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Mystery of the Moonfire: Book Two of the Spectraland Saga Paperback – October 28, 2015
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About the Author
Brian Tashima was born and raised in Hawaii and has been a resident of Vancouver, Washington since 2000. In addition to being an author, he is a singer, songwriter and guitarist who has won a Hoku award (Hawaii’s version of the Grammys) and has had his music featured in short films, international compilations, and numerous other forms of media. He is currently a member of SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators), Willamette Writers, Northwest Independent Writers Association, and three Vancouver/Portland-based rock bands. Check out more information on Brian and The Spectraland Saga at www.thespectralandsaga.com!
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Loved it and look forward to the next Spectraland Saga adventure.
Apart from the fantasy creatures and green-skinned people, the main fantasy elements revolve around the use of "wavebows" instead of wands to create music-based magic. This is very appropriate since the author, Brian Tashima is a musician.
The other thing that sets this book apart from the rest is that it contains a main character with Asperger's syndrome. This doesn't get in the way of the story but it does give readers with Asperger's a "quirky" hero that they can relate to.
The only thing that I would suggest is that you make sure that you've read the first book (Secret of the Songshell) before trying to read this one as characters and events from the first book are referenced throughout without an introduction for new readers.
When Mystery of the Moonfire came out in late 2015, it had been a couple of years since I had read the first book but I was hooked by the end of the first chapter. Although Mystery of the Moonfire can be read on its own as a standalone story, I do recommend reading Secret of the Songshell first so you can become more connected with the Spectraland fantasy world and the main characters.
In Book Two, I was pleased to see that the main characters, Joel and Felicity have deeper character development and have strengthened their relationship with one another. I do hope The Spectraland Saga books eventually catch the eye of a Hollywood producer because Brian’s magical world would be amazing on the big screen.
If you follow Brian Tashima’s blog at Spectralandsaga.com or have read any of his author interviews, you will know that the lead characters in his book are teenagers on the autism spectrum. As an Autistic/Aspie adult parenting two sons on the autism spectrum, it’s important to me that any fiction novel I read that has autistic characters comes off as authentic and respectful even if autism isn’t the primary theme. Brian’s book is very positive in this respect.
What I like about Joel and Felicity is that even though they are fictional characters, they seem like kids I would have been friends with if I had met them in school. Felicity is a risk-taking sassy, witty tomboy living life with the volume dial turned on high. Joel is loyal, kind and socially awkward yet he is willing to step outside his comfort zone to pursue a passion (rock music) or save the world.
If you’re looking for a well-known author to compare Brian to regarding writing style and demographic appeal, I would say J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter) or Rick Riordan (Percy Jackson). This book should appeal to teens and adults on and off the spectrum who have a dry sense of humor and enjoy sci-fi fantasy fiction.
This is a great book for teens and adults as well. Especially for anyone who wants to get an idea of what it is to be on the spectrum. The author does a great job of describing, through the hero Joel, what it is to live with Aspberger's.
So impressed with how the story is told in a manner where Joel's Aspberger's is not treated as an affliction, but as a super power. Not only is this character a great hero in general, but also such a hero for anyone that lives on the spectrum.