Everyone who knows me knows I like reading science fiction, fantasy, and alternative history books. Timothy Zahn’s Star Wars novels, Stephen Baxter’s alternative histories (Anti-Ice was particularly brilliant), and Tolkien are always at the top of my list.
But I read a pretty eclectic cross-section of those genres. For example, I love the Wheel of Time books, but I just can’t get into Game of Thrones. C.S. Lewis’ Narnia books enthrall me, but his Space Trilogy leaves me bored. I only read every other (or so) of Terry Brooks’s Shannara series. I devour Kevin J. Anderson when he writes Star Wars novels, but I don’t find his particular kind of magic works in the world of Dune (that said, I don’t care for Brian Herbert, either; I still like the original Frank Herbert novels best). Much to the chagrin of many of my friends, I enjoyed Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight books (I have a soft spot for YA fiction), and I though the Maximum Ride series from James Patterson was pretty fantastic until the careening downward spiral that was The Final Warning.
So, I thought I’d post about a great little gem I discovered called Birth of the Raven by Rachel von Molsdorf. It’s a fun action/adventure, sword-and-sorcery tale, with some angsty teenage romance thrown in. Just the kind of YA fiction that seems to be popular right now, with Twilight on the way out and The Hunger Games continuing to rise as the next big franchise. I know Rachel, and it took me months to get her to let me read what she’d written, and then almost a year to get her to put up for sale somewhere.
So do me a favor and go over to Amazon.com and tell Rachel how good her book is! She’s needs some incentive to part with the next 3 books that she’s already written. Please?