The Adventures of Benjamin Skyhammer A review

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.

http://www.nicolesheldrake.com/

Congratulations Nicole, it was a great story.

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