Saturday 27 April 2024

Lightsinger - N.R. LaPoint

Mistcreek Publishing
ISBN 9798416039530
ISBN 9781979880336

Lightsinger - N.R. LaPoint

This was the tenth offering from the pen of LaPoint that I have read. I have now read nine novels, and a short story. I have read about a book a week and now have read all novels in print. LaPoint has contributions to 4 anthologies I have not read yet, but I will get to them in good order. The first of his works I read was a short story, Azrael, in the anthology Swords and Maidens he edited; the second was, Christmas Evil: A Heavy Metal Holiday Novella. I have just finished alternating titles in this series his Raven Mistcreek series the Dinosaur Warfare series. The stories I have read by LaPoint are vastly different, and each book or series has given me a greater appreciation for his skill and talent as an author. LaPoint came from a recommendation by Declan Finn, 2 years ago I read everything Finn had in print reading about a book a week, I now have one completed that same task with LaPoint and eagerly await the two announced novels. .

The description of this volume is:

“Teenage bookworm Mina Violet always dreamed of another world.
She never imagined that she would get stuck in one.

After finding a sword in an old fallout shelter, Mina and
her friends are teleported to a land where they are
hunted by monsters, thugs, and a power-hungry fanatic.
As they struggle to stay ahead of the threats,
they realize there is much more at stake than just their lives.

Join Mina as she gathers help to save a world being
plunged into a war that could strip the universe of magic.
But will a mysterious hermit, a militaristic elf with an airship,
and a talking vulture be enough to stop an ancient evil?”

The older description of the book is:

“For one thousand years something evil has been trapped between worlds. It now has the means to escape. When a bookworm finds a sword in an old fallout shelter she is transported to another world where a megalomaniac seeks to bring two kingdoms to war. With her friends, a militaristic elf with an airship, a mysterious hermit, and a talking vulture, she must find a way to prevent a war and get back to Earth... if an ancient monster doesn’t devour both worlds first.”

I admit it took me a while to get around to reading this one. I have had it for a while but kept skipping over it, in part because of the cover. There are 4 variations of the cover over time. And LaPoint has confirmed he is going to sync them up to the current hardcover one at some point. Years ago I wrote a column called Confessions of a Bibliophile, and one of the pieces was ‘Judge a Book By It’s Cover’, my mistake this time was letting the older eBook cover hold me back for giving it a go. I picked it up based on strong recommendations I should have just read it right away. This book was originally published in 2017 and rereleased in 2022. 

In some ways this story reminds me of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, but it is darker. And in other ways it reminds me of the Kayan Kronicles by Derya Little. But the story LaPoint has written also feels like a grand epic adventure. 

Again I find that LaPoint has masterfully written The plot ebbs and flows as an epic adventure should. Moments of great intensity, time of preparation, and travel on the quest intermix along the way. The story was terribly difficult to put down. Unfortunately, I was in the middle of a major project at work and dealing with an injury, so it took me a few days to work through the novel. Every time I put it down, I really wished I could just keep reading. 

This is a stand-alone story but the ending is such that LaPoint could return to this world with further stories in the future. It was such a great read, it was fun, it was at times extremely intense, it was greatly entertaining. This is a story that as soon as I finished it I recommended it to both my 16 year old and my 13 year old. 

This is an amazing read. I can easily recommend this novel. Great for fans of epic fantasy or grand adventure stories or really anyone who just loves a great action story. A great read, that leaves you hoping for further instalments!

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews 2024 Catholic Reading Plan!

Books by N.R. LaPoint:
Dead by Dawn: The Files of Virgil Everness

Raven Mistcreek Series:

Dinosaur Warfare Series:

Contributed to:
Fantastic Middle Schools 4
Fantastic Middle Schools 6
Shoot the Devil
Shoot The Devil 2 Dark Matter

Lightsinger - N.R. LaPoint

Lightsinger - N.R. LaPoint first edition Kindle

Lightsinger - N.R. LaPoint - First edition paperback

Lightsinger - N.R. LaPoint Hardcover edition 2022

N.R. LaPoint Novels

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