The Adventures of Benjamin Skyhammer is a delightful little YA adventure, science fiction story. I had the pleasure and honor of being one of the first readers. One of the things I loved about this book was Nicole Sheldrake’s ability to build a believable world. As you read along, each country and each place is real, even if quite fantastic. The story opens with an Indiana Jones-ish relic hunter, but quickly evolves to a magical realm where the world is not safe and nothing is what it seems.
Many science fiction and adventure stories have plausible worlds, but the world here is one I would want to visit again, and again. World building is not easy, and making a magical place is even more difficult. Yet I felt that this world was a real place.
It is an easy read, but not a simple story. There is mystery, and the plot does thicken quite often, and lots and lots of adventure. I also liked the characters. Higgins is of course my favorite, but there were quite a few, some that only showed up briefly, that were memorable and compelling and much more complex than the average young adult novel characters.
I want to go into detail, but then I would probably spoil it for you.
Go to Amazon http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=the+adventures+of+benjamin+skyhammer&x=0&y=0 or smashwords http://www.smashwords.com/books/search?query=benjamin+skyhammer or go to the author’s website and read some of her great short stories as well.
Congratulations Nicole, it was a great story.