Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The Forgotten Warrior by Kathi Oram Peterson

Forgiveness has never been an attribute of sixteen-year-old Sydney Morgan's. Loyal and loving to her mother and sister, a crisis forces her to find her absent father, which in turn begins a chain of events leading her to the last place and time she would have ever expected.

The Forgotton Warrior follows Syd as she is transported back to Book of Mormon times by touching a mysterious clear stone. She meets Chief Captain Helaman; nursemaid, Mariah; and the stripling warriors. They believe Syd to be a boy, and worse yet, Helaman's second-in-command, Tarik, thinks Syd is a Lamanite spy and threatens to kill her.

Come follow Sydney as she desperately tries to find her way back home, fights to gain Helaman's respect, and despite herself, falls in love with Tarik.

*You can enter a special "Latter-day Stripling Warrior Contest" on Kathi’s website. Click on events to find out the details of how you can nominate a youth girl or boy between the ages of 8-18 to be Latter-day Stripling Warriors simply by writing down a kind deed or deeds that the youth has done.

Kathi will send each and every entry that has a return address a certificate that says "_____ is a Latter-day Stripling Warrior.” It will be signed by her and three of the heroes in the book. The grand prize winner will receive a $50.00 gift certificate from Amazon.com.

*Rachelle's Review

Peterson has some great ideas in her debut novel to bring the period of the two-thousand stripling warriors to life. I had a difficult time when the viewpoints switched from Sydney to Tarik because I felt Tarik kept repeating things that had already happened. I found much of the novel to be redundant as Peterson continually reminded the reader again and again of every emotion, event, etc. I would've like to see her give the reader more credit--in that they would remember these key points after the second or third time they were reiterated.

Instead of spending so much time repeating things already introduced I would suggest investing more into building up the characters to be more believable. The flow of the book felt interrupted to me as it jumped between reminding the reader of the important plot points and trying to introduce other secondary characters. Syd’s overall concern for her family while she was in Book of Mormon times felt more like an afterthought and did not seem authentic to me.

I would've liked to see Peterson create a stopping place for book one as this feels like I was left hanging in the middle of the sentence. There was a lot of up-movement and then no issues were resolved. Usually in a series of books I like to see some issues resolved in each book but the major conflict continues on throughout the series.

It was fun to “see” Helaman brought to life and I enjoyed reading the fight scenes and trying to picture Syd’s karate moves. I’m hopeful that the sequel to The Forgotten Warrior will be able overcome some of the struggles book one experienced.

Here's some info about the author:

Kathi Oram Peterson was born in the small, sleepy town of Rigby, Idaho. In her childhood, her parents owned a store on Main Street. Whenever they couldn't find her, they'd look in the nearby drug store behind the book display. There she would be curled up with a book. Though she grew up, married, and had a family of her own, her passion for a good, heart-thumping, action-packed story has never left her. After raising her family of two girls and a boy, she went back to school and earned her English degree at the University of Utah. Upon graduation, she worked for a curriculum publisher writing and editing concept and biography books for children. Leaving the workforce, she decided to devote her time to writing inspirational novels. Over her writing career she has won the “Heart of the West” and “Golden Pen” writing contests and placed as a finalist in St. Martin’s Press’ “Malice Domestic Contest.” She has also served as President of the Wasatch Mountain Fiction Writers.

She is currently working on another series set in Rome and Bethlehem during Christ’s birth.

You can visit Kathi's website and her blog.
Buy The Forgotten Warrior at Deseret Book or Seagull Book.


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