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Product Details

  • Paperback: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Gryphonwood Press (January 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979573823
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979573828
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,390,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Narenta is a tangible world--mysterious, inviting, frightening. Cara completes a visible character arc, (as she becomes) a champion. A must-read for CS Lewis fans." -- Asgard, BlogCritics Magazine, April 16 2008.

From the Author

Seabird is volume one in my epic fantasy series, the Narenta Tumults.

In each book, someone from Earth is transported to Narenta, to serve their people in a unique way during a time of peril. Cara, the woman on the "Seabird" cover, is the first and she's convinced some Narentan magician made a pretty bizarre mistake.
Even if it is a mistake and Cara's not the one who was supposed to come, the daemagos have decided to kill her.
I am currently revising the first draft of "Earthbow" the sequel, for Gryphonwood. I hope to post extracts on my blog beginning in the next few weeks.


I plan at least two more books in the Narentan Tumult series. One is "Marooned". The other is an untitled book that wants to be its own trilogy. Fifty plus chapters for The Behemoth are filed on my computer under "The Gryphon and The Basilisk".


Other interests are meditation with or without walking a labyrinth, my faith, filk music, folk music, world music especially Putumayo recordings, my two cats (Khiva & Vartha). Uh, yeah. I confess, a few television shows-- CSI, CSI: Miami, Numb3rs and Without a Trace. And Bones!
Dark chocolate isn't bad either.


More About the Author

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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By JM Reinbold on February 28, 2008
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Seabird is a work of high fantasy which will appeal to aficionados of the genre who appreciate tales that recount the struggles, failures, and triumphs of reluctant heroes.

Teenager Cara Marshall is the reluctant hero of Seabird. Plucked from a predictable life of summer vacation at the local beach, younger sibling to baby-sit and game arcade dates with her boyfriend, Cara is suddenly and inexplicably transported to the distant and less technologically sophisticated world of Narenta. And from the moment she arrives nothing is predictable. Cara finds herself alone in a weird and wonderful landscape filled with strange, exotic creatures and a race of bird-like people that call themselves the Young Ones who believe that Cara, whom they call "the Outworlder," has been sent by their God, Alphesis, to deliver them from the evil of the Daetaga, a trio of ancient life-destroying sorcerers. When all her efforts and repeated pleas to be returned to her own world fail to convince the Young Ones that she is not the hero they think she is, Cara sets out on her own to find a way home.

And so begins her great and arduous journey. On her trek across Narenta she soon discovers that not only does almost everyone she meets know more about who she is and why she is there than she does, but also that she is being pursued by forces whose only objective is to destroy her. Along the way Cara is both betrayed to her enemies, the Shadow, and aided by wise and noble enchanters and the courageous and spiritually evolved Seabirds, servants of the Light, who selflessly give themselves to her protection and guide her to an understanding of her destiny and of the mission only she can undertake and complete.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Catherine Hassan on May 27, 2008
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The Pevensie children are no longer the only ones being pulled away from their lives on Earth in order to set things right in another world. Meet Cara, a typical self-centered and shallow teenager. After purchasing a unique seabird pendant, she finds herself suddenly pulled out of her own world and into Narenta, into a society where everything looks rather medieval and the people are expecting an outworlder to come to their aid. They are all convinced that Cara has been sent by Alphesis, their Lord, to perform a deed that only she can accomplish. Cara is convinced that it's a mistake, and the only thing she wants to do is go home. Unfortunately, the more she tries to run from this task and find a way home the more she becomes embroiled in the danger of the Tumult. Some very nasty Demons (daemagos) are quite intent on killing her, no matter what her own intentions.

This is an engaging tale of high fantasy, one that Young Adults in particular should enjoy right from the beginning. At times it is humorous when Cara tries to communicate using typical teenspeak in a world that doesn't get all the expressions and slang. But that is only a small element of this novel. It is brimming with action and adventure, lots of battle scenes, but also some brilliant scenes filled with the life-altering experiences that Cara undergoes internally. Themes of light and Living Water weave their way throughout the tale, as do honor and the Joy of Obedience. This will teach some lesson painlessly; in fact, if you don't tell them there are any lessons, the teens won't see them coming! Characters have a great deal of personality, individual personalities so deep and unique that you'll feel like you really know them before the story is over. It's not all happily ever after and pie in the sky either. I highly recommend it. If you're looking for some summer reading material, please consider this one.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Asgard Oracle on April 29, 2008
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Fans of C.S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia might have found a favorite new author. Seabird, the debut novel by Sherry Thompson, is reminiscent of Lewis's classic series in terms of the rich fantasy world the author has crafted, the teen protagonist, and the strong religious subtext.

The story centers around Cara Marshall, a teenager who is magically transported to the land of Narenta. Cara, selfish by nature, is told that she has been chosen as a champion who is charged with fighting the evil that threatens the land. Convinced there has been a mistake, and not at all interested in being a hero for these odd strangers, Cara sets off to find her way home. Circumstances and experience eventually take her in a different direction and, aided by a small cast of Narentans and some talking seabirds, Cara takes on the mantle of champion.

The strengths of this story begin with the mystical quality of the world. Narenta is mysterious and inviting, but also threatening and frightening. Thompson paints memorable pictures of many locales. The reader truly feels that he or she has been dropped into the middle of a tangible world. The religious themes are strongly present, but the book is not preachy and it reads like a secular book. Characterization is another strength, with Cara completing a visible character arc- something that is frequently lacking in contemporary fantasy.

Some might find the "black and white" presentation of good versus evil to be a negative. The bad guys are bad because they're bad and the good guys are good because they're good. Readers looking for a George R.R. Martin/Joe Abercrombie type story with all characters being varying shades of gray will find Thompson's traditional approach off-putting, but those who enjoy the CS Lewis type of story will be right at home.

Seabird, the first book of the Narentan Tumults, is a must-read for CS Lewis fans, and promises to be an enjoyable story for those who like traditional fantasy.
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