Monday, November 8, 2010

Starfire: The Mending by Stuart Vaughn Stockton

Storyline: Rathe has managed to rise above his hatch status, but all it does is give him trouble. First, everyone keeps asking about the jerkrenak tooth he wears—second, he stumbles upon an ancient technology named Karey Or who is determined to get to this thing called the Starfire. Third, it seems that he is the main player in a prophecy that warns him not to allow Starfire to be activated. Top that with a traitor trying to steal Karey Or and a mass invasion of his country, and he is one confused saurn.

My Thoughts:

First of all, this book has no objectionable content WHATSOEVER! I was incredibly pleased to finally find an adult Christian spec fiction book that was completely clean. Thank you, Stuart Vaughn Stockton!

Something that is very neat about this book is that it features no human characters. Everyone in the book is a saurn—a sentient dinosaur. I know that sounds strange, and when I first heard about it, I thought, "Weird. How could he pull that off? I don't know if I'd like that."

I love it.

I loved the characters—even the traitor (before I knew he was a traitor). Stockton has a knack of turning his non-human saurns into lovable military types, from the new kid who keeps getting in trouble, to "the bigger is better" weapons expert, to the tough-talking leader. That's not to say that they're stereotypes--far from it.

I enjoyed the spiritual element. Struth displayed a very bold faith and made no apologies for his beliefs—something I thought was wonderful. I also can't wait to learn more about the jerkrenaks and why the Wayfarers seem to hold them in such high respect.

The writing style felt a little stilted to me, but the story overrode anything I noticed.

This book is action-packed, and one of the few that I've lately read where I couldn't get enough of it. I really want the second book to come out…now!

A FUN NOTE: Brandilyn Collins featured Stuart Vaughn Stockton in her Kanner Lake series as S-man, an author who was always muttering over his novel in the Java Joint coffee shop. How fun is that?

2 responses:

Anonymous said...

Hey Heather, Awesome blog, we are always looking for good books for my youngest Kristen, so keep it coming. She also plans to write books so we will see.

Chrissy, (old neighbor from Amarillo)

Heather said...

Hey Chrissy, glad to hear from you!

Did you check out the reviews tab on the top of my blog? That has links to every book I've reviewed...er, almost every. I think it might be missing the last couple. :0)

That's cool that Kristen wants to write...go her!!

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