds it, or the entire world of Shadowind will be destroyed. Even as the evil virus spreads, more and more sub-routines are failing. With Mindy to help him, along with a virtual police officer, “Danby the Manby”, Logan needs to find the Staff in order to locate his missing parents. This story is captivating, fascinating, enchanting, original, fresh, and all sorts of other good adjectives. I repeat: “Sky Shifter” is THE BEST young adult sci-fi series beginning that I have ever encountered. Move over everybody… there’s a new Sheriff in town.
Janet16 More than 1 year ago
The story begins with Logan and his sister Mindy waking up in what appears to be their bedroom. They soon discover that they are not at home and that their neighbor hood is not their neighborhood. IN fact, all of the adults, including their parents, are gone. While trying to discover where they are, they meed giant, metallic insects and then get trapped inside a computer. While in the computer, Mindy and Logan learn that they are not even on their own planet, and that the planet they are on is in danger from a shadow beast. Soon they find themselves looking for a spirit stick of sorts that has magical like properties so that they can save the place they are in from the shadow creature. They manage to do so, but the search for their parents and a way home has only just begun. The story had me hooked from the first page. I found it to be very engrossing nad difficult to put down. I loved the typical brother sister relationship that Mindy and Logan had as they worked together to escape their predicament. This is a cute kid's book that I think people of all ages will enjoy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quests of Shadowind: Sky Shifter by L.A. Miller is a two hundred and ninety-eight page, young adult, sci-fi fantasy book, written in third person. The story is fun, the writing is fast-paced and the descriptions were easily imagined. I thought the dialogue was about right for tween siblings. In fact I think the story would have been a better fit for middle-grade. The kids could have easily been a few years younger. Fifteen year-old Logan and his younger sister Mindy Oaks wake up and discover they are in another world. All the grown-ups are missing but their friends are still there. The kids work in separate groups, like a good versus evil scenario, and against the neighborhood bully. If that wasn’t enough, they also battle giant bugs, virtual villains and Lord Torrent as they try and find their parents and a way home. I thought it was a very imaginative idea and an interesting adventure. I enjoyed the book much more than expected. Strange, alternate worlds paired with a great writer, makes for a terrific book. I was glad to see that it was a series. I can’t wait to see what L.A. Miller has in store for the brother sister duo next. I would highly recommend the book.
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Ah…to be young again. That is exactly what this book will remind adults of, while at the same time allowing all young adult's out there to have an absolute ball. Logan and Mindy Oakes are brother and sister - and they are hysterical. Yes, they stand up for one another and stand beside one another (while they’re teasing, taunting and getting each other in trouble when they can - just like great siblings are supposed to do). What they don’t expect however, is after a party to celebrate the thrills of summer vacation they wake up to find themselves in a house they’ve never seen before, in a neighborhood that’s bombarded with everything from talking anibots to a mechanical spider (with feelings), and huge mechanical ants that work hard to build and repair things. But they’re not the only ones who wake up in this 'new' world with no parents anywhere; their friends are there as well, and no one can remember anything except a strange-looking cake that was at the party that Logan filled up on. As Logan and Mindy sit in their new bedroom wearing the strangest PJ’s you can imagine, they watch their next door neighbor, who’s celebrating his twentieth birthday and thinks this must be some kind of practical joke, be transported into the body of the mechanical spider and led away. Not only that but Sami, Mindy’s best friend, has for some reason sided with the neighborhood bully who’s holding something over her head and is about to make a huge mistake by trusting the wrong people. In order to find their missing parents and get out of this world, Mindy and Logan will find themselves trapped in a computer where they will do everything from playing a game of war with those little plastic soldier figurines to walking through a place of ‘Deep Shadows’ where there’s a man attempting to help them on their quest and a group of dark spirits who are led by one - Torrent - who is searching for a powerful staff that will allow him to become the lord and master of all he surveys. This is an adventure to end all adventures and it’s truly exciting to not only be offered a plot that’s faster than Indiana Jones and more fun than any video game on the planet - but also to have a book in hand that doesn’t rely on any vampire, werewolf, or the undead to engage the reader. The author has done a magnificent job of writing a book that is full of real action and adventure. Quill Says: Put the joystick, laptop - heck, even the Smartphone - down and read this book! You’re guaranteed to have the time of your life!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Sam Hartman for Readers Favorite “Quests of Shadowind: Skyshifter” by L.A. Miller is a sci-fi fantasy book about two siblings, Logan and Mindy, who are dropped into a strange, yet oddly normal world along with the other kids in their neighborhood. They must all work together to find their parents and to return home. The situation is made more difficult by Kyle, the neighborhood bully, who is also along for the ride. With the help of computer programs, animals, and a mysterious man named Aimery, they work to escape the strange land. Will they ever find their way home? And will Kyle ever learn to be a team player? Read the book to find out! This book drew me in with a mysterious beginning that did not explain how Logan and Mindy got to the strange place. In addition to the mystery, the beginning of the book starts with an explosive action series that engage the reader. The way the siblings fought throughout the first half of the book is a great touch and gave the characters room to develop. But after the initial rush of action, the book slows down a little and flits between characters, which takes the story away from the plot. Luckily, it picks up again and ends strong with a cliffhanging ending. The writing style is great for the type of book it is and didn’t distract me from the story. His entire book is very original and is a good choice for 12-15 year olds who enjoy science fiction and fantasy. Good book and I can’t wait for the next one!