Book Review #26: Zypheria’s Call by Nathan Lowell

ZyphyeriasCall_Ebook-202x300Title: Zypheria’s Call
Author: Nathan Lowell
Publisher: © Nathan Lowell
Release Date: October 2012
Available Formats: ebook (podiobook coming soon as stated on Mr. Lowell’s blog- May 1, 2013)

Nathan Lowell writes stories I love. I own multiple versions of the stories he’s published. I have listened to his books at more often than any other author’s. His words have made me cry and cheer. His first Tanyth Fairport book, Ravenwood was very, very good. I had been waiting for ever to read the second in the series. In October of last year, Zypheria’s Call was finally released.

So, on to the review.

Synopsis: Sometimes the longest journeys are within.

Tanyth makes her way across the ocean to continue her quest for the hermit of Lammas Wood. Storms and ice block her path, but her most serious enemies may be people she has never met. As her power grows, she must come to grips with the changes within her and the fear that she is going mad.

To accomplish that she must answer Zypheria’s Call and survive. (Stolen from the author’s website)

Setting: Zypheria’s Call continues the story of Mother Tanyth Fairport, though she has moved on from Ravenwood and is on a quest to further her own knowledge. She is accompanied by at first two, and then one, good friend from the settlement. The journey is by foot, wagon and ship. Mr. Lowell builds worlds without making in painfully clear that he is building worlds. This is never as apparent as in his Tanyth Fairport stories. I could smell the salt in the air and feel the wind on my cheeks as I read Zyperia’s Call. This is always the mark of a well told story.

Plot: Let me start by saying, things DO happen in this story. Things always happen in Mr. Lowell’s books, just some are more action oriented than others. Zypheria’s Call has plenty of action. We have explosions, highwaymen, assorted dangers and plenty of pointed sarcasm. However, to my delight, Mr. Lowell still makes this story one of character development and discovery as well as adventure and strife.

Characters: This is a Tanyth Fairport adventure. You should not be surprised to find that Tanyth is the main character. So as not to spoil in anyway, I’ll simply say that two characters from Ravenwood begin the journey with her. Tanyth also meets new friends along the way and, as is normal with any story by Mr. Lowell, each lives and breaths with a life of their own.

Odin’s recommendation: If you’re a fan of anything well written, drop what you’re doing and buy everything Mr. Lowell has ever written. The number of author’s I will always buy simply because a book has their name on it numbers less than the digits of a single hand. Mr. Lowell owns a prominent place on that hand. Zypheria’s Call was wonderful and wonderfully told. Go buy it now.

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There are 10 Comments to "Book Review #26: Zypheria’s Call by Nathan Lowell"

  • Jeff Hite says:

    Oh man I can’t wait to read this. And that is will be out on Podiobooks before my Drive to Balticon…. Could it get ANY better?

    • odin1eye says:

      Wow, I saw his post as of yesterday saying it would be done before any new stories were written, but didn’t know Nathan was going back in front of the mic that quickly. Much rejoicing!

      Thanks for the comment Jeff!

  • Um.

    Maybe not *that* soon.

    I wanted it ready for this year’s Parsec Awards but I’m working on The Gangster and that really needs to be priority.

    I also need to get Double Share re-released and Captain’s Share released for the first time in text.

    THEN maybe I can get back into the booth and get Zypheria’s Call out while editors are plowing through Owner’s Share.

    It WILL be done before anything new gets written…but I’ve got a lot of stuff that’s hanging fire that needs to find a home 🙂

    Thanks for the kind words, Odin.

    ZC was a labor of love for me – and another NaNoWriMo project.

    I wrote almost all of it in November but could never really figure out what was wrong with it until I went to a writing workshop in Oregon. When I came home I realized that I started too far down the road. The whole first third of the book–and much of what happened on the ship–got re-done after that.

    The good news is that I now know much of what will be in Book 3 – The Hermit of Lammas Wood.

    The bad news is that it’s still going to be months before I can start to write it.

  • Thomas says:

    Read it. Loved it. Waiting. (Oh so painfull a wait it is) Am listening to a book from Audible that Nathan narrated. The Book of Days. very interesting story telling technique. really into it (the story not the technique, but technique adds to the story from my perspective). anything by nathan, read or written is a winner in my book.

    • odin1eye says:

      Yup. Couldn’t agree more.

    • That was such a tough read. It took me MONTHS to get through it.

      Every chapter had to be recorded separately and there are like 200 of them.

      Every chapter had a different voice to it.

      In the end I stopped trying to figure out what voice it needed and just did the one that came out of the story. Some were pretty blatant (there’s a “cowboy”) and others were just creepy.

      Hm. My own problems with production started shortly after reading this book. I wonder …




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