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Kestrel's Midnight Song [Kindle Edition]

J.R. Parker
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Book Description

In a narrow cell atop the dungeon tower, the legendary Marauder known as James Kestrel awaits his hanging.

Micah the shepherd boy accepts the treacherous journey to the Kingdom unaware that he’s being used, that the Marauders are relying on him to fulfill a crucial role in their scheme to free Kestrel... and unleash the secret he so carefully guards.

WINNER of the 2010 Bronze Moonbeam Award for Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction

Product Details

  • File Size: 486 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Flaming Pen Press (August 11, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003ZDOW1C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #442,034 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ridiculously Awesome October 22, 2010
By Cson
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I'll admit it. I wasn't expecting much from Kestrel's Midnight Song. First, it's a fantasy novel written by a teenager, and I didn't even like Eragon. Second, it was published by a publisher I'd never heard of beforehand. And third, I'd talked to the guy who wrote it... and he didn't really seem like a literary genius.

I couldn't have been any more wrong. Three things need to be in any book for me to really like it. Number one is fast pacing. Number two is character development. And number three is a deep and meaningful plot. To put it simply, J. R. Parker hits these nails so hard on their heads you can't even see them anymore they're buried so deep in the wood.

So here's the thing. If you like big, bad beasties, relatable characters, deep allegory and meaning, and pacing so fast that nothing less than lunch with two (make that three) of your favorite fantasy authors will force you to put it down, you'll absolutely love Kestrel's Midnight Song.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic fantasy tale! May 5, 2010
"Kestrel's Midnight Song" was a fascinating tale. I don't know of another fantasy book that delivered a greater mystery, yet wrapped that mystery in a unique fantasy land. The journey of the shepherd boy kept me turning the pages, wanting to know more. And when the location of the silver flute was revealed, I was floored! I highly recommend this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kestrel's Midnight Song...only the beginning February 25, 2011
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Fantasy Fiction of the Year! November 16, 2010
I read this book while the author was staying at my house for a book trailer he was acting in. Not only is HE an awesome guy... his book is.

I tore through it like wildfire, meanwhile neglecting every thing else. For those of you who want to get stuff done within 24 hours of receiving the book, this is not the book for you. The plot is completely intertwined, you get to a moment of truth and you are like, "WHY didn't I guess that?!" lol

It's awesome. The characters are completely believable. The devotion of Micah for his poor flock, the disturbed Isaac Ganthorn, the power hungry Marauder King.

My favorite character totally had to be Bart. Bart is this chubby guy with a nutty kind of disposition. He's either telling a blade of grass about his day or gushing to passerby's that he is going to the Gable Kingdom castle with Micah, something Micah has just hotly informed him was NOT true. This book is awesome. I could go on forever! lol

Epic battles, an Innkeeper with a secret, a Giant, a disobedient Shepherd boy and a criminal waiting to be hanged. James Kestrel...

...Kestrel's Midnight Song.

Get this for EVERYONE you know for Christmas!

- Leighton
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting Tale From A Talented New Voice September 6, 2010
Fast-paced, with unique characters - the latter a pleasant surprise in today's glutted fantasy field! The story reveals itself through interwoven character arcs, which connection you may or may not intuit. They're not always what you might expect!
At about 200 pages, this is a quick read. Each main character is well-developed and three-dimensional. Often, in a book with interwoven arcs, there's a character or two in whom I'm less interested. That didn't happen here; I cared about them all.
Parker's writing style is taut, not overly fancy, and showing a real command of language.
A note for animal lovers: there are scenes of animals in peril, all of which turn out all right - in fact, that's a bit of the point. Keep a tissue handy, but don't be afraid!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kestrel's Midnight Song August 15, 2010
By Dakota
I received a preview copy of this book.
I like some fantasy, some sci-fi. I loved the Harry Potter series.
This book falls more into the younger reader genre. It is a wonderful story from a young author. I didn't know what to expect,but was pleasantly surprised that the multiple teller & viewpoints of the tale held my interest.
It isn't a large book. Quickly read, which might make it encouraging to some younger readers.
The plot was well thought out, complex, twists & turns. Good 'fleshing' out of the characters with 'boo-hiss' villains & applause for the 'good guys'.
Others have written about the storyline, so I'll add my applause for this great addition to the fantasy adventure/young adult book & to the young author. Hope for others soon.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars great book for younger folks
Highly recommended for young people. Book about values, ethics, and responsibility. Writer shows great maturity for his age. I met his father and learned how old he was.
Published 11 months ago by T. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars 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. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Celtic Forest Dweller
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating!
I was thrilled to get the chance to read this book, as I love young adult fantasy novels, and our library has only a small selection. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Book Maven
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
I really enjoyed this book! It is a great effort by a new, young writer! I finished it within a day of starting it!
Published on July 24, 2012 by Karen
5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing book
I have the honor and privilege to have my hands on a beautiful copy of Jacob R. Parker's book: Kestrel's Midnight Song. Read more
Published on February 23, 2012 by Jessica
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!!!
Parker is a wonderful writer, this book kept my attention all the way to the end. I could not put it down. It is definitely worth getting a copy of this book. Read more
Published on February 23, 2012 by JKirk
5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Amazing Book Ever!
Kestrel's Midnight Song is one of my top four favorite books ever! I think it's better than The Lord of the Rings and Narnia! J. R. Read more
Published on December 28, 2011 by R. L.
3.0 out of 5 stars A Teenage Debut, After All...
Considering that the author was so young when he wrote the book, it's not too bad. The story is original and some of the characters are interesting, but the book lacks depth. Read more
Published on November 21, 2011 by RevolutionaryPan
5.0 out of 5 stars I am hooked! Compelling! Can't wait for the next one
Reading it aloud I found it wordy at first, but then the compelling story entralled me and I LOVED it! Read more
Published on October 17, 2011 by Lilbeautybonnets
5.0 out of 5 stars A Delightful Tale!
This book caught me on the first page and didn't let go! More than once I was up late reading chapter after chapter. Read more
Published on October 17, 2011 by Rachel Kimberly
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More About the Author

J.R. Parker has been daydreaming for as long as he can remember, and recording the escapades of his imagination for almost as long. Early examples of this include notebooks filled with sketches of creatures and superheroes (and a combination of both) complete with 32-colored-pencil-color and a diagram pointing out their special abilities and traits.

He started writing Kestrel's Midnight Song around his fifteenth birthday, finished the first draft around his seventeenth birthday, and shortly thereafter submitted to Flaming Pen Press, who would eventually accept him for publication.

He resides in Idaho, where he has lived his whole life. But he is embarking on a national book tour with the release of his book. You can visit his website at


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