Diane Schaffer


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Smashwords book reviews by Diane Schaffer

  • Spirit Thorn (A Tale of Parallel Worlds) on May 09, 2010

    Review of Spirit Thorn, a Tale of Parallel Worlds: Give Zacharias O’Bryan five stars for this novel. One for a rollicking good adventure, one for ethics, another for humor, another for simplifying some mind-bending science, and one more for his two flawed but deeply good protagonists who learn the meaning of loyalty and sacrifice. Having grown up on The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham, the Narnia stories by C.S. Lewis, and The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, I have high standards for family read-aloud stories. I decided to give Spirit Thorn a try. By the time I had browsed the nine free chapters, there was no stopping me. The final ten chapters, once in hand, held me fixed. My husband and I no longer have young children with whom to share stories, but we’re lucky enough to have three bright grandkids—meaning I look forward to reading Spirit Thorn at least three more times.