Review: WIND AND SHADOW [and] DAYSTAR / by Kathy Tyers

Wind and Shadow /by  Kathy Tyers

Marcher Lord Press (October 1, 2011), ISBN 978-1935929369

Adult  (College)  Rating: 5.

                                                          

Daystar /by Kathy Tyers

Marcher Lord Press (April 1, 2012), ISBN 978-1935929505

Adult  (College)  Rating: 5.

Kathy Tyers returns with two long-awaited sequels to her Firebird trilogy, a science fiction/fantasy series originally published in 2004 and re-released as an annotated edition (2011). Wind and Shadow, and Daystar pick up the threads of the Federate Whorl storyline.

In Wind and Shadow, Kiel and Kinnor, the twins born to Firebird and Brennen Caldwell, are now adults in a world where one of them may be the promised Word to Come.

Wind Haworth is a member of a despised race.  Deported when she was five years old, she returns to Mikuhr as a diplomat. Desperately wanting to fit in, Wind studies the ancient writings and invites Kiel, a priest in training, to Mikuhr. When he vanishes upon arrival, his brother Kinnor, a military man, is sent to find out why.

Daystar continues the story with Jorah, Wind and Kinnor’s son, who is imprisoned on another planet by a supernatural visitor. Kinnor attempts to rescue him. Meanwhile, medical student Meris Cariole catches a ride on a Sentinel ship in her attempt to get to Tallis to finish her training. When the ship makes an emergency landing on Procyel, she is stranded there. Meris is the only person living there who is not a Sentinel. She is challenged by what she sees as the irrational faith of the Sentinels.

A mysterious stranger shows up claiming to be the promised Word to Come, causing family members to rise up against one another, and putting events into motion that are unexpected. Daystar brings the Firebird story to a startling conclusion.

These books are well-written; the characters are likeable, with both failings and strengths. Kathy Tyers manages to include plot twists and turns in unexpected places. These sequels build on the themes found in the earlier books. Readers will enjoy the action and intrigue, as well as the ethics of technological and genetic advances.  The books ponder the question of how God’s promises would be fulfilled if mankind lived on other planets.

The original Firebird trilogy was reviewed in Christian Library Journal, June 2005.

Recommended for public and church libraries.

–reprinted with permission, Christian Library Journal, Feb. 2013.

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

Carol R. Gehringer

One response to “Review: WIND AND SHADOW [and] DAYSTAR / by Kathy Tyers

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