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Earthbow: Volume 1: Part One of the Second of the Narentan Tumults Paperback – March 21, 2010

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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.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Gryphonwood Press (March 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982508735
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982508732
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,862,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm SherryT, a fantasy author trapped on the U.S. east coast & longing to live on my fantasy world of Narenta but not during a war!

I like fantasy & mysteries but these days I write more than I read. My favorite authors are the Inklings: all the writings of Lewis; Tolkien's Hobbit & LotR; Charles Williams' supernatural thrillers like The Greater Trumps& his Arthurian poetry; Barbara Hambly; Madeleine l'Engle; Susan Cooper; Ken Grimwood &Tony Hillerman.

I enjoy helping fellow-writers & appreciate being helped; amateur photography; creating art by hand or graphics software; music esp filk, folk & world music ex. Putumayo, soft rock, classical guitar. I watch just a few TV shows a season but I'm very loyal to those I watch--currently Person of Interest/Scorpion/Elementary/Grimm/Good Wife/CSI/Mentalist. I love 100's of films but I refuse to play favorites by listing a few.

Other interests: ethnic cuisine, dark chocolate, playing servant to my cats Khiva & Vartha who have a cameo in THT, my faith, "wasting time with my friends", enjoying nature--except ice storms.

I worked at an academic library for 30 years. What could be better than being around books every day? Writing them.
I wrote my 1st Narenta Tumults fantasy, "Seabird" beginning in 1979. Writing Narenta #1 was such fun when I reached the end, I began writing its sequel. And the sequel to the sequel.

After retiring from my first career, I focused on writing, networking with other fantasy authors like my Lost Genre Guild colleagues & buddies, catching up on manuscript revisions & of course writing new material.

Speaking of which, revised editions of my 1st Narenta Tumults fantasy novels--Seabird & Earthbow--will be available in early 2015. Marooned, the 3rd novel set on Narenta will appear later in 2015.

Two other Narenta novels still need work. The Gryphon & the Basilisk aka "The Behemoth" aka "Its Wordiness" not so secretly wants to be a trilogy & keeps saying, "Feed me!" G&B looks more like a gigantic plant every day. I'm beginning to worry.

Another Narenta novel is having an identity crisis & has asked to be called, "Da Boid, da Tree-Rat 'n' da Loser". As a loving book-mama, I'm giving it time to work through its issues.

I began writing short stories in the mid80's because my writing instructors assigned us short works. Wailing "I write long" gained me no sympathy. I've written 40-50 shorts
---33 of which are in my new Tree House Tales collection! ---
but I rarely submitted the stuph stuffed in their folder because, well, I write long.

***Forthcoming any d/a/y/ hour now!***
Tree House Tales, a collection of short works & original art.
"The Daily Scroll" an almost-daily blog focusing on creativity & imagination
LinkedIn http://tinyurl.com/Sherry-s-LinkedIn-page

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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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Any fears that Seabird and its sequels would end up mimicking The Chronicles of Narnia are dispelled with this first volume of Earthbow, by Sherry Thompson. Indeed, in feel and focus, this book departs from Seabird while still living in the rich universe created there.

First, while Seabird remained in Cara's point of view the whole time, this book has several. The storyline is more complicated, with various threads spinning around each other. Some threads touch others, some tie together, others remain lose, waiting to be wrapped up in Volume 2. The reader sees and experiences more of the world, the culture, and the darkness than in Seabird.

Second, Cara doesn't return for this story, rather her brother, Xander, is introduced into this world. And instead of experiencing Xander's entrance into the world and his acceptance of his mission, we jump into the story two weeks after he's been in the world, already carrying the Earthbow, and apparently ready to find out what he was sent there to do, and do it, though it's obvious he isn't ready.

Third, Xander, while the Outworlder, isn't the central character or focus in this volume. Harone, a key character from Seabird, acts as Xander's guide and we frequently find ourselves in his point of view, and realize he's struggling with his own journey and growth as an Enchanter, facing the dark evil that he struggles to fight back. Another thread follows Coris, serving an evil king influenced by the dark evil that is working to enslave the lands, and his ethical struggle both to do what is right in the face of possible death, and his struggle with faith in someone greater than himself. Many other characters interact or take the points of view, but relate to one of these two threads in one way or another.
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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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