So I've been reading these books by A.S. (Pete) Peterson, proprietor of the Rabbit Room and brother to Andrew Peterson. They are two. The first is called The Fiddler's Gun, and the second The Fiddler's Green. Granted, I am currently in the middle of the second, so I can't call this a formal review.
However, I can say with utmost confidence that the first was incredibly enjoyable! I loved it. The writing is so poetic and emotional but not in a sloppy way. More of a "this character is going on a deeply emotional and heart-wrenching journey filled with ecstasy and woe and you're coming along" way. The plot.... well, I won't get into the plot. (it's brilliant)
But I will tell you a pattern that I found in these books: It usually starts in a place where the main character (Phinea [Fin] Button) is content with her life and circumstances. Then it grows into a world of pure happiness and prosperity and nothing could be better.... and then... tragedy. Gut wrenching, heart breaking tragedy. After taking some sizable losses which always leave her and the reader feeling a tiny less whole, she begins to rebuild, and eventually finds herself on another mountain top. Then guess what happens? Another crash. This cycle continues many times in the first book, and each time the tragedy part is over, you'll find that Fin (and a little part of you) will never be quite the same. It's not a bad thing. I like that about Peterson's writing. It makes it really hard for the story to become unbelievable and far-fetched. So look for that in it, but don't let it discourage you: remember that her story goes on, even when it looks like it can't.
Also, a little footnote:
These aren't children's books. That's not a bad thing at all. It's just that all of the other books that I've reviewed here are children's books, and I didn't want that to be assumed here. I actually feel a little more grown up now that I've found a grown-up book that I like. ^_^
The adventure is for all ages, but a bit of the content, which makes it more realistic to the times/culture of the characters, is not for kiddos. All I'm talking about is mild mild mild language, violence, and mention of some evils that are indeed real even in this world today. Now that I think about it, though, all of those things are in most E rated video games, soooo...
Now, I'm going to dive back in and finish them. I may or may not post a full review when I'm done. All of my main opinions are laid out before the world. I do recommend these to my blogging-circle friends (especially Rachel. Good Lord, you're going to love it...), and anyone else who enjoys intense adventure that grabs you by the collar and drags you along.