Quests of Shadowind: Sky Shifter (Book #1)
written by L.A. Miller
published by Millhouse Press
Why did I pick this book: I was asked to review this book. (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)
Did I enjoy this book: It’s not really my kind of book, but it was cute. I liked the characters, and though I thought it was a bit overwritten, the story was good: a bunch of teens get transported to an alien planet that’s populated with robots and creepy shadow guys, after which they’ve got to zap themselves inside their computers to complete a quest, save the planet (and their parents), and return to Earth. I felt like I was reading the literary version of a PC Adventure Game, and although it was a fun little storyline, I’m more of a Tetris gal myself. Miller did a fine job with this book (and I can only assume the others in the series as well), but it just wasn’t my cup of tea.
Would I recommend it: I believe it would go over well with the pre-teen set, especially fans of Adventure Games (like Zelda, Super Mario Brothers, and Portal).
Will I read it again: No.
About the book – from Goodreads: Abducted…to an Alien World!
Logan and Mindy Oakes wake up to discover everything has changed. Wrong beds, wrong clothes, wrong house. And, worst of all, their parents are missing. When they go outside, they run into a friend whose parents are also gone. In fact, all the grownups in town have inexplicably vanished. Then along comes a spider a giant, monstrous, mechanical horror.
And that s the least of the nightmares that will befall the brother and sister in Shadowind, a dangerous, otherworldly dimension inhabited by ghostly creatures, cyborg animals and virtual humans a land where anything is possible, including being downloaded into a cryptic, evil role-playing game.
In order to survive, Logan and Mindy band together with other kids determined to find a way back to the life they knew and loved. Ultimately they must battle the sinister cyber-lord for the Staff of the Sky Shifter, a powerful weapon that could destroy the universe…but might also be the key to getting back home.