The WishKeeper is a fantastic young adult sci-fi fantasy novel with the epic, visual and thematic landscape of The Lord of the Rings, the magic, mystery and intrigue of Harry Potter, and a fiercely courageous, albeit broken, kick-butt heroine a la The Hunger Games.
The debut novel and first installment of The Paragonia Chronicles, Max Timm delivers a story to which we can all relate - the desire to see our hopes, dreams, and wishes become fulfilled, and knowing that all to often they are shattered instead. In such moments, with all odds against us, do we give up or do we fight for what matters most?
Enter Shea, a teenage fairy unable to fly due to wings broken by her parent's destruction of a True Love Wish. The centerpiece of the story, Shea shows us how to persevere in the midst of brokenness, and that no matter the circumstances, hope will endure if we are willing to seek after it.
This beautiful new landscape created by the crisp, flowing style of Timm's writing will draw you in and never relent. The imagery as absorbing as the action taking place within it, an atmosphere has been meticulously crafted here with every last detail, bringing the fictional world of courageous fairies up against the villainous forces working to destroy them -- and the most important Wishes they keep -- right to the doorstep of the reader's imagination and straight into their hearts.
A novel as thrilling as it is creative and as heartbreaking as it is inspiring, The WishKeeper is a story of grand proportions that urges you to hang on to a broken-winged fairy as she flies into the darkness in hope of finding the light beyond it.
I cannot recommend it enough to those looking for a new fix to their Young Adult Fantasy Novel needs. Whether or not your own wings are broken, you'll fly through it like you wouldn't believe -- just don't forget your goggles!
-Dan J. Marder, Writer at danjmarder.com