Lightfinder Paperback – June 16, 2014
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"As a fan of Aaron Paquette's dazzling artwork, I am in awe of the vision and craft behind The Lightfinder Saga. If you loved Stephen King's The Stand and the worlds that Neil Gaiman can create, you will love these characters who are fighting for humanity's survival. Bravo!" -Richard Van Camp, author of The Lesser Blessed, Angel Wing Splash Pattern and Godless but Loyal to Heaven.
With an artist's eye and a storyteller's soaring imagination, Aaron Paquette has written a page-turner. I found myself rooting hard for Aisling, Eric and their beloved Kokum. This book is a hugely engaging cautionary tale: the stakes are high if we keep giving in to our appetites. But there is great light in Lightfinder. Congratulations, Aaron, on this strong debut.-Shelagh Rogers O.C., Host, co-creator "The Next Chapter" CBC Radio OneAs a fan of Aaron Paquette's dazzling artwork, I am in awe of the vision and craft behind The Lightfinder Saga. If you loved Stephen King's The Stand and the worlds that Neil Gaiman can create, you will love these characters who are fighting for humanity's survival. Bravo! -Richard Van Camp, author of The Lesser Blessed, Angel Wing Splash Pattern and Godless but Loyal to Heaven.
About the Author
Aaron Paquette is First Nations/Metis. He is married, has children and is visited by a shadowy dark raven called depression. Despite that, or because of it, he hopes to share what a gift every day can be. Lightfinder is Paquette's debut fantasy novel for young adults. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta.
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Aaron Paquette is one of those writers that you just know will be around for a long, productive time. I have no problem imagining this story on the big screen! Highly recommended!
I enjoyed the story telling and character development though the ecological morality tale, while central to the story, could have been handled more subtly – Raven's monolog on this was heavy handed. Both Aisle and Eric are positive role models of adolescents coming of age while learning the significance of their cultural heritage. The ending promised that this would be the 1st in a series, but to date this is Paquette's only book – a disappointment as I'd love to find out how their story continues.
Top international reviews
Trotz Fremdsprache konnte ich das Buch nicht mehr aus der Hand legen bis ich es ganz gelesen hatte.
Die Story beginnt schonungslos in der Realität vieler Natives in Kanada, zeigt reale Probleme um Akzeptanz und Selbstwert, die Personen ziehen den Leser immer weiter in die Handlung hinein. Bald vermischt die Handlung altes Wissen und Legenden mit der Realität, weitere Ebenen kommen hinzu. Das Ergebnis ist ein episches Werk, ein Wettlauf - um den Bruder, ja die gesamte Erde retten zu können.
Bei dem letztlich offenen Ende kann man auf eine Fortsetzung hoffen, sicherlich sehr zur Freude all derer, denen dieses Buch ebenso gefallen hat.
Wer mehr zum Autor erfahren möchte, kann dies auf seiner Homepage und auch unter Facebook tun - viele seiner wunderbaren Kunstwerke sind ebenfalls dort zu sehen.
The heroine is real...sometimes stroppy teen, sometimes the woman she is growing to be...while facing and dealing with some of the more painful aspects of life and growing up in the world of here and now. The fact that this book also brings in some fantasy and some ancient lore, just makes it so powerful.
The struggles of Eric, again with the fantasy and ancient legends of the first nations people, were exceptionally fascinating. Evil, or darkness or negativity, however you wish to call it, is plainly and beautifully presented to illustrate that we all have choice regardless of what context or situations life hands us. Even when the choices are ugly or limited, Aaron Paquette makes it clear that choice is always key for the characters in this book.
As someone who grew up with a fierce love of mythology, this book re awoke the wonder and awe of the power of myth. It also resonated strongly with my love of symbolism and the theory of the collective unconscious.
I would be thrilled to see this in my children's school library. It is refreshing, it offers wisdom and hope, and it made me remember that this planet is a living entity that we are meant to be in harmony with, not opposed to.
Aaron Paquette, via this book, helped me touch the child I left behind and honestly left me feeling a little less cynical about life and our place and potentials in this life.