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Karen E. Hoover has loved the written word for as long as she can remember. Her favorite memory of her dad is the time he spent with Karen on his lap, telling her stories for hours on end. Her dad promised he would have Karen reading on her own by the time she was four years old … and he very nearly did. Karen took the gift of words her dad gave her and ran with it. Since then, she’s written two novels and reams of poetry. Her head is fairly popping with ideas, so she plans to write until she’s ninety-four or maybe even a hundred and four.
Inspiration is found everywhere, but Karen’s heart is fueled by her husband and two sons, the Rocky Mountains, her chronic addiction to pens and paper, and the smell of her laser printer in the morning.
on March 24, 2012 :
Kept me captivated from page 1, So may characters but easy to follow I have enjoyed both this and book 1 and can't wait for the release of 'Emerald Wolf'
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
on Oct. 02, 2011 :
Karen Hoover has done a fantastic job of packing so much into this story, but it’s done in such a way that you just can’t stop reading. This is one of those un-put-down-able books that you keep thinking about for days after you finish it. I don’t know if I’ve said it before, but Karen has such a poetic, beautiful way with words. She draws you in until you love all the characters (even the bad guys), the beautiful world in which they live, the magic…oh, the magic. It’s just incredible.
You can’t help but identify with Ember, who has such a responsibility on her shoulders, who has endured such loss and confusion and heartache, and who is for the first time experiencing romantic feelings toward DeMunth, her protector. And Kayla, with her love for Brant, and her confusion over another man who is vying for her heart—love this dynamic. The romantic aspects just heighten the stakes in the story.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
on Sep. 22, 2011 :
This fantastic novel draws the reader into the world of Rasann, a place of magic full of battles between good and evil. One you start reading you can’t put it down. If you fell in liked with Ember and Kayle in the Sapphire Flute, you will love them in the Armor of Light where all the same characters are back, and new ones have been stirred into the mix.
Karen writes with passion and a talent for description that puts the reader inside the mind and skin of the characters she so colorfully details on the page. While reading her stories I get a 3-D panoramic vision as if I were in an IMAX theater. There were heartrending scenes of loss, humorous scenes with uncontrolled new skills, fantastic underwater and cave scenes, mind-boggling shape-shifters, and terrifying evil-doers.
Karen writes some very insightful antagonists. This second volume in the Wolfchild Saga give the reader a fuller understanding of where the villains came from and opens a window into their heart.
Issues we face in the real world are mirrored and expertly explored in this young adult novel such as self-esteem, class systems, environment, the meaning of love, choosing between right and wrong and taking responsibility for your actions. In my opinion her fantasy writing skill is near that of Anne McCaffrey, Orson Scott Card and Terry Brooks.
The series’ new illustrator Deirdra Eden Copple created two beautiful covers.
I heartily recommend Karen Hoover’s new book The Armor of Light and look forward to the next book in the Wolfchild series. Karen’s books are a staple in my gift list for nieces and nephews.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on Sep. 13, 2011 :
When Karen Hoover contacted me and asked me to review her second book in the Wolfchild Saga I simply couldn't say no. I had been really, REALLY looking forward to continuing this series ever since reading The Sapphire Flute. In fact, some of you might recall just how much I loved that book. I made some pretty bold assertions, likening Hoover to some timeless, favorite authors -- Madeleine L'Engle, Lloyd Alexander... I stand behind those comments 100%.
So often it seems that second books in series don't quite live up to the debuts. Thankfully, this is not remotely the case with The Armor of Light. This book is every bit as good as The Sapphire Flute, and in fact is quite possibly even better! To put it simply, these stories are those that I have always dreamed of being able to write. Not only that, I sincerely wish these books had been around when I was a young reader, just so I could have that much more time to re-read them over the years. I can't wait for my own daughter to read these books down the road and enjoy them as much as I have.
Hoover has made fantasy and adventure new again for me. I am completely captivated by the quest of the Chosen Ones (of whom we've only met a few) to unite the magical keystones and save their world. There is a wide array of characters on both the side of good and that of evil who are wonderfully developed. Relationships between many of the characters are molded, deepened, and in some heartbreaking cases, torn apart. With this second book the pieces of the puzzle really begin to come together, as we follow Ember's and Kayla's separate adventures that are destined to join as one. I truly cannot wait to see what Hoover's next book in the series brings to the story as we discover the next keystone and Chosen One.
I urge you to give Hoover's Wolfchild Saga a try if you enjoy adventure and fantasy. The story is so engaging that I believe you'll find yourself totally immersed in the world that Hoover has created. As I read her books, I had a vivid picture of the scenes taking place and the story still sits with me long after finishing The Armor of Light.
(reviewed 10 days after purchase)