Book Review

I’ll post later this week about my StarFest adventure in Denver this weekend. Look for video! 🙂

In the mean time…

THIS JUST IN: Dragon Riders of Pern Series by Anne McCafferey being adapted to film.

Here I admit my one true love for…*gasp*…DRAGONS. Yes, you heard me. I love dragons!

BUT…. only Anne McCafferey’s dragons.

I was spoiled. The Dragon Rider’s of Pern was the first “adult” fantasy book series I was ever introduced to. Before I go any further, I admit freely that I have not read the entire series, not by a long shot. But I was completely obsessed with Dragonsong and Dragonsinger in sixth grade. On long road trips suring my middle school years these two audiobooks were constantly playing on my walkman and my own ridiculously fantastic story woven into the fabric of Pern. I really identified with Menolly (the main character of Dragonsong/singer) at that time in my life. I suppose it was a fandom very similar to many’s obsession for Harry Potter. It was so ridiculous that when we were in Ireland and in the county Anne McCafferey lives in, I actually tried to find her in a random local telephone book. At the time I had NO idea how creepy that was. I’m better now…I hope. 🙂

It’s funny, I’d almost forgotten how big of a Geek I was about those books.

I was shoveling snow out of the driveway earlier and it made me think of one of the stories about Gulliver Lamm from Knights of Evermore by Scott and Renee Pinzon.

I’m willing to bet that you’ve never heard of Knights of Evermore. I’d be really surprised if you had. It was published in 1994 and as far as I can tell never saw a lot of success in the marketplace. It’s really too bad, because it’s stories are great for young Christians who are interested in Fantasy. It’s fairly obvious that it’s Christan Allegory, but it’s not too heavy handed. I found the book tucked away in the store at Church Camp when I was in sixth or seventh grade. I was just starting to discover how completely awesome books without pictures could be and was quickly falling head over heels in love with Fantasy. My tastes have always run toward the Medieval and Fantasy and this book was exactly what I was looking for at the time.

The fact that there is a female knight in full armor, dressed no differently than either of the male knights (although I used to pretend the one on the left was a girl too) caught my attention right off. I’ve always been fascinated by knights and swords, but as a little girl I always felt a bit ashamed of this love. Swords, armor, and fighting were for princes, the princess had to wear a pink dress, drink tea, and be mostly useless. It wasn’t right for a girl to fight. I really hated that. So I absolutely love that one of the main characters in Knights of Evermore is a female knight.

The book is a series of short stories that follow the various adventures of Gulliver Lamm as he goes from being just a foot soldier in the High King’s army all the way to his first big adventure as a knight. I highly recommend reading it if you ever come across a copy. It’s a quick read full of fun adventure.