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Earthbow: Volume 2: Part Two of the Second Narentan Tumult Paperback – September 22, 2010
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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. Retired from the University of Delaware Library, Thompson is now busy with the next Narentan Tumult.
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Why? Because this story continues to track the personal journeys of Harone, Coris, and Xander as they struggle to fight the evil threatening to consume the Narentia lands. And the situation does appear hopeless. And that's where the real battle plays out. For our heroes, this is a tale of self-sacrifice of the highest kind.
And this is not a book for the feint of heart. People die, sometimes in ways that make you wince. You don't get gory detail, but the evil is real, and threatening. You feel their struggle, and you sense their despair. And you watch them rise to the occasion, even when all seems lost.
It is a book of inspiration, that even in our darkest hours, we are not without hope.
I enjoyed the characters in this volume, as I did in the first. I liked seeing Xander discover his place in the story. The interaction is well done between the characters, and each had a story to tell.
As in the other books, the writing painted good pictures for me to see clearly what was happening. The descriptions gave a solid sense of setting and mood. There's a lot going on in this story, though it gets pulled together more in this volume than in the first, as threads come together, and the story boils down to the final face off with the enemy. The tension runs strong through the book, and culminates in a satisfying manner, that not only leaves you with a sense of resolution, but the meaning behind it sticks with you, and I found myself thinking about those events for days after reading it.
I gave the first volume a five star rating. After reading Volume 2, I found my five star rating wasn't wasted on a lackluster ending, and I can confidently give this one a corresponding five star rating as well. Which means, if you like a great fantasy story, you'll not go wrong in reading the whole set of these books, beginning with Seabird, Volumes 1 and 2, and Earthbow, Volumes 1 and 2. You can thank me later.
And I hear there is more stories in this world coming out. Your time in this world will give you a return, both in entertainment and enlightenment.
Note: The author gave me a copy of her book to review.
Originality - 5/5
Writing Style - 5/5
Plot - 5/5
Characters - 5/5
Aesthetics - 4/5
Earthbow is the second book in the Narentan Tumults, being preceded by Seabird.
Wow, somebody really needs to kill that Cenoc guy!
(Just my first reaction, everyone.) Sherry Thompson has done an incredible job of creating the most malicious, vile, hated villain you can imagine. Lord Cenoc, the brutal king of Latimus, wants even more power and will stop at nothing to get it. Meanwhile, one of his knights, a man by the name of Coris, begins to feel the pull of righteousness and rebels against his evil master in an effort to save three innocent people from becoming the king's next torture victims.
Out in the countryside, we find the enchanter Harone, Cara's love interest from the previous volume, and Cara's little brother, Sandy, the new Outworlder, seeking to discover what it is that they must do to defeat the evil in Latimus.
Earthbow has fantastic characters, a ton of climactic action, zombie animals and trees (kind of), and a very funny stoah creature named Khiva. I especially love how the separate characters and plotlines that Thompson starts her novel off with all naturally compliment and blend together as the story progresses.
There are also a number of spiritual lessons in Earthbow, notably, How does Satan use our own desires to work against and even control us? And, What does it mean to truly repent?
I have definitely become a fan of the Narentan Tumults and will eagerly anticipate the release of the next volume, tentatively titled, The Gryphon and the Basilisk.