I love to read more than anything. Books let us imagine that anything is possible, and provide hours of entertainment. Let me share some of my favorites with you.
Evelyn Puerto is a master of world building as she creates the setting for The Flight of the Spark. The planet has two moons, and weeks contain eight days. This young adult love story is about two people from different societies. Iskra lives in the village, where safety and following the rules are the most important values. Xico lives in the mountains, and his people are called Riskers. Iskra comes to appreciate the freedom to think for oneself that is a core of the Riskers’ values. Xico and Iskra are the epitome of star crossed lovers, as they are opposed on all sides. The story tells of the complications they face to be together. I felt for the characters and was disappointed when the story ended too soon. I’m glad that this book is the first in a series and so the story will continue.
The Piper’s Warning is book two in the Highland Spirits Series by Monica MacKinnon, who is in the internet Active Alumni Group. Her publisher is DartFrog Books in Manchester, Vermont. I can tell the interest level I have in a book by how long it takes me to read it. I finished The Piper’s Warning in less than two weeks, which means it was riveting, and kept me on the edge of my seat.
As in the first book in the series, Comyn’s Curse, there are three story lines. The main story is of the protagonist, Kate Bianchi, one of Aubrey’s best friends who was introduced in the first book. Kate is recently widowed, and goes to Scotland to visit Aubrey when placed on leave from her job to get herself together. We know that Kate is on her way to recovery when she becomes romantically interested in a colleague. A historical storyline is brought into the present by ghosts. The antagonist is an out and out villain, who creates a lot of conflict, violence, and edge of your seat suspense. The interweaving of these three story components creates a masterpiece that is long remembered.
Monica successfully integrates genres by telling a story that combines historical fiction, otherworldly influences (ghosts), romance, and action. It’s a treat to feel like I’m taking a tour of Scotland, both through setting descriptions and dialogue of the characters.