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Tour: 101. John Marco's Starfinder...

June 28, 2009
starfinderStarfinder is John Marco's first foray into fantasy for the Young Adult audience. The world is a mesh between technology and mythical creatures--where airships fly and centaurs don't. With a dividing "line" between them called the Reach.

Moth is an orphan who lives in Calio, the highest city in the world. It's also closest to the Reach. When his "guardian" Leroux dies, Moth sets off on an adventure--ala Frodo in LotR, but not quite as scary--to bring Leroux's pet kestrel back to the other side of the Reach, and hopefully, to try to return her to her original state (clue: NOT a bird). Accompanying Moth on his runaway journey is his best friend Fiona, who also happens to be the Governor of Calio's grand-daughter.

Once they cross the Reach, they find out that the world is VERY different from "their" side. There are mermaids! Dragons! Centaurs! And, always, the Skylords. Who are bent on finding the children and the Starfinder that Moth inherited from Leroux.

Starfinder is a good read--it's got interesting characters, a story that flows well, & a good plot. Having never read John Marco's adult fantasy series, I don't know how this effort compares (so don't ask). I liked it, but it hasn't supplanted my favorites. And who knows? In a few years, the little man might actually want to sit through this one.

Title: Starfinder
Author: John Marco
ISBN-10: 0756405513
ISBN-13: 978-0-7564-0551-9
Hardcover: 326 pages
Publisher: DAW, 2009

john marcoAbout the author:
John has been pecking away at an old portable typewriter since he was a little boy, coming up with his first stories at around ten years old. He's all grown up now, but the little boy's still there--the one who loves imagination and exploration, and loves to tell stories. Just like Peter Pan, writers never really grow up. He lives in Long Island with his wife and son, and can be found online at his website,

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wheels209 said...

Hi Drey I am so glad you reviewed this one. Makes me want to read it all the more. I had the very same thought about your little man wanting to read it someday. I am reading Brandon Sanderson's WarBreaker right now. It took a little while to get into for me. I started it during my rehab (good and bad idea). Some days I was in a lot pain,didn't have the time or the will to read it. So I think it had more to do with what I was going through at the time then the book itself. I like the book very much now that I am home and everything is behind me. Oh by the way I am still feeling a bit tender no pain tho.
Take care my friend all the best,

trish said...

Must be fun to be reading books that your little boy might read some day! Maybe this will be something you reread in the future so you can read it at the same time as your son. :)

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