Thursday, December 21, 2023

#BookReview of Soar a Burning Sky: Echoes of EonThera, Book One

Soar a Burning Sky: Echoes of EonThera, Book One

By: Steven Michael Beck
Publisher: Zero G Entertainment
Publication Date: October 11, 2023
Reviewed by: Kathy Stickles
Review Date: December 19, 2023
Soar a Burning Sky: Echoes of EonThera by author Steven Michael Beck is, first and foremost, a story about the effects of climate change and the indifference of people on the planet Earth regarding what is going to eventually happen to their home. While the book is a fantasy story, I found so much about it that points out the unbelievable foolishness of people and the way they look at the world around them. This is a very good book and one that teaches many lessons that should be, and I truly hope will be, learned by readers.
In Soar a Burning Sky, the reader is introduced to two different worlds. On the one hand, there is Earth itself. A planet that is completely falling apart and headed to its end due to the lack of caring shown to it from its inhabitants. This world is worsening every single day, and no one seems to care enough to do something. On the other hand, there is EonThera, the unspoiled equal to Earth, but one where the planet is flourishing with perfect water, beautiful forests filled with plants and animals, and safe and breathable air. These two worlds, while entirely different, must find a way to survive together, as one will not last without the other.
Soar a Burning Sky tells the story of EonThera’s need for Earth to do something to deal with the imminent threat before there is complete and total destruction. Enter the heroes from Earth; Max, Piper, Wu, and Danny. These are four teenagers, each from a different continent, who end up being pulled into EonThera as the ones who will save the day, so to speak. The four kids end up in EonThera surrounded by strange creatures and even stranger people and have no clue why they are there or how they got there. All they did was find a dragonfly sent by T’Aura, who sent the dragonflies to the four corners of Earth to find the strongest and most likely humans who could save them. As these characters learn more about themselves, they also learn from each other and begin the battle to save both places.
This is a very well-written book that shows the readers the ignorance and indifferent attitudes that abound as people deal with the very real issue of climate change and the toll it is taking on the planet. There is a huge lesson in the story for everyone regarding the effects of human attitude (dare I just call it stupidity) in dealing with issues that are at the forefront of the world and the total destruction that can come from such procrastination.
With Soar a Burning Sky, the author has given readers an enthralling story with extremely creative worlds to visit, as well as very well-developed and interesting characters who are not only likable but very authentic. Beyond a great story, he has given readers so very much to think about. This book is one that teaches a hard lesson wrapped around protecting the environment. The author shows through this fiction that we are the ones who are causing all of the problems, and we are the ones who must stand up to solve them and change the course of what is to come.
Quill says: To be able to take such an important issue, like the environment, and change it into a fantasy story that will be interesting to the reader as well as enjoyable to read is a huge achievement. Soar a Burning Sky is just such a book, and the author has done a great job in giving us the best of both worlds…great fantasy writing with an all too real and actual danger that must be treated as such.

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