Today, I’m joining Heather L. L. FitzGerald as she celebrates the release of her debut novel, The Tethered World. She will be throwing a Facebook Party tonight. So make sure and stop by!
The Tethered World
“Normal” means different things to different people. For sixteen-year-old Sadie Larcen, family dynamics look a little different than most. Parents with oddball occupations? Normal. Five homeschooled siblings—one with autism? Normal.
Police knocking on the door and parents gone missing? Definitely not normal!
When Sadie uncovers the reasons behind her parents’ disappearance and the truth about her heritage, she despairs of ever feeling normal again. Especially when she learns that her mother’s interest in Bigfoot, Dwarves, and other lore extends beyond her popular blog. Sadie’s family has been entrusted with keeping the secrets of the Tethered World—home to creatures that once roamed the Garden of Eden.
Sadie and her siblings must venture into this land to rescue their parents. Stepping out of reality and into a world she never knew existed is a journey Sadie fears and resents. But she chooses to risk all to save her family.
She’s just not sure she will survive in the process.
Young Adult Christian Fantasy
It’s a bit like Donita K. Paul’s Dragonkeeper Chronicles meets Artemis Fowl meets Narnia.
In Tethered World, we follow Sadie and her siblings into a world beneath earth’s surface filled with mythical creatures said to have been placed there by God after Adam and Eve’s fall. Sometimes these creatures and beings come to the topside and we know them as bigfoot, leprechauns, and such.
The author’s voice caught my attention and made me volunteer for an advanced reader copy. Told in first person, the main protagonist, Sadie, has a bit of dry humor. The characters popped with personality and quirks, and I especially thought it interesting that one of the siblings was a boy with Autism.
Although the novel is categorized as a young adult novel, I think the story is suitable for middle grade readers as well. The story read like a stand-alone, but future adventures are promised with the inclusion of a sneak peek at book two in The Tethered World Chronicles.
Overall I enjoyed the story, and I think young readers (and those young at heart!) who enjoy stories like Donita K. Paul’s Dragonspell would enjoy it as well.