- File Size: 4280 KB
- Print Length: 334 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Mountain Brook Ink (February 1, 2016)
- Publication Date: February 1, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B017GUJAXY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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- #95 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Religious & Inspirational Fiction > Christian > Fantasy
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- #176 in Books > Christian Books & Bibles > Literature & Fiction > Fantasy
The Tethered World (The Tethered World Chronicles Book 1) Kindle Edition
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I loved that it centers around an eccentric home school family, and, no, not a denim skirt wearing family, just a normal home school family. (NO offense if you wear jean skirts.) The Larcens are fun, relatable, and just a little crazy.
Describing this book is hard because it has so many elements that would normally turn me off from a book: it’s safe, it’s Christian fantasy, it’s safe. LOL. I don’t need to put any sort of warning on it. There is no language. The kids are smart and not rebellious. The romance is sweet, mild, and not acted upon by either party. It has a family that trust the Lord and loves each other. There is nothing here that isn’t good and wholesome. Most books that I can say this about are also boring, badly written, preachy, and trite.
Not The Tethered World.
When their parents disappear, the Larcen children have their lives turned upside down and the adventure begins.
The mythological creatures are handled perfectly: just different enough to be interesting and just familiar enough to tie them to other stories. The struggles faced by Sadie as she tackles a world she only wants to leave are real and relatable without being annoying. Sophie is my heart and I love her to death. She spends most of the adventure trying not to have too much fun. Brady grows into a man by fighting and sacrificing himself, and Brock finds his place. (Brock’s story is one of the great joys of this book.)
If you have a kid, boy or girl, who loved Narnia this is the next book for them. It’s written very much with Lewis’ world in mind and has much of the same feel. Danger and struggles are there, but not so detailed or dark that they overwhelm the story.
This is a great book to read to introduce the wide world of fantasy to adults and children alike.
So, I say this story is safe in the same way I would say The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is safe. It has moments of great darkness, but also great joy. It has moments that made me chuckle and laugh while I read, and moments that brought me to tears.
If you are tired of YA books that seem to have far more Adult and not enough Young, if you want a story about kids who aren’t so worried about boyfriends and girlfriends, but about taking care of their family, if you want faith that isn’t preachy, and if you want good fun adventure, check out The Tethered World.
(I received an ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.)
My son and I read The Tethered World together and we both loved it. For me it was very reminiscent of C.S. Lewis' Narnia series. Not that the story was like the Narnia series, but it had the same feel... the same tone, only in a more modern setting. Fitzgerald's writing style is perfect for both child and adult, keeping the interest of my son and I. There were days when my son would beg for us to read one more chapter. We certainly look forward to reading the next book in the series.
The author writes very good characters. I don't think I could dislike Sadie so much if she wasn't well written LOL! I really like the dwarf Lava. I wasn't sure if I liked the Nephilim Prince Xander when he first showed up but he was another favorite character by the end of the book. I am hoping to see both of them again in book 2.
Sex - none
Language - none
Violence - some characters are killed in battle but no bloody details; a scene where humans were essentially being tortured by trolls (called "the human games") was hard to read even though it wasn't graphic in the details
Religion - prayer, many references to God, the Maker, Christian faith
We can safely say Heather FitzGerald's fiction series ranks very near these authors. She is very keen on the details of characters but doesn't have to write ten pages like Tolkien. It almost seems like she writes the book from the personal experience and perspective of Sadie, one of her characters. Peterson seems to do a similar thing with Janner. You can't know such detailed responses and know how someone feels about bad news without knowing people. The details are extraordinary.
I have to say, fiction has to be very good for me to read it. The great thing about FitzGerald's book is that she encourages you to be courageous and persevere through trials while enjoying a good story.
I'll leave you with a funny quote which is another good mark in her book.
"I lowered my sword, panting hard. Going from panic-stricken fear to a rush of relief turned me into a quivering blob."