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My love of reading began in 5th grade, when I was required to check a book out from the school library. I chose The White Panther, by Theodore Waldeck. The story, about an orphaned albino panther, pulled me into a wonderful new world. From that point on I was hooked, and reading has been one of the great pleasures of my life.
The sense of wonder I felt from reading The White Panther still intrigues me today. When I decided to write my own novel, my goal was to capture that same feeling of immersion and adventure.
I live in Wisconsin with my wife, daughter and my wife's cat. I've been known to write songs, root for the Packers, and eat copious quantities of peanut butter.
on May 02, 2013 :
What I liked about it:
the issues faced by the teenage characters:
Breyona's struggle as Nefer's nature took over,
Shiv & his internal battle,
the effect of Wa's death on his friends,
the book doesn't just focus on Danny but on all the teenagers,
a nice wrap up of the trilogy
What I didn't like:
Catching up with GorVit (who seemed unkillable) got a little tedious.
I was sorry to see this series end & I'd recommend to all readers of YA
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Jan. 05, 2013 :
This is a great end to a great series. Not to be outdone by the first two Undermountain books, Starkiller is full of action, adventure, mystery, and suspense from the very first chapter to the very last. While some of the bigfeet are planning on revealing themselves to the people of earth, it is up to our heroes and heroines to save the earth from certain destruction at the hands of the tangoga.
Not only do Danny and his friends have to stop the end of the world, they have many conflicts along the way, including Breyona's struggle with her new abilities, the loss of loved ones, and, though it would not seem like a conflict, the Oath. "How does peace prevail," Shiv asked, "if those who are peaceful are all dead?"
As an overview of the whole series, the books are wonderfully written with incredible attention to detail. The world Eric Edstrom created is positively unique and surprisingly complex. Throw in some very likeable characters, some humor, and a lot of adventure, and you have an amazing story.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)