Urban Fantasy / World Mythology / Coming of Age
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Cantwell is a contributing author at Indies
where she shares her knowledge about Indie publishing and promotion.
She has a master’s degree in fiction writing from Johns Hopkins
University and is a former broadcast journalist who has written for
CNN and Mutual/NBC Radio News, among other places. Ms. Cantwell
currently lives near Washington, DC.
Cantwell is the author of The
Pipe Woman Chronicles,
which includes five books, The
Land, Sea, Sky series,
which includes three books, and other works of fiction and
Curtis, reluctant Savior of the Earth, has been yanked around by the
gods her whole life. Even though the Native American spirit
Thunderbird has given her certain magical gifts, all she wants to do
is finish her engineering degree so she can fix Earth’s climate
with science. Not with laser eyes. And definitely not by flying.
Veles, the god of the Slavic underworld, invades her dreams. He
intends to battle her until the Earth is no more, in the belief that
it’s the only way to reboot the planet – never mind the
avoiding this battle will require the use of magic, and Sage is
woefully unprepared. But a lot of people have her back: her parents,
whose interactions with the gods are the stuff of legend; her brother
Webb, who knows the future, mostly; and Rafe Orloff, transfer student
and Trickster in his own right. Together, they have a chance of
saving Earth from this crazy dragon god. But their success rests on
one thing: whether she wants to or not, Sage is going to have to
and Webb, her younger brother, are Naomi and Joseph’s children who
were born at the end of The
Pipe Woman Chronicles.
Since Sage was born she has been told she is destined by prophecy to
save the world. That is a huge weight to carry around and she has
developed a sassy spiteful attitude where the prophecy is involved.
All she wants to do continue her education majoring in environmental
engineering at the University of Colorado. Her goal is to solve the
problem of climate change with science, not magic. Sage wants a
normal life, which isn’t likely to ever happen.
loved Sage’s sassy attitude as she brings us up-to-date in her
life. It made me grin, she is smart, competent, and a bit naïve. She
has a can do attitude until it comes to flying in her Thunderbird
form. Her classmates are well developed with the newest roommate
being a bit mysterious. Sage and I both found Rafe intriguing and as
his character is slowly revealed, even more so. Naomi and Joseph try
to step in to protect Sage and handle this new situation with the
Gods, as any parent would. However, they are quickly relegated to a
support system backup with Sage leading the protest.
Sage’s younger brother, is a heyoka, a sacred clown. Heyoka’s can
speak truths, they see the future and try to teach using satire.
Webb, however uses art to convey. So, in a sense they have to do
things backwards knowing the outcomes and having to figure out how to
get there with the best possible results. The future is not set in
stone and can be changed with the correct actions. Webb is an enigma
to me, I need more time with him.
story has several interesting twists that I didn’t expect. Some new
Gods are introduced and several members of Rafe’s family take on
major roles. I also felt like the story moved at a nice pace
considering the problems that arose. Ms. Cantwell has done an
excellent job weaving this timely story together with several
players. She also sets up possibilities for the next book as well. I
am looking forward to the next installment.
a couple or three F-bombs dropped.
significant proofing or editing errors.
***** Five stars