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L.A. Miller has been writing for more than forty years. His backgrounds in science fiction, astronomy, technology, and classic literature inform his work, which has included novels, short stories, and music. He is the owner of Wood n Nails Music and lives in Las Cruces, New Mexico, with his wife and two dogs. Sky Shifter, The Grounding Stone, and Veil are the first three, respectively, of eight books in the Quests of Shadowind series.
on Nov. 03, 2013 :
Did I enjoy this book: It’s not really my kind of book, but it was cute. I liked the characters, and though I thought it was a bit overwritten, the story was good: a bunch of teens get transported to an alien planet that’s populated with robots and creepy shadow guys, after which they’ve got to zap themselves inside their computers to complete a quest, save the planet (and their parents), and return to Earth. I felt like I was reading the literary version of a PC Adventure Game, and although it was a fun little storyline, I’m more of a Tetris gal myself. Miller did a fine job with this book (and I can only assume the others in the series as well), but it just wasn’t my cup of tea.
Would I recommend it: I believe it would go over well with the pre-teen set, especially fans of Adventure Games (like Zelda, Super Mario Brothers, and Portal).
Will I read it again: No.
As reviewed by Melissa at Every Free Chance Book Reviews.
(I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)
(review of free book)
on Aug. 09, 2013 :
“Quests of Shadowind: Sky Shifter” by L.A. Miller is Book #1 in a new, tantalizing and enchanting young adult science fiction series. Book #2 is called “The Grounding Stone” and Book #3 is “Veil”. I cannot wait to get my hands on those next two books, because “Shadowind” is the most mesmerizing YA series it has ever been my pleasure to read.
In “Sky Shifter”, an entire neighborhood of young teens and pre-teens wakes one morning to find themselves in a strange place – both the houses and the geographic setting – with all the adults missing. Early in the story, one of the teens mentioned it was his twentieth birthday, but no sooner had he said it than a gigantic mechanical spider approached from out of nowhere and “beamed” him aboard!
Logan and his younger sister, Mindy, were the only two who actually saw the giant spider, and not everyone believed them. Consequently, the neighborhood was quickly split into two factions.
Renowned bully, Kyle, commanded one faction, ruling by use of fear. Kyle had always disliked Logan, so the stage was set for a showdown between the two, owing to the lack of adult supervision or intervention.
In conceiving Shadowind, L.A. Miller has blazed a trail into virgin territory. Shadowind exists inside a computer. All the characters, buildings, events, etc., are various sub-routines developed by a software designer.
Logan, quite by accident the first time, is able to enter his computer, where he finds himself in the middle of a war game. Without a clue what to do or how to do it, he finds that he is “Captain Action”, with a Sargent Pagel awaiting his command. In short order he loses the game, and is “rejected and ejected” by the computer.
Completely baffled, he finds himself back sitting at his computer desk. After a few more trips into the computer, during which Logan learns a little more each time, Logan suddenly discovered Mindy has joined him inside. Sadly, Kyle has chosen that moment to sneak up behind Logan’s friends, who are gathered around the computer watching him.
Kyle breaks the interface device that allowed Logan to enter and exit the computer, effectively trapping him inside without hope of returning home. But, alas, Logan has learned the Staff of the Sky Shifter is hidden somewhere in the virtual world, and it is his mission to locate it before the evil Spirit Being, a computer virus, finds it, or the entire world of Shadowind will be destroyed.
Even as the evil virus spreads, more and more sub-routines are failing. With Mindy to help him, along with a virtual police officer, “Danby the Manby”, Logan needs to find the Staff in order to locate his missing parents.
This story is captivating, fascinating, enchanting, original, fresh, and all sorts of other good adjectives. I repeat: “Sky Shifter” is THE BEST young adult sci-fi series beginning that I have ever encountered. Move over everybody… there’s a new Sheriff in town.
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