Sunday, June 13, 2010

Book Review of Jagumaterra a Science-Fiction Parable

I recently had the opportunity to read Regan Brianne Jensen’s exciting, debut novel Jagumaterra a Science-Fiction Parable. How could I not love a book where the characters have tails? Not only do they have tails but they have a variety of fur colors like dark blue and violet, maroon, fuchsia, and olive. I also found yellow blood and bird like government toadies, helpful robots, and a variety of architecture including specially gown tree homes with elevators. All this is in just the first few pages.

The intrigue also begins on the first page. A king is murdered. The evil usurper controls the kingdom. The heir to the throne doesn’t know their heritage. This is an epic tale where teenagers whose biggest worry had been the upcoming history test are thrust suddenly into life or death choices. Questions of friendship, trust, bravery, and loyalty must be faced. Alliances must be forged and battles fought while dealing with grief and attraction, maybe even love. Their lives and the fate of the world hang in the balance.

Regan Jensen transports the reader to a fully formed world complete with history, legends, politics, traditions, similes, and an ancient language. She artfully allows the reader to enter the world observe, discover and explore. Except of course, who has time to explore when friends need rescuing and worlds need saving? I am already waiting for the sequel.

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