Monday, June 29, 2009
Too much busyness hampers this disjointed YA fantasy adventure from Marco (The Sword of Angels). After young teens Moth and Fiona flee domineering adults in the vaguely steampunkish mountaintop city of Calio, they cross the fog-covered Reach into a land of magical beings. Most notable are the Skylords, glamorous creatures who look like angels but act like Nazis. Years before, a conscience-stricken female Skylord stole the titular device so her race couldn't abuse its powers. Now Moth has it but doesn't understand how to use it. When Fiona's grandfather, governor of Calio, appears over the Reach in a warship dirigible, and the Skylords attack with the help of various flying monsters, Moth and Fiona's tale is almost smothered.
Even though I have previously given another John Marco book not such a good review I agreed to review another one. This time a Young Adult Novel that is the beginning of a series called the Skylords Series. Once again, I was set off a bit by the cover. It is just too adult looking to be a Young Adult book.
The plot too a little getting into but once it started I kept up pretty well. A few things here and there got me confused but then, later on, made more sense. I loved the characters in this book and could relate to them. The fantasy aspect was a definite plus and, as I was reading, I could make connections to different things that had happened in our history.
Overall, this book was good and one I might be able to read again. John Marco did a good job on this Young Adult fantasy piece and has definitely peaked my interest. Next time you are in the store pick up a copy and see if it is something you might be interested in. Who knows, you might just find a new series to follow.