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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The Gardener's Song by J.L. Sharp

The Gardener's Song by J. L. Sharp
Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press
Genre: Contemporary, Inspirational, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (197 pgs)
Age Recommendation: 14+
Rating: 4 suns
Reviewed by Orchid

Life has changed for Silan, the storyteller of the settlement. The world has been reborn and humanity is starting over, however, there are those who wish a return to the industrial age. Nature, more determined than anyone knows, is rebelling and war has torn human settlements apart.

Silan’s parents died in a raid along with many others. The settlement needs to fight back. Now, she and her sister must journey to find the elusive key to the industrial rise and destroy it. Can the friendships they make, the love they find and the magic they learn bring back all they’ve lost?

The Sirin Manon changed life on earth. The people who survive divided into two factions. The Ivarin want to return to how things used to be—the use and development of technology. The Iminanlan wish to embrace a new way of life growing their own food and being sustained by the new nature.

Iminanlan twins Marinet and Silan are totally very close to one another. Continued Ivarin attacks on Iminanlan villages drive the twins to travel to the Ivarin mountain fortress. They hope to destroy the source of the Ivarin's power and fulfill the prophecy passed down through generations of their people. They travel through the forest of Fenisaft and meet Fenmisa, the forest guardian. She tells them of the dangers and assistance they will meet on their journey.

The Gardener's Song is set in a future where the world has returned to nature. Unfortunately a small amount of technical knowledge has survived to drive a wedge between those who have survived. The rustic way of life is combined with tradition, prophecies and a mystical being deep within the forest.

On the journey the twins find an enemy who becomes more than a friend and a legend who becomes a master. They must combat fear, separation, danger and the unexpected as they travel across land and water never before explored by their people. And what they find at the end of their travels is not what they expect.

I enjoyed reading this book. At first it seemed a "nice little story" but as I turned the pages I become more intrigued with the difference between the twins and the magic of the forest. They passed through the forest and I became involved with the story as more characters were introduced and the land they were passing through came alive in my mind. The "will they/won't they" aim of the goal of the twins added extra interest.

Between the beginning and end of this book the reader follows as the twins pass through peace, magic, danger, fear and find bravery where they least expect it. Although not truly an adventure story, it has a slight edge readers of this genre will appreciate. In fact it has a little of everything. I would recommend The Gardener's Song if you are looking for a good read with that little bit extra to hold your attention.

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