Whenever I read J.A. Campbell’s books, her characters always remind me the importance of friendship and how living an adventure alone is not really worth it. In Sabaska’s Quest, sequel to Sabaska’s Tale, Anna must overcome more than one battle, and with the help of her best friend, a friendly ghost and her (not big spoiler, here) crush, they travel through dimensions to succeed against the Vanir.
I love strength in Campbell’s worlds, never giving into the easy and keeping our interest by going to and fro this dimension among others. As Anna says, “History is written by the victors,” and not only did this line resound profoundly in our reality, but in others as well.
Another force of this writer: how her characters always feel real, not only by speech but by action, too. Anna is a teen, she acts and sounds like one. Her parents and her classmates also feel realistic — almost too much at times — which isn’t always the case in Fantasy.
Highly recommended for readers of all ages who enjoy a thrill ride… and horses!!
ps I WANT A TRAVELER TO CALL MY OWN!!!
pps For those of you who haven’t yet, grab a copy of Senior Year Bites, Campbell’s take on a vampire girl going through high school and my fav of hers:)
Julie has been many things over the last few years, from college student, to bookstore clerk and an over the road trucker. She’s worked as a 911 dispatcher and in computer tech support, but through it all she’s been a writer and when she’s not out riding horses, she can usually be found sitting in front of her computer. She lives in Colorado with her three cats, her vampire-hunting dog, Kira, her Arabian mare, Triska, and her Irish Sailor. She is the author of many Vampire and Ghost-Hunting Dog stories, the young adult fantasy series, Tales of the Travelers, and the young adult urban fantasy series The Clanless. She is also the editor of Steampunk Trails, an old west steampunk fiction magazine and a member of the Horror Writers Association and the Dog Writers of America Association.