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Product Details

  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Gryphonwood Press (March 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982508735
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982508732
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,322,593 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

One of the top award winners in the 2006 Genesis writing contest, Earthbow is Sherry Thompson’s second novel, following the release of her debut, Seabird. Her work has also appeared in F/SF, The Best of Gryphonwood, and The Inkslingers. Recently retired from the University of Delaware Library, Thompson is now at work on Earthbow, volume 2.

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I began writing, via daydream--when I was in early elementary school. By sixth grade, I must have committed something to paper because my teacher suggested that I read aloud from it a few minutes each day in homeroom. I don't remember anyone snoring.

Well, leaping ahead, I received my BAAS in Interdepartmental History from the University of Delaware, earning enough credits to qualify for unofficial minors in English and in psychology. I had been working 15-20 hours a week in the university library since I was a sophomore, and I liked it. All those books!

I ended up working at the UD Library for a total of 35 years, then retired early so that I could finally devote all my time to writing. You see, I began writing "Seabird" a YA fantasy--and its sequel "Earthbow"--in 1979 & kept working on them until 1983, at which point I had to stop writing because of the demands of my career. Since I retired, I've been writing, revising, participating in three writers groups, attending conferences and otherwise living a long-deferred dream.

My first fantasy novel, "Seabird", finally made it into print January 2008, courtesy of a brand new small publisher, Gryphonwood Press. (Thanks, Dave!)
"Earthbow" volumes 1&2 came out in 2010, also via Gryphonwood. Both are available in paperback and for Kindle.

I plan at least three more books in the Narentan Tumult series. One is "Marooned". Another is "Da Boid da Tree-Rat 'n Da Loser" --which will need retitling before pubbing. The last is a gigantic manuscript that wants to be its own trilogy. Chapters for that are filed on my computer under "The Gryphon and The Basilisk", but in conversation I usually call it "The Behemoth". That's what I'm working on right now.

In the next few months, I expect to begin searching for an agent for "Life Tides" (tentative title), an account of my extremely dysfunctional family. Suffice it to say they got the love of reading right, but not so much the rest.

Other interests are my faith, meditation with or without walking a labyrinth, filk music, folk music, world music especially Putumayo recordings, my two cats (Khiva & Vartha) and, I confess, a few television shows-- CSI, CSI: Miami, Numb3rs (all gone now) and Without a Trace (also all gone). And Bones!

I love virtually all of the writings of C.S. Lewis, Tolkien's Hobbit & LotR, Charles' Williams' 7 spiritual thriller novels, Barbara Hambly's fantasies, Madeleine l'Engle, Susan Cooper, Ken Grimwood, Tony Hillerman...and like that.

Dark chocolate isn't bad either.

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Over all, I think I may have enjoyed reading "Earthbow" more than I did with "Seabird."
abeussink
Ms. Thompson has created a fascinating world just different enough from our own to be recognizably fantastic and alien, populated with vivid, interesting characters.
Fred L. Warren
At the same time, the Christian reader can read it and derive valid Christian thoughts and applications to their lives, if they wish.
R. L. Copple

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Grant Lyle on May 31, 2010
Format: Paperback
This book is even better than Thompson's first book, which I really enjoyed. Seabird was great because it took you on the classic fantasy adventure. Earthbow takes place in the same world, but is darker and more action-packed. The story stands alone, so it doesn't matter which of Thompson's books you read first. If you want the journey story, start with Seabird. If you want more action and adventure, start with Earthbow.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly Nishell on August 5, 2010
Format: Paperback
This book is a very vivid read and keeps you visually moved through each chapter. I highly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By abeussink on July 19, 2010
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This is the first volume of two of "Earthbow," the second novel in Sherry Thompson's chronicle of the Narentan Tumults. This time, Cara's younger brother, Xander, finds himself called to be a champion of the country of Latimus, which seems to be in worse shape than the Tethra of "Seabird," the first novel.

It's noticeably darker, and the characters the reader meets face difficult choices and situations, as well as their own uncertainty and inner struggles. Unlike "Seabird," Xander is already in Narenta at the beginning of the book, and while the reader does get to know him, the other storylines get as much if not more attention then he does (he does get more in volume 2, I hear). One new character, Coris, is quite interesting, and Harone is back. And while it is gloomy in the beginning (Coris just can't seem to do anything right at first), Khiva soon appears to provide some (not out-of-place) entertaining relief.

Over all, I think I may have enjoyed reading "Earthbow" more than I did with "Seabird." It reads smoothly and quickly, and the three intertwined storylines were all enjoyable, so I didn't mind when they changed from one to another. And, while it is grittier than "Seabird," it still has a quality that reminds me of J. R. R. Tolkien, Charles Williams and C. S. Lewis, the better-known members of the Inklings.
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